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Karu Kareb

At a Glance


  • quiet, cozy, and great for families
  • in-house restaurant serves delicious food


  • can get extremely cold and rainy in winter months (June–September)
  • there's a 12-km (7-mi) unpaved road to get to the guesthouse

Karu Kareb Review

Frans and Beneta Bester are old hands (and some of the best hands) at the guesthouse business. Rooms are in a 100-year-old farmhouse surrounded by high mountains, a crystal-clear stream, and fantastic rock art. Guests can also stay in luxurious tents overlooking the river. The Besters have mastered the art of excellent local cuisine, so guests are in for a real treat; nonguests are welcome as well. Frans does incredible things with a braai or a potjie (slow-cooked meat-and-vegetable stew), and Beneta is surprisingly creative with dietary restrictions. She cooks for vegetarians, diabetics, and lactose-intolerant people without batting an eyelid—a rarity in this part of the world. Beneta is also something of a mini–tourism bureau, with tons of information at her fingertips.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Boskloof Rd., 13 km (8 mi) from Clanwilliam, Box 273, Clanwilliam, 8135
  • Phone: 027/482–1675
  • Website:
  • Location: Clanwilliam

    Hotel Details

  • 5 rooms, 5 safari tents
  • Rate includes some meals.
  • No credit cards.

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