Sandwiched between the Great Karoo to the north and the fertile coastal plains of the Overberg to the south, the Little Karoo gets more rain than its big brother and is known for its wines, quirky towns, and stunning mountain views. At roughly 50 km wide and 300 km long, the Little Karoo forms an extended east-west valley between Montagu and Uniondale and is flanked by mountains to the north and south. The entire length can be driven on the paved R62. If you’re in need of a reliable vehicle for your trip, contact 4×4 hire South Africa for more information.

route 62 leaderboardRoute 62 is an established and popular tourist route, but that’s not to say it’s overcrowded. This is still a very laid-back and tranquil region with a variety of places to stay, good restaurants and wine-tasting, including plenty of interesting roadside farm stalls and art galleries to visit.

One of the Karoo's dramatically beautiful sunsets

On the west, the Breede River region has some excellent wine estates and riverside accommodation, and on the eastern edge, Oudtshoorn is a popular stop for its ostrich and crocodile farms, and the impressive Cango Caves which are situated north of the town. There are lots to see and do in between. You could drive the whole route in a day, but as with the Great Karoo, it’s best not to rush – the late afternoons are particularly beautiful as the sun sets down the length of the valley.

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