land rover family game viewing drive in karoo eco rangeland

Experiences & Activities

Staying with us at Karoo Ridge provides guests with the opportunity to take advantage of our unique experiences and activities. Guests can experience the breath-taking natural beauty of the landscape with freedom to explore the wilderness in a place of big skies, atmospheric rock formations, vast landscapes and free ranging herds of antelope.

Whichever lodge you stay at, you are guaranteed privacy and seclusion to immerse yourself in nature and in the landscape. Karoo Ridge is a place to recharge the body and soul and to relax and recover from our fast paced world. It is a place to reconnect with your family and friends in the great outdoors and for your children to experience nature, explore, and run free.

When you stay with us you can choose to do as little or as much as you wish; you can just float in the plunge pool, sit, snooze or read. You can wander in the nearby surroundings or take a map to explore one of the well-marked hiking trails. Alternatively you could spend the morning at the reeds, watching our amazing birdlife from the hide. Here at Karoo Ridge, there are herds of wild game with no large predators. The entire conservancy has well mapped tracks, so providing you have a vehicle with good ground clearance, you can explore and drive yourself wherever you wish. The tracks are also suitable for mountain bikers. The spectacular landscape is an inspiration for artists as well as photographers.

If you would like to learn more about this extraordinary wilderness, the game and how we are working to protect the environment join us for one of our activities. Activities are available as full day and half day as outlined below. Booking is essential. 

children playing in karoo landscape family experiences
bird watching hide karoo lake viewing experience
photographers group on hill in karoo

Half-Day Activities

Rate R1500 for 2 adults and children

Guided Game Drive

Karoo guest experience activity land rover and dog
game drive photography experience activity man taking photo of karoo animal
game drive vehicle ants nest karoo
game drive photography experience activity group with camera on open game vehicle taking photos

Guided Conservation Walk

solo hiker conservation walk with karoo animals in distance
conservation walk hike climbing karoo rock formations
Cape Tortoise in grass with conservationist helen looking on
Karoo Ridge Conservancy Activities Conservation Walk 3

Night Drive

Our experienced guide will take you out to spot the nocturnal animals (springhares; bat-eared foxes; aardwolf, aardvark) and of course, the incredible stars.

game drive vehicle in karoo sunset night drive
night game drive Sky Stars Windmill photography experience
night game drive vehicle Sky Stars photography experience
night game drive vehicle sundowners sunset family photography experience activity

Guided Tour to Bushman Paintings

Learn more about the original inhabitants of the Karoo and why and how they painted. There is walking involved.

karoo bushman painting of animal experience activity
karoo bushman painting of animal experience activity
karoo bushman painting of animal experience activity
karoo bushman painting of animal experience activity


Come and join us for a sundowner at one of our breath-taking spots. This is easy to arrange at short notice. Come hear more about the area, it’s significance and history, and why we are here.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

We allow guests to shoot a variety of calibres from a .22 up to big game calibre at targets, followed by clay pigeon shooting. A box of shot gun ammo and clay pigeons are provided for each guest. Feel free to enquire about seasonal stalking.

three men clay pigeon shooting over karoo pond activity experience
group of men clay pigeon shooting karoo activity experience
group of men clay pigeon shooting karoo activity experience
man clay pigeon shooting karoo activity experience

Full Day Activities

Rate R3000 for 2 adults and children (includes guide with open game viewer and picnic lunch)

Join a Conservationist for the Day

man in hat planting pecan trees in karoo farm
herd of cattle in pen with group of farmers looking on
group of people on karoo farm putting up fences
man wrangling animal horns conservationist guest experience

Guided Hiking into the Suurberg Mountains

Full day hike up into the Suurberg mountains. A reasonable level of fitness is required as well as decent hiking boots. The highest peak reaches 2 075 metres. We usually make an early start to avoid the heat of the day. There are no made paths and the hike entails rock clambering and adventure. (Not normally recommended for children)

Karoo Ridge Conservancy Activities Guided Hiking Group
family of people walking hiking in karoo experience activity
hiker looking at view and guided walking sign karoo activity experience
couple standing on karoo ridge guided hiking experience activity
karoo eco lodge accommodation veranda outdoor night scene bbq fire braai

Karoo Ridge Lodges

Eco-lodges set in the Karoo wilderness

pair of gemsbuck with river eco lodge in distance

The Conservancy

Our Purpose & Passion