Welcome to Karoo1, a hotel village where funky sheep greet you upon arrival and playful springbok browse near the terrace of your room. For many fortune-seekers of the late 1860's, Karoo1 was a welcome stopover on their long journey to the newly discovered diamond mines in Kimberley. Already at that time, the farm was known for its hospitality and good food. It was their 'karbonaatjie', a generous portion of wholesome 'padkos' or lunch pack, that earned the farm its former name of 'Karbonaatjieskraal'. Wrapped in a damp cloth or newspaper, it was a treasured source of comfort for the travellers on their journey further north along the Hex River Pass.
The farm was the first in the Karoo coming from De Doorns, hence its current name 'Karoo1'. The karbonaatjie may have disappeared from the menu, but hospitality remains key, a tradition started by the South African Hugo family in the 1860's. Each generation has added its own flavour to this beautiful 2,000 ha farm on the rim of a kloof that cuts a deep groove into the Hex River Valley. The land is graced by delightful fynbos, the indigenous Karoo vegetation and the often snow-capped Matroosberg, the highest peak in the Western Cape.
The original buildings on the farm date back to 1756 and have seen the farm grow from a travellers' inn to a hotel village, a new concept introduced by Willy Woestyn, a Belgian architect in 2009. The hotel has 32 rooms, its own wedding chapel, a licensed restaurant, a bar and conference facilities.