South Africa’s arty eastern Karoo
In Graaff-Reinet, historical accommodation options include Camdeboo Cottages, comprising nine 19th-century cottages with original yellowwood floors and reed ceilings alongside modern amenities. Buiten Verwagten Guesthouse is a tranquil oasis set in a formal Victorian garden, with antique furniture and cool colour schemes in its rooms and garden suites. In Nieu Besthesda, stay in Bethesda Tower, a castellated, fairytale tower with a ground-floor cafe, or the Water Tower, a simpler option in a converted water tower. Owl House Backpackers offers pleasant self-catering accommodation in Allemann se Huisie, a garden cottage with a patio for braais (barbacues), and Aandster, a renovated Karoo house and former sculpture studio.