Somerset East Tourism News Archive

  • Karoo Uranium Mining Application Shrinks

    Karoo Uranium Mining Application Shrinks

    Australia's Peninsula Energy has withdrawn its original application for uranium mining rights over 570,000 hectares of the central Karoo. They have...
    Sunday, 31st July 2016
  • Karoo Heartland Challenge Week Three

    Karoo Heartland Challenge Week Three

    Is the Karoo in your heart? How well do you know the Karoo Heartland? We're into the 3rd week of the Karoo Heartland Challenge - join us as we...
    Sunday, 25th October 2015
  • Karoo Heartland Challenge Week Two

    Karoo Heartland Challenge Week Two

    Join us on a journey through the Karoo Heartland with our Karoo Heartland Challenge, learn some new secrets of the Karoo, be inspired by the vast...
    Monday, 19th October 2015
  • Karoo Heartland Challenge Week One

    Karoo Heartland Challenge Week One

    Join us on a journey through the Karoo Heartland with our Karoo Heartland Challenge, learn some new secrets of the Karoo, be inspired by the vast...
    Tuesday, 13th October 2015
  • Karoo Heartland Challenge

    Karoo Heartland Challenge

    Is the Karoo in your heart? How well do you know the Karoo Heartland? Take the Karoo Heartland challenge with us as we journey through the charming...
    Monday, 12th October 2015
  • Saving the endangered blue crane – do your bit

    Saving the endangered blue crane – do your bit

    You may have read about the blue crane massacre in the Karoo earlier this year, which saw the poisoning of what is estimated to be in excess of 200...
    Tuesday, 19th May 2015
  • Tortoise Lady of the Karoo

    Tortoise Lady of the Karoo

    A friend who roams far and wide every day of the week, mentioned he’d met an interesting woman in Somerset East. “She fixes up tortoises that...
    Friday, 6th March 2015
  • A Trip Through the Karoo Heartland

    A Trip Through the Karoo Heartland

    Chris Marais, co-founder of www.karoospace.co.za , is a seasoned travel writer-photographer who has spent more than 30 years wandering the world. He...
    Thursday, 19th February 2015
  • Camdeboo National Park Birding Weekend

    Camdeboo National Park will be hosting its annual Birding Weekend 20 – 22 March 2015. This is going to be a fun-filled weekend with special...
    Monday, 12th January 2015
  • Raggy Charters "Best Marine Adventures" in South Africa

    Raggy Charters "Best Marine Adventures" in South Africa

    Raggy Charters of Port Elizabeth which conducts whale, dolphin, penguin and sea bird watching cruises in Algoa Bay has been awarded the national...
    Monday, 24th November 2014
  • Win a BIG 5 experience at Aquila!

    Win a BIG 5 experience at Aquila!

    Win a BIG 5 experience at Aquila Private Game Reserve with SA.MAST. Aquila Private Game Reserve supports SA.MAST, the South African Mass Animal...
    Friday, 14th November 2014
  • Prestigious Award for Aquila Game Reserve

    Prestigious Award for Aquila Game Reserve

    Aquila Private Game Reserve near Touws River has been awarded second place for Service Excellence in the Accommodation category of the Lilizela...
    Monday, 15th September 2014
  • Aquila Private Game Reserve Creates Impact

    Aquila Private Game Reserve Creates Impact

    Aquila Private Game Reserve has been honoured to be awarded the prestigious Imvelo Economic Large Impact award The Lilizela Imvelo Awards recognise...
    Monday, 1st September 2014
  • Cradock’s Vukusebenze Shelter

    Cradock’s Vukusebenze Shelter

    One way of gauging the nature of a small town is to see how the poorest of the poor are treated.
    Thursday, 7th August 2014
  • Karoo Space e-Bookstore Launch Special: Three for Two!

    Karoo Space e-Bookstore Launch Special: Three for Two!

    To celebrate the opening of our Karoo Space e-Bookstore, we are offering you all three books (normally priced at $15 each) for the price of two: $30.
    Thursday, 7th August 2014
  • Karoo Space Books Go Digital

    Karoo Space Books Go Digital

    The Karoo Space e-Bookstore launched - get these beautiful Karoo collections on-line.
    Thursday, 3rd July 2014
  • Flagship Gardens Open for Festival - Bedford

    Flagship Gardens Open for Festival - Bedford

    The list of farm gardens open to visitors during the Bedford Garden Festival (14 to 26 October 2014) are sure to delight everyone.
    Tuesday, 20th May 2014
  • Lilizela Tourism Award Road Show

    You are invited to a Lilizela Tourism Award Road Show to be held on the 20 of May, 2014 at the Graham Hotel, at 10h00.
    Monday, 12th May 2014
  • A NEW ONLINE TREND IN SENIOR TRAVEL BOOKINGS

    A NEW ONLINE TREND IN SENIOR TRAVEL BOOKINGS

    Online and mobile travel booking is often perceived as being a young man's game, with some companies understandably targeting the more youthful...
    Monday, 14th April 2014
  • The Declining State of Kudu in the High Karoo

    The Declining State of Kudu in the High Karoo

    Increased biodiversity leads to healthier ecology but the social structure of Kudu in many parts of the Karoo is out of balance.
    Tuesday, 11th March 2014
  • WILD FLY FISHING IN THE KAROO

    WILD FLY FISHING IN THE KAROO

    The Karoo landscapes of blistering horizons, blue mountains, bright blue skies and charcoal singed plains does not exactly conjure up pictures of fly...
    Wednesday, 4th December 2013
  • Newsletter November 2013
    Tuesday, 3rd December 2013
  • Karoo Keepsakes II Launched

    Karoo Keepsakes II Launched

    The well known Karoo author and photographer couple Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit launched their latest book on the Karoo last night at the Ron...
    Friday, 15th November 2013
  • New Black Footed Cat at Cradock

    New Black Footed Cat at Cradock

    Diva, a female black footed cat, arrived at her new home at Clifton farm near Cradock on 11 October 2013. Diva is about 18 months and was born in...
    Friday, 11th October 2013
  • Newsletter July 2013

    Newsletter July 2013

    The 23rd Biltong Festival in Somerset East on 12th and 13th July took place during a weekend of perfect, unseasonably warm weather, compensating for...
    Wednesday, 7th August 2013
  • Two Karooheartland Towns nominated

    Two Karooheartland Towns nominated

    Two Karoo Heartland Towns namely Somerset East and Steytlerville have been nominated as Eastern Cape finalists in the Kwela "Dorp van die Jaar"...
    Friday, 3rd May 2013
  • Newsletter April 2013

    Newsletter April 2013

    The excellent Mountain Bike Trails at the Boschberg Tourism Hub are seeing a lot of use, by locals and by visitors. On 26th April, Mountain Biking...
    Monday, 1st April 2013
  • Newsletter February 2013

    Newsletter February 2013

    On Saturday 23rd February, the Bruintjieshoogte Marathon was run, for the 36th time, in perfect conditions, and was very well supported. Visitors...
    Friday, 1st February 2013
  • Newsletter January 2013

    Newsletter January 2013

    After the very successful and popular launch of the Boschberg Classic MTB and Trail run at the Boschberg Tourism Hub in December, work is going on...
    Tuesday, 1st January 2013
  • Boschberg Classic Mountain Bike and Trail Run

    Boschberg Classic Mountain Bike and Trail Run

    The most significant Tourism event in the Blue Crane Route in December was the launch of the Boschberg Classic Mountain Bike and Trail Run, over the...
    Saturday, 8th December 2012
  • Newsletter December 2012

    Newsletter December 2012

    The most significant Tourism event in the Blue Crane Route in December was the launch of the Boschberg Classic Mountain Bike and Trail Run, over the...
    Saturday, 1st December 2012
  • Newsletter November 2012

    Newsletter November 2012

    The weekend of 7th, 8th, and 9th December will see the unofficial launch of the Blue Crane Development Agency's Boschberg Tourism Hub, with the first...
    Thursday, 1st November 2012
  • Newsletter October 2012

    Newsletter October 2012

    October saw a lot of people visiting the Walter Battiss Art Museum, from as far afield as New Mexico in the USA, London, and Oxfordshire; as well as...
    Monday, 1st October 2012
  • Newsletter September 2012

    Newsletter September 2012

    The new Boschberg Tourism Village in Somerset East is nearing completion, and Chris Wilken of the Blue Crane Development Agency plans the launch for...
    Saturday, 1st September 2012
  • Newsletter August 2012

    Newsletter August 2012

    Somerset East, Cookhouse and Pearston have been on show at the Gauteng Getaway Show, billed as Africa's biggest travel and outdoor show, and held...
    Wednesday, 1st August 2012
  • Newsletter July 2012

    Newsletter July 2012

    The Blue Crane Route offers a wide range of accommodation options, including several farm stays. A recent great addition to this is Cranemere Farm,...
    Sunday, 1st July 2012
  • Newsletter June 2012

    Newsletter June 2012

    Blue Crane Tourism was taken to the Kirkwood Wildsfees; by LTO chairperson Alan Hobson, Tourism officer Ros Turner, and Catharina de Lange of Kuzuko...
    Friday, 1st June 2012
  • Newsletter May 2012

    Newsletter May 2012

    On 19th May, Somerset East's first Amabali Ethu (Our Stories) Arts Festival was staged. This was an initiative supported by Die Burger and Media 24,...
    Tuesday, 1st May 2012
  • Newsletter March 2012

    Newsletter March 2012

    The main events taking place in Somerset East in April will be the Friends of the Museum Country Market on 14th April, and the Bruintjies Marathon on...
    Thursday, 1st March 2012
  • Newsletter February 2012

    Newsletter February 2012

    The Walter Battiss Exhibition, Blown in from the East; curated by Sanlam's Stefan Hundt; and comprising 35 Battiss artworks on loan from the Walter...
    Wednesday, 1st February 2012
  • Newsletter January 2012

    Newsletter January 2012

    The big news for February is going to be the Walter Battiss Exhibition at the Suidoosterfees in Capetown, starting 14th February. Thirty-three of...
    Sunday, 1st January 2012

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