Klaarstroom - The Village

laarstroom Guest House is situated in the picturesque, peaceful


village of Klaarstroom, an authentic Victorian, working farm village situated at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains. The village is positioned at the Great Karoo entrance to Meiringspoort, a spectacular gorge through the Swartberg mountain range which links the Great Karoo and the Little Karoo (Klein Karoo).




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Klaarstroom Guest House is conveniently situated behind sheltering koppies, just 500m off the N12, a major artery from Gauteng and the Free State to the Southern Cape Coast (Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, Fancourt, Hartenbos, Stilbaai). This makes us a convenient stopover en route to any of these destinations.

Klaarstroom also serves as a stopover for 4x4 enthusiasts from the Cape Town area who wish to get a close and early start before exploring Baviaanskloof.

Next time you are driving along the road towards Meiringspoort turn into Klaarstroom and if the sign is up outside the guest house, feel free to drop into the Klaarstoom Tea Room and Koffie Kombuis for ... tea and cake, coffee and rusks, a milkshake, breakfast or any combination of the above that tickles your fancy!

- Nestled at the foot of the Swartberg -

Klaarstroom forms a hub from which to explore the tourist heartland of the Klein Karoo (Oudtshoorn is 60km to the South-West) and the tranquility of the vast plains of the Great Karoo (Prince Albert is 60km to the East, Beaufort West and the Karoo National Park, 120km to the North).

Guests also find Klaarstroom a comfortably situated retreat from which to enjoy the bustle of the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn and the annual Prince Albert Olive Festival, their Leesfees and every second year, the PArt festival.

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- Step back in time -

Klaarstroom, meaning "clear stream", was established in the mid-19th century. It presented the first opportunity to farmers from deep in the Great Karoo, en route to the small port of Mossel Bay, to wash their precious cargo of wool in the clear mountain streams. A wool-washing facility was soon established. Time, technology, the railroad and modern highways passed Klaarstroom by with the wool-washing facility having long since disappeared.

Today the tiny inner village is hidden away from the nearby highway. It remains an historical snapshot of a Southern African Victorian village, sporting three churches, a Victorian police station, an old-world General Dealer Store and excellent examples of restored Victorian homesteads. The Anglican Church cemetery has two Anglo-Boer War graves - each with its own story.

- Big open skies -



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