Explore Karoo Moons & Aberdeen

Is it your first time to Aberdeen? Here’s a few useful bits of info for you to make the most of your holiday ‒ perhaps even make it your most memorable one yet!

The Best Time To Visit

Any time of the year is good, but bear in mind the Karoo has its weather extremes in both summer (November to February) and winter (June to August).

Tours To Do

You can make easy trips to Graaff-Reinet (to the north) and Willowmore (to the south). There is a Valley of Desolation tour and trips into the Baviaanskloof Wilderness.

Historical Attractions

Aberdeen is an architectural conservation area of the Karoo. Walking tours can be arranged where you can view the Victorian, Georgian, Karoo, German, Gothic, Russian and Flemish architectural influences on the local architecture, as well as see examples of houses built by the legendary ostrich barons.

  • The Dutch Reformed Church spire is 45 cm off centre and is the tallest in South Africa.
  • The local Anglican, Methodist and Apostolic churches are all around 100 years old.
  • The local Fonteinbos Nature Reserve of 1500 ha and has a Perennial spring and a dinosaur footprint.
  • Birdlife and game include Springbok, Kudu and Steenbok.
  • There are several hiking trails in the reserve and the Camdeboo Mountains, and you can also visit a meteorite site and a petrified forest on nearby farms.
  • You can drive to nearby Camdeboo Mountains for majestic views, visit farms for teas and lunches.
  • Call at the homes/studios of many local artists, their work can also be found at the arts and crafts gallery.

Fonteinbos is the local nature reserve at Aberdeen. A natural spring has its source within the reserve and is known as “Die Oog” (The Eye). The reserve plays host to an abundance of bird life as well as vervet monkeys, springbok, ostrich and some kudu. The spring supplies water to over 100 plots in the town and also to over 200 hectares of arable land.

What To Pack

Pack cool clothing for summer and warm for winter – the region is subject to sudden changes in weather, particularly in the mountain areas.

Remember to bring:

  • A hat
  • Walking shoes
  • Sun block
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Bird and mammal reference books

Hikers on day trails must always carry sufficient water and sun block.

What To Eat

South Africa is big on lamb chops, when compared to chicken and vegetable. But don’t stress, there are plenty of vegetarian options available too.