Helen Martins' Owl House, often cited as South Africa's finest example of outsider art, is an extraordinary, other-worldly home of concrete and ground glass sculptures.

At Ganora Farm there are fossil beds dating 240 million years, Bushman etchings and Boer artifacts. Horse-riding, mountain-biking and bird-watching are all possible.

Compassberg (2502m) is the highest peak in the Sneeuberg range and takes a morning to climb. It offers different degrees of difficulty and phenomenal Karoo views.

The Valley of Desolation, one of South Africa's most dramatic sights, has a 19 kilometre game-viewing drive and several hiking trails.

A half-day hike along the canyon will take you from Ganora Farm to De Toren, offering the opportunity to experience the Karoo's wildlife at close quarters.

A hike in the Mountain Zebra National Park, home to a large herd of these rarest of zebra (and other game), will reward you with exceptional views and close contact with the zebras.

Graaff-Reinet is known as the gem of the Karoo. With scores of museums and monuments, it has plenty to offer those interested in the history of the region and its settlers.