Increasingly, the Karoo is seen as a compelling and exciting tourism destination by the many travellers and visitors who explore the vast open spaces and myriad of towns that comprise this broad-spread and varied region.

The reasons for this are apparent as the Karoo has so many different options to offer – not only to tourists but also those wanting to find a relaxing getaway property of their own which can also provide them with a regular income stream, says Wayne Rubidge, Pam Golding Properties area principal in the Karoo.

“Many people are keen to explore the tranquil countryside in an escape from the stresses and bustle of busy city life and the Karoo has such variety to offer, with character-filled towns and different landscapes to suit every individual preference.

“Coupled with this, in the light of economic constraints domestic tourism has flourished, with cost-conscious South Africans eager to visit easily accessible destinations without even having to cross the borders or travel overseas.

“This has made the acquisition of a tourism or accommodation establishment very attractive to those wanting to relocate permanently to a country location.

“And, with the expansion of wireless ADSL service providers many towns now have faster internet connections which is increasingly important and of benefit to businesses or those working remotely.”

Rubidge says considering the Karoo encompasses no less than four provinces which include the Free State and all three Cape Provinces, its central location ensures that all road travellers going from north to south must pass through it – with a high probability that due to the distances involved they will sleep over in one of the Karoo’s numerous towns.

The region is well serviced by five national roads and is accessed from all the major centres. Says Rubidge: “We find that many visitors either come to the Karoo having done their property searches via the internet and go to a specific town with the intention of buying a property as an investment or holiday house or alternatively, the growing trend is to seek a property in order to relocate to the country – and here the Karoo is an ongoing favourite.

“Alternatively, visitors travelling to the Karoo for a holiday or an event fall in love with an area or a town and decide to investigate property investment opportunities. Normally these buyers will not buy immediately but will start with an internet search and then visit the region again to inspect various properties. This process can take up to six months from the first visit and sometimes even longer or during the next holiday season.

“Each town has its own unique culture and offerings for visitors or travellers who converge on or travel through the region from all the quarters of South Africa. Buyers at the top end of the market are mostly successful businessmen or families who come from the bigger metropoles .”

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 For further information contact Wayne Rubidge of Pam Golding Properties Karoo on 049 892 3495 or 082 432 9364 or e-mail wayne.rubidge@pamgolding.co.za.