De Aar Accommodation

De Aar is a relatively small town in the heart of the arid but beautiful Great Karoo. It is situated in the Northern Cape province of South Africa and holds a strategic position both in the present and in the past. Despite its unforgiving climate and lack of sparkling attractions, there are many aspects which could endear the town to you.

The town, whose population is just above 30 000, is to be found on the N4 (a highway jutting off from the major N1 route) between Britstown and Hanover (arguably the most central settlement in South Africa). The climate there is harsh, thanks to the desert-like conditions. It experiences extremely hot summers, the height of which fall in January, and icy cold winters, occurring in June.

De Aar was established on a farm of the same name, in the early 1900's, with the first mayor being elected in 1907. Its name De Aar means 'The Artery', which is a reference to the underground water supply which hydrates the town.

The outskirts of town are characterised by livestock farms, while wool production is also big business there. These endeavours are two of the settlement's most significant economic contributors, but its strategic location on the railway and its role as a commercial distribution centre also have their roles to play in De Aar's continued existence.  History tells us that De Aar was also strategically important to the British in the bygone days of the second Anglo-Boer War.

These days there is a Garden of Remembrance for the fallen British soldiers who fought in that war, and (seemingly) unrelated, a variety of sites where Khoisan rock art can be observed are situated nearby. Perhaps surprisingly, De Aar is also popular among para-gliders and hang-gliders, as a place where many records in these respective disciplines have been broken.

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A Unique little guesthouse, situated in the heart of the Upper Karoo, in a town called 'De Aar'. A town previously known for Steamtrains, Sheep & Springbuck but since April 2003. We offer a relaxe... Read More

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"Our Guest House is set in the heart of the Karoo, where hospitality is our speciality! Enjoy a home away from home." Friendly reception. 3 Stars graded by, the Tourism Grading Counsel of South Africa... Read More

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Located in the Northern Cape town of De Aar, the Green Door Guesthouse welcomes you to its homely atmosphere and luxurious establishment, conveniently located in the centre of town.De Aar is rich with... Read More

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Situated on the main road close to the R48, Karoo Guesthouse is ideally situated for easy access to De Aar's town centre. True Karoo charm and fantastic food make a stay at Karoo Guesthouse a must. Al... Read More

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Our friendly atmosphere and service will overwhelm you. We spoil our guests and they return to visit us constantly. We pride our TGCSA's three star rating (Tourism Grading Council of SA). We are ... Read More

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Obrigado Guest House aims to create a quiet resting place for people from all walks of life needing a safe and comfortable stay. The reason why we chose the name Obrigado as our guest house name is be... Read More

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Boutique Guesthouse's hospitality promises an experience second to none. Welcome to Karoo living at its indulgent best. Our friendly staff members will cater to your every need and desire. While cocoo... Read More

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THE GUESTHOUSE is a place where the grace and charm of the old De Aar meet the luxuries of modern international living. A place where the weathered face of the Karoo landscape spreads out at your feet... Read More

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Emthanjeni Lodge is situated on a peaceful small holding in De Aar. Emthanjeni means "the vein" that refers to underground water. Escape from city noise and experience a calm atmosphere with perso... Read More

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The guest house is a place where the grace and charm of the old De Aar meets the luxuries of modern international living. A place where the weathered face of the Karoo landscape spreads out at your fe... Read More

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De Aar
Small town, not much to do. Extremely peacful and relaxing.
- A Wilson