Since long before recorded memory the Great Karoo has been natural hunting country. For centuries the /Xam (Bushmen) used their legendary skills with bow and arrow to kill for the pot.
Then, as now, the graceful and swift springbok roamed the plains in herds of many thousands. Every so often they stampeded through the early towns, leaving behind trails of devastation. But when nomadic life on the plains gave way to the settled existence of farming, fences arrived, changing the whole pattern. Now there are large herds of game behind fences, ironically saved from extinction by commercial hunting that is strictly controlled. Among the health conscious, venison is enjoying growing popularity, being almost completely fat-free.
Karoo game farms are internationally known. Many offer hunters larger antelope such as vaalribbok, blesbuck, oryx, eland, kudu and black wildebeest.