Karoo Heartland Tour
7 days / 6 nights
Self-drive or drive with guide
13-19 June 2022
6 – 10 guests @ R17 950 pp
Max Amount of Persons
Minimum of 6 & Maximum of 10 guests
This exciting safari will take us through the Little Karoo but mainly concentrate around Beaufort West in the Great Karoo. The journey starts and ends at George airport on the Garden Route.
This is an off-the-beaten-track, dirt road tour, where we stay on farms in formal accommodation. We will meet the local people and interact / participate with the farm activities.
The Karoo offers a wide variety of landscapes, where you can observe how forces of nature has sculpted and changed the environment over time. View fossils and experience breath-taking starry skies in the Karoo expanse.
Your tour guide is an experienced guide and nature conservationist and will share a wealth of cultural, historical and biological information with you.
Day 1: De Rust
George pick-up no later than 11h00.
We will drive over the Outeniqua Pass as we transfer inland through Oudtshoorn. Our destination will be a working mixed farm with sheep, horses, grapes, croplands and a few ostriches. While enjoying a sumptuous lunch, oom Swepie will explain the pleasures and challenges of farming in the Little Karoo. They make their own wine and they will educate us on its consumption.
Afterwards we visit Ross and Kath at Numbi Valley where we will get introduced to cob building, permaculture and living sustainably and in harmony with nature.
Day 2 & 3: Teefontein: Antoinette Pienaar
After breakfast we will keep north and drive through the stunning Meiringspoort. A visit to its famous waterfall is well worth it. This geological phenomenon is a window into the formation of this ancient land.
We will enter the Great Karoo with its wide-open spaces where the gift of solitude and silence will be our companions. En route, we will visit interesting friends for tea and talk about their Bird Cage Bakery and the interesting ways they have found to make a living on their historical Karoo Farm.
In Beaufort West, we will stop for a quick lunch before setting of a dirt road to Teefontein where oom Johannes and Antoinette Pienaar awaits us. They will be our hosts for the next two nights. Late afternoon you can either walk their labyrinth or relax at the old farmhouse. Both will join us for dinner where all the “life” questions will be answered!
The next day we attend a workshop with them and get acquinted to a different way of Karoo living. Late afternoon we enjoy the Karoo silence around the fire.
Day 4: Loxton district
After breakfast we bid Teefontein farewell and enjoy a lovely drive via Nelspoort and Kromrivier station to the Bo-Karoo. Enroute we visit some rock art with its famous gong.
It is a lovely drive to our farm stay near Loxton. Experience a sheep being sheared and feel the lanolin in its wool. Those that want to can also help care for the animals or just sit back and relax.
Day 5: Fraserburg district
After breakfast and feeding the animals we will be leaving for the town of Fraserburg. A local guide, Marthinus, will enlighten us on the history of the town and its importance in the Anglo-Boer war.
We will then go to view some dinosaur tracks in its natural environment and enjoy a picnic lunch in the veld. We will come down from the escarpment via Oukloof and overnight on a farm with a rustic but stunning guesthouse. We will be totally off the grid now with only solar lights. With your help the guide will prepare dinner around the open fire. Tonight it will only be us and the stars and we can track them till late as tomorrow you can sleep in.
Day 6: Prince Albert
After a late morning and “lekker” breakfast we drive through Leeu-Gamka (meaning lion-lion) to the quaint little town of Prince Albert. Here we will visit Guy’s dairy with her world-renowned cheeses. She is also a breeder of Angora goats.
Dr. Judy Maguire will stun you with her fossil collection and tell us more about the land we are trampling on. Time allowing we will have a visit to some San art. We will stay on the edge of town and dress up to go out to dinner!
Dag 7: George
After an early breakfast, we will enter one of the engineering feats of Thomas Bain, the Swartberg Pass. This most impressive mountain pass consists of sudden switchbacks and breathtaking views at every turn. It is only 27km but will take as ±3 hours with numerous stops and photo opportunities.
Depending on the time of your flight, we can visit the Cango Caves. From Oudtshoorn, it is back to George International Airport.
Hopefully it is not good bye but rather till next time!
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