Heuningland Great Karoo Tour

Great Karoo: 1-5 June 2021

  • 5 days / 4 nights (formal accommodation)
  • R15 860 per person (For 6 guests)
  • R17 360 per person (For 4 guests)

Unknown roads will lead you to an unforgettable experience!

This Exciting safari, 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 breathtaking 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.

Day 1: De Rust

George pick-up no later than 11h00. We drive over the Outeniqua Pass as we transfer inland through Oudtshoorn. Our destination is 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 sustainable and in harmony with nature.

Day 2: Loxton district

After breakfast we keep north and drive through the stunning Meiringspoort. A visit to its famous water fall is well worth it. This geological phenomenon is a window into the forming of this ancient land.

We now enter the Great Karoo with its wide open spaces where the gift of solitude and silence will be our companions. Enroute we visit interesting friends for tee and talk about their Bird Cage Bakery and interesting ways they have found to make a living on their historical Karoo Farm. In Beaufort West we have a quick lunch before experiencing the beautiful Molteno Pass. The only place in the area with Cabbage trees. We are now on the African plateau and dirt roads.
It is a lovely drive to the farm Sakrivierspoort where we overnight. A sheep will be sheared and you can feel the lanolin in its wool. Those that want to, can help care for the animals or just sit back and relax.

Day 3: Fraserburg district

After feeding the animals we enjoy breakfast before 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 then go out to some dinosaur tracks. This is in their natural environment and we enjoy a picnic lunch in the veld. We come down the escarpment via Oukloof and overnight on a farm with a rustic but stunning guesthouse. We are totally of the grit with only solar lights. With your help the guide will prepare dinner around the open fire. Tonight it is only us and the stars and we can track them till late as tomorrow is a sleep in.

Day 4: Prince Albert

After a late morning and “lekker” breakfast we drive through Leeu-Gamka (meaning lion-lion) to the quant little town of Prince Albert. Here we 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 have a visit to some San art. We stay on the edge of town and tonight we dress up and go out to dinner!

Dag 5: George

After an early breakfast we enter one of the engineering feats of Thomas Bain, the Swartberg Pass. This most impressive mountain pass consist of sudden switchbacks and breath-taking 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.

Karoo Greetings

Douwe & Liezl Vlok

Douwe en Liezl Vlok