Who we are
Heuningland is a little piece of heaven between
Beaufort West and Fraserburg on the Oukloof Road.
We border on the south-western side of the Karoo National Park. For years we have been dreaming to establish a self-sufficient lifestyle here. After many other adventures, the time has come to leave the ordinary road maps and move over to the heart map of the Karoo.
The name Heuningland has been chosen because of what “honey” symbolises for us:
Heuningland is guarded and cherished by the mountains, and is fed by many memories, two strong boreholes and a great dream.
The hiking trips will be the first steps towards our vision to settle here permanently.
One cannot go back to the time when millions of springbuck trekked over the vast Karoo plains, but the earth here still remembers. The memories of the earth are stowed in the ironstones of the Great Karoo. Come and sit on one, and remember with us.
About Douwe Vlok
– Your Tour Guide
Douwe is a native from Beaufort West in the Great Karoo and grew up in the veld. He comes from an interesting and colourful background with more than 25 years’ of experience as a seasoned tour guide including San Parks and the West Coast National Park He is a formally trained field guide (FGASA Level 2) and is qualified to lead hiking tours in the big five areas. He has travelled all over the world, of which 4.5 years spent in Paraguay where he managed a large cattle farm, teeming with game and birds like macaws and parrots.
His journey as tour guide includes being a river guide on the Orange River, Overlanding, 21 days from Cape Town to Namibia to Botswana and Victoria Falls as well as being a jeep-jockey at 6-star lodges and hiking guide at the Oystercatcher Trail in Mossel Bay. Douwe and Liezl began Heuningland Karoo Tours in 2016 which amongst others focuses on niche tours in the Karoo.
His passion and knowledge for the veld is highly contagious and you will leave any tour with enough information and memories to last a life time.