* Baviaanskloof & Karoo

Baviaanskloof
Bookable
2022
Tour no
Tour No.3
Date
-
Cost
Tour Cost R22 800 per person sharing
Ssupl
Single Supplement R3 000
INCLUDED:
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • EXCLUDED
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal items, Curios, Laundry, Telephone calls
  • The Baviaanskloof is a National Heritage Site and is situated in a valley between the Baviaans and Kouga Mountain ranges. This trip is designed to explore this wonderful part of our country, together with a lesser-known part of the Karoo.

    Day 1: Tuesday 1 March:

    Guest will be picked up from their homes in Johannesburg and transferred to OR Tambo airport. The time for the pickup, transfer, and flight will be confirmed closer to the date but it will be early morning. Enjoy the flight to Port Elizabeth, where your host will be waiting for you on arrival. We depart from the airport on a 2-hour drive to the outskirts of the Baviaanskloof. We drive on a very scenic route via Jeffreys Bay, Cape St. Frances, Humansdorp, and Kareedouw. On the outskirts of Kareedouw, we check into the well-known Assegaaibosch Country Lodge for the first two night’s stay. Relax at the pool, or take a walk in the forest areas surrounding the lodge. Dinners will be enjoyed at the lodge.

    Day 2: Wednesday 2 March

    Today is the first day to experience parts of the Baviaanskloof. We drive on a gravel road towards a farming area on the foothills of the Kouga Mountains. We start with a 4 X 4 drive with an experienced guide to the top of the Kouga Mountain overlooking the valley below. You will be surprised with the natural forests of the area, and guests can do various walks from here. We will enjoy coffee at the farm, before returning towards the Kouga River and waterfall for a picnic, and guests can either swim or just splash and enjoy the sparkling clean river water from the waterfall. We return to the lodge in the mid-afternoon.

    Day 3: Thursday 3 March:

    A day of wonderful scenery and into the Baviaanskloof. The first part of the route is through the Langkloof on route 62, via Joubertina, Misgund towards Uniondale, where we will enjoy an early lunch. Then it is a short 40 km drive towards Willowmore, where we turn off onto the gravel road which leads into the “Kloof”. A real surprise will await you, with wonderful passes, rock formations, farming communities, waterfalls, fynbos, and forests. We drive slowly on this route to enjoy the scenery, and in the mid-afternoon, we arrive at the Sederkloof Lodge, which is situated in the central part of the kloof. We check-in for the next 3 night’s stay. This charming country lodge is set high up in the mountains and has wonderful views of the valley below. Guided walks can be undertaken, or you can just relax before dinner and enjoy the atmosphere

    Day 4 + 5: Friday + Saturday 4 & 5 March:

    Over the next two days, we will explore different routes into the kloof. We will travel with nature guides from the lodge in 4 X 4 vehicles. Discover why it is declared as a world heritage site it is nature at its bests. Natural forests, waterfalls, fountains, spectacular mountains and cliffs, and wildlife are just part of what you will experience. It is 2 days of nature experiences combined with wonderful cuisine presented by the lodge’s chef.

     

    Day 6: Sunday 6 March:

    We leave this spectacular area, driving through the kloof back towards Willowmore where we will enjoy lunch. Continuing further north, we travel via Aberdeen and Graaff Reinett towards Nieuw Bethesda. If we have time on the route, we will also visit the Valley of Desolation. On the outskirts of Nieuw Bethesda, we check into the Ganora Guest Farm for the next two nights. It is a typical Karoo farm on the outskirts of the town, and delicious farm dinners will be enjoyed as well.

    Day 7: Monday 7 March:

    We today visit some very interesting rock art paintings and some archaeological and paleontology sites on the farms. Our hosts are also keen paleontologists, and it is one of the main reasons why we stay on the farm. We also visit the woolshed on the farm, and if the shearing is taking place, we will also see how the sheep are sheared. We also visit the charming town of Nieuw Bethesda.

    We will take a donkey cart trip through the town and learn about the history and lovely stories of the famous residents of the town. It is truly a highlight, as indicated by previous guests to the town. After lunch, we also visit the world-famous Owl House, as well as some of the arts and craft shops and projects in town. It will be a relaxing, fun-filled day. A short drive will take us back to the farm to relax or explore more parts of the farm.

    Day 8: Tuesday 8 March:

    Our journey continues through the Great Karoo, and we travel via Middelburg, Colesberg, Phillipolis, and Trompsburg towards Bloemfontein. In Bloemfontein, we visit the Women’s War Memorial and Museum. The Diaz Guesthouse is our last night’s stay on tour.

    Day 9: Wednesday 9 March

    After breakfast, we depart for Johannesburg. Guests will be dropped off at their homes, around midday.

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