Detailed Self-drive Adventure Travel Route Books from Southern Africa - by Craig Marshall
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Cederberg & Karoo: ROUTE 4
10 Days | Cape Town to Nieu Bethesda - Loop | 90% Gravel Roads | 28 Mountain Passes | 2582km
Advanced - 90% Gravel road for all drivers and riders who prefer to mostly gravel roads and some small mountain tracks, rocks, light sand and some tough terrain. A real back Country Experience !
Night 1 Blue Moon Guesthouse, Sutherland
14 Primrose St, Sutherland, 6920
Tel: +27 (0)82 962 0416
When you visit Sutherland you will enjoy the cleanest air in Southern Africa and you don’t have to rush anywhere quickly, so just relax. Take a morning or late afternoon stroll through town or just sit on the porch with a glass of good wine. You will be amazed at the amount of stars visible at night. Here we count stars, not sheep…
Night 2. Swartberg Hotel, Prince Albert
77 Church St, Prince Albert, 6930
Tel: +27 (0)23 541 1332
The Swartberg Hotel offers comfort, outstanding rural hospitality and great local food to guests from all over the world. Situated at the very heart of the small town of Prince Albert, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the vast open expanses of the Karoo's breath taking natural beauty and a night sky filled with stars so bright you’ll have to see them for yourself to believe us.
Night 3. The Willow Historical Guesthouse
70 Wehmeyer St, Willowmore, 6445
Tel: +27 (0)44 923 1574
Ideally situated for stopovers when travelling from Gauteng to George, the Willow Historic Guest House offers excellent comfortable accommodation, fine food in it’s a la Carté Restaurant and a homely atmosphere – a real home away from home.
The Guest House is tastefully furnished with period furniture augmented by a large collection of Africana which will fascinate the discerning visitor, providing innumerable insights into the South African way of life in times long gone.
The walls are covered with South African memorabilia that offer guests ample topics for conversation about the “Old Days”.
Get to know some of your fellow guests and exchange interesting knowledge and discoveries and perhaps make new friends.
In the lounge, the genuine Victorian fireplace sets the atmosphere for winter nights in the Karoo.
This is an ideal pet friendly place with safe off street parking, as well as lots of clean Karoo air!
Night 4. Furrows Lodge, Nieu-Bethesda
Hill Street, Nieu-Bethesda, 6286
Tel: +27 (0)72 496 0252
The Lodge is nestled in a small pristine forest overlooking Kompasberg (Compass Mountain) in Nieu Bethesda. We offer a peaceful getaway to business or leisure travellers. Unfortunately, no children under the age of 12 or pets are allowed.
Furrows Lodge is closely located to the famous Owl House and other attractions such as galleries, restaurants, beer brewery and the local pub. Furrows Lodge has a splash pool and two braai areas / fire pits. We are, unfortunately, not wheelchair friendly.
There are three self-catering suites sleeping two guests each. Each unit has a kitchenette, a sleeping area fitted with a king-size bed, an en suite bathroom as well as a dining area. The kitchen has a fridge, electric frying pan, toaster, coffee, tea, and crockery.
Night 5. The Vale Karoo Farm
Beaufort West, Western Cape, South Africa
Tel : +27 (0)82 968 7991
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Luxury Guest Lodge, expertly renovated from an old farmhouse from the 1880’s to a luxury, highly comfortable Guest Lodge, has 5 exceptionally appointed en-suite rooms. Here you will be spoiled with excellent cuisine and homely service. Stone Cottages has eight twin bedded rooms each with its own en-suite bathroom and kitchenette. There are also four cottages with an en-suite double bed room and single bed and a twin bedded room with a kitchenette.
The outdoor adventurer can park a caravan or 4×4 next to these Stone Cottages with its own braai area. You can also spoil yourself with an excellent home cooked meal at the Guest Lodge. Communal Hunters’ Lodge is a beautifully converted old stone farm shed has become the Hunters’ Lodge. Here you can stay in the comfort of the very affordable self-catering facility that can accommodate the whole family and even your friends. The Hunters’ Lodge has four rooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, sharing a communal kitchen, living area and braai area. It is perfect for larger groups of up to 12 people. Enjoy unforgettable evenings in the Boma under the Karoo sky.
Night 6. Die Blou Nartjie, Calvinia
35 Water St, Calvinia, 8190
Tel: +27 (0)27 341 1263
Die Blou Nartjie is a guest house and restaurant in the Hantam town of Calvinia, halfway between Cape Town and Upington on the way to the Kgalagadi. The guest house offers ideal accommodation for business and leisure travelers as well as families.
The guest house has 10 en-suite units, each with a private entrance. There are 3 units for families with younger children, each with a queen size bed and a bunk bed. These rooms each have an en-suite bathroom with a shower over bath.
There are 2 units for families with children over the age of 13, each with 2 queen-size beds in the rooms. The en-suite bathroom has a separate bath and shower. These rooms can be connected.
Furthermore, there are 5 double rooms, of which 3 rooms each have 2 single beds or a king-size bed. The other 2 rooms each have a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The rooms each have air-conditioning, selected DStv channels (hotel package), a bar fridge, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a hairdryer. Free WiFi is also available.
Secure on-site parking is available. The property has braai facilities and a splash pool for hotter summer days. We are pet friendly. Guests can sample true Hantam-Karoo lamb dishes in our on-site a la carte restaurant, open from Monday to Saturday until 18:30. The kitchen closes at 21:00. A delicious breakfast is served 7 days a week in the restaurant.
Night 7& 8. Cederberg Oasis Backpackers, Cederberg
Grootrivier Farm, Breede River DC, 6836
Tel: +27 (0)23 317 0848
Cederberg Oasis Backpackers, B&B rooms and campsites offers diverse Cederberg accommodation options to meet your unique needs. The old farm house is fully equipped inside and a braai or barbecue area outside. Braai and barbecue utensils are also provided.
Cederberg Oasis is the favourite among bikers.
Night 9. Goedemoed Guest Farm, Montagu
R318, Montagu, 6720
Tel: +27 (0)83 660 8676
Goedemoed offers a beautifully decorated 4 star cottage for those that want to relax and spend quality time with their partner or family; or you can book our newly added Country House for a slightly bigger group 500meters away with your friends and family with beautiful views of the orchards and mountains. Both establishments are on the farm “Die Kloof.”
Or, you can book our Goedemoed Farmhouse with or without the flatlet next to that house for larger groups for a fun and joyful weekend. This house is situated on the farm “Brandwacht.”
The Cottage is situated on “Die Kloof” while the Farmhouse is situated on “Brandwacht”.
We are proud to list our newly approved 4star, self-catering Manor House to our list of farmhouses at Goedemoed.
This spacious 5 bedroom house, beautifully decorated and lovely outdoor area will give you a luxurious feeling
Night 10. Dolphin Inn Guesthouse, Mouille Point, Cape Town
75 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 434 3175
Ideally situated on the seafront in Mouille Point, opposite the famous Robben Island, we have been hosting local and international guests since 1998 and are consistently highly rated on several booking agencies such as TripAdvisor, Booking.com and Agoda.
Our location suits both holiday travelers and busines guests as we are a short walk from the V&A Waterfront, the Cape Town Stadium, with quick access to the City Centre, Cape Town International Convention Centre, N1 and N2 highways. There are a host of top restaurants, coffee shops and salons on our doorstep.
Clifton and Camps Bay beaches are 10 minutes away and we are on the "MyCity" bus route between Camps Bay and the Waterfront.
Also within walking distance - Virgin Active gym, tennis and squash courts, the Metropolitan golf course, Sea Kayak tours and the oldest working Lighthouse in the country. The outdoor Sea Point Swimming Pool is 3kms away. The Metropolitan Golf course has been completed and upgraded to a 18 hole course and is a stone's throw away.
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