Detailed Self-drive Adventure Travel Route Books from Southern Africa - by Craig Marshall
South Africa | Namibia | Botswana | Victoria Falls
Garden Route & Route 62: ROUTE 2
Intermediate Gravel - 80% Gravel roads easy driving for 4x4, Dualsport motorcycles &SUV and nothing too demanding
Night 1. De Hoop Nature Reserve
Ouplaas Gravel Road, off R319 in the Overberg
Tel : Reservations +27 (0)21 422 4522
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The De Hoop Reserve is situated East of Cape Agulhas, a mere three hours’ drive from Cape Town on the world renowned Garden and Whale Routes – an ideal stop over en route from the Cape Winelands to Plettenberg Bay. It is in the Overberg region near the southern tip of Africa and can be approached from either Bredasdorp or Swellendam. The Overberg area is characterised by quaint towns, a blossoming wine industry and delicious local dishes.
The 36 000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area is a World Heritage Site comprising rich biodiversity and by over 70 kilometres of pristine coastline.
A 19 km vlei (wetland) stretches across the reserve, which is on the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International Importance.
Night 2. Wilderness Bushcamp, Wilderness
10 Beacon Road, Aloe Heights, Wilderness, 6560
Tel: +27 (0)44 877 0104
Nestled on a hilltop, overlooking the Indian Ocean, this hidden gem has been welcoming guests for over 20 years, and there really is something for everyone…
From log cabins for adventurous families looking for a digital detox, to contemporary cottages for friends or families who want to enjoy peace and seclusion with a few modern comforts
Couples can choose between a cosy studio apartment, a rustic hideaway cottage, or the very special Loft with its open-plan splendour and far reaching views over the ocean
Night 3. Outeniqua Mountain Lodge
De Vlugt, R339 Prince Alfred's Pass
Tel: +27 (0)82 493 6191 (Whatsapp calls only) No Signal in the valley
Outeniqua Mountain Lodge is a delightful refuge for those who love to escape from the world- the perfect place to catch your breath and stay for a while.
We are situated on the scenic Prince Alfred’s pass only 55km from Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The pass was built in 1860 along the route used for millennia by elephants.
We are situated in a natural corridor with unique flora and fauna as well as exceptional bird life. There are also many examples of ancient ‘rock art’ dating back 6 000 years or more.
Book your self catering, Prince Alfred’s Pass today, and be sure not to miss this perfect holiday!
Night 4 & 5. Elephant House, Addo
Main St, Addo, Eastern Cape, 6105
Tel: +27 (0)42 233 2462
Beyond the citrus groves in the sun-drenched, evocatively named Sundays River Valley, lies Elephant House. A proudly South African, family-run lodge filled with broad smiles, home-cooked meals and good old fashioned hospitality.
This is the place to while away hot summer afternoons poolside, to fall asleep reading on a deep veranda, to celebrate with sundowner cocktails after a day exploring the magnificent Addo Elephant National Park, and to nestle up with family and friends on a winter’s night in front of a roaring fire.
Elephant House accommodation comprises the warm, welcoming Main House and the ever popular, simpler Stable Cottages.
The Main House: The eight en-suite rooms, two of which are family units, all open onto courtyards and private verandas.
The Stable Cottages: The six Cape-style Stable Cottages are set on five acres of rolling lawns dotted about with indigenous trees and aloes. Two of the cottages are family units and all of them have their own verandas and share a swimming pool.
Night 6. 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 7. Karoo Lodge Guesthouse
66 Church Street, Prince Albert
Tel: +27 (0) 23 541 1467
Karoo Lodge suites are all equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, drinking glasses, ice-bucket, cold water flasks, a mini bar fridge (unstocked), ceiling fans, clock radios, 3 and 2 point electric sockets (220/30 AC) and hairdryers.
Situated at No 66 Church Street, one cannot miss the Karoo Lodge signboard enticing the weary traveller looking for true Karoo hospitality, quality, comfort and cuisine. Entering the town from the Cape Town/Johannesburg Highway (N1), having turned off at Prince Albert Road, Karoo Lodge is on your left. Drive through the gateway down the tree- and shrub lined driveway to the secure well lit parking area where you will no doubt be met by your hosts.
Each suite has a private entrance easily accessible from the garden and is beautifully furnished with comfortable beds, a lounge and a separate dressing area.
Bed linen is 100% cotton and both goose feather and down and anti allergic sponge pillows are supplied, together with bath sheets and toiletries.
The bathrooms are luxurious and very unique. Large corner baths and very large showers which have beautiful floors adorned with river pebbles from the area. All ceramics and faucets are of continental design and origin.
Night 8. Rooiberg Lodge
Klein Karoo, off R327, Van Wyksdorp, 6690
Tel: +27 (0) 87 802 3578
We offer our guests the opportunity to kick-back, relax and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Little Karoo, situated 350km from Cape Town and 100km from Oudtshoorn. We strive to provide our guests with the opportunity to meet new and old friends, exchange stories, and enjoy the spectacular mountain views.
2 bedroom chalet with barbecue facilities, kitchenette, en-suite bedrooms
Night 9. Karoo Art Hotel, Barrydale
30 Van Riebeeck St, Barrydale, 6750
Tel: +27 (0)28 572 1226
Located in the heart of Route 62, we are situated in the picturesque town of Barrydale. 100m fantastic eateries and activities.
This little country hotel showcases and celebrates Art in a big way. Every room in the hotel is individually decorated, one of them by internationally-renowned design collective, Magpie Collective. Aside from the eye-catching interiors and artworks, much of it for sale, the art of winemaking is celebrated with a very good wine list. If Karoo cuisine is an art (and it is!) then this is the studio where it is practised best, being a winner of the Klein Karoo Gourmand Restaurant Award, and a member of the international gastronomic guild Chaîne des Rộtisseurs.
Night 10. The Lord Milner Hotel, Matjiesfontein
Tel: +27 (0)23 561 3011
Take a trip on the Old London Bus, let yourself be summoned to dinner by trumpet, soak up the history in the Transport or Victoriana museums, take in the uniqueness of the Little Karoo with veld walks, hikes and mountain bikes, visit the Boer War British Army remount encampment site (c.1900) nearby, play a game of tennis or Petanque, or simply relax, and read in the hotel's opulent lounges or by the residents only pool.
In the fringe of the Great Karoo, the Lord Milner Hotel appears as if out of a conjurers hat – an authentic tribute to Victoriana, and the heart of Matjiesfontein Village
Matjies Motel: A number of comfortable quality motel rooms are situated within the hotel gardens, with rooms overlooking the hotel gardens or the river, with the quaint Travellers Chapel and duck pond nearby. Each room has either its own patio leading on to the garden, or a balcony-veranda overlooking the Monument river.
Night 11. Montagu Vines Guesthouse, Montagu
2 Tanner St, Montagu, 6720
Tel: +27 (0)23 614 3812
This award winning guesthouse, offer guests a taste of excellent service, comfort and luxury in one of 8 Garden Rooms.
Spend some time relaxing in our beautiful gardens with magnificent old oak tree, overlooking the dam, olive grove and beautiful Langeberg Mountains. Enjoy the gardens together with the abundant bird life. Cool off in the small splash pool or lounge on the lawns enjoying the glorious views of the surrounding mountains whilst sipping a glass of local wine, before strolling into town for dinner.
There are numerous restaurants, serving lunches and/or dinners in the town and surrounding areas, which offer simple to sophisticated meals. Your hosts will be happy to assist you in selecting and making a reservation at the restaurant of your choice. All restaurants in Montagu are within a 10-15 minute walk.
Night 12. 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.
BCSA Route Book Full Series:
1. Garden Route & Route 62
2. Cederberg & Karoo
3. West Coast, Richtersveld & Namaqualand
4. KZN, Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Highlands & Southern Lesotho
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