Detailed Self-drive Adventure Travel Route Books from Southern Africa - by Craig Marshall
South Africa | Namibia | Botswana | Victoria Falls
Garden Route & Route 62: ROUTE 3
Including Baviaanskloof, Gamkaskloof "Die Hel" & Attakwaskloof
Advanced Gravel - 90% Gravel intermediate to challenging roads for 4x4 & Dualsport Motorcycles, riders will need good off road experience for this route.
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. Bonniedale Holiday Farm, Attakwaskloof
Hartenbos, Mossel Bay, 6520
Tel: +27 (0)44 631 0900
Bonniedale is a 1650ha Fynbos farm, situated in the Attaquaskloof in the Outeniqua Mountains between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn, surrounded by the Attaquaskloof Nature Reserve.
Guesthouse accommodation is in the thatched roof farmhouse built in 1890. Self-catering accommodation is available in a large chalet (Sleeps 16) and equipped caravans. There are tented sites, shaded camping sites, a lapa and hot/cold ablution facilities.
Secluded private sites with own ablutions, under-roof seating, solar power lights and gas burner are also available.
The Conference Hall is ideal for weddings, birthday parties, youth and church groups.
A large dam with flying fox (foefie slide), swing bridge, paddle boats and canoes.
To experience nature at it´s best, there are well maintained 4x4, horse, hiking and mountain bike trails, secluded rockpools in the river and Khoisan rock art sites.
The farm is also ideally situated for on/off road motorcycles and mountain bikes, with numerous daytrips from the farm.
Night 3. 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 4 & 5. 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 6. Ripple Hill Hotel, Patensie
Paul Ferreira Street, Patensie, 6335
Tel: +27 (0)42 283 0625
Situated in Patensie, en route to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, Ripple Hill Hotel is a 3-star establishment with a rich history where travellers and locals alike come together to enjoy traditional small town hospitality accompanied by great food.
Accommodation is reasonably priced (bed and breakfast) and comfortable. The extensive a la carte menu, for lunch and dinner, boasts flavour and quality. Fresh fish is brought in from Jeffrey’s Bay and the slow matured steaks are the owner’s pride and joy. The Hotel comes highly recommended.
Relax on the stoep and take in the scenery of the tractor traffic humming by whilst enjoying the best steak in town or a sundowner drink.
Night 7. Speekhout Treehouse, Baviaanskloof
Tel: +27 (0)87 700 4494
An unusual escape and a completely different experience, this adult wooden treehouse is built in the boughs of an ancient sprawling red Karee tree (Rhus Lancea). The dwelling is enveloped by the branches of a living tree, with lush vegetation and bush as a private garden
It is free standing and away from other guest accommodation on the farm, also making it naturally private. Just like all the other getaways, it is totally off the road and traffic cannot be heard. It can also accommodate a larger group in conjunction with the other dwellings on our farm
Equipped as a self-catering getaway with gas and electricity, the Tree House also has a newly installed enclosed fireplace making cold karoo winter nights warm inside. There is an outdoor braai area for starry summer nights and mountain views alike
The bushed-in and gladded open air bathroom allows you to have a hot shower as well as beautiful views of the mountain and bird life. Clean linen and fresh towels are provided, as well as hot water bottles for cold nights
It is pet-friendly, provided you please bring their own sleeping and feeding accessories
Please remember to pack for 4 seasons in 1 day!
Night 8 & 9. 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 10. 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 11. 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 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.
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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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