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Klein Karoo Odyssey

The Klein Karoo is a region that conjures up images of quaint villages, unspoiled landscapes, striking mountain passes and ostrich farms. Along this route you’ll not only drive some of the most beautiful passes and poorts in the country, but you will also discover many other hidden natural wonders, meet down-to-earth people and experience a serenity only found on the wide open landscapes of the Klein Karoo. 

tour duration 10 Days
from R14,450
next trip 14 Mar 2022
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On this Bhejane 4x4 Adventure you get the full Klein Karoo experience since you'll be travelling the entire length and width of the region. The journey starts in the beautiful village of Barrydale from where we depart for Montagu, on the western border of the Klein Karoo. From here the route snakes to both north and south of the R62, ever eastward, exploring lesser-visited regions as well as the picturesque towns that the Klein Karoo is known for. If you’ve ever wondered what lies beyond the famous R62 route, this is your chance to find out!

Highlights include

  • Stunning mountain passes & poorts
  • Anysberg, Swartberg and Gamkaskloof Nature Reserves
  • Picturesque countryside roads
  • Explore regions beyond the R62
  • Characterful Klein Karoo towns
  • Scenic landscapes

Included

All camp fees & park entrance fees
All meals
Listed activities
Professional guide
Tented Accommodation
Two-way radio communication

Excluded

Guide Gratuity

Tour Dates

14 Mar 2022 - 23 Mar 2022 - R14,450.00

Day 1: Montagu

The tour group meet each other just after lunchtime in Barrydale, one of the most iconic towns in the whole of the Klein Karoo. Make sure to arrive early so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the restaurants, shops, art galleries and antique shops around town before we depart as a group.  

From Barrydale we drive west to Montagu. Montagu lies at the westernmost edge of the Klein Karoo and is a town steeped in rich history. We spend the afternoon here, exploring both the natural and human stories of the area.

Before meeting the rest of the group each vehicle must ensure that all final logistical details such as the filling of fuel tanks and personal shopping (snacks, drinks, medication, etc.) are completed. At dinner time we'll discuss the route itinerary for the rest of the tour and what to expect on our full first day on the road.

Day 2 & 3: Anysberg Nature Reserve

Today our journey leads us north to a region of the Klein Karoo that sees very few visitors. After breakfast we leave Montagu and take on the 38 bends of the Ouberg Pass. On the other side of the pass a beautiful gravel road leads us to Anysberg Nature Reserve.

The nearly 80 000 hectares of Anysberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in a long valley between the majestic Cape Fold Mountains. We spend two nights here to fully relish in the solitude, unspoiled natural beauty and starry night skies. The reserve also boasts one of the most scenic plaas dam swimming pools you’ll ever see!

Day 4: Van Wyksdorp

We start the day with a wholesome breakfast before heading for the eastern gate of Anysberg. Here our route leads us to the northern entrance of the stunning Seweweekspoort. We take our time traveling through the imposing mountain peaks before passing the missionary villages of Amalienstien and Zoar before reaching Ladismith.

From Ladismith we set course for another lesser-travelled region of the Klein Karoo, skimming the southern slopes of the Rooiberg mountains en route to Van Wyksdorp. Once again we experience the peace and quiet of the Klein Karoo around a lovely campfire. 

Day 5: Oudtshoorn

Our convoy turns north once more, this time traversing the striking Rooiberg Pass. After enjoying the panoramic views from the top of the pass, we descend into the Olifants River valley below. Here we follow the historic R62 road eastward to the outskirts of Oudtshoorn.

During our time here we visit an ostrich show farm for an inside look at this world famous industry. We also visit the other world famous attraction for which Oudtshoorn is known for, the spectacular Cango Caves.

Day 6: Gamkaskloof

Today’s driving distance is not very far, but includes two of the most famous mountain passes in all of South Africa, the Swartberg Pass and the Gamkaskloof Pass.

After breakfast we depart for the start of the Swartberg Pass, not far from our campsite. We follow the winding pass up the Swartberg mountains for a sweeping view over the plains of the Klein Karoo from the top. Just beyond the summit we reach the start of the Gamkaskloof Pass, a dirt road descending eastward into a valley known as Die Hel. We spend the night in Die Hel and meet some of its isolated inhabitants.

Day 7 & 8: Prins Albert

The next morning we enjoy breakfast in Die Hel and before turning back west to continue our journey. The Gamkaskloof Pass leads us back to the top of the Swartberg Pass where we turn north. We take our time descending the northern section of the Swartberg Pass before reaching the town of Prins Albert.

We spend two nights in the Prins Albert area. By this time we’ve settled into the slow rhythm of the Karoo and our leisure time here gives us the chance to explore the quaint town, meet some of its collection of artists and revel in the unspoilt landscape.

Day 9: Uniondale and beyond

We depart Prins Albert in an easterly direction for a quick drive to the northern entrance of the majestic Meiringspoort. After visiting its famous waterfall we continue south through the poort to De Rust and onwards to Uniondale.

Uniondale is known as the eastern border of the Klein Karoo and it is here that we can finally say we’ve driven the entire length of the region. Yet our journey does not end here, since one more breathtaking mountain pass awaits. We traverse the Prins Alfred Pass from north to south, travelling along a historic route linking the Klein Karoo to the coast. 

Our last evening is spent under the forest canopy at Diepwalle, one of the most stunning sections of the Knysna Forest. Here, around a warm campfire one last time, we reflect on a discovery of the Klein Karoo’s hidden magic!

Day 10: Farewell

After a final hearty breakfast, the Bhejane crew bid you farewell. From camp the N9 and N2 highways are within a stone’s throw for your onward journey. 

Answer

● You must drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle with good ground clearance. Low range and a rear differential lock is recommended, but not essential
● The tyres on your vehicle cannot be low profile road tyres. Ensure it is fitted with high profile floating tyres with good off-road capabilities (AT or MT type)
● Your spare wheel must be full size (no Space Savers / Marie biscuits), fitted to a rim and of the same size as the primary wheels
● You do not need any previous sand, rock or off-road driving experience
● Make sure that your 4x4 is mechanically fit before you leave home
● Pack a compressor (pump) and a pressure gauge if you have one (we can supply if not)
● Bring all necessary emergency gear, tools and spare parts for your vehicle
● Recovery points must be fitted on both the front and the rear of the vehicle

Strictly no trailers!

Answer

● For this tour you do not need to carry extra fuel (i.e. jerry cans). However, we will be driving with 4x4 engaged for long periods which decreases fuel efficiency. Please check your own vehicle’s consumption. To err on the side of caution, you may calculate fuel consumption as follows:
Petrol vehicles: 5 - 7km per liter
Diesel vehicles: 5km per liter

Answer

● Mattress, sleeping bag, bedding, camp chairs, folding table (small)
● Personal shade items such as an awning, gazebo, beach umbrella, etc.
● Beverages, alcoholic drinks & snacks
● Strong garbage bags. Each vehicle carries its own waste, no exception
● Personal items such as medication, sunblock, torch, binoculars, camera, batteries, etc.

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● A qualified and experienced guide
● A qualified and experienced support crew and chef
● Two-way radios to all vehicles
● 3 Meals per day
● All cutlery and crockery (we also do the washing up!)
● Water (for kitchen use only)
● All tents and camping equipment. We set up and break down your tent and the camp every day
● Entry fees to all inclusive parks, tours and activities