5 day Guided Off-Road
Adventure to the karoo
- All lodge accommodation.
- Dinner and breakfast included.
- R 9 899 per person sharing.
- Single supplement R 2 200.
- Soft roader and 4x2 friendly tour.
9 - 13 March 2022
16 of 16 places available
9 - 13 June 2022
16 of 16 places available
Set in the Nieu Bethesda area of the Eastern Karoo, this exciting new off-road tour is the first in a series of exciting back road tours through the Karoo. Suitable for both 4x4 and 4x2 vehicles, it brings a whole new meaning to the word “adventure”. We guarantee you will see and experience things you didn’t know existed in South Africa.
It's also our mission to support the South African tourism industry, which has been heavily hit by the Covid-19 crisis, by bringing much-needed cash flow to the small lodges we'll be staying at on our adventure. If you’re interested in finding out more about this intriguing off-road Karoo adventure, please read through the brief itinerary set out below and book your place on this incredible off-road adventure today...
Itinerary of the Off-Road Tour
We all meet up at our lodge on the banks of the Orange River in the Gariep dam area. Here we will enjoy a lovely dinner while getting to know one another. The SA Adventure team will give a detailed rundown of the tour we are about to undertake, sharing many years experience and tales of 4x4 off-road adventures we've been on. We will also give you some of the history of this amazing dam constructed in 1965. (opened in 1971)
We make our way to the magical, historical town of Nieu Bethesda by means of some very scenic gravel roads. We arrive by lunchtime and eat at the award-winning Waenhuis Restaurant. The various guesthouses will serve as accommodation throughout our stay in Nieu Bethesda. The afternoon of Day 2 will be spent exploring the soulful sites this town has to offer, such as the
Owl House, The Dutch Reformed Church, Sneeuberg Microbrewery, Cheese Farm & Coffee Roastery.
The day will start off with a hearty breakfast at the Nieu Karoo Country Restaurant, followed by a tour of the James Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre where the local guide Andries will share his knowledge on the creatures that roamed these Karoo planes 150 million years prior to the most well-known dinosaurs. Andries will then lead us down to the river where we will see unexcavated sites with actual fossils of these creatures still in place embedded in the sediment! After our fossil adventure we will go on an off-road excursion around the famous Kompasberg – the hauntingly beautiful pointed mountain you’ll see as you enter Nieu Bethesda. We end our day as the sun sets at the lookout point with a sundowner drink.
Breakfast in Nieu Bethesda is followed by some off-roading towards the gem of the Karoo: the town of Graaff- Reinet. Here we will explore one of the oldest towns in South Africa which was established in 1786. We’ll wander around town, visiting the Dutch reformed church, as well as the South African Giant flag project before making our way to the Camdeboo National Park where you will see one of the most awe-inspiring scenes you will ever lay your eyes upon: the vastness of the Valley of Desolation. Following our lesson in palaeontology from Andries on Day 3, it will become quite clear to imagine the once magnificent inland sea which is now the great and arid Karoo. Our preliminary end to the day will be some great off-road driving taking us back to Graaff- Reinet, followed by absolute luxury in an award-winning, five-star hotel.
The last day of our adventure is epic. Although the tour is winding down, we end in high spirits driving our 4x4's through beautiful Karoo scenery and back roads towards the Kuilfontein. On the way there we will stopover at Ganora farm to experience some of the many Bushmen paintings, medicinal plants as well as more unexcavated fossils that are in this area. Kuilfontein is a beautiful working farm where the stables have been converted into luxury suites. The farm has many tales but the best is about the lioness who took over the main dwelling to raise her cubs! We then all meet for dinner where we’ll share our experiences and relive the adventure through the viewpoint of the new lifelong friends we’ve made.
So why go on a Karoo Tour with
SA Adventure has been conducting off-road 4x4 tours for just over 12 years. Our track record speaks for itself and the relationship we have with all the lodges on this Karoo 4x4 tour have been built up over the years. We pride ourselves on safety and nothing is more important to us than your well being while on your off-road tour. We have a full support truck, guide and medic on every adventure. You can relax on your 4x4 holiday and rest easy that SA Adventure has taken care of all the little details to make your experience an unforgettable one!