The Camdeboo is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric regions of the Great Karoo. Only a small portion of the 500 000 square kilometer big Karoo, the Camdeboo incorporates vast plains stretching from the foothills of the Sneeuberge in the north to the rugged wilderness of the Baviaans Mountains in the south. It rises from an elevation of approximately 700-metres above sea level on the plains south of Graaff-Reinet, to a height of 2,502-metre in the Kompasberg, the highest mountain peak in the district that looms to the north over the isolated village of Nieu Bethesda, the region offers some of the most stunning vista's in South Africa.
This area transitions from the seemingly isolated and tinder-dry Koup Karoo in the west to the gentler landscape of the Eastern Karoo and ultimately, the lush rolling hills of Settler Country and the old Transkei in the east. Eve Palmer in her book The Plains of Camdeboo describes the region as “a country flooded by sun, lonely, sparse, wind-swept and treeless on the flats for many miles.” This is truly a frontier area which enchants and captures visitors with its rugged beauty.
The Camdeboo invites exploration and the network of country roads and the isolated towns and villages scattered across the great plain and in the surrounding mountains provide an endless source of interesting scenic, cultural and historic experiences that will entice you to stay longer in order to get a true sense of this extraordinary region of the Great Karoo. The laid-back pace of life, the almost endless sunshine and the extraordinary vistas of rolling mountains and sweeping plains are the backdrop to one of the most enticing areas in South Africa. All that is needed is a sense of adventure, the lure of the open road and the time to explore.
Source: karoo-southafrica.co.za - David Frandsen
Average Daily Distance
We leave our base and head south Vereeniging, Heilbron and Bethlehem before a short stop in Clarens - the jewel of the Free State. From Clarens, we take a route through to Ladybrand, our first overnight stop.
Our day starts with a heading towards Aliwal North via Wepener and on to historic Burgersdorp, before travelling southwards to Hofmeyr and Cradock. Here we enter the Camdeboo region itself. We continue to our next overnight in Somerset East, taking in some of the breathtaking sights the region offers.
Day three sees us travel through the Blue Crane Route to Graaf Reinet the former 'capital' of the region and our base for the next two nights. After a brief stop, we head out through Jansenville, Steytlervlle and Willowmore before returning via Aberdeen - a wonderful 'loop' through some amazing countryside.
Today sees us exploring the region in more depth with visits to the Valley of Desolation, Nieu-Bethesda and scenic rides through the Nadeberg, Lootsberg and Wapadsberg passes. Our second night is spent in Graaf Reinet.
The final day of this tour takes us north towards Middelburg and through Steynsburg, Venterstad and Bethulie at the Gariep Dam. We continue through Smithfield and Wepener before joining the N1 at Tweespruit and riding to Kroonstad. Here we detour to Parys and Carltonville before arriving back at our base in the late afternoon.
24 August 2019
What can you expect?
The secret to the utmost enjoyment of the Karoo is to slow down, to take the back roads, to stop every so often to drink in the silence, tranquility and spectacular landscapes and to take the time to enjoy the hospitality of the Karoo. This tour allows you to discover that the Karoo is a destination in its own right and not merely a region to endure.
What is included?
Five nights accommodation in 4-5 Star (or equivalent) accommodation
All breakfasts and dinners
Bike hire (excl deposit)
Applicable entrance fees
Specialist guides at major sites
Comprehensive Route Guide with all relevant route information
Personalised post-tour photobook
From £2 300.00 or $2 900.00
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