The Karoo Desert is a part of South Africa that many people pass through, but very few take the time to explore in depth. It's a region of fascinating local tradition, delicious food, endless views and thousands of gawky ostriches! This 2 week trip will bring you both the best of the Cape and an unforgettable behind-the-scenes glimpse of the under-explored Karoo.
You'll begin your trip in Port Elizabeth, at the far end of the Garden Route, with sweeping views of the bay. Here, you can shake off the jetlag, lounge in the stunning sunken swimming pool and stroll through the frangipani-filled gardens. Next, you'll head to Addo Elephant National Park, where you'll stay in an luxurious tented suite that breathes the spirit of safari. At sunrise and sunset, you'll set out on thrilling game drives, watching dozens of elephant gather at the waterholes in the first light of day.
Then, you'll get your first taste of the South African Karoo. You'll stay at a traditional colonial Karoo homestead surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, deep within the Samara Private Game Reserve. You'll take game drives into the pristine wilderness and trek through the fragrant bush. After this, you'll continue to the Klein Karoo, staying in a beautiful country house just outside the quirky town of Oudtshoorn - the ostrich capital of the world. Here, you can visit the historical Cango Caves, stand on an ostrich egg and even watch the wacky local ostrich derby!
Once you've explored the Karoo, you'll turn towards the Cape, spending 2 nights in the enchanting Cape Winelands. You'll stay at an exclusive manor house and well-known winery, where your private patio will overlook endless rows of vineyards ripening in the sunshine. Finally, your trip will end in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world.
Holiday Title: Karoo Scenery and Incredible Places
Countries Visited: South Africa
Make your way into the Arrivals Hall at Port Elizabeth Airport and find the Bidvest Car Rental office. Complete the necessary paperwork - you will need to present your driving licence, passport and credit card. The keys to your hire car will then be handed over to you.
15 Day Car Rental: Group D: Honda Jazz or similar (on Super Cover)
Drive to Singa Guest House, situated close to the beach in Port Elizabeth and offering a distinctive and luxurious modern fusion of Eastern and African decor.
Allow about 45 minutes to an hour to drive to Gorah, the only private concession and camp situated in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of elephants on earth. Gorah is malaria-free, has the Big 5 and is a member of Relais & Chateaux.
Drive to the Samara Private Game Reserve (approx 250 km / 2 h 30 mins). Elegant lodges provide luxury accommodation nestled between an amphitheatre of mountains on 70,000 acres, where wildlife roams. An amazing wonderfully relaxing experience awaits you here.
Drive to Oudtshoorn (approx 375 km / 4 h 30 mins). Rosenhof is situated on the outskirts of the town and the carefully renovated homestead (from around 1852), with its yellow wood beams and ceilings and a tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes an aura of authenticity.
Drive to Cape Town (approx 45 km / 45 mins). Four Rosmead is a luxury boutique hotel, situated on the slopes of Table Mountain within walking distance of Green Market Square and a short drive form the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens and the beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay.