* New Tour - Bedrogfontein-Zuurberg
* Back to back tours - Ben 10 to Sani via Lesotho
* Cederberg Tour - Chapter 3
* South African History - Chapter 20
* Pass of the Week
* Words of Wisdom
The Bedrogfontein-Zuurberg Tour (22nd to 24th November)
Set in the Suurberg Mountains north of Addo and Kirkwood, this tour will start in the west in the Wolwefontein area at a game farm which will include a game drive (weather permitting) on the day of arrival. The next morning we will set off up a series of steep sided poorts to cross the Darlington Dam below the wall and then connect with the R400 for a short while before heading back into the scenic northern side of the mountain range. The Zuurberg Pass will the highlight of the first day with it's many sharp corners and amazing views, culminating with an overnight stay at the summit of the pass in a lovely hotel.
Day 2 involves a descent of the Doringnek pass towards Addo and Kirkwood and then the Bedrogfontein 4x4 route will take up the rest of the day with its thick bush, kudus, warthogs, monkeys, baboons and bristling birdlife. The route ranges between a Grade 1 and Grade 3, but 90% is fairly easy driving with just enough of the tricky stuff to keep drivers honest. The overnight stop will be at another bush lodge near the Darlington Dam, close to the starting point.
Day 3 is at leisure with the choice of a game drive or an early departure for home. Bookings opened on Monday and already the first tickets have been snapped up. We can only take 10 vehicles, and obviously 4x4 with low range is prerequisite. This will be the final tour on offer for 2019. Sign up and discover why more than 50% of all our bookings are repeat business.
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On tour for two weeks - As you read this newsletter we will be heading up towards Elliot for the start of the Ben 10 V2 Tour on Saturday 21st September. The weather forecast is looking fine and our local lady on the spot reports very little snow during the winter with conditions being dry. A light drizzle before we get there would be nice to keep convoy dust levels down, but rather dry than muddy!
On the 25th we drive up to the Free State town of Clocolan to meet our next group at Zuikerkop Lodge departing on the 27th September for the Lesotho-Sani Tour and a beautiful drive to the Katse Dam (which is extremely low at the moment with only 13% water levels). From Katse we head north over some of the highest passes in Africa (higher than 3000m) to spend our second night at the Oxbow Lodge and our 3rd day takes us down the Sani Pass - the highlight of the tour where our final night will be spent at the Sani Hotel.
Both of these tours are fully booked.
There will be lots to report back on when we return, but in our absence the newsletters will continue and of course our Face Book page will feature photos on the go and a few short video clips to let you know how things are going.
Descending the very steep and bumpy Eselbank Pass and being able to see Wupperthal for almost 30 minutes from the top of the pass, lends credence to the saying "Distance lends enchantment to the view" for as we crossed the low level bridge and entered the town from the south, the harsh reality of the recent devastating fires was something of a shock.
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