Passes & Parks Eastern cape 2020

Overview

What a great tour we had last time out. If you think this is one of those places you might skip, think again. It is one of the most breathtaking tours in our region.

We start in the Karoo and set up for the night for a bit of stargazing in Sutherland. If you have not been there before…….it is time to go. We do the tour in summer so it should not be too cold.

From there we drive the famous route 62 past Montaque and Barrydale, we have a beer at Ronnie’s sex shop and then on to the coastal region where we do several passes and historical and breathtaking landmarks. 

Prince Alfred pass is special and if you have not driven it it is time to do it. Opened in 1866 and built by Thomas Bain whom has various of his fingermarks scattered through our country, it is truly an enjoyable drive. Not difficult and spectacular.

The Baviaans need no introduction and a night here is always good.

The Bedrogfontein eco route in Addo is one of those that is best not described by me, as I would do it an injustice. It is pretty, spectacular, mind blowing, scenic, eco experience. As I said I will do it an injustice. You have to experience it yourself.

Finally on to the Mountain zebra park for our last night…..special.

The Itinerary

Day 1.

We all make our way to the starting point of our journey, Sutherland. It is a good time for star gazing as it should be dark moon. Clouds permitting we will enjoy a stars night in Sutherland.

Day 2.

After breakfast we head south. We drive through the gorgeous Karoo on route 62. Montaque, Barrydale. Maybe a good time to tell you about Lake Karoo. We sleep in the Klein Karoo.

Day 3.

After breakfast we head down to George. Here we start our backroad journey, including the seven passes, and make our way through to Knysna. Restaurants in town if you feel like a bit of “glamping”. Maybe an oyster or two…or three.

Day 4.

After breakfast we continue our journey and turn north. We drive the Prince Alfred pass, steeped in history and architecture, we pass the Diepwalle reserve. And we stop for lunch at Angies G Spot. They have a very good burger! We continue north and make our way to the start of the Baviaans. We sleep here for the night.

Day 5.

We take the day to drive through the Baviaanskloof. It is a casual day and we stop for coffee and lunch in the kloof during the day. Once we are out we head towards Jeffreys bay for the night. Jip we are in Jeffreys, so calamari in town might be a good idea.

Day 6.

We pack our gear and head off to Addo first thing in the morning. We enter the park and start the Bedrogfontein eco route. The route takes you through and over some of the most spectacular mountains with incredible flora. The route is a 4×4 route and requires low range, but that is more for managing your speed on rocky river beds and steep mountain passes. The 4×4 driving is not very technical.

Day 7.

We head towards our last night on tour at the Mountain Zebra national park. A lovely spot to complete our tour as we go for a game drive and just enjoy a relaxed evening under the Karoo skies before heading back home.

Day 8.

We split up and head home as early as you wish to leave.

Tour specific comments

Vehicle:

A normal 4×4 with low range as you buy them from the shop floor. No special kit required.

Drivers:

No experience required, I personally guide the tour and will give you everything you need as we go.

Towing:

You may bring your off road trailer, no Caravans.

Other:

 

Here is a video of the route

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