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    16 Days: Exploring the Karoo

    Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant National Park, Cradock, Graaff-Reinet, Nieu-Bethesda, Karoo and Samara Private Game Reserve

    Itinerary

    2 Nights

    Fifth Avenue Beach House, Port Elizabeth

    Port Elizabeth’s idyllic beachfront is right on your doorstep when staying at 5th Avenue Beach House. Besides offering comfortable and affordable accommodation, 5th Avenue is also only a short distance from the city’s many beachfront attractions, bars and restaurants. Accommodation comes in the form of a number of bedrooms littered around the swimming pool and garden. Each one is equipped with an en suite bathroom, television and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests can also take a short drive outside of the city to enjoy Addo Elephant Park or simply relax at the poolside. A hearty breakfast comes standard with any stay at 5th Avenue Beach House.

    Bed and Breakfast

    2 Nights

    Camp Figtree Addo, Addo Elephant National Park

    Camp Figtree welcomes one to an era of Colonial sophistication, to the beauty of the African Continent and the warm friendship of the Eastern Cape Province. Nestled in the heart of the Sunday’s River Valley, Camp Figtree is a remote, private eco-lodge set on top of the stunning Zuurberg Mountain range. Resting between Ntsomi Conservancy to the south and the Addo Elephant National Park to the north, the camp boasts untouched floral surroundings. Secluded and luxurious, Camp Figtree offers a relaxing and unique safari getaway. The rooms are spacious and lavishly decorated and guests have a choice between the Superior Suites, Luxury Suites or a luxury safari tented adventure. Game drives and elephant back safaris are readily available.

    Bed and Breakfast

    2 Nights

    Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor, Cradock

    Die Tuishuise consist of 30 refurbished Karoo style cottages ideally located in Market Street, Cradock. Die Tuishuise have been awarded the coveted “Simon van der Stel” Gold Medal for restoration.

    These unique houses have been restored to their former splendour, recreating the gracious

    bygone era of the 1840’s. Guests are afforded the rare opportunity to escape the present and

    enjoy the historically rich surrounding, as well as the personalised service and amenities required by today’s discerning traveller.

    Bed and Breakfast

    2 Nights

    Drostdy Hotel, Graaff-Reinet

    Drostdy Hotel can be found in the picturesque Karoo town of Graaff- Reinet. With over 220 heritage sites located in the town, the Drostdy Hotel is the ideal accommodation for those who want to step back in time. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation in 48 beautiful rooms, all housed within its Cape Dutch-style exterior. The De Camdeboo restaurant boasts a local flair and each meal is an experience of South African flavours. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can all be enjoyed at the restaurant. Be sure to try out the Karoo lamb! The Valley of Desolation is a short drive from town and promises a beautiful excuse for a day trip.

    Bed and Breakfast

    2 Nights

    Ganora Guest Farm & Excursions, Nieu-Bethesda

    Ganora Guest Farm offers holidaymakers 3-Star accommodation on a sheep farm just outside Nieu-Bethesda. The guest farm offers both B&B and self-catering accommodation options. All of the rooms boast an en-suite bathroom, a fan, heater, and tea and coffee making facilities. Ganora Guest Farm is the perfect destination for a family farm getaway, as the farm offers plenty of fun activities and excursions. You can enjoy a guided tour of bushman paintings in the area, a fossil walk in the veld or a museum visit. You can also go birding, hiking or biking.

    Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

    2 Nights

    Glen Harry Game Reserve, Karoo

    Ganora Guest Farm offers holidaymakers 3-Star accommodation on a sheep farm just outside Nieu-Bethesda. The guest farm offers both B&B and self-catering accommodation options. All of the rooms boast an en-suite bathroom, a fan, heater, and tea and coffee making facilities. Ganora Guest Farm is the perfect destination for a family farm getaway, as the farm offers plenty of fun activities and excursions. You can enjoy a guided tour of bushman paintings in the area, a fossil walk in the veld or a museum visit. You can also go birding, hiking or biking.

    Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

    3 Nights

    Karoo Lodge at Samara, Samara Private Game Reserve

    Samara Karoo Lodge is set in the Samara Private Game Reserve, a luxury safari getaway situated in the Great Karoo area of South Africa. Located just forty minutes from Graaf-Reinet, the reserve offers a unique experience in a culturally and historically rich part of South Africa. Accommodation offered by the lodge is the swanky Karoo Lodge, a luxury farmstead that can accommodate up to 18 guests. In addition to the farmstead, there is also a beautiful manor that offers 4 expansive rooms and can accommodate 8 people. 

    Activities provided for guests include game drives, guided walks, wilderness picnics, birdwatching, stargazing sleep-out, mountain biking and other safari activities.

    Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

    All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

    Includes:

    Car Hire Day 1 – Day 16

    • Automatic Toyota Rav 4 or Similar
    • GPS, Contract Fee and One Way Fee
    • Pick up and Drop off Care Hire at Port Elizabeth Airport 

    Accommodation:

    01-03 March 2022: Fifth Avenue Beach House

    • Accommodation in 1 x Standard Room
    • Breakfast daily

    03-05 March 2022: Camp Figtree

    • Accommodation in 1 x Superior Suite
    • Breakfast daily
    • Activity – Day 4: Self-drive through the Addo National Park (Park /Gate Entrance fees client to pay upon arrival).

    05-07 March 2022: Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor (Karoo)

    • Accommodation in 1 x Tuisehuise House Room
    • Breakfast daily 
    • Activity – Day 6: Self-drive through the Mountain Zebra National Park (Park /Gate Entrance fees client to pay upon arrival).

    07-09 March 2022:  Drostdy Hotel (Graaff-Reinet)

    • Accommodation in 1 x Standard Room
    • Breakfast daily
    • Activity Day 8: Self-drive through the Camdeboo National Park & Valley of Desolation (Park /Gate Entrance fees client to pay upon arrival).

    09-11 March 2022: Ganora Guest Farm (Nieu Bethesda)

    • Accommodation in 1 x Standard Room
    • Breakfast daily
    • Day 9:
       – Dinner will be provided
    • Day 10:
      – Dinner will be provided
      – Fossil Walk/tour

    11-13 March 2022: Glen Harry Game Reserve

    • Accommodation in 1 x Standard Lapa Room
    • Lunch & Dinner will be provided on the first day
    • Day 2: 
      – All meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
      – One game drive per person

    13-16 March 2022: Samara Private Game Reserve 

    • Accommodation in 1 x  Karroo Lodge Standard Room
    • All meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Game drive snacks
    • Selective local beverages such as specialty teas, coffee & soft drinks and selected alcoholic drinks during game drives
    • Access to 67,000 acres of privately-owned born-again wilderness
    • Twice daily game drives with accredited guides & trackers
    • Spekboom planting experience
    • Guided bush walks & wildlife tracking*
    • Access to ongoing conservation activities*
    • Tracker Academy excursion*
    • Children’s activity program
    • Wifi in rooms & common areas
    • Value Added Tax at 15%

    Excludes:

    • All flights and transfers
    • Medical & Travel Insurance
    • All meals not mentioned
    • All activities not mentioned
    • All beverages not mentioned
    • Conservation/Community fees
    • Park/Gate Entrance fees
    • Any item of personal nature
    • Anything else not mentioned