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Landscape Tours
Location: Karoo, South Africa
Price: R8950 per person
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  • Duration: 4 Days.
  • Departure Dates 2020: 16 February, 29 March, 11 November
  • How Active: (G) – suitable for everyone.
  • Starts: Cape Town

Karoo Skies

This tour will show you the most dramatic Karoo landscapes; from the wide open, arid plains, to the deep valleys and canyons of the escarpment.
We spend most of our days on the higher lying areas, where the air is crystal clear, and the night skies are astounding. The people we meet are a delight, and we take little-used routes and mountain passes to give you a very special opportunity to explore this remote Karoo high country – far from the frenetic pace of big city life.

We pick you up from home to begin our journey through spectacular Boland mountain scenery, and see the transition in the environment as we enter the semi-arid Karoo. Our route follows the historic trans-karoo railway line which dates back to before the Anglo Boer war when this was the life-line for moving soldiers and supplies into the interior. On the first night we stay the historic Lord Milner Hotel in Matjiesfontein, a small oasis in the semi-desert where time stood still. After a visit to Laingsburg we head for the Karoo Escarpment, and slowly make our way to the top along winding farm roads, pausing to admire the unfolding views.

We stay in sleepy Sutherland for 2 nights, where we visit the world famous South African Astronomical Observatory for a day-time tour. We learn more about the state-of-the-art telescopes and other installations, and have a close-up look at the workings of the new SALT telescope. At night we visit an exciting private observatory, to gaze through large computerised telescopes.

View our comprehensive Karoo Skies itinerary here.

For more information about this tour please fill in the form on our Contact Page and one of our consultants will be in touch with you.

Stay at                                                                         

Lord Milner Hotel, Matjiesfontein – 1 night 2015-Karoo
Kambrokind Guest House, Sutherland – 2 nights 

How Active? General Suitable for everyone (subject to the minimum physical requirements in our tour conditions). On the tour you can be more active or less active as you prefer. Everyone can enjoy the full itinerary, and there are numerous places on the tour where the more active can see and do more – for example when we stop at beauty spots and points of interest, at meal and tea stops, and in free time.

Departures

  • 2020: 16 February, 29 March, 11 November

Price for 2020

R8 950.00 per person sharing (no single supplement)

All tour prices are subject to change, but once booked and the deposit paid, the price applicable at time of confirmation (excluding airfares/taxes) will remain immune from any possible price increases.

Included

  • Pick-up from, and return to, your home or hotel in Cape Town/Johannesburg/Durban on first and last day of tour, subject to being within a 40 Km radius from the relevant international airport.
  • Safe, comfortable air-conditioned minibuses or small coaches.
  • Expert and friendly guides who care about your personal enjoyment and welfare.
  • Comfortable accommodation at hotels, guesthouses, or National Parks chalets.
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Entrance fees (excluding optional extras if any).
  • Tips to hotels & restaurants, and portage.