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3-Night Karoo Cycling Breakaway

8 – 14 guests (couples sharing).

Scenic challenging gravel road cycling on a 12 000 hectare Karoo farm where 2000 head of antelope roam.

Day 1

  • Arrive in time for a SUNSET SPIN      13 km
  • Casual Welcome Dinner

Day 2 

  • Optional SUNRISE SPEEDSTER     14km.
  • Breakfast.
  • Cycle to PLATEAU….. across to highest point ROOIBERG   19km
  • Hopefully Zebra, Rooi Hartebeest sightings…
  • Breeze down to TRONKKLOOF HUISIE for light lunch  9 km.
  • Back to base      8 km
  • Drinks in The Pub and Hearty Dinner.

Day 3

  • Early light Breakfast.
  • Cycle to STUKKENDE DAM,  VLEI CAMP, RENOSTERHUIS  14km.
  • Back road to PLATEAU.    Veld Lunch, return home.
  • Optional: Intense challenging ride to Rietfontein (needs to be guided).
  • EVENING BRAAI and STARGAZING

Day 4

  • Another pre-dawn SUNRISE SPEEDSTER  22km
  • BREAKFAST and DEPARTURE…….wonderful memories have been made!

Cost

  • R 7 400 per cyclist sharing;   R5 500 per non-cyclist sharing.
  • Includes:  ALL MEALS, BEVERAGES, LOCAL BEER and WINE.

STARTER 3 NIGHT CYCLING BREAKAWAY is being offered at a 30% discount to the first 2 group bookings  (Minimum 8 guests).

Contact: Jenny Pickard  jenny@pickard.co.za
082 449 7700


KAROOSCAPES CYCLING TOUR

5 NIGHT CYCLING BREAKAWAY ON A KAROO FARM    
NEAR RICHMOND, NORTHERN CAPE

Karooscapes  is ideal for 8 – 14 guests (couples sharing).

Day 1             

Arrive in time for Casual Dinner.

BRIEFING….lots of chirping I’m sure!

Day 2             

  • Sunrise Spin for the Keensters!   18km.
  • HEARTY BREAKFAST
  • Off to the PLATEAU (steady climb), across to the highest point of the farm ROOIBERG.   360 degree view from the kopje.
  • Hopefully Zebra, Rooihartebeest sightings….
  • Meander down to TRONKKLOOF HUISIE for refreshments / light lunch;
  • easy cruise back to base.
  • 26 km 

Day 3             

  • Early light Breakfast.
  • Easy gradient fast cycle to STUKKENDE DAM,  VLEI CAMP, RENOSTERHUIS for veld lunch.   23 km
  • See Scimitar Oryx, Lechwe, Springbok
  • Return option via RIETFONTEIN….VERY HECTIC  17km;
  • or straight back home.       
  • EVENING BRAAI and STARGAZING

Day 4             

  • Breakfast
  • OUTRIDE to Murraysburg.
  • Lunch in the village or on a farm just outside Murraysburg.
  • CYCLE /be driven back to base     30 /60km
  • BLIND WINE TASTING AND CASUAL CURRY EVENING.

Day 5 

  • Early start after coffee and rusks to RICHMOND  22km
  • Breakfast at VETMUISKOMBUIS, hosted by the wonderful Janine Viljoen.
  • Pop into MAP contemporary gallery
  • Horse Museum      
  • Cycle / Drive back to farm  22km

OPTIONAL EXTRA:  DISTANCE RIDE TO HUTCHINSON 
60km one way.

FINAL DINNER….stories to tell, maybe even a few awards!

Day 6   

Depart at your leisure

Unforgettable memories and great friendships will have been forged

  • ITINERARY can be adjusted to the needs of the group.
  • Full backup always available.
  • Daily laundry facility.

Karooscapes Cycling Tour is unique and very special.

COST:  

  • R 10  300 per cyclist sharing for 5 night stay
  • R   7 000 per non-cyclist sharing.

Includes: 

  • All meals (on or off the farm),
  • All backup support.
  • All local beers, wine, beverages.

Our Whisky Trolley and Gin Bar paid separately.

Also available:

  • 4 night package
    R 8 800 per cyclist sharing.
    R 6 000 per non-cyclist sharing.
  • 3 night package     
    R 7 400 per cyclist sharing.
    R 5 500 per non-cyclist sharing.

Contact: Jenny Pickard  jenny@pickard.co.za
082 449 7700


House of Sorrow

Category : Karoo Life , Uncategorised

EXCERPTS FROM MANNA IN THE DESERT:

I absolutely love the writings from Alfred de Jager Jackson’s book, MANNA IN THE DESERT, originally published in 1920.    Their farm in the Karoo “where you find rest for the body and comfort for the troubled soul” had been in their family for generations. 
Alfred’s insights, descriptions and tales bear heavily upon me, as he describes the ”home of want and of plenty”.   He is a true Karoo son.

Alfred’s introductory chapter to this book is called Likeness of the Karroo. No spelling error….this is how Karoo was written in days gone by.

To what shall we liken this Great Karroo?…..
desert of frowns and smiles land of drought and rains place of lean and fat home of want and plenty wilderness of desolation garden of beauty      country of sadness barren plains dead mountains that yet hold so much life. house of sorrow and yet of much rejoicing

Alfred de Jager Jackson described the Karroo in its days of its drought and desolation as a wonderful but very sad woman, whose noble head is adorned with raven-black tresses that become her so well.She is stately and gracious, because her sadness and sorrow are hidden.The following day….the sun rises…..her raven locks become golden and radiant, lit up by the morning orb.But….there are heavy dews upon her brow, they hang upon her lashes.   She weeps, though she tries to smile bravely. The early north-wind gently stirs her garments of sombre brown, gathering the fragrance of the sweet herbs.It kisses away the sad dews upon her brow and her eyes.You feel and know that the rains will come. They will wash off the Lines and Tears of Sorrow.        They will drive away the Want and the Leanness and the Barrenness.

We have been deeply involved with our farm in the Karoo for the past 20 years.Only 20 years!…time has flown.

Besides our children, “the farm” has been our most important endeavour, a very great joy and a huge learning curve for us!It is indeed an honour and a privilege to be custodians of a small part of God’s earth. We do all that we are able to sustain and nurture this precious part of the world given to us.