This tour will start in Swellendam and end in Van Wyksdorp, exploring the vast, rugged beauty of the Swartberg range – one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world.
The routes we have chosen are generally not difficult, but we can’t take off-road caravans or trailers on this tour. (Please note that no pets are allowed.)
You pay per vehicle, and not per person – so this tour is ideal for families, a group of friends and couples.
- Distance: 750 km.
- Drivers’ Briefing, VHF Radio Fitment & Welcoming Party: 18h00 on Sunday, 10th July, 2022 in Buffelsjagrivier, near Swellendam.
- Start: Buffelsjagrivier – 08h30: Monday, 11th July, 2022
- Closing Function & Prize-giving: Rooiberg Lodge, 18h00 Thursday, 14th July, 2022
- End of Tour/Departure: 09h00 – Friday, 15th July, 2022
All vehicles will be supplied with FM marine-quality two-way radios so we can all communicate. (This is included in the tour price.)
Sunday 10th July: The group meets up at the Rotterdam Boutique Hotel in Buffelsjagrivier, near Swellendam after 1600 where we fit your two way radio and magnetic aerial, deflate tyres for gravel travel and have our meet & greet session where the finer details of the tour will be explained, indemnity forms signed, distribution of personal folders with notes, convoy driving order sheets, name tags and maps as well as a Q&A session. We enjoy a hearty dinner and a good night’s rest in preparation for the next day.
Monday 11th July: 08h30 After breakfast we run a radio check to ensure everyone has comms and then we take to the road. Our route heads east past Buffelsjagsrivier where we will stop at the famous Sugar Bridge. From there we head to the mission village of Suurbraak. Shortly after the village the tar gives way to gravel and we travel over a series of wonderfully scenic passes.
The passes are marked (G) for gravel and (T) for tar:
Moodies Pass (G)
Boosmansbos Pass (G)
Doringkraal Pass (G)
Seekoeigat Pass (G)
Wadrift Pass (G)
Gysmanshoek Pass (G)
Brandrivier Pass (G)
Ladismith (Refuelling point & rest rooms)
Hoekoe Valley / Stanley’s Light (G)
Visit the historic church at Zoar/Amalienstein
Seweweekspoort (G) with a lunch break at the lovely Tierkloof Dam
Bosluiskloof Pass (G)
Overnight at Bosch Luys Kloof Lodge. (Dinner, bed and breakfast) The lodge is inside a game reserve, so you can take a walk or possibly a drive down to the Gamkapoort Dam. There is a swimming pool and beautiful deck area at the main lodge, where kudu are often seen grazing close by.
Tuesday 12th July: Depart 0830 after breakfast. Our routing will be:
Bosluiskloof Pass (G) (ascending)
Seweweekspoort (G) (descending)
Huisrivier Pass (T)
Calitzdorp (Rest rooms & Refuelling option for vehicles with short fuel ranges)
Huis se Hoogte Pass (G)
Doringkloof Pass (G)
Rust en Vrede Pass (G)
Oude Muragie Road (G)
De Rust (Refuelling point and rest rooms)
Meiringspoort (T) (Stop at waterfall)
Kleinvlei Pass (G)
Kredouw Pass (T)
Prince Albert – our overnight stop will be at the Karoo Country Cottages. (Dinner, bed and breakfast)
Wednesday 13th July: Depart 0830 after breakfast. Routing for the day:
Witkrantzpoort (T) (Repeat)
Swartberg Pass (G) Northern section ascending
Gamkaskloof (G) (Westbound)
Elands Pass (G) Descending
Die Hel – Light Lunch at Plaasfontein (with Annatjie Joubert, the last remaining Klower)
Elands Pass (G) Ascending
Gamkaskloof (G) (Eastbound)
Swartberg Pass (G) Northern section descending
Our overnight stop will be at the lovely Swartberg Country Manor (Dinner,bed and breakfast). It is located on the southern foothills of the Swartberg range, near the bottom of the pass.
Thursday 14th July: Depart 08h30
We remain on gravel as we head towards the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve via the following passes:
Doringnek Pass (G) repeat
Huis se Hoogte (G) repeat
Coetzee’s Poort (G)
Gamkasberg Nature Reserve
Lawson’s Pass (G)
Kleinfontein Pass (G)
Uitspan Pass (G)
Assegaaibosch Pass (G)
Our final overnight stay is at the amazing Rooiberg Lodge (Dinner, bed & breakfast), where we will celebrate the end of the tour in style. The cuisine at Rooiberg is legendary. Arrive hungry!
Friday 15th July: Depart for home any time after breakfast, but not later than 10h00.
Price: R8490 per vehicle. (Price includes VHF radio hire)
What is included in the price:
The price of the tour at R8490 includes guiding, pamphlets, maps, name tags, radio hire, standard recovery costs, administration and documentation.
Recovery costs do not include mechanical breakdown, lowbed recovery, but does include towing out of a difficult situation or kinetic recoveries, and assistance with punctures.
MPSA arranges every last detail. We send you a packing list of what you need well before the tour. All you have to do is arrive with your ‘padkos’ and snacks and enjoy the tour.
Accommodation & food:
MPSA will invoice you for your accommodation/meals about 3 week’s ahead of the tour, so you only have one payment to make.
• Work on R1350 per person, per day (sharing) for accommodation and two meals. All the accommodation is 4 star rated or higher.
Our lunch breaks are held wherever we can find a nice spot to stop (usually somewhere shady and scenic). Lunches are light and we suggest packing easy to travel foods like crackers, cheese wedges, dried and fresh fruit and a flask of tea or coffee in the car is great to have with on these tours.
We have a zero alcohol policy during the day whilst driving. Please note no pets allowed.
1. If you find a replacement to take your place – 100% refund.
2. If we find a replacement to take your place – 80% refund.
3. We offer 100% credit if you elect to rather choose an alternative tour with us.
5. We pay all the accommodation and meals upfront long before the tour starts. We will negotiate on your behalf with the hotel, guest lodge or B&B for a refund. In general terms most of them are willing to give a substantial or full refund. Whatever refund we can get will be refunded to you in full.
6. The accommodation/meals invoice is sent out about 3 weeks ahead of the tour. If you cancel your booking, you are still liable for the accommodation, even if you have not paid the invoice yet.
7. In the event that a tour is postponed and you cannot attend the revised dates, you will receive a 100% credit.
Please get in touch with us directly with any questions you may have by email: firstname.lastname@example.org