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Kanoneiland, Kenhardt and Riemvasmaak. Highlights of the route includes the impressive Augrabies Falls, the relaxing hot springs at Riemvasmaak, river rafting, fly fishing, kayaking and river cruises on the mighty Orange River, numerous 4x4, hiking and mountain-biking trails and excellent bird watching. Food fundis will be delighted with the restaurants and road stalls along the route. The Orange River Wine Cellars is the biggest wine co-operative in the southern hemisphere. Stop in at Bezalel and Die Mas cellars as well. Information and bookings +27 (0)84 244 4408

Kalahari Red Dune Route Golden dunes, wide-open skies and flat-topped acacia trees symbolise the Kalahari Red Dune Route. Stretching from Upington right to the Namibian border we pass the unique towns of Ashkam, Groot and Klein Mier, and Rietfontein. Chances are you’ll spot magnificent oryx with their rapier horns if you cross into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. You might also encounter martial eagles, wildebeest and a black-maned lion proclaiming its territory from a high dune. Home to the massive Hakskeen Pan where the Bloodhound Supersonic land speed record is to be attempted, it also offers dune hikes at dawn, eagle-owl encounters, sand duning and surfing in the red sand and guided walks with the San Khomani. Comfortable lodges, rustic bush camps, traditional San villages and hospitable guest farms dot the arid wilderness. Contact +27 (0)82 492 3469

Richtersveld Route The Richtersveld is South Africa’s only mountain desert and the route will take you on rugged gravel roads to quaint villages and towns, or take the more challenging 4x4 routes in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park or in the Richtersveld World Heritage Area. This route is definitely for the adventurous and best explored in a well-equipped SUV or bakkie. Throw in some comfortable hiking boots, extra water and guidebooks on plants, birds, reptiles and geology and set out along the 600km Namaqua Eco 4x4 Route. The Orange River offers river rafting and superb wilderness fly-fishing. The Richtersveld is a mountain biker’s dream. In the villages the locals will entertain guests with storytelling and traditional Nama step dancing upon request. Great restaurants and a fine hotel await you in Port Nolloth, but unpretentious community-owned guesthouses are found in almost every village. Contact +27 (0)78 874 1515



Namaqua Coastal Route In spring, hordes of tourists flock to Namaqualand to see the spectacular fields of wild flowers. The dry and dusty plains are transformed from dull browns to a kaleidoscope of colour. Springbok is the main centre and the route includes notto-be-missed gems, places like Garies, Kamieskroon, Hondeklip Bay, Koiingnaas and Kleinzee. There are dozens of adventure and leisure options, including the Namaqua National Park, nature reserves, hidden coastal hamlets and some of the most remote hiking and 4x4 trails you could envision. Hike the Silversands Trail on the edge of the icy Atlantic or pedal among oryx within the Goegap Nature Reserve. Star-gazers, history boffins and soul searchers will all feel welcome here. Go succulent sleuthing with a botanical guide or hike the Springbok Klipkoppie for a dose of Anglo-Boer War history or visit Namastat, a traditional matjies-hut village. Contact +27 (0)27 672 1752

Karoo Hoogland Route The route is situated in the southern part of the province and covers the small Karoo towns of Nieuwoudt ville, Calvinia, Williston, Sutherland, Fraserburg, Carnarvon, Loxton and Victoria West and forms the heart of the Great Karoo. The Karoo is the home of peace and tranquillity. The Khoi and San

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