20 – 26 September 2020
This tour caters for the September school holiday and the bonus is that you don’t need a passport. We will drive some old forgotten passes, get a star gazing experience and lecture by the very famous Jurg at Sterland, Sutherland. We might even be lucky to catch the flowers in full bloom in the Namaqua National Park.Do not miss this opportunity to book this epic adventure into the uncharted wild side of the West-coast. This 7 day trip will take us along the West Coast Eco trail and into the heart of the rugged beauty of the Northern Cape and its wonderful people. Only 5 vehicles makes this tour very exclusive and sought after.
We will meet up at Prince Albert from where we will make our way via Merweville and the Rammelkop Pass to Sutherland – where we will be doing some star gazing. Star gazing sessions are presented by the legendary Jurg. The star gazing session is max 2 hours long where you will be able to watch through 1 of 6 telescopes. Remember to “dress up for the occasion”. Evenings are cool so in order for you to enjoy the program more thoroughly, being warmly dressed is essential.
The next day will see us going down the Ouberg Pass to the Tankwa Karoo National Park. The Tankwa Karoo National Park, especially in flower season, is a visual delight, but that is not all you’ll discover. Surreal desert moonscapes and scenic landmarks define this Northern Cape nature reserve. The soulful Karoo has long been a place in which to find peace and tranquillity.
Tankwa Karoo National Park is also known for its spectacular birdlife. It’s a regular stopover for bird watchers in search of at least 18 Karoo endemics, and a must do for birders visiting Southern Africa. This nature park hosts an abundance of reptile and invertebrate species and more recently antelope species have been introduced.
The village of Nieuwoudtville lies on the Bokkeveld Plateau, where the Cape Fynbos meets the Hantam Karoo, Boesmanland and the Knersvlakte. It is a place where the experience of silence, space and stars contribute to a tranquil way of life.
We will visit Protea Motors and the one & only garage in town. They have a big collection of vintage motorcycles and other interesting things to see.
DAY 4 & 5
We will enter the West coast part of this journey just outside Lutzville after stopping at the Eskom wind farm. The route allows us to experience a wide range of Namaqua habitats, from mountains to coast. The route includes the world famous Skilpad Wildflower Reserve– now part of the Namaqua National Park-, where the parks’ offices are situated. From here the road goes through the Namaqua flatlands. This area is renowned for its ‘Riethuis quartz’ and the dune areas, which has a dry fynbos type growing here. Crossing the main Hondeklip bay road we will leave the Namakwa Coastal section of the park, which consists of spectacular coastline, before ending at the north gate of the park.
Hondeklipbaai will be the overnight stay on day 6 with tings to do like:
- Enjoy a walk from the Honnehokke Resort to the Hondeklipbaai/ Hondeklip Bay lighthouse
- For a little romance, watch the sunset at Spitfire (Spatklip) and take a few stunning pictures
- Pay a visit to Villian and Mads’s outdoor art studio.
- Visit Hondeklipbaai’s new coffee shop and art studio, The Shack.
We will visit the Aristea shipwreck which was a fishing trawler for I&J until she was called into duty in WWII as a minesweeper. The Aristea met her unfortunate end on the rocks outside Hondeklipbaai after her captain drunkenly neglected his duties.
We will enter the previously restricted diamond mining area which include little towns like Koingnaas and Kleinsee. These forgotten towns has an old world charm with many tales and legends to be discovered. This will also include the famous shipwreck tour.A guided, 37km tour on the Namaqualand Diamond Coast in the comfort of your own 4×4 vehicle. Over years the moody Atlantic Ocean has cut short many a sea voyage, sending these ships to a chilly grave along the virtually unspoilt coastline between Koingnaas and Kleinzee. Shipwreck tour cost not included @ R230 p/p
We will end the tour in Port Nolloth with a visit to the world famous Port Nolloth Museum and the very eccentric George Moyses and his stories.
Places we visit:
- Merweville and its beautiful church
- Rammelkop Pass
- Ouberg Pass
- Tankwa Karoo Nat Park
- Gannaga Pass
- Brand se Baai
- Namakwa 4×4 Eco Trail
- Namakwa Nat Park
- Port Nolloth
What you need a good reliable, serviced 4-wheel drive vehicle.
Fuel range of app. 600km’s
Camping equipment and cooking/braai accessories.
Fridge/Freezer or cooler boxes. Food – 6 days.
Last but not least – A good sense of humour and a positive outlook.
Park entry fees
Star Gazing (Sutherland)
4×4 vehicle hire
Would you like to accompany us? Please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org