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South Africa 2023 – A closer look


Richard talks us through the itinerary for our South Africa 3x ODI Series tour early next year. Contact us to secure your place...

Greetings folks! If you're reading this then you may have already booked to join us on our South African adventure, otherwise could be feeling very tempted to do so.

We have put together a trip which showcases much of South Africa and a few of its hidden gems as we wend our way northwards from Stellenbosch to Bloemfontein and Kimberley.

After leaving the lovely wine region of Stellenbosch, we'll stop for lunch at La Belle Alliance on the banks of the river in Swellendam, South Africas 5th oldest town. I know some of your homes are older than Swellendam, but we're proud of her 👍👍🥳🥳.

An afternoon drive brings us to the town of Oudtshoorn, once known as the Ostrich Capital of the world. Between 1875 and 1880, ostriches and their feathers were considered as valuable as diamonds. During a two night stay at the Queens Hotel, we'll visit Highgate Ostrich Farm and the world famous Cango Caves.

Fully refreshed, we depart for Graaff-Reinet and a two night stay at the fabulous Drostdy Hotel.

Graaff-Reinet is the 6th oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Simonstown, Paarl and Swellendam and was the centre of British Military operations for the Eastern Cape during the Anglo Boer War.

Notable people born here include Pierre Terblanche, designer of the Ducati 916 motorbike, and Dr. Anton Rupert, who among other things started the SA College for Tourism which is a vibrant and vital contributor to the tourism sector.

There will be loads to talk about in the wine cellar in the evening while enjoying a wine tasting and even more to see on our guided drive around the town and its surrounds. The best news of all is that we have two nights to enjoy the comfort of our surrounds at the lovely Drostdy Hotel.

We will then make our way to Colesberg with a stop for a light lunch at Sophie's Choice: a quaint coffee shop come restaurant near Willowmore.

Colesberg is a good farming area known for breeding thoroughbred horses and also, historically, an important territory during the Anglo Boer War. At Norvalspont, a plaque pays tribute to the women's concentration camp during the Anglo Boer War.

After a braai (South African BBQ) and game drive, it's a peaceful night's sleep before we move up to Bloemfontein and the first of two ODI's to be played there.

After a few comfy nights stay and hopefully a series win under our belts, it's off to Kimberley for three nights stay and the final ODI.

During our time in Kimberley we will enjoy a guided tour of this interesting mining town, made famous by the discovery of diamonds in late 1800's. The tour will include a visit to Kimberley's "Big Hole".

Having read all that, you might well feel like you know it all now and there's no need to visit. But what about the little things? The people, the smells, the food, and last but not least, the friends that you'll make along the way.

I think you might well be persuaded.

Looking forward to sharing a lovely part of my country with you.

Stay safe,

You can find more details on this tour and our other future tours here.


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