Activities

On the Reserve

  • Game drives
  • Guided bush walks, as an alternative to a normal game drive (subject to the whole vehicle option to walk)
  • Cheetah tracking (during a game drive, at the discretion of the ranger)
  • Star gazing - the Great Karoo has some of the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere, which offer up glittering treasures of the sky.
  • Visit to an historic Anglo-Boer War site where the pivotal "Battle of Paardefontein" was fought - it is here that the famous Boer Commander Johannes Lötter was finally captured (the story is related on one of the game drives; further reading material is available in the curio shop)

Additional Activities

The following activities are available on the reserve at an additional price:

  • Private safari vehicle: R 3 500 per day (day runs from 12h00 on day of arrival to 10h00 on day of departure, subject to availability);
  • Scenic helicopter flights with Fly Karoo:
    - Scenic flight over the reserve to one of the highest points on the Sneeuberg Mountain Range with a picnic on top of the mountain included. Duration 25 min. Price R 11 150 for 1-4 pax
    - Graaff-Reinet scenic flight over the historic town, Spandau Kop and Valley of Desolation, starting and ending on the reserve. Duration 45 min. Price R 14 500 for 1-4 pax.
    - History of Graaff-Reinet: Includes a scenic flight to/ from Graaff-Reinet and a 2.5 hour historic ground town tour with a lunch stop (lunch for own account). Time 09h00 - 14h30. Price R 14 500 for 1-4 pax + R 615 pp.
    - Valley of Desolation: Includes a scenic flight over the Valley of Desolation, landing in Graaff-Reinet, followed by a 2.5 hour ground tour of the Valley of Desolation with a lunch stop (lunch for own account) included and a road transfer back to Graaff-Reinet for flight back to the reserve. Time 09h00 - 14h30. Price R 14 500 for 1-4 pax + R 840 pp.
    - History of Graaff-Reinet & Valley of Desolation: a full day outing combining the above two tours. Time 09h00 - 17h00. Price R 14 500 for 1-4 pax + R 1 450 pp.
    - Graaff-Reinet History & Nieu Bethesda: Includes a scenic flight to Graaff-Reinet followed by a 2.5 hour historic ground town tour, a road transfer to Nieu Bethesda, lunch (for own account) and a 2.5 hour Nieu Bethesda & Owl House Tour, with a return flight to the reserve. Time 09h00 - 17h00. Price R 19 500 for 1-4 pax + R 1 560 pp.
    - Graaff-Reinet flip: For guests already in, or travelling through, the town of Graaff-Reinet. A short 10 minute scenic flip over town, Spandau Kop and the Valley of Desolation. Flight departs from and arrives back at Graaff-Reinet. Duration 10 min. Price R 3 340 for 1-4 pax.

In the area

Enjoy the beautiful architecture, museums and craft shops in the genteel town of Graaff-Reinet (60km)

Tours can be pre-arranged to see:

  • Historic tour of Graaff Reinet
  • Pre-historic fossil trails and bone collections
  • Africa's largest selection of cacti
  • The breathtaking Valley of Desolation
  • Take a trip to the nearby town of Nieu Bethesda (120km) and visit the famed Owl House where a recluse artist who filled her home and garden with highly unusual cement and glass sculptures once lived.