Itinerary (subject to change)
In total we ride about 250 km over the 7 days and experience 7 biomes.
We get together at Cadeau, 20 km outside Kareedouw and 500 m from the sea.
We sleep in a shed (camp option) or tented cottage (bed option). Hot shower; toilet facilities.
Day 1 is from Cadeau through very nice plantations and indigenous forest. Then along the road between dairy farms, northwards over the Tsitsikamma mountains. We sleep in Nguniland in the Kromrivier (Crooked River). 25 km. The pickups can't always ride together with us. Cold shower, toilet facilities. Nice place to stay for our horses. We set up the big tent (camp option) or sleep in a guest house (bed option).
Day 2 we ride westwards in a beautiful gorge, then north with a historical post route over the Zuuranys mountain and then with a big dirt road until Nooitgedacht. This is quite mountainous. 36 km. Pickups are with us at lunch. We get spoiled, each of us gets his own bed (camp and bed option). Shower + toilet.
Day 3 is a very long day in the saddle. Northwards with a 4 x 4 path over the Kouga mountains with amazingly beautiful spots into the Baviaanskloof. 40 km. Difficult road for pickups but those without trailers can drive with us. Those with trailers have to go via Uniondale. We sleep at Joachimskraal and set up tent (camp option) or sleep in guest beds in a farm house (bed option). Bathroom, hot water, toilet.
Day 4 we ride at Studtis police station northwards over the Winterhoek mountains into the Steytlerville area. It is very steep 8 km up and 4 km down. After the long and steep downhill we ride along the Steytlerville side eastward for 20 km until Rooikrantz. We sleep in a barn (camp option) or in a farm house (bed option). Pickups drive a big detour and meet us at the sleeping place. Shower + toilet. Total 32 km but not easy!
Day 5 is eastwards through beautiful Karoo field all along the foot of the Winterhoek mountains. Usually many Kudu's to be seen. This is one of the “flattest” days. We meet the pickups at lunch. 36 km. Afternoon along a large gravel road. We all sleep in tents (camp option) or farm house (bed option) at Doringrivier. Long drop toilet + hot shower.
Day 6 is a short ride along the gravel road up to Grootrivier Poort (Great River Canyon). We saddle off at lunch time.. Again we all sleep in tents (camp option) or in a farm house 10 km away (bed option). Breathtaking beautiful sleeping place between the wreaths! Long drop toilet + cold shower but worth it!! 12 km.
Day 7 is the grand final of the trip! In every way!! The longest day. The most beautiful day. The hardest day. The best day. Hundreds of times – that's how it feels! – through the Grootrivier (Grand River). 50 km. Slow. Pickups drive with us for about 10 km and then take detour up to Komodo. Pickups with a trailer will most probably have to ride a very long detour. We spend the night in a campsite, where our vehicles are waiting for us.
We have a nice last evening together, eat breakfast at a padstal (road house) the following morning, load our horses and leave for home.