Join Andrew and P.C as they share the beauty of the vast open spaces of the central Karoo on the Karoo Gariep Private Nature Reserve. We offer the various options for groups of dedicated birders, groups of photographers or both. Come learn new skills and enjoy the Karoo hospitality.
To date the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve sports an impressive 205 bird species recorded. Do a self-drive trip or book an early morning drive with PC (an avid twitcher himself) at new Holme.
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Every afternoon at 17h00 in winter and 18h00 in summer PC will take you on a relaxing drive down to the hippo pool. Enjoy sundowners on the hippo deck and watch the only hippos in the Karoo, while PC shares their incredible story with you.
Enter the Lazy Hippo MTB Stage Race that will be held from the 6th to the 8th of July 2018. It is a family friendly event with lots of fun for all plus some good mountain biking. We make room for the kids to do some fishing and the wives to get a Karoo cooking lesson. This is focused on the family and combine some other experiences with the mountain bike routes.
All of the dirt roads on the reserve are mapped and you can ride as far and long as you wish. The Windpomp to Windpomp Route is a 35km route that is short and fast, but don’t be fooled, there is a technical section that will keep you focused. There is also an opportunity for you to bring your old cycling medals lying around at home and attach them to The Lazy Hippo Medal Windmill, which is slowly developing into a "I was here" photo site.
You can also book the Karoo Seekoei Mountain bike trail at www.gkcycle.co.za for a 5 day mountain bike trail all along the scenic Seekoei River. Your luggage will be taken care of, and return transport can be arranged.
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