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 2017. 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.
The Seekoei River is a unique system meandering through this arid region. The river has a rich diversity of aquatic life, with carp and catfish the most common angling species caught in this system. The dam at New Holme also offers excellent angling opportunities for the avid angler.
Join PC on a 2 km guided walk in the koppies and learn about the early history of the San and their relationship with nature. He will show you exquisite San rock etchings (or petroglyph's) and tell you about the conflicts between the San and early stock farmers of the area. The Anglo-Boer war also left its mark in the Karoo and PC will elaborate on the skirmishes and battles of a hundred years ago that took place in the area.