Andrew Aveley's Karoo Experience Photography Workshop

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.

Bird Watching

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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Night Drives

Night Drive

Experience the night life of the Karoo - the night drive departs from New Holme after dinner with PC as your guide. And even though the Karoo is an arid region, the diversity of nocturnal animals can be astounding. Possible sightings could include Aardwolf, Cape fox, Bat-eared fox, African wildcat, Aardvark, Porcupine, Striped polecat, African striped Weasel, both Small and Large spotted Genet to name but a few species, and if you are really lucky maybe even the tiny rare Black footed cat.

Sun Downer Drive to Hippo Pool

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.

Three Day Horse Trail

Colesberg Endurance Ride

This annual horse riding event is a must for all horse lovers to experience . Bring the family and your horses for a weekend filled with adventure and different routs to ride. 2017 entries deliver 86 horses and 163 guest.

The Lazy Hippo 3 Day Stage Race

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.

Mountain Biking

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 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.

Fishing in the Seekoei Rivier

Fishing in the Seekoei Rivier

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.

Koi San Etching walk

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.

Organised Tours

Hidden Gems in the Northern Cape (17 Nights)

Cederberg, Namaqualand, Augrabies Falls National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Upington, Kimberley, Karoo and Prince Albert.

Hidden Gems in the Free State (13 Nights)

Johannesburg, Kimberley, Karoo, Graaff-Reinet, Samara Private Game Reserve, Gariep Dam, Eastern Free State and uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains.

New Routes

Augrabies Falls in Augrabies National Park pictured at dusk.
Bright orange flowers blooming in the Cederberg during August.
Stalagmites and stalactites creating unique formations in the Cango Caves.
Robberg Nature Reserve in Plettenberg Bay.
The Big Hole - a unique open pit, underground mine in Kimberley.
Precariously balanced columns of dolerite in the Valley of Desolation.
Route 62 connects Cape Town to Oudtshoorn, and ultimately the Garden Route further east, making for a journey of the unexpected.
An aerial view of Graaff Reinet town tucked into the valley, taken from Camdeboo National Park.
The idyllic Kaaimans area in the Garden Route.