Day Trip 1

George – Herold – Dysselsdorp – Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay

Your journey start in George – Take the turn-off onto the historic and scenic Montagu Pass and follow the signs to Herold Wines. Cool mountain mists keep summer temperatures moderate and create a long ripening season for the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Things to do: Wine tasting; tearoom; bring your own picnic; mountain pool; farm and fynbos walks.

From here, travel through Herold, turn right onto the R62 and left onto the gravel road to Dysselsdorp over the Perdepoort Pass. Turn right (north-east) onto the N12 to Doornkraal Padstal for their Tickled Pink sparkling or some fortified wines. Things to do: Browse through the country shop with lots of local goodies or lunch on home made meat pies. Find wines from all the cellars in the Klein Karoo at cellar prices. A Klein Karoo wine shop! Now towards Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in and around Oudtshoorn: Hug, ride or feed an ostrich; stroke a cheetah; dive with crocodiles; Meerkatmagic; feed an elephant; ride a camel; Cango Caves; zipline; ostrich products; township tours; kloofing; horse riding; hot air balloon; game viewing; mountain biking; absailing; caving; Klein Karoo food and wine.  Karusa Vineyards is 15km from town along the R328 in Schoemanshoek. Things to do: Taste superb wines and handcrafted beer; eat at the deli; relax on the stoep.

The shortest route back to George is the N12 or, if you are more adventurous, stock up with traditional witblits and local gin at Grundheim Wines. Travel from there on the R328 over the Robinson Pass to Mossel Bay for a sundowner on the beach.

Spend an unforgettable day in the Klein Karoo

Distances: George to Herold (22 km) – Herold to Doornkraal (39 km) – Doornkraal to Oudtshoorn (23 km) – Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay (77 km) – Mossel Bay to George (44 km). Round trip is 205 km.

Reasons to visit Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is a great place for outdoor activities. Surrounded by mountain ranges and blessed with a rich variety of bird and plant life the Klein Karoo reveals its beauty to those who get out and make the effort to explore.

Local tourism information

To find out more about Oudtshoorn and its surround, places to stay, where to eat or to get the contact details of the activities mentioned, please visit the  Oudtshoorn Tourism Bureau website

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