Getaway (South Africa) - - Road Trip - TAR GRAVEL ad­ven­turea­cademy.co.za

Don’t do this route on your own. Go in a group or, bet­ter still, if you’re do­ing it on an ad­ven­ture bike, join Andy on the next ad­ven­ture – it’s safer and much more fun! Tours from R5 999 pp DBB. Keep an eye on the web­site for dates. 1 Moun­tain View Coun­try Inn, Lady Grey. Ex­pect warm hos­pi­tal­ity, classic decor and good food. From R510 pp shar­ing B&B. 082-962-1999 2 Lady Grey Dam. Take a small de­tour at the start of Jou­bert’s Pass to see the 25-me­tre-high dam wall. You can even take the stairs to the top if you’re that way in­clined. En­trance is free. 3 Moun­tain Shad­ows Ho­tel, El­liot. Set at the top of Barkly Pass, the views from this ho­tel are spec­tac­u­lar. If you can look past the weird taxi­dermy, you’ll find an old-world stay with lots of char­ac­ter, a stately bar and com­fort­able beds. From R730 pp DB&B. 045-931-2233 4 The Cock and the Cat, Ugie. This fine sur­prise is tucked away in a mod­est house on the town’s main road. Don’t ex­pect snappy ser­vice, but the toasted sand­wiches (from R23) are worth the wait. 082-446-1980 5 Tenahead Moun­tain Lodge. This splen­did stone lodge does an à la carte menu from 12pm to 2.30pm (burg­ers from R85). If you’re not in time for that, grab a cof­fee and a rusk (R20). 045-971-8901 6 Tiffindell Ski Re­sort. There’s much more to this spot than snow and ski­ing. Sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude grass ski­ing, moun­tain bik­ing and wild­flower tours (go early Fe­bru­ary for the best blooms). Rooms are cosy with great views. Ac­com­mo­da­tion may be scarce dur­ing ski sea­son (1 June to 31 Au­gust). Chalets from R395 pp shar­ing. 011-781-2620 7 Rhodes River Park. This is a de­light­ful spot to stop and re­lax. Sit on the deck or throw a fris­bee. There’s a mar­ket here in De­cem­ber. En­trance free. 045-971-9003 8 Reeds­dell Coun­try Guest Farm, War­trail. With great hos­pi­tal­ity, good coun­try fare (Kath Isted’s lasagne is a knock­out) and gen­uine friend­li­ness, this gor­geous farm­stay was eas­ily the best overnight stop on the trip. From R470 pp shar­ing B&B. 045-974-9900

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