You can plan a trip like this yourself. We travelled with Live the Journey and there are few gravel roads that owner Jurgens Schoeman doesn’t know. He has a knack for finding extraordin­ary places and people along the way, and he knows where to buy the best venison pie (Kambro Padstal near Britstown) and the warmest mohair socks (Adele’s Mohair near Port Alfred).

This 12-day west-to-east tour covers more than 3 000 km and costs R20 400 per person sharing, in your own vehicle. It includes accommodat­ion, meals (excluding some lunches) and all activities and guides.

Visit livethejou­rney.co.za for more informatio­n.

Pierre travelled at the invitation of Live the Journey and go! covered a portion of the travel costs.

Lambert’s Bay Hotel

From R1 050 for a double room (breakfast included).

027 432 1126 lambertsba­yhotel.co.za Melton Wold Guest Farm Guesthouse accommodat­ion from R720 per person (dinner and breakfast included). Camping: R290 per stand.

053 621 1912 meltonwold.co.za

Royal Hotel Bethulie

From R1 000 for a double room (dinner and breakfast included). 071 683 7767 info@royalbethu­lie.co.za Mountain Shadows Hotel

From R880 for a double room (R180 for dinner; R90 for breakfast). 045 931 2207 mountainsh­adowshotel.co.za Morgan Bay Hotel

From R875 per person (breakfast included). 043 841 1062 morganbayh­otel.co.za

Zuurberg Mountain Village

From R1 025 per person (breakfast included). 042 233 8300 zuurbergmo­untainvill­age.co.za Karroo Theatrical Hotel

From R465 per person during the week (breakfast included); from R1 890 per couple on Saturdays (rate includes sundowner canapés and cocktails, a three-course meal, cabaret show and breakfast).

049 835 0010 karroohote­l.co.za

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