Our Media Tour started off on March 21st with breakfast at Kroonplaas Restaurant - Engen Truck Stop, N1 Highway. So many delicious options like eggs/bacon and "roosterbrood". I chose the pancakes with "moerkoffie" to wash it all down. After all, who can focus on an empty stomach?
The owners of Rangers Reserve( 8km from the N1) came to fetch us for a Knife Forging demonstration. Very interesting and unique. On the Reserve, they also run Ranger Training and Survival/Bushcraft courses.
They impressed us with the soon-to-be, newest addition to their accommodation. The cutest Gypsy caravan! Lunch-time we indulged in wood-fired pizzas and then left for Matjiesfontein.
At Matjiesfontein we checked in at The Lord Milner Hotel (55km from Touwsrivier) and the old-world Victorian charm blew us away. A red-jacketed porter carried our bags to our rooms. Johnny entertained us with his singing in the Bar while we grabbed a cold one.
Afterward, we explored the Marie Rawdon Museum and the Transport Museums. Johnny showed us around the apparently haunted room... At exactly 18h00 Johnny called us on his trumpet for the Red Bus Tour through town, starting off in front of The Lord Milner Hotel. Definitely the shortest but most memorable 5-minute tour! We had such a good laugh at Johnny's witty stories. All the excitement made us hungry and dinner was served in the lounge. The delectable three-course meals are truly South African cuisine. After a late-night ghost hunt, we headed to our beautiful rooms overlooking the luscious garden.
22 March 2023
Feeling well-rested after a good night's sleep, we met up for a buffet breakfast. Choose from a wide variety of cold (fruits, bread, muffins, yogurt, etc.) or hot (eggs, bacon, etc.). A
Next stop - Rooilande Guest Farm Chalets & Guesthouse(+- 30km from Touwsrivier)
Justin and Leon took us on a guided quadbike tour to the lookout point. The bumpy ride was well worth it, the view from that high was spectacular. After ice-cold beverages, we returned to the Guesthouse for a "light" lunch. Let's just say, we tried our best to eat all the delicious platters and there still was plenty left over.
We departed for Nuwedam Guest Farm (just 2km outside Touwsrivier) to fetch our vehicles.
The owner surprised us with a prickly-pear tasting and showed us his accommodation Cottages.
Last stop - Karoo 1 Hotel Village(23 km from Touwsrivier).
Karoo 1 is the ultimate farm retreat. And it is pet-friendly. Activities such as hiking, MTB trails, kloof swimming, tractor rides etc. We grabbed cold water and went on the tractor ride. The trip up the mountain was a lot of fun and we had a good laugh! We tried to take in all of the Karoo beauty. The sun was setting when we returned, so we relaxed at the Bar. It took a while to decide what to order from the dinner menu, but the food were delicious.. Our media guests retire to their luxury rooms for a good night's sleep.The following morning after breakfast(so yummy!) and exploring, we said our goodbye's and they left for Cape Town. Bringing an end to a very successful Media Tour.