Event Date: 31 March – 2 April 2023
The Owl Route is a luxurious glamping escape into the heart of the Karoo. It consists of a 3-day mountain bike experience limited to 80 riders. At The Owl Route, riders will be treated to an all-inclusive riding and culinary experience in the quaint village of Nieu Bethesda. The rolling mountains of the Sneeuberge will remain the backdrop of the 3-day experience. You will be led back to the welcoming arms of Nieu Bethesda and its hand-built, fully functioning water furrows and historic sites.
More information: https://ridetheowlroute.co.za/
Bloubospoort. Plaatfontein. Bulhoek. Koffiebus. Diknek … And the iconic #Teebus.
This far-flung corner of the #Karoo where the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Free State cosy up to each other. This oft-forgotten piece of #RSA is both wasteland and heartland in stasis, with a rich history inexorably being eroded by urbanization, rural neglect and the economic collapse so typical of the #southafrican platteland.
And yet, the area brims with incredible richness and diversity. Characters – like Oom Charles on the farm where the venue is situated and you will be staying – are larger than life, and country hospitality overwhelms you around every corner.
The route and landscape promises to truly blow your mind. Running along remote tracks and farm roads tripping into imposing kopjes looming up from savanna grassland, weaving amidst #nguni cattle, or meandering through endless fields of mauve irises.
This is trail run and mountain bike heaven, and you need to run here to understand the attraction of this wonderful space.
Ride The Karoo stage race takes place in the heart of the Karoo at Dwarsvlei farm. Each stage passes by historical 100-year-old stables and 200-year-old stone walls leading onto double lane “sheep tracks” while riding past familiar windpump scenes along the way. Experience authentic Karoo hospitality with braais, fresh farm bread, condensed milk coffee, koeksisters & craft beer amidst picturesque sunsets. Ride the Karoo is not about crossing the finish line as quickly as possible but rather about a riding experience like no other.
More information: https://stagerace.ridethekaroo.co.za/
Event Date: 22-24 September 2023 & 29 September – 01 October 2023
Run The Karoo entails a weekend of trail running in the heart of the Karoo from 11-12 March 2023! Experience authentic Karoo hospitality with braais, fresh farm bread, condensed milk coffee, koeksisters & craft beer amidst picturesque sunsets. Run the Karoo is not about crossing the finish line as quickly as possible but rather about a running experience like no other.
More information: https://runthekaroo.co.za/
Event Date: 11 – 12 March 2023
Ride The Karoo on a 100 Miler or 50 Miler journey through the beautiful Sneeuberg region experiencing wildlife, water point stops like no other to typical windpomp scenes along the way. The 100 Miler participants will be welcomed to a water point stop in the quaint village of Nieu Bethesda. Ride the Karoo presents a weekend experience where you will spend two nights at Dwarsvlei under the Karoo stars and be treated to a Karoo braai, fresh farm bread, condensed milk coffee, koeksisters & craft beer. The Karoo and its people truly show in the food!
More information: https://100miler.ridethekaroo.co.za/
Event Date: 3 – 5 March 2023
The 3rd annual True Karoo Spring Market takes place at the Botanics Sport Grounds in Graaff-Reinet on 2 September 2023
The market is the ideal platform for local producers & entrepreneurs to show off their beautiful Karoo-made goods to locals, visitors and potential stockists – especially leading up to the festive season.
A family day for young and old with music, cold beverages and culinary karoo delights.
👉Bespoke Local Karoo Products.
👉Bootsale with Antiques, Pre-loved & Collectibles
More information: https://www.facebook.com/TrueKaroo
Event Date: 2 September 2023
Karen McEwan – 082 397 8698
Email – Karen@fairfieldec.co.za