Karoo Soul Eco-Retreat

Ladies…you can’t pour from an empty cup! Even just a quick break from your daily routine and stress can be an energising experience. This short getaway to the heart of the Karoo Midlands will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living and conservation. We will learn how to create Karoo-cuisine with soul by getting hands-on in a farm kitchen with Lani and Louzel (from My Kitchen Rules SA). We also head to Mountain Zebra National Park for a game drive with a difference: to track cheetah! Join me on this fabulous foodie and wildlife experience to rejuvenate your soul in the Karoo!

Highlights

INDULGE in delicious Karoo-style cuisine

TRACK cheetah on foot in Mountain Zebra National Park

ENJOY warm hospitality from the locals

LEARN to cook Karoo soul-food

SPOIL yourself with a pampering spa treatment

MARVEL at the beautiful gardens at the Bedford Garden Festival

Overview

Dates: 19 – 21 October 2018

Departure and end point: Port Elizabeth

Two nights’ accommodation

Most meals and food demo’s, including wine

A game drive and cheetah tracking experience

All ground transportation from Port Elizabeth & Goodie bag included

Investment: R5 500pps

Itinerary

Day 1: Port Elizabeth – Bedford – Cradock

We depart the Friendly City at around 10am and head towards the Karoo Midlands. We will take a slow drive, enjoying the beautiful scenery and the flowering aloes along the way. Our first stop is in Bedford to enjoy a delicious lunch and to explore some of the gardens that are on show. Later this afternoon, we will head to Cradock. Once we have checked in there will be some time to freshen up before we enjoy our first typical Karoo-style 3 course dinner. (D)

Day 2: Mountain Zebra National Park & Pampering

This morning we rise early to experience something very special. We will go on a unique game drive in search of cheetah in the Mountain Zebra National Park. Using telemetry technology, our guide will show us how they track the whereabouts of these gorgeous animals. This humbling experience will make you fall in love with South Africa and its wildlife! We then head back to town for a coffee tasting and delicious lunch. Next up: an afternoon of pampering! What would a girls’ getaway be without some spa treatments? There will be some free time too so don’t forget to pack that novel you just haven’t got to reading. We will have dinner together at the renowned Victoria Manor. (B|L|D)

Day 3: Cook, Eat and Enjoy!

Let’s head out to the farm for some cooking classes! This morning Lani and Louzel (from My Kitchen Rules SA) will share their passion for sustainable living and eating with us. There will be a minimum of three hands-on workshops, demo’s and classes including, but not limited to, bread making, butter making, cheese making, the making of jams and chutneys and more. Lunch will be served with wine and will be what we’ve created! With our hearts and bellies sufficiently full, we bid farewell to the farm and head back to Port Elizabeth refreshed and ready for the week ahead. (B|L)

What people say about this trip

”We had such a wonderful time. The food was so yummy and the people were lovely and friendly. I would definitely go again.”

– Mandy Simpson

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