Text & Pix by Chris Marais
Wow. It’s Saturday, and we’re in the final leg of our Karoo Heartland road trip. It’s high summer. It’s the Karoo. We need to find ourselves a pool.
Luckily, at our next overnight stop, the Karroo Theatrical Hotel just outside Steytlerville, there is such a cooling commodity.
And tonight, ta-daah, you will be presented with The Steytlerville Follies. Yes indeed. Don’t say we’re a bunch of backward yokels down here in the Karoo. We even have our very own burlesque show!
After saying goodbye to Mark Hinds and Jacques Rabie (or Freddie Ferrari and Dame Leyla Lamborghini, if you prefer), we go north-east for some leisurely Sunday fly-fishing with Alan Hobson of the Angler & Antelope Guest House in Somerset East.
That night it’s a little raucous in Nigel’s Bar (named after Alan’s father) because we all caught monster trout in the Karoo (see? We’ve got it all!) and we are celebrating with a lot of single-malt whisky.
Which always makes a fishy story come out well.
Cavers Country House
The next morning we face the final stage of our 10-day journey and it has been a pleasure travelling with you guys.
After visiting the Walter Battiss Museum in Somerset East, we head to Bedford village, the final settlement on this Heartland trip and check into Cavers Country Guest House on an historic old farm nearby.
We’re going a little four-star fancy tonight, staying over in a mansion and enjoying a candle-lit dinner that features fine country fare.
What? It’s hot so you want to eat outside? Fine, they’ll set up a braai for us at the poolside.
Of Geese & Country Lanes
Bedford village is all about great gardens. Cavers itself has one of the best-known gardens in South Africa. If you want to know anything about a Heritage Rose, head for Bedford post-haste.
And so now we’re on the N10 going south to Port Elizabeth, where I’ll drop you off at the airport and say adios.
But I know you’ll be back. I saw you making the bookings…
- Karroo Theatrical Hotel, Steytlerville:
Phone 049 835 0010 or 072 424 7185
- Angler & Antelope Guest House, Somerset East:
Phone 042 243 3440
- Cavers Country Guest House, Bedford:
Phone 046 6850 619 or 082 579 1807
- Walter Battiss Museum, Somerset East:
Phone 042 243 1448
- Boschberg Tourism Hub (Somerset East):
Phone 042 243 3775
- Village Farm Stall Bedford:
Phone 046 685 0416