20 Day Agricultural Tour
Gauteng – Limpopo – Mpumalanga – Kwa-Zulu Natal – Cape Province
General: This itinerary is only a guideline and can change to accommodate your specific needs. The duration of the tour can also change. Costing will be done once the itinerary has been finalized and an estimate of the number of visitors has been supplied.
Day 1: Johannesburg – Pretoria 60km. On arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met by experienced and registered tour guides from Pride Safaris and Borwa Africa Farm Tours. From the airport you will be transferred to the capital of South Africa, Pretoria. We will overnight in a lodge in Pretoria.
Day 2: Pretoria. After a typical South African brunch, a guided tour through Pretoria will start. We will visit places such as the Union Buildings, Church Square, Kruger House, the Voortrekker Monument, drive past the University of South Africa and Melrose House. The day will be ended with a typical South African dinner. We overnight at a lodge in Pretoria.
Day 3: Pretoria – Warmbaths (Bela-Bela) 120km. After breakfast we will visit the porcinarium and the Agricultural Research Council at Irene next to Centurion. After lunch we visit one of the largest dairies in the vicinity of Pretoria. If time allows, we pay a short visit to a rose nursery. We take road to the north, where we will overnight at a holiday resort in Warmbaths.
Day 4: Warmbaths – Tzaneen 260km. We follow the road further to the north. We pay a short visit to a crocodile farm. We pass one of the largest privately owned chicken farms in Southern Africa, near Pietersburg (Polokwane) Lund’s Chickens. The health and safety precautions at this establishment are of such a nature that no visitors are allowed. We drive further past Moria, the home of the Zionist Christian Church to Magoebaskloof and Tzaneen. En route we visit Haenertsburg, a small rich in history from the Anglo Boer War. We visit Sapekoe a tea plantation; hopefully it will be back in production at that stage. We overnight at Magoebaskloof at a lodge.
Day 5: Tzaneen – Mooketzi 150km. After breakfast we visit a farm where avocados are grown. This farm was the first that established a break through in the gowning avocados from cuttings. The next visit is to the renowned ZZ2 farms, where tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables are cultivated on an enormous scale. We return to our lodge for a leisurely late afternoon.
Day 6: Tzaneen – Graskop 233km. We depart to the Mpumalanga province. This will ensure visits to the Strydom Tunnel, God’s Window, Burkes Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon. En route we will be able to buy some African arts and crafts. We overnight in a hotel in Graskop.
Day 7: Graskop – Newcastle 347km. We spend some time in the historical mining village of Pilgrim’s Rest and then travel through part of what is commonly known as the maize triangle. Also this is where we will find some of the richest coal fields in South Africa. We visit Kanhym piggery and stock feed. We will overnight in Newcastle
Day 8: Newcastle – Clarence 300km. Early morning rise, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast and then travel further south to Volksrust and Ladysmith. This area is rich in history from the Anglo Boer War. We will stop along the route at spots to point out certain of the battle fields. We drive through the southern part of the Drakensberg mountain range, over Oliviershoek Pass, past the Sterkfontein dam to overnight in Clarence.
Day 9: Clarence – Bloemfontein 400km. We visit the Jaco Farrell farms where potatoes and flowers are cultivated. We turn around and then head towards Fouriesburg Clocolane and Ficksburg. At Fouriesburg we visit the farm of Jurie Scheepers of Boskruin Farms. He farms with cattle, sheep, dry beans and chickens. The next stop is at Heleen Joubert of Makoadi Farms, one of only two persons in South Africa breeding Angora rabbits on a commercial base. Then onto Bloemfontein, where we will overnight.
Day 10: Bloemfontein – Venterstad – Cradock 500km. The road takes us through part of the Karoo. At Trompsburg we turn onto a dirt road to the farm Patria, where we will visit a cheese factory where cheese is manufactured from sheep milk. From there we will we travel to Venterstad where we will visit the Gelykfontein Stud Farm. Here we will be taken on a tour of the Nguni stud, Kalahari Red goats, Damara sheep and Letelle wool sheep. Then onto Cradock, where we will overnight in the Tuishuisies. The Tuishuisies are semi detached houses, stemming from the time that the Voortrekkers used Cradock as there shopping centre and came to church meetings.
Day 11: Cradock – Port Elizabeth 264km. The drive will be long but through an area with a beauty of its own. The road goes along parts of the Fish River, a river that is extensively used for irrigation. We will also travel past the Sundays River, also used for irrigation. We will overnight at the Chapman’s Lodge in Port Elizabeth.
Day 12: Port Elizabeth – Addo – Tsitsikama 203 km. A short visit to the Addo Elephant Park and we head on towards Port Elizabeth. We will pass Port Elizabeth and drive along the Garden Route with frequent stops at scenic places, such as at Van Stadens Pass and the Storms River. We overnight at the Tsitsikama Nature Park. (Check for accommodation well in advance as the bookings are usually done at least a year in advance) Alternative accommodation in Knysna.
Day 13: Tsitsikama – Knysna 82km. After breakfast, we walk along the boardwalk to the mouth of the Storms River. Then onto Knysna. The afternoon is free for shopping in Knysna. We overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 14: Knysna – George 120km. After a late breakfast we board the John Benn, a boat that will take us to the Heads Nature Reserve. We will do a hike from the top of the Heads to the restaurant, where a wonderful lunch awaits us. After lunch we board the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, a steam train, for a train ride to George. From George we take the road to Oudtshoorn, experiencing the beauty of the Outeniqua Pass. Overnight at Oudtshoorn.
Day 15: Oudtshoorn – Cape Town 455km. Breakfast and then a visit to the world renowned Cango Caves. En route back from the Cango Caves, we will visit a factory manufacturing pellets from Lucerne. These pellets are enriched with a variety of supplements and are fed to ostriches. We visit the Cango ostrich farm. The afternoon, we depart for Cape Town, following route 62. Late arrival in Cape Town, where we will overnight in a hotel.
Day 16: Cape Town. After a late breakfast we visit the Table Mountain (weather permitting). We visit the Castle of Good Hope and experience the changing of the guards at 12 noon, we visit the Companje Gardens take a leisurely walk from the Companje Gardens to our hotel.
Day 17: Cape Town. We enjoy a visit to Robben Island. The afternoon we do shopping at the V&A Waterfront. Overnight in Cape Town.
Day 18: Cape Town – Stellenbosch 70km. After breakfast we depart for Stellenbosch to visit wine farms and a brandy distiller, and other historic places in Stellenbosch. Sundowners on Signal Hill will end the day. Overnight in Cape Town.
Day 19: Cape Town. We visit Cape Point to experience the diversity of the Cape flora, the penguin colony at Simon’s Town, and the afternoon is spent in the world renowned Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. Overnight in Cape Town.
Day 20: Cape Town. We visit the Republic of Hout Bay and Duiker Island, where we will be able to get close up photos of seals. We do last minute shopping before we depart for Cape Town International Airport for your return flight.