Karoo Desert Tour - The Forgotten Route

The true story of a forgotten route, following in the footsteps of early explorers into the wild undiscovered, REAL South Africa. It’s now a journey that you can experience…

Depart from Cape Town on a two day adventure into the Karoo, traveling in our 13 seater luxury air-conditioned vehicle with fun stops along the way, visiting iconic landmarks and Anglo-Boer battle regions. Experience true SA culture and share stories with local winemakers & musicians of the Karoo plains. Taste the local produce, drive through majestic mountains and sense the weird and wonderful of THE FORGOTTEN ROUTE.

Scheduled departures on a Saturday, for other days of the week, please contact us directly in order for us to quote on a private tour.

Tour Itinerary

Guests need to be in Cape Town at 08:00. The tour starts at 08:30.

Cape Town

Join us on a short stroll, where we will visit some of Cape Town's iconic land marks of a by-gone era, following the story of early settlers.

We then depart the mother city as lords and ladies, on the legendary route through to Rawsonville.


We visit the unique Kirabo wine farm, meeting the wine makers and indulging in the fruits of their labour. Think luscious reds, juicy biltong and red wine infused cupcakes.


We head forth on an epic journey through the unique Klein Karoo.

The 2 1\2 hour journey is filled with stunning scenery whilst you follow in the footstep of early explorers into the undiscovered African plains of a by-gone era.


Arrive in the desert-oasis town of Matjiesfontein! This majestic town is truly frozen in time. Here, we discover tales of legends and the famous Diamond explorers. We then take part in Matjiesfontein's own bizarre 'city' bus tour. Fun, quirky... a real treat!

Traditional Karoo lamb braai (BBQ) under the stars followed by an odd night stroll of the weird and wonderful, along with guided stargazing! Sing the night away with the local muso's around that old piano!

Your cottages are surrounded by history. Situated at the legendary Matjiesfontein hotel, that played a crucial role in the world famous Anglo-Boer war from 1899.

Oupa Batt se Winkel

After a hearty breakfast we head through the scenic and deserted Koo valley, stopping over at family owned Oupa Batt's shop. Here the locals show us how they make their biltong (cured meat), which is followed by a traditional potjiekos lunch, serving locals since 1915. Be prepared to feast.


We then stop over at the amazing Montague Dried Fruit & Nuts HQ, famous for their produce of this area. Be prepared to make space in your suit case! The group also has the option to stop over at Route 62 Brewery for amazing hand crafted beers and gin. (this is at own costs and the group’s discretion)

Almost as to bid fare well to this majestic place & period, we fittingly drive underneath an old watch tower, from the world famous Anglo-Boer war era, and make our way lazily back to Cape Town to end your Forgotten Route, never to be forgotten.


R2475 per person sharing with a maximum of 13 guests, bigger groups will be quoted on enquiry.

Contact us

Office: +27 (0) 21 4628 011
After Hours: +27 (0) 72 9168 035

Email: info@wineflies.co.za

Best Western Cape Suites
Travel Centre
Corner of De Villiers & Constitution Streets
Cape Town
South Africa

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