Karoo Desert Tour

The Forgotten Route

Cost: From R2 725 per person sharing

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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.


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.


R2 725 per person maximum of 13 guests.
Bigger groups would be quoted on enquiry!

What Our Clients Say

  • Karoo Desert Tour  A perfect partner to work with - I organized two different group trips with Wine Flies and both were fantastic (hosted by the great Mark). Every wish was granted, every small challenge met with a happy... read more

    November 28, 2022

    Karoo Desert Tour  Great Daytrip - Such a great day away !!! I love the fact that Wine Flies travels to wine estates off the beaten tourist track. Its been a super fun and interesting day... read more

    January 19, 2022

    Karoo Desert Tour  Excellent - Fantastic wine tour! Could not recommend more. Etian, our guide for the day, was excellent and super knowledgeable who made the day. The wineries we went to had amazing wines... read more

    February 7, 2023
  • Karoo Desert Tour  Great day out - A really great day out In Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. We went to four different vineyards as well as a half hour stop off in the town. Great value for money... read more

    March 26, 2022

    Karoo Desert Tour  Amazing day! Did 5 wine stops including lunch sampling over 20 wines!
    Mark Shelton was fabulous, so much knowledge, professional and great company all day.
    Would thoroughly recommend.

    Karoo Desert Tour PaulaH37
    October 27, 2022

    Karoo Desert Tour  Fabulous and unique! - Thank you so much for a fabulous tour!

    Etian our guide was knowledgeable and a perfect host. We got local knowledge and additional insights into the wines we... read more

    February 7, 2023
  • Karoo Desert Tour  Best wine tasting - Best wine tasting experience ever!!! The crew was just fantastic - they surely knew the best vinyards in the most spectacular locations, and how to give the audience just right... read more

    February 7, 2023

    Karoo Desert Tour  'Fantastic Day' - Really well organised and very enjoyable day! Mr G was an amazing guide. We opted for the full day tour and it was great to visit a number of... read more

    January 5, 2023

    Karoo Desert Tour  Discovered Stellenbosch the perfect way! - The perfect day to spend in Stellenbosch. With Lizna not only wine flies but also the time flies! Thank you for this day in South-Africa we will always remember!

    November 10, 2022

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