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Non-Hunting Activities

There are a variety of non-hunting activities to be found onsite as well as offsite that will appeal to a variety of interests. For the adventurous, we offer horseback riding, cycling and mountaineering on our own Table Mountain. For a more relaxing experience, we can provide cooking demonstrations, a visit to the local Spa, or shopping.

An interesting cultural experience is a visit to a local school and community centre. Come observe the day to day lives of fellow South Africans.

In addition, we can take clients to see petroglyphs, (Bushmen rock paintings), or visit the nearby town of Deelfontein to see an Anglo Boer War graveyard at the location of the former Imperial Yeomanry Hospital that was used as a British field hospital. There you will find interesting information on the 600 bed, tented hospital in the early 1900, where wounded and sick soldiers were treated.

We also offer day trips to the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet, which is the fourth oldest town in South Africa, (after Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Swellendam). The town was founded by the VOC Dutch East India Company in 1786, being named after the then governor of Cape Colony, Cornelis Jacob van de Graeff, and his wife, whose maiden name was “Reynet”. Some of the attractions include:

  • The Valley of Desolation, a geological wonder of weathered dolerite pillars which is a declared national monument with magnificent views over the Karoo plains.
  • The Camdeboo National Park of 200 km2, on the outskirts of the town with its interesting flora and fauna.
  • Stretch’s Court, a picturesque restored street of Karoo cottages with brightly painted shutters and doors.
  • Reinet House Museum – a Cape Dutch building, formerly the Dutch Reformed Church parsonage
  • The Agave Distillery – a distillery producing tequila from the agave plant.
  • The Karoo architecture.
  • The Dutch Reformed Church in the centre of the town. This Dutch Reformed Church is the only known church in South Africa and possibly in the world to have a kitchen and a chimney.
  • The Drostdy Hotel – A Cape Dutch building erected in 1806 as the local seat of government by the VOC. Currently a hotel.
  • Graaff-Reinet is home to more national monuments than any other town or city in South Africa.

If you fly to Kimberly to begin your safari with Jules of the Karoo, you can also shop and visit the many historical sites found in the capital city of the Northern Cape. It is located near the confluence of the Vaal and Orange Rivers. Kimberly has a significant historical past due its diamond mining history and siege during the Second Anglo Boer War. Cecil Rhodes made his fortune here and founded the De Beers corporation which later monopolized the world’s diamond industry.

There is a plethora of non-hunting activities to be found in the incredible Karoo! It is a veritable smorgasbord of recreation, history, culture, and nature awaiting your arrival