Friday, January 30, 2009

Eco Game Route!

Type: Day Trip - Eco Game Route
Distance: ± 150km
Roads: 50/50 tar and gravel farm roads.
Vehicles: Any - Suitable for Sedan cars.
Permits: None.


(Click on the map for bigger image)

This is an easy scenic drive / ride that runs past and through several Game farms. The route stays on public roads and no entry fees or permits are required.

The route on the map (bottom of page) starts at the bottom of York st. (the main street of George) and heads to the N2 and Hartenbos. Exit left – Hartenbos offramp. Turn left at "T" junction. Turn left again onto the R102.

The first gravel starts just West of Hartenbos, direction Hartebeeskuil Dam.

Turn right onto R328 (Tar towards Outshoorn). After ±1.5 km turn left onto gravel. Keep right at the "Y" and travel past the Hartebeeskuil Dam and continue to the R327 (Tar).

At the R327 "T" turn right (tar) and turn right again onto gravel (± 2km) and right again at the "Y" shortly after.

Several species of game can be spotted on this section including Sable, Oryx, Zebra, Wildebeest, Spring Buck ect.

Heading North towards the Outeniqua Mountain range.

At the next "Y" keep right (Haelkraal). Turn left at next "T" junction.

The road eventually "T's" into R328 (Robinson Pass) near Eight Bells Mountain Inn. For a visit to Eight Bells turn right or alternatively turn left to continue with the route. The Eight Bells Inn is a historic building.

For more info on the historic Eight Bells Inn download the .pdf file here.

From the "T" into the R328 (or from Eight Bells) travel South towards Mosselbay. Take the first turn-off left onto gravel. Travel straight (past a turn-off left) and turn left at the "Y". Turn right at "T" junction and take the first left there after.

Keep on the lookout for more game as you travel through a section of the Botlierskop Game Reserve.

Turn right at the "T" (Tar) and follow the road to Great Brak.

Great view of the Great Brak river mouth:

From Great Brak follow the R102 (Old road) back to George.

(Interactive map - use the buttons to zoom in and out and scroll around.)

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