1965Ride Route

Overnight Stops

Kick-Off Point : Heidelburg Kloof Lodge and Conference Centre – Suikerbosrand

Heidelberg Kloof Lodge and Conference Centre is nestled at the foot of the picturesque Suikerbosrand with its earthy and tranquil surroundings.  We ensure a restful stay at excellent value for money and offer comfortable accommodation in a natural environment, ideal for conferences, business trips, holidays, or overnight stays.

We offer 18 luxury en-suite rooms, each with a personal touch and furnished in a classic style. The rooms are designed in such a way that they offer a lovely view of the Heidelberg Kloof and its dams.  Each room also has its own entrance with a private patio, air-conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, tea station, a TV with selected Dstv channels, Wi-Fi, an electric blanket, and hairdryer. All rooms are serviced daily, and breakfast is served in the dining room with a view over the garden, the swimming pool and valley dam.

With easy access to and from the N3 motorway, we are approximately 45km from OR Tambo International Airport.  We are located within close proximity to the scenic town of Heidelberg with its cultural and historical monuments, houses and cemetaries.

We are also situated within close proximity to shopping malls and restaurants, medical facilities, and the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve where nature lovers can enjoy the Fauna and Flora in a relaxed environment.

Heidelberg Kloof Estate, Stand 31, Heidelberg, Gauteng, 1441

Postnet Suite 185, Private Bag H607, Heidelberg, Gauteng, 1438

Tel: +27 (087) 942 5502 | Fax: +27 (087) 942 5503 | Cell: +27 (079) 122 1708

Email: info@heidelbergklooflodge.co.za

Website: http://www.heidelbergklooflodge.co.za

Stop No 1 : Niki’s Stonehouse B&B – Villiers

Niki’s Stonehouse B&B is located in the quaint Free State town of Villiers.

The guest house accommodates up to 14 guests in 7 fully furnished bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. 5 bedrooms are in the main house while 2 rooms are in the house located opposite the house.

The bedrooms are each furnished with twin beds and the en-suite bathrooms are fitted with either a shower or bath.

Breakfast is served in the dining area, which is located in the main house. Additional facilities include air-conditioning, a TV with DStv in each room, and secure parking.

Nearby attractions include Vaal Dam and Vredefort Dome or guests can take short a drive to the nearby towns.

Niki’s Stonehouse : 082 565 8447


Stop No 2 : Poelanie’s Guesthouse – Reitz

Neels and Poelanie Craven welcomes you to Poelanie’s Guesthouse. We are situated in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of Reitz, in the Orange Free state. Here is where hospitality comes naturally. Poelanie’s Guesthouse is well-known for our peaceful landscaped gardens, our 19 en-suite room accommodation  and our delicious breakfast – making this the perfect venue for corporate guests, holiday makers, week-end escapees and even a cyclist retreat

Guesthouse: 082 564 6693   Neels: 084 648 5340   Poelanie: 082 567 3168

MAIL your booking to …. info@poelanies.co.za

Middletonstraat 21, Reitz,  9810

Posbus 221, Reitz,  9810

Website: https://poelanies.co.za/

Stop No 3 : Woodpecker Lodge – Ficksburg

Located in Ficksburg, Woodpecker Guesthouse has a shared lounge, garden, tennis court, and free WiFi. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a grill. The property provides room service and a tour desk for guests.

The rooms comes with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a microwave, an electric tea pot, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. The guesthouse has certain accommodations that have a patio and garden view, and rooms include a private bathroom and a closet. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge.

A continental breakfast is available each morning at Woodpecker Guesthouse.

The accommodation has a sun terrace. Guests at Woodpecker Guesthouse will be able to enjoy activities in and around Ficksburg, like cycling and fishing.

AddressHill St, Ficksburg, 9730

Phone051 933 6180

Stop No 4 : Cranberry Cottage – Ladybrand

Featuring a wellness center, gym facilities and a swimming pool, Cranberry Lodge is located in Ladybrand. The guest house offers colonial style décor and a lush garden with outdoor seating.

The air-conditioned rooms all come with terrace and garden views, as well as a sofa and satellite TV. They also include a fridge, microwave and tea-and-coffee making facilities. The private bathrooms come with a hairdryer and free toiletries.

Cranberry’s Restaurant has an a la carte menu offering modern and traditional cuisine. Guests can relax by the swimming pool and enjoy the guest house’s fireplace and BBQ facilities.

The Lesotho Highlands begin 40 km from the lodge and Bloemfontein is 130 km away. Golden Gate Highlands National Park is 159 km away. Moshoeshoe International Airport in Lesotho is 25 km from Cranberry Lodge.

AddressBeeton St, Ladybrand, 9745

Phone051 923 1500

Stop No 5 : Lord Fraser Guest House – Wepener

Lord Fraser Guest House offers guests room service, an on-site restaurant, a bar, lush green gardens, laundry amenities, braai facilities, satellite television, and parking on the premises.

A continental breakfast is available every morning at the property. Guests can enjoy fishing at the nearby Knelpoort dam, golf in Dewetsdorp and Lesotho tours hosted by a local tour guide.

Conference facilities for 40 people are available in a peaceful atmosphere.

Dinner will be served in the dining room. Our cuisine is of the highest standard. In the morning you can enjoy a hearty farm-style breakfast before you resume your journey, or enjoy the attractions in neighbouring Lesotho.

Address: 10 De Bruin St, Wepener, Free State, 9944

Website: https://lordfraser.co.za/

Stop No 6 : Mountain View Chalets – Zastron

Nestling at the foot of the picturesque Aasvoel Berg in Zastron, overlooking the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho, you will find Mountain View. Set in one of the most scenic sections of the South East Free State. Zastron is a nature lovers paradise. The openness, the space, the clean unpolluted air amaze our guests. The whole setting exudes peace and tranquility. Experience peace of mind, magnificent sunrises and sunsets to begin and end each day.

Zastron is situated on the R26 road 180 km from Bloemfontein and 250 km from Bethlehem on the way to the Eastern Cape. Zastron is a natural stop over and the gateway from Gauteng to the Wild Coast East Cape Coastal Resorts. Only 148 km from Tiffendell Ski Resort via Lundeans neck – an area abundant in natural beauty.

Heritage, culture, rock art, bird life , nature walks, outdoor adventure, day and night game drives, abseiling, rock climbing – just some of the attractions of Zastron.

Contact Details:    http://www.mountainviewzastron.co.za

Tel: 051 673 1040
Cell: 082 446 9108
Cell: 082 578 8016

Stop No 7 :Umtali Country Inn – Aliwal North

The Umtali Country Inn has been welcoming friends, business professionals, families, travelers and adventurers for more than 60 years. Situated half-way between Bloemfontein and East-London, it is the perfect base to take a break, explore the surrounding area and participate in a variety of outdoor activities. Our guests can be assured of a warm welcome and attentive service.

The Umtali Country Inn offers well apportioned rooms, conference venues, a swimming pool and secure parking in relaxed, quite surroundings that exude old-world charm. We take pride in the friendliness of our staff, the comfort and cleanliness of our rooms and our hearty meals.

So whether you merely passing through, hosting a conference or planning a wedding, consider making a reservation at the Umtali Country Inn. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from and whatever your final destination, we look forward welcoming you and making your stay enjoyable and memorable.

AddressDan Pienaar Rd, Aliwal North, 9750

Phone051 633 2400

Stop No 8 : Hazelmere Country Lodge – Penhoek

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Queenstown area bounded by majestic mountains and only 1km off the N6.

Hazelmere Country Lodge offers luxury Bed and Breakfast accommodation and is situated on a sheep and cattle farm in the scenic Birds River/Halseton area of the North East Cape.

The Lodge provides breakfast and dinner can be arranged on request.

The area is bounded by the majestic Stormberg Mountains in the North and the Andriesberg in the South. The lodge is situated in a beautiful garden surrounded by trees and boasts a tennis court, croquet lawn and swimming pool.

Summer days are warm with cool breezes in the evenings. Winters are cold and there is always a possibility of snow.

The lodge is fully licensed so do enjoy a drink in our intimate little pub ” The Halseton ” before enjoying your dinner in front of a roaring log fire.

Our guests have a variety of activities to choose from.

These include:  bird watching  rock art viewing  swimming  tennis  walking

Address: Hazelmere Farm, 4km South of Penhoek Pass, (1km off the N6), Queenstown Area, Eastern Cape

Contact: Paul and Glenda Mortlock     Cell: 082 565 7210  (Daytime)

Local Tel: 045-9669622 (a/h)   Int Tel: +27-45-9669622 (a/h) Local Fax: 045-9669622 (a/h) Int Fax: +27-45-9669622 (a/h)



We start the next tour on Wednesday 10th April at 07h30 from Life Hospital Suikerbosrand and will finish in Queenstown/Komani on The Rec at 13h00 the following Thursday 18th 2024!

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