Pretoria to Matjiesfontein - 612km, six to seven hour drive.

The towns passed:

Today's ride is a long one through an area where there are little or no accommodation for nature tourists, so bite the bullet and push through to the park and know the destination will make up for the longish and sometimes boring drive. Normally accommodation can be found on www.linx.co.za, so I will include a link to each town's camping and accommodation facilities along the way.

Leeu Gamka, is a small little town with little to offer the tourist, so on to Matjiesfontein, which is not really a nature tourist's paradise, but still it is so interesting that we decided to stay there and experience the hospitality of the Lord Milner Hotel, especially after a wet camping experience due to rain at Karoo National Park the previous night.

Matjiesfontein has a very interesting history and for those who like history, it will be worth your while to google for James Douglas Logan to get the story.

For us, we walked the townlet and got a good idea what life was like in the old colonial days. Especially the large gardens of the Lord Milner Hotel was enjoyed very much. But also so was the evening meal that was enjoyed in their spacious eating room. The feeling of "Olde English Lustre" was further strengthened by having the Maitre'd who looked like she could have been Lord Milner's sister herself, showing us to our table.

All in all, we were glad we did the Matjiesfontein thing, and we left the place early for Sutherland and the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

To read more about Matjiesfontein, and its wonderful history, just visit here..