Dakaroo Le Mags – Road Cycling in France and Mountain Biking in South Africa

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February 27, 2012

Dakaroo Le Mags – Road Cycling in France and Mountain Biking in South Africa

After a 3 day stay with Gerhard and Ans, owners of the Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve, we agreed that there could be no better cycling/nature experience combination than Dakaroo Le Mags – the perfect road cycling holiday based at Les Magnolias Hotel in the ancient village of Plaisance, in the Aveyron, South West France, followed by unforgettable mountain biking stay at Bosch Luys Kloof PNR in the Western Cape Karoo desert, in South Africa.
We recently spent 3 days with Gerhard and Ans at their 10 000ha Private Nature Reserve, Bosch Luys Kloof PNR, in South Africa’s Ambialet close to Plaisance, South West France beautiful Karoo desert.  They own and run an exquisite and exclusive lodge at Seweweekspoort close to Oudtshoorn where we would have spent many more days…   An absolute jewel of a place to be, you can feel the silence and calmness of the desert around you and whilst the accommodation and food are luxurious in every other way you are at one with purest nature.  Energy is predominantly solar.  One of Gerhard’s main interests is to offer cyclists the opportunity to explore the extreme and remote areas which surround Bosch Luys Kloof, whilst enjoying quality accommodation, service, meals and nature drives – all in a personal and boutique style environment and completely away from the normal (or abnormal) huzzle buzzle.  The mountain biking experience must be phenomenal and so we will not forget our bikes on our next visit.  Gerhard and Ans’ property includes the 4×4 trail which takes you to the high mountain point from where you can look down on the intriguing valley of “The Hell”, home to the forgotten community that lived there until recent times.  The nature drive (or ride) to The Hell is beautiful and requires a bottle of cold white wine and picnic to go with the view of the Gamkasklooof gorge and valley at the end of the road. In all there are 10 nature drives covering 50kms and 6 walking trails.

Luxury villa rooms at Bosch Luys Kloof Originally the purpose of our trip was to find and document some of the special butterflies of the Karoo.  This took us on one particulary long walk through the Elandskloof’s dry river bed and its impressive rock formations.  We did not make it to the top of the Elandsberg, but did find the King Copper halfway up and since this made Dietmar’s day smiley…  we could return to the lodge smileysmiley, afternoon nap in the silence smileysmileysmiley, do the 10km sun-downer drive to Gamkapoort Dam adjoining the reserve smileysmileysmileysmiley and finally enjoy our second gourmet dinner by candlelight overlooking endless desert scenes smileysmileysmileysmileysmiley.

Gerhard and Ans adore their life at Bosch Luys Kloof and this reflects in their warm and natural energy as hosts.  While Gerhard was and is still partly connected to the world of high finance, he knows his wines and has a special cellar… he recommended two of the best bottles of red ever to accompany the chef’s delicious dinners.
Contact us now, or contact Bosch Luys Kloof on boschkloofpnr@telkomsa.net and sign up for the Dakaroo Le MagsRoad Cycling in France and Mountain Biking in South Africa!

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