The Journey Karoo: Opel Crossland X Tackles Swartberg Pass

20Logo Karoo 02, in association with Opel South Africa, will be seeking adventure and fine food in the Karoo for the next episode of The Journey taking place from 6-9 August 2019. Here’s how you can follow The Journey and engage with us on social media!

Since the inception of The Journey (#TheJourneyAfrica) back in 2016, we have visited incredible places and driven countless kilometres in an effort to showcase the diverse natural beauty of South Africa and its people, but also Africa in general, and we hope that The Journey series has inspired you, to get into your car, and experience and savour the world in which you live.

So far, we have explored unforgettable landscapes in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Zambia. We have surfed a wild river wave far from any ocean, ridden waves in the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean, dived for sunken Land Rovers and even scaled mountains in the Drakensberg and Lesotho. The Journey has been amazing, but it’s far from over…

Watch previous episodes of The Journey on our YouTube Channel (and don't forget to subscribe!)

Where to next?

The diesel-propelled Opel Crossland X will be taking The Journey team to Die Hel and back...

For the next iteration of The Journey, we are 'Crosslanding' into the heart of the Karoo behind the wheel of the recently introduced and diesel-powered Opel Crossland X 1.6TD Enjoy. Special guest appearances will be made by talented Karoo chef, Hendry 'Kokkedoor' Olivier, whom you will recognise from the Kokkedoor TV series on kykNET. Fashionista and TV presenter Danine Naidoo will be accompanied by captivating model and actress, The Little Harlequin. Our guests will be hosted by Journey veterans, Co-Founder, Ross McIlroy and our very own motoring journalist and photographer, Gero Lilleike.

To Die Hel and back! This the first time that we will be going to such a remote location in front-wheel-drive cars and Chef Hendry Olivier will be presiding over the first-ever Journey Karoo Potjiekos Cook-Off that will see guests preparing traditional Karoo recipes in the remote cultural heritage site of Gamkaskloof, also known as ‘Die Hel’, which forms part of the Swartberg Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site.

The Journey team will also be visiting the well-known Karoo town of Prince Albert as well as traversing the famous and spectacularly beautiful Swartberg Pass. 

The Swartberg Pass is roughly 24 km long and was the last major pass constructed by renowned South African road engineer and pioneer, Thomas Bain, in 1884 and was completed in 1887. It's considered to be the crown jewel in Bain’s historically significant roadbuilding career. 

The Journey Karoo is taking place from 6-9 August 2019 so be sure to follow the accounts below and track the #TheJourneyAfrica to see what we are getting up to along the way! Please note that due to the remoteness of Die Hel, coverage during The Journey will be limited, but we will do our best to share as much with you along the way as possible. 

Follow The Journey Karoo on Social Media

The Journey

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Opel South Africa

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Chef Hendry Olivier (Instagram - @hendryolivier)

Photo Credit: Netwerk24

Danine Naidoo (Instagram - @daninenaidoo, Twitter - @daninenaidoo)

Photo Credit: On-Air Entertainment

The Little Harlequin (Instagram - @the_little_harlequin)

Photo credit: LuceD

Gero Lilleike (Instagram - @GeroLilleike & Twitter - @GeroLilleike

Photo Credit: Luke Patterson

Ross McIlroy (Instagram - @rizziziousmar)

Photo credit: Troy Davies