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Three Provinces Trail - Karoo Cycling at its best from Philippolis via Gariep to Colesberg or Bethulie.

Three Provinces

Heading homeHeading home
The Gariep DamThe Gariep Dam
Morning Glory CottagesMorning Glory Cottages
Morning Glory Cottages Dining RoomMorning Glory Cottages Dining Room
Morning Glory Cottages BarMorning Glory Cottages Bar
Morning Glory Cottages Garden and Pool AreaMorning Glory Cottages Garden and Pool Area
Morning Glory Cottages - Bed RoomMorning Glory Cottages - Bed Room
Morning Glory CottagesMorning Glory Cottages
Morning Glory Cottages - Starry NightsMorning Glory Cottages - Starry Nights

Trail Details

  1. Day 1. - This trail kicks off in the quaint dorp of Philippolis where cyclists spend their first night at one or more of the local guesthouses.
  2. Day 2. - Cyclists set off on the 55km dirt road heading south out of town, eventually crossing the N1 near to Gariep Village. GKC uses a number of guesthouses in or near to Gariep, which allows considerable flexibility in planning the next day’s route. One of our most popular venues is Orange Valley Farm.
  3. Day 3. - This when the options kick in! Cyclists can elect the route through the Oviston Reserve, about 52km, eventually exiting near Gelykfontein Stud farm. This is the home of Morning Glory Cottages, their venue for the third night.
    1. Another option: From Orange Valley take the road leading into Gariep Reserve (Free State side of the dam). This is a delightful ride past numerous herds of antelope, eventually looping back at the eastern most corner of the reserve and cycling back along the dam’s edge.
    2. A further option: Cycle into the Gariep Reserve, as above, but exit onto the tar road leading to Bethulie. Cyclists can then choose to do the History tour of the town and its surrounds on nights 4 and 5.
  4. Day 4. - If following the Oviston route, you will eventually emerge from the reserve near Gelykfontein farm. In this case your 4th night would be spent at Morning Glory Cottages.
  5. Day 5. - This is your final day of cycling and your group can either elect to finish at Karoo Nights (only 34km from Morning Glory) or head on to Colesberg, staying at the Karoo Lighthouse.
  6. Day 6. - Cyclists will be taken back to the vehicles parked in Philippolis, ready to resume the homeward journey.


Trail Dates & Bookings

Autumn trails start in mid March and run until the first week in June. We run trails on most weeks during this 3-month period.

Spring trails resume on 15 September and run until the first week in December - again during most weeks in this period.


Complete the form below should you wish to send us an enquiry regarding this Trail. 

Cyclists wishing to book trails can do so for any four- or five-day period, including weekdays. Generally, the best days for trailing involve arriving at your start destination on a Thursday, cycling on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, departing on the Monday or Tuesday morning; but we will tailor trails to suit your specific requirements, depending on availability of accommodation at the various guesthouses en route.

Please note: minimum of 8 cyclists per trail, maximum of 14.

The ideal number of cyclists per group is between 8 and 12. By prior arrangement, GKC can accommodate a maximum 14 cyclists per party. The minimum number for a trail to take place is 8.


Please Note:
A 50% deposit on costs is payable two months ahead of commencement of trail in order to secure booking. The remaining 50% to be paid before start of trail. No refund of deposit if cancellation within 10 days of the start date of the trail.


Contact David Southey directly via email or phone:

Phone: 011 489 5411 (Office Hours) or 082 453 6357

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