Karoo corporate getaways are unforgettable at Royal Karoo Safaris

Royal Karoo Safaris

Royal Karoo Safaris offers a unique corporate getaway experience. This incredible Boutique same lodge is a hidden gem set amongst 25 000 hectares of magnificent Karoo country in the malaria-free Valley Bushveld just 2 hours away from Port Elizabeth.

The gracious owners – the husband and wife team of Laura and Rob Birch, will make sure your stay is a memorable one and it is clear to see their attention to detail that makes everything just run like clockwork.

The lodge is surrounded by majestic mountains and the scenery is truly beautiful. If you’re looking for a corporate breakaway, then Royal Karoo Safaris has all that you need and more.

Accommodation at the Royal Karoo consists of a restored Victorian-styled boutique country lodge and cottages that can sleep 20. Accommodation is available nearby on request. It is equipped with the only big flat screen TV in the lodge and also has a fireplace for those cold winter days.

Despite the remoteness of the location, the on-site Business Centre ensures that you are never out of touch with your business dealings. The conference facility can comfortably seat 12 around the board room table and can seat 32 around the dining room table. They can host 50 people, but not in board room style seating. 

Their dining area will be enlarged with stack doors on the open stoep soon to be able to seat 50 dinner guests in all-weather.

The area is serene and peaceful which gives one time to catch your breath and take in the fresh Karoo mountain air. Their friendly, well-trained staff will also go beyond expectations to ensure that your stay is unforgettable.

While the Royal Karoo is well-known as a world-class hunting destination. They do cater for weddings and year-end functions too.

Transfers can be arranged from Port Elizabeth while air charters are available from the Port Elizabeth and Plett airports. There is a landing strip on the property.

Accommodation at Royal Karoo Safaris

The lodge and cottages offer luxurious accommodation in their Premium and Deluxe rooms.

The Premium rooms have spacious interiors with high ceilings and luxurious furnishings. The suites include full bathrooms with walk-in showers, either extra-length King size or twin 3/4 beds, heaters, fans, hairdryers, Wi-Fi and sitting areas. These garden suites have beautiful Karoo views.

The Deluxe rooms are also spacious and luxuriously appointed. Expect en-suite bathrooms, either extra-length King size or twin 3/4 beds, heaters, fans, hair dryers, and Wi-Fi. There is a wheelchair accessible unit too.

Two daily meals are included with your booking as well as sundowners and table wine. There is a tea and coffee station in the Main Lodge.

Make an online booking HERE.

Facilities at Royal Karoo Safari Lodge

Facilities at Royal Karoo Safaris includes two relaxing guest lounges and restaurant that serves sumptuous Karoo cuisine. Breakfasts and dinners are a celebration of locally-sourced organic produce. Try the amazing cocktails and sundowners at the bar.

There is a guest library for your reading and entertainment leisure should not wish to venture out onto the veld. There are a variety of games to while away the evenings.

When it’s time to have a little fun, gather around a bonfire at the outdoor Boma for a perfect setting of tales of the area or arrange an experience of dining out under the Karoo night sky.

Out here, you are able to appreciate the magnificence of the stars on a clear night so don’t leave your binoculars at home!

Activities at Royal Karoo Safari Lodge

Enjoy game viewing from the lodge at its waterhole or spend a day exploring the vastness of this valley. The area lends itself well for walking and hiking trails, mountain biking, birdwatching, 4×4 trails and star-gazing.

It’s the perfect setting for unforgettable bushveld picnics and game drives. The natural beauty of the area will leave you wanting to test your photography skills.

There are wine pairings and whiskey tasting experiences as well as sightseeing flights, a Venison Cooking School and Veld to Fork Experiences as an add on to your conference or bosberaad.

For those seeking more adventure – either as individuals or as part of a corporate team-building activity, the Royal Karoo is a world-class hunting destination. See their hunting packages HERE. Learn to shoot at their range or try the tamer, aristocratic art of Clay Pigeon Shooting.

Make your next corporate event one to remember that keeps your colleagues talking. We are ready to host you and it will be our pleasure.

Reviews from previous guests

“Exceptional comfortable country lodge in the glorious Karoo. Rob and Laura are fantastic hosts and welcome you to their home and lodge where you feel instantly at home. Lovely large rooms which are so comfortable, fantastic food, great open spaces,” wrote Tracy on their TripAdvisor page.

Charl H added; “One of the best hunting experiences I ever had. The lodge are great with the best food. There Sourdough bread is exceptional. Lots of animals. The host’s and staff are awesome people. Will definitely return.”

“We had a fantastic stay at the Royal Karoo filled with mountainous game drives, delicious food (with freshly baked bread & muffins) and relaxing morning coffees with panoramic views. There is plenty of opportunity for adventure but it is also ideal for a few days of rest and fresh air. We had a restful few days at this beautiful spot and felt so welcomed by the Birch family as well as the staff at the lodge. The rooms are stunning, and the design of the lodge is modern and elegant. I would highly recommend taking a visit to this slice of paradise,” said Jessica Scott.

Royal Karoo Safaris is located along Dorsfontein Road DR1858, outside Steytlerville. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 82 496 4398; email rob@royalkaroo.co.za or visit them online at www.royalkaroo.co.za. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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