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    Default Road conditions R63/R356/R354/R46

    So my initial idea of doing a 4000km road trip in December taking the northern border and then coming down the west coast will be a little over ambitious for this year taking into consideration my youngest will only be 8 months old at the time. So my plan is to do a much less ambitious stretch of gravel by taking the road that is generally just north of the N1 (the portion between Beaufort Wes and Worcester).

    My current plan is to turn off from the N12 at Victoria West and then traveling via Loxton, Fraserburg, Sutherland, Ceres and the Worcester.

    Can anyone comment on the road conditions of that road as well as must see places? I would also appreciate accommodation tips (self catering chalet or similar, not camping) as we would likely need to sleep over somewhere on that stretch of the road.

    P.s. the plan is to take the Q5 so moderately bad gravel shouldn't be a problem, I would just prefer to not be forever pothole dodging or doin heavy 4x4 work.

    Thanks for the info!


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    Default Re: Road conditions R63/R356/R354/R46

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    Default Re: Road conditions R63/R356/R354/R46

    I have been looking into accommodation and I may have to turn off from the N12 earlier at Britstown and then sleep over close to Carnavon, and heading to Fraserburg from there. I wasn't aware of this but it seems Fraserburg is quite a hub for archaeology, which the kids in particular will enjoy a lot.


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    Default Re: Road conditions R63/R356/R354/R46

    Blesfontein outside Sutherland is a great place to stay. Puts you near the top of Ouberg Pas, which is a lovely gravel road down into the Tankwa, then you have a short drive to the R355 and Ceres

    https://goo.gl/maps/XwRyGmPcX3yPLfyM9

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    Default Re: Road conditions R63/R356/R354/R46

    Have a look at Bizansgat (Vergete Grootpad) Farm Self-Catering Accommodation
    It is a very interesting farm about halfway between Sutherland and Ceres.
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    Default Re: Road conditions R63/R356/R354/R46

    Thanks for the replies so far, I was hoping to sleep over close to Fraserburg (or North of it) as I wanted to take the kids on a fossil hunting tour early the next morning. Backtracking would not be ideal, but thanks for the suggestions!


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