Jakhalsdans Guesthouse

Bikes & Books 2020

Join us for a weekend of mountain biking through the spectacular Karoo and get to know renowned author Deon Meyer whilst you learn new skills with Mountain Bike coach Joanna Dobinson!

A great getaway for the whole family.

It's a wonderful family weekend away that offers:

Deon Meyer

South African crime author Deon Meyer is a former journalist and brand strategist. He has published 14 novels and two short story collections in 28 languages world-wide, and wrote, produced or directed several feature films and TV series.

Deon Meyer fell in love with this part of the Karoo when he came to Jakhalsdans. This later led him to buy a house in Loxton, a place where he could relax and write many of his books, whose stories are often based in Loxton.

Books like “Koors” and “Spoor”, better known as 'Trackers', his latest series adaption now showing on DSTV, was mostly written whilst Deon was based here. The movies “Jakhalsdans”, “Jagveld” and “The Last Tango” were also partly filmed on both Jakhalsdans and the quaint little town of Loxton and surrounds…

His fireside chat will be about writing, adventures on book tours, and his books and characters.

Joanna Dobinson

Joanna has 25 years of riding experience . She founded Biking In The Bosch 6 years ago in Stellenbosch and has trained close on 7000 riders including 15 world champions . Allow her to teach you the power of the centred bike, how to corner faster and much more. Her enthusiasm and passion is sure to ignite something special and get you enjoying your bike even more as you carve through the Karoo mountain bike landscape and tracks on Jakhalsdans!

The lesson will enable all riders, beginners or advanced, to become more confident on their bike. (Bring your own mountain bike, gravel grinder or E - bike along with your own spares please).

The Mountain Bike Trails

There are a number of MTB Trails in varying degrees of difficulty for beginners through to advanced riders. Some of the trails are suitable for hiking or trail running too if you don't have a bike.

*We shall be placing maps of the trails here in late December.

Prices

Prices start from R1200 pp.

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Friday night : 'Roosterlek' braai under the Karoo Stars

Join Nicola, Linda, Deon, Marianne and Jo from 6pm around communal fires and braai your own delicious Karoo meat sourced by local farmers. It's also a good chance to 'carbo load' on the delicious roosterbrood and pasta salads and let your taste buds be tantalised by homemade Karoo culinary delights under the Karoo stars!

Saturday morning and afternoon

Grab a coffee and snack and get an early morning start at 7:30 for those who want ride the more challenging Mountain Bike Route with Deon, or you can choose one of the easier routes and leave at your own leisure and time. There are routes for beginners and children to serious experienced riders (routes to be posted soon).

Back mid-morning for a delicious breakfast/brunch put on by Jakhalsdans.

Those who have booked Mountain Bike Skills Training with Jo will be be taught at various times during the day (times will be confirmed before the event) The lesson will enable all riders, beginners or advanced, to become more confident on their bike. (Bring your own mountain bike, gravel grinder or E - bike along with your own spares please)

Joanna has 25 years of riding experience . She founded Biking In The Bosch 6 years ago in Stellenbosch and has trained close on 7000 riders including 15 world champions . Allow her to teach you the power of the centred bike, how to corner faster and much more. Her enthusiasm and passion is sure to ignite something special and get you enjoying your bike even more as you carve through the Karoo mountain bike landscape and tracks on Jakhalsdans!

For non-riders you may explore the farm on foot, go for a trail run, visit nearby Loxton or simply relax and enjoy the wide open spaces of the Karoo.

Whilst mom and dad are riding, the kids will be entertained with Fun Art Jamming Sessions with Marianne (Deon's wife, who is passionate about art and kids). More "True Plaas Style Fun" for the kids like horse rides on leads are also on the cards.

Saturday Evening

Enjoy a delicious Karoo meal "Karoo Potjie & Deon Meyer Kuier Aand" and follow Deon as he transports you with his famous story telling and also shares some insights into his writing - and perhaps even some secrets!

Send in your questions before hand to BikesAndBooks@jakhalsdans.co.za and he might just answer them in an entertaining Q&A!

Sunday Morning

Enjoy a quick ride, or just take in the sounds of silence that Jakhalsdans offers. Pack up, grab your snack pack for the road and head back home by 12pm!

Fun for the whole family

As 2020 will be the first Bikes and Books event we currently do not have pictures.

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