Bikes and Books at Jakhalsdans
Bikes and Books at Jakhalsdans
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 MTB coach Joanna Dobinson!
It’s an ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE that includes:
- MTB Skills Training by Joanna Dobinson of Biking in the Bosch
- Ride with Deon Meyer and listen to some of his secrets to writing
- All meals during your stay
- Various accommodation options
- Kids stay free (just charged for meals)
- Kids activities
- Genuine Loxton hospitality 🙂
- *Excludes actual bike – please bring your own
- For those wanting to enjoy the weekend without a bike, you are more than welcome, and we’ll make special arrangements for you
The itinerary is as follows:
Friday Evening: Meet & Greet
Join Nicola, Linda, Deon, Marianne and Jo from 6pm around communal fires and braai your own delicious Karoo meat sourced by local farmers. Let you taste buds be tantalised by homemade Karoo culinary delights under the Karoo stars!
Saturday Morning and Afternoon
After a scrumptious breakfast put on by Jakhalsdans, enjoy a MTB skills session with Jo.
The lesson will enable all riders, beginners or advanced, to become more confident on their bike. Discover the power of the centred bike, and how to corner faster as you carve through the Karoo landscape on your steed. (Bring your own mountain bike, gravel grinder or E – bike along with your own spares please).
After lunch, ride with Deon Meyer as he shows you around the beautiful Jakhalsdans mountain bike trails.
Kids will be able to roam free or join the art jamming sessions with Marianne (Deon’s wife). Fun kid’s rides and an entertainment area are also on the cards.
Enjoy a delicious Karoo meal “Karoo Potjie en Deon Meyer Kuier Aand“ and follow Deon as he 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!
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!
For more information on Jackhalsdans, please click here.
Joanna Dobinson has 25 years of Mountain Biking 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 are sure to ignite something special and get you enjoying your bike even more!
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. “Koors” and “Spoor”, better known as ‘Trackers’, his latest series adaption now showing on DSTV, was mostly written whilst Deon was based in Loxton.
Many of his stories and movies take place in this quaint little town. “Jakhalsdans”, “Jagveld” and “The Last Tango” were also partly filmed on Jakhalsdans and the quaint little town of Loxton and surrounds…
Accolades include Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (France), the Deutsche Krimi Preis, the Swedish Martin Beck Award, and a Barry Award in the USA. Deon lives in Stellenbosch. He is passionate about South Africa, Mozart, mountain bikes, cooking, and Free State Cheetahs and Springbok rugby.
His fireside chat will be about writing, adventures on book tours, and his books and characters.
Jakhalsdans The Movie
We have often been asked if the 2010 movie ‘Jakhalsdans’ is about the farm. The movie was shot in nearby Loxton and the climax of the film takes place on the farm.
We are proud to be associated with such a first rate South African movie. More information about the movie can be found on their website: www.jakhalsdansmovie.co.za
Trackers MNET Series
Political thriller Trackers, one of Deon Meyer’s most popular books, has been adapted for the small screen as is showing on DSTV to rave reviews! Read more here >
Also partly filmed on Jakhalsdans, Jagveld is anothe rproud South African film based on one of Deon’s books. Read more here >
Die Laaste Tango Movie
All the action takes place in Loxton in this thriller released in 2013. Watch the trailer here >
The Campsite at Jakhalsdans includes communal toilets and hot showers. Please bring your own tents and camping gear. tents can be provided at an extra cost – please enquire.
Jakhalsdans will setup tents in the farm Bomas for an authentic farm stay. Communal toilets and hot showers wil be available. (Photos to follow soon)
‘Skeerders Huis’ Cottage
The Skeerders Guesthouse overlooks the dam with a wonderful front entertaining area with braai/bbq facilities.
The Guesthouse consists of 2 units – each tastefully decorated with a kitchen and en-suite bathroom.
Each unit sleeps 2 adults. 2 extra children can fit at maximum. (a lounge with cozy fireplace and sleeping unit will be made available).
‘Die Langhuis’ Cottage
The Langhuis has 3 twin rooms with 1 bathroom, kitchen and TV Room. It is possible to sleep 5 adults plus one on a sleeper couch.
‘Ou Opstal’ Guest House
The Ou Opstal Guesthouse is a wonderful blend of old country farmhouse and luxury modern day amenities.
The Guesthouse consists of two bedrooms, one double room with on suite bathroom and a twin room with bathroom. A kitchen, scullery, dining room, sunroom and DSTV complete this beautiful house.