WIN: 2 nights at the Karoo Art Hotel and expert-led cooking masterclasses

Enjoying a game of rugby and a lekker meal are synonymous. So, the Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale is ramping things up with a rugby and venison weekend extravaganza.

The Karoo Art Hotel should be on every traveller’s bucket list. This recently refurbished 1885 Karoo heirloom is an art-lovers delight. In addition to being a sensational place to stay, it features a rolling exhibition space for local and regional artists to showcase their works. It’s safe to say that the decor is always stunning. Each room is entirely unique and centred around art and history.

The Karoo Art Hotel also features an exquisite dining room and restaurant, a bar, and a cinema, to name a few things. It’s situated in the heart of Barrydale, making it the perfect base to explore the town and its surrounds.

Bring in the Bokke:

Accommodation sorted, the weekend promises to be packed with flavour, fun, and extra special hosts: a rugby legend and two vleis connoisseurs.

Stormers coach John Dobson (Dobbo), Chef Greg Bax and Chef Derek Lowe will be on board to deliver an epic two days of rugby and delicious food – and springbok is definitely on the menu.

Dobbo recently coached the Stormers to victory in the United Rugby Championship in Cape Town, Bax heads up the award-winning Rare Grill restaurant in Kenilworth, and Lowe is the Karoo Art’s kitchen king. Talk about a champion lineup.

To celebrate the first Springbok test match on Saturday 2 July, the Karoo Art Hotel has planned three rugby-inspired events to tuck into – adding to the long list of reasons to visit this celebrated spot.

The weekend lineup: 

The weekend will kick off on Friday 1 July with an Art of Steak masterclass hosted by Dobbo and Chef Greg Bax. After a fabulous night’s sleep in one of the gorgeous rooms, it’ll be time to get your potjie on.

Saturday morning will start with an Art of Springbok Potjie masterclass led by Chef Derek Lowe. It’ll be all about the venison (springbok, of course) supplied by Wayne Oostingh of Leopard Rock game ranch.

What to do whilst your potjie bubbles away? Indulge in a Barrydale tasting tour that will be bracketed by the magnificent Joubert Tradouw Wine Estate. Then it’s over to Dobbo in the Karoo Art’s historic ballroom for the pre-test buildup, the game and the afterparty. 

You could be the lucky winner that joins the party …


The Karoo Art Hotel is giving one lucky reader the chance to win:

  • Two nights’ stay at the Karoo Art Hotel (for two people sharing, including meals)
  • Access to all three rugby-inspired events

Travelling fees and drinks are not included in the giveaway.

The hotel is located at 30 Van Riebeeck Street, Barrydale.

Events summary:

  • Friday 1 July: Art of Steak Masterclass with Dobbo and Chef Greg Bax
  • Saturday 2 July: Art of Springbok Potjie Masterclass with Chef Derek Lowe
  • Saturday 2 July: Dobbo in the Karoo Art’s historic ballroom for the pre-test buildup, the game, and the afterparty


To stand a chance at winning this epic, rugby-inspired weekend away at the Karoo Hotel, fill out the form below and answer the following question:

Question: Which team recently won the United Rugby Championship title in Cape Town?

Best of the Cape – CapeTown ETC