Baviaanskloof, a World Heritage Site
Baviaanskloof, Rock Agama
Addo Elephant National Park, Eland

The Bark of the Baboon
Code (OV09) A 6 day tour.

We criss-cross clear tannin stained waters in the Baviaanskloof, keeping an eye out for Klipspringer, Kudu, Cape Buffalo, Reed Buck, Mountain Zebra and the ever present Chacma Baboon. View a spiritual place of the early Bushmen where they left a legacy of rock art and search in Addo Elephant National Park the open plains and thickets for African big game.

The tour can depart from either Port Elizabeth, St Francis or Jeffreys Bay

Day 1, Night 1

The Baviaanskloof

Meet and greet by Alan Tours at your place of residence and depart for the ‘Valley of the Baboons’ the Baviaanskloof, a world heritage site. 

The landscape of the area is dominated by the Baviaanskloof and Kouga mountains, which run parallel to each other in an east, west orientation.

These are part of the Cape Fold Mountain system first formed some 450 to 490 million years ago under the southern ocean and when young, were higher than the present day Himalayan mountain range. 

The Kouga is the larger of the two systems.


Many high peaks occur in the western and central regions with the eastern end being the less rugged with plateaus and hills generally less than 900 m in altitude. Smutsberg is the highest peak at 1757 m above sea level. The Baviaanskloof Mountains form a long narrow range with the Scholtzberg at 1625 m being the highest peak. In the east the Baviaanskloof range joins the Groot Winterhoek with the Cockscomb being the highest peak at 1678 m above sea level, the highest peak in this wilderness area. We stop at a convenient place in the valley and enjoy a packed picnic for lunch before reaching our overnight Lodge in Baviaanskloof.

Overnight guesthouse, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 2, Night 2

Exploring the Baviaanskloof

After a scrumptious breakfas,t we set off on a walk or game drive in this fascinating wilderness area. 

We view the rich bird life, learn about the many medicinal plants or search for the rare Willowmore cedar trees. Clear tannin stained streams tinkle and laugh through strewn boulders as we head back to the lodge for lunch and time to relax. 

The lodge is a series of beautifully constructed chalets hidden in natural rock on top of a ridge with stunning views into the valleys and crevices below. In the evening we meet for dinner before retiring for a good night’s rest.

Overnight guesthouse, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 3, Night 3

Baviaanskloof to Patensie

After delicious breakfast, we check out and depart through the spectacular scenery of the Baviaanskloof mega-reserve criss crossing the clear tannin stained waters of the Groot river a number of times while travel slowly through the floor of the reserve. We keep an eye out for Klipspringer, Kudu, Cape buffalo, Reed Buck, Mountain Zebra, while of course the Chacma Baboon after which the area has been named is everywhere abundant.

Rising above the valley floor on a number of occasions allowing for superb views of the surrounding mountains and the many species of fynbos that cover these higher slopes. We stop on our way to snack on our packed lunches before continuing. After some time spent traversing the valley we exit through precipitous rock walls. Passing into extensive citrus orchards, where if time allows we stop off at interesting farm stalls we continue to our overnight accommodation on a working farm in the Patensie district before a well-earned meal and rest in these quiet surroundings.

Overnight guesthouse, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 4, Night 4

Patensie to Addo Elephant National Park

After a leisurely wake up and breakfast, we check out and depart to the oldest village in the area, Hankey, where we stop at the largest sundial in Africa and visit Sarah Baardman’s grave, a Khoikhoi woman born in the area in 1787 and coerced to leave South Africa as a human exhibition. She died in exile and her remains were returned to her native soil after the first South African democratic elections from France. She was re-buried here, where she quietly overlooks the fertile Gamtoos valley of her birth.

We continue to a Wildflower Reserve overlooking the river gorge where we stop to view the flowers and the spectacular arch bridge.

After a lunch break in Port Elizabeth, we continue to the Addo Elephant National Park. We check in and immediately start our game viewing experience keeping an eye out for the many creatures on the plains and thickets.

The malaria free Addo Elephant National Park is home to close to 700 free roaming Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, Zebra, antelope, reptiles and diverse birdlife. 

We take dinner at the park restaurant before a well-deserved rest in our accommodation accompanied by the sounds of the African night.

Overnight in Addo Elephant National Park Cottage/Chalet, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 5, Night 5

Addo Elephant National Park to Kouga Mountains

Early morning wake up for coffee, tea and rusks and depart for a game drive in the tour vehicle, viewing a wide variety of African big game in these vast thickets and plains.

This is the best time to catch the predators wandering the thickets before they lie up for the day. The awesome Lion live side by side with Warthog, Zebra, Kudu, Eland and Red Hartebeest in this 48 thousand hectare section of the National Park.

Returning to the rest camp we take breakfast at the park restaurant before packing up.

After packing checking put, we leave on a game drive, making our way through the park to the southern entrance of the reserve.

After leaving the reserve we head back in a westerly direction past Port Elizabeth on the N2 before again turning off, inland on the R62 for Joubertina where we stop for lunch after which we head into the hills again for the remote overnight lodge in the Kouga Mountains. 

The lodge has a powerful telescope for those who wish to view the dazzling components of our Solar system.

Overnight guesthouse, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Kouga Mountains to place of residence

Early wake up for tea and coffee before we depart in the vehicle to get to the base of the hill we need to climb to walk to view the huge rock overhang or Bak, a spiritual place of the early Bushmen clans of the area and a place where they left a legacy of rock art and a burial site for their dead. It is not too long a walk but needs to be taken slowly with many stops. Lovely fynbos and scenic views accompany us as we climb the slope to see these fading relics of a bygone age. There is a covered burial site that the archaeologists have unearthed here which we are not permitted to open but it is here that they chose to bury their dead. This wilderness area is home to an unrivalled wealth of plant species, wild life, and geographical features.

Returning to the lodge for a well-prepared breakfast we check out and if time permits continue a bit further into the valley to a fully productive 100-year-old Honey bush tea farm. Honey bush is a plant that grows naturally only here on the slopes of the Kougaberg and is recognised by amongst others, the Japanese as a health tea for many hundreds if not thousands of years. Leaving the Kouga Mountains we return to your place of residence and the end of the “Bark of the Baboon” safari.

Tour includes:

  • 6 day guided tour
  • 5 night accommodation as per itineray
  • Entrance/Conservation fees
  • community levy fee
  • 4×4 route fee
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Bottled water in tour vehicle


Not included:

  • Bar bills
  • Personal shopping
  • Gratuities

Rates :

    2 persons on tour: R 27 900.00 per person sharing

3-4 persons on tour: R 18 500.00 per person sharing

5-6 persons on tour: R 15 500.00 per person sharing

Minimum two persons

Single supplement applies

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