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The Baviaanskloof – Like Never Before. 4×4 Adventure
Code (OV31) A 3 Day Tour

Baviaanskloof 4 x 4 Route and surrounding areas

The Baviaanskloof wilderness area is a vast expanse of rugged terrain encompassing ranges of tall mountains and steep sided valleys bisected and criss crossed by sometimes wild rivers and streams that are mostly quiet and calm.

The Baviaanskloof is a place of endless change. We come across a peaceful glade near the river where under the canopy of the Sweet thorn acacias, a troop of Baboons rest after a day of foraging while a Bushbuck ewe and her young fawn browse peacefully nearby. Overhead the strident call of the African fish eagle. A tiny chameleon might reveal itself clinging to a flower stalk or the crashing of the under growth might herald a herd of Buffalo making off into the thickets.

Day 1, Night 1

Port Elizabeth to Baviaanskloof

Meet and greet by Alan Tours at your place of residence in Port Elizabeth before our departure for the Baviaanskloof, a World Heritage Site.

Here we travel through the agricultural centers of Hankey and Patensie with its neatly maintained citrus and vegetable farms on either side of the Gamtoos river. We continue to the entrance of the Baviaanskloof Mega-reserve where on arrival we check in at the reception, take a comfort break and enjoy a cup of coffee at the comfortable picnic site.

After check in we continue through the imposing cliffs that line the riverbanks in this picturesque part of the Baviaanskloof. 

We travel in a westerly direction deeper into the Baviaanskloof valley, entering the wilderness section of the reserve where we do a final check in as we enter the reserve itself.

Here the road is shaded by large trees as we cross the clear waters of the river. If the weather is good, we park in the shade, take our shoes off and wade through these cool, clear waters as a ceremonial cleansing ritual. Refreshed we continue into the valley of the Baboons.

We make our way out of the shade of the valley floor up onto steep passes as we move through this Rift Valley climbing up and descending once again only to climb back up again.

The views of the surrounding mountains and valleys from the top of the passes is spectacular with views over wide portions of the valley in places.

We take photographs along the way and stop at selected spots on the road for a picnic and a swim in the deep river pools when the weather is good.

After traversing the wilderness area, we keep a keen eye open for the bird and wildlife which includes Cape Buffalo, Kudu, the rare Mountain Zebra, Bushbuck and Red Hartebeest as well as the secretive Leopard, the endangered Black Rhino and of course the many Baboons that call this valley their home and who in turn have bequeathed their name to this mythical valley, “The Baviaanskloof”, the “Valley of the Baboons”.

Completing the memorable journey through the wilderness area, we make our way to our overnight Farm style accommodation, or similar. After check in we make ourselves comfortable before meeting for a traditional farm dinner.

After dinner we make our way to bed for a comfortable night’s rest under the clear, star encrusted night sky.

Overnight Baviaanskloof accommodation, picnic lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 2, Night 2

Baviaanskloof

We wake early for a fresh cup of coffee and rusks, a traditional oven dried bread roll, and do a bit of exploring before returning for a welcome breakfast.

After breakfast we set out to explore the Kloof as it is locally known. We visit a beautiful grove of Wild fig trees that proliferate around an up-welling of crystal clear water said to have its origins a few hundred kilometers away in the Great Karoo. Here, with a permanent supply of pure water, the fig trees grow huge and thrive in these fertile soils, bearing large quantities of edible fruit, a bonanza for both the bird and wildlife in this predominantly arid area.

From here we make our way to explore a wonderfully deep gorge no more than a meter or two wide in some places where a small stream has sliced its way through the mountain rock over eons to form a level rock strewn bed through which we walk. We pass large rock pools where one is welcome to take a refreshing swim deep within the mountain. Here we might have a chance of visiting a honey farm and see how honey is made but this will depend on if the farmer is at home to show us around.

After the gorge we make our way through the now widening valley to have lunch at a special little restaurant run by a family of small stock farmers where the lady of the house has created an idyllic garden in which to sit and order a light lunch of toasted sandwiches on simple homemade bread. A real country kitchen in the very heart of the valley.

After some time spent exploring the valley, we return to our overnight accommodation to relax and soak up the peace and quiet of the remote working farm as we prepare for our evening meal. Crack open a drink and enjoy the peace and solitude of the Baviaanskloof as the traditional braai (Barbecue) slowly cooks on the coals of the open wood fire.

After a delicious meal we sit around the fire recollecting the stories of the day before making make our way to bed for a comfortable night’s rest.

Overnight Baviaanskloof accommodation, picnic lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Baviaanskloof to Port Elizabeth

We wake for a cup of coffee and breakfast before we pack up and check out of our accommodation and prepare for our return trip via a spectacular and rugged 4 x 4 route up and over the mountains before dropping down the other side, onto the southern slopes of this huge wilderness area

This is a spectacular route over the mountains and the rough winding road, which at times seems to carry on forever. Where around almost every corner there is a picture perfect scene, or landscape, animal, or bird to stop you in your tracks. It is almost impossible for a camera to capture the sheer expanse of the scenery, shaded mountains, layered into the distance, cut with deep valleys for as far as the eye can see.

We bring a picnic lunch along with us and stop at a convenient spot to rest and take our lunch break.

With 7 biomes converging in one area, the Baviaanskloof / Kouga wilderness area has a wealth of plant diversity, simply bundled together as Fynbos where such diversity is difficult to compare with anything else in the world.

It is for this reason that the area has been declared as a World Heritage Site and afforded the protection necessary to maintain its integrity into the future.

We finally drop down along the southern slopes of the Kouga Mountains and enter the valley thickets interspersed with beautiful stands of Proteas, Leucadendrons and other Fynbos plants as we make our way back along the well maintained farm roads with one more river crossing at which to stop and take a refreshing swim before making the final leg of our adventure back home.

Tour includes:

  • 3 day professional guided tour
  • 2 night accommodation as per itinerary
  • 4×4 safari vehicle, fuel
  • Entrance/conservation fees
  • 4×4 route fees
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Bottled water in the tour vehicle

Tour excludes:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Activities not mentioned in the above
  • Tips/gratuities

 

Rates:

2 persons on tour:  R 10 850.00 per person sharing

3-4 persons on tour: R 8 250.00 per person sharing

5-6 persons on tour: R 5 700.00 per person sharing

Minimum 2 persons

Single supplement applies

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