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BBaviaanskloof is one of the most stunning off-the-beaten-track wilderness locations in South Africa. Spanning a couple of hundred thousand hectares, it features mountains, valleys, forests and thicket, as well as abundant wildlife. The rugged terrain means most areas are only accessible by 4x4, mountain bike or on foot.
Baviaanskloof in the Eastern Cape is a major 4x4 drawcard. Although some areas can be accessed by a normal sedan, the majority of the area is pure 4x4 territory, making it the perfect destination for your off-road getaway.
Baviaanskloof refers to a 300 000ha conservation area, characterised by extreme topographical and biological diversity. Part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, it is an ecologically-sensitive area that is home to more than 1000 plant species, including ancient cycads, and dozens of mammal species, including the rare and elusive Cape leopard.
Eco-tourism in the region has gained momentum in recent years and visitors are now able to thoroughly explore the incredible biodiversity through the many adventure activities offered. Its mountainous terrain perfectly positions it for 4x4, mountain biking and hiking excursions. The area boasts various trails that take in mountain passes, waterfalls, rock formations and natural rock pools.
Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape
TTry the Cambria route (accessible by sedan) to see geological wonders and the beautiful Baviaans and Kouga mountains and Cambria Valley; the Doodsklip trail (4x4) to experience the forested Poortjies area and awesome mountaintop panoramas; and the Geelhoutbos route (4x4) to summit the Gransnek Pass with its 360-degree mountain views.
Rock climbing and camping are also available with camp sites at Doodsklip, Rooihoek and Poortjies, or, for something a little different, there is a fully-equipped Bakkrans Cave camp. This natural rocky overhang provides shelter and is a good base from which to hike, rock climb, bird watch and explore San rock art sites.
The Baviaans area also includes the towns of Steytlerville and Willowmore, which themselves offer numerous outdoor activities, including paragliding and abseiling. They are also the only points to fuel your vehicle or stock up on supplies before entering the reserve, so make sure you pop in for a visit.