“Baviaans Lodge, wilderness destination at the heart of this travel route, is the starting off point of the 4×4 trail that heads off into the Baviaanskloof. Built in a true pioneer spirit, the Lodge is a remarkable destination in its own right, offering the traveler a welcome bed and amazing meals, just what the nature lover and 4×4 traveler needs ! Outstanding Baviaans accommodation.
The trail – is some 34 km long, a winding jeep track, climbing from 250 m altitude to just over 1100 meters at its highest point, offering stunning mountain vistas in all directions, unique fynbos displays, many cycads as well as other spectacular natural features.
An all year round trail , graded 2-3 in places, and travelled in both directions.
Highlights – Spectacular Mountain scenery, stunning fynbos displays, raptor population, remote and tranquil, the ideal linking route to the Baviaanskloof, not called “”die KLEINE HEL se pad”” for nothing!
Come and explore, experience and enjoy this back to nature 4×4 trail, at the heart of the Baviaans-Kouga travel route, the “”Fynbos Entrance”” into the Baviaansklooof, linking the coast and the interior, travel on gravel style! Baviaanskloof
World heritage site and the 3rd largest conservation area in South Africa
The breath-taking Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve is one of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, collectively a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Covering roughly 200-square kilometers of pristine mountainous terrain, the ‘Valley of the Baboons’, is one of the largest wilderness conservation areas in South Africa. Just 120 kilometers west of Port Elizabeth, this awesome wilderness playground has much to offer nature lovers and outdoor adventurers.
The eastern side of the reserve starts at the Komdomo Campsite. From here the road winds 250 kilometers through the incredibly scenic and craggy Groot River Port towards Willowmore in the west.
A paradise for adventurous and active types, the vast mountainous landscape offers a unique wilderness experience with a plethora of things to do. These include rock climbing, mountaineering, camping, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, fishing, scenic drives, bird watching and 4×4 trails.
Unique aspects of the Baviaans-Kouga 4×4 and 2X4 trail routes
Finding the best route to the Baviaanskloof and Baviaans accommodation, something different, unique and challenging, is more than half the challenge of visiting the Kloof itself. The Baviaanskloof is special, A World Heritage Site, diverse and spectacular. The Baviaans-Kouga 4×4 trail and 2×4 Baviaans Trail Travel Route adds credence to this wilderness region and offers a different perspective to entering the Baviaanskloof, something not viewed or experienced elsewhere . It’s a little different and challenging with its “” Fynbos 4×4 route”” joining the main R332, Baviaanskloof Road, in the heart of the Baviaans, 2×4 Bakkies with experienced drivers can also do this 2×4 trail route, into the Baviaanskloof as an adventure challenge.
Travelling in from Patensie in the East, you have the spectacular Groot Revier Poort, a marvellous natural feature. From the Willowmore Western side, the red rock faces of the Nuwekloof pass welcome you into the Kloof.
The Baviaans -Kouga travel route offers you a stunning Baviaanskloof accommodation venue at Baviaans Lodge and brings you into the Baviaans from the blue ocean, rocky shoreline of the Tsitiskamma, and the meandering R62 ( one of the prettiest scenic routes in the country). The 2X4 Baviaans Trail gravel route, starting at the Assegaaibosch Station, on the R62, near Kareedouw, gradually winds its way towards the ancient Kouga Mountains, through the spectacular Kouga Poort and out to Baviaans Lodge, an awesome wilderness retreat and Baviaans accommodation destination, bordering the Baviaanskloof Reserve. From here, you take the little known Baviaans-Kouga 4×4 trail, with its stunning Fynbos environs, into the heart of the Baviaanskloof. Unique and spectacular, the “” Fynbos Entrance “” to the Kloof.
This route appears to be centuries old, maybe tens of thousands of years. Mussel shells, and paintings in ancient shelters indicate movement by the San peoples, many years ago. In more recent times, discoveries in the 1970’s show Boer commando’s , probably belonging to General Smuts, used this mountain path. Today, a new breed of explorer, keen to discover natures best kept secrets, travels this winding, mountain track with its stunning back to nature setting. The “” slow living “” travel on gravel approach we all look for ! Baviaans Lodge is the ultimate wilderness Baviaanskloof accommodation retreat, off the main Baviaanskloof road, remote and undiscovered Baviaans guest lodge accommodation venue, on the Baviaans Kouga 4×4 trail.
Useful info and tips
Remember- Do your AA vehicle check before leaving civilization, fuel, oil ,hydraulic liquids , tyre pressures, lights and brakes, battery condition.
Check weather forecasts- before leaving, adjust your journey accordingly, check with your destination on route conditions and limitations.
NB -ALLOW ENOUGH TIME to reach your destination in daylight
OFF ROAD graded 3- 5 allow 5 km per hour
OFF ROAD Graded 1-3 allow 12 km per hour
POOR GRAVEL allow 25 km per hour
REASONABLE GRAVEL ROAD allow 50 km per hour
Vehicles tyre pressures- Tyre pressures should be kept according to ground conditions, soft sand under vehicle, softer tyres at 1.2 to 1.5 bar depending on vehicle load.
– loose gravel and mixed stone, vehicle not heavily laden 1.5 to 1.8 bar, moderate load 1.8 bar, heavily laden 2.2 bar
– Hard rocky, broken surfaces, 2 to 2.4 bar depending on vehicle weight
Vehicle equipment- 1 spare tyre, if possible 2 spares. Jack, wheel spanner, small compressor, tyre repair kit, 2 litres spare water and 1 litre engine oil, small bottle brake fluid. torch, GPS, emergency tow rope, small spade. Shifting spanner, with small tool kit.
Other items- camera, binoculars ,blanket, some food snacks, rain jacket, water, cold drinks, good map, cell phone with local emergency numbers, small emergency first aid kit.
Baviaans Lodge, situated on the Baviaans-Kouga travel route and Baviaans 2×4 trail is a spectacular Baviaanskloof accommodation and activity venue in the Baviaans region. Its location in the Baviaans is quite unique, situated off the main Baviaanskloof road, access to the Lodge can be gained either from the Baviaanskloof by 4×4 jeep trail, called the Baviaans-Kouga 4×4 trail or from the Langkloof R62 and nearby Tsitsikamma , Garden Route. This private and remote location ensures a peaceful and relaxing,”” away from it all “” Baviaans accommodation venue. It’s a total escape from city life, no general cell phone reception to bother you, no Eskom power , just a stunning natural environment where nature can be appreciated and you can recharge your batteries. The Baviaans lodge area offers outstanding natural outdoor activities, birding, hiking, walks, star gazing,4×4 trails and off road routes, San art viewing, kloofing, river rafting, all in peaceful and serene surroundings. Enjoy the Baviaans with us in this unique Baviaanskloof accommodation destination on the Baviaans Kouga 4×4 trail route, for the adventurous, a 2×4 Bakkies with an experienced driver can tackle the 4×4 section.
Tsitiskamma and Garden Route
Tsitsikamma, meaning “place of abundant water” is a beautiful region nestled between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the turquoise Indian Ocean in the Eastern Cape. The area is riddled with magnificent forests, rivers, and waterfalls where activities like bungee jumping, canopy tours, and nature hikes can be enjoyed.
R62 , Langkloof Oudtshoorn, Uniondale and Willowmore areas
The Langkloof fruit region is located between Port Elizabeth and George. After the Western Cape Province, Langkloof is the second largest deciduous fruit-producing area in South Africa. Its fertility is visible as most of the valley is lined with fruit orchards, with beautiful mountains and perennial streams as a backdrop.
The R62 which meanders from the Cape ends its journey in the Langkloof. This route is popular as the “”slow living”” path taken by discerning travellers, wanting to avoid the congestion and rush of the coastal N2. The R62 boasts many quaint and peaceful towns and villages, where time seems literally to have stood still!
R62 Kareedouw and surroundings
Leaving the N2, either from near Humansdorp or Tsitsikamma, Kareedouw is the first town on the R62, as it takes its scenic route all the way down to the Cape. A small farming town, Kareedouw has many pleasant surprises. A number of good eateries welcome travellers passing by, as well as quaint old houses, a splendid Church and a number of pubs. The CO-OP is worth a stop to fill your fuel tank up at a discounted price! This is the closest town to the start of the Baviaans-Kouga travel route.”