Geography and History
The jewel of South Africa's wilderness areas, the Baviaanskloof - "Valley of the Baboons" - area encompasses the Baviaanskloof and the Karoo towns of Willowmore and Steytlerville and lies approximately 120 km West of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Baviaanskloof comprises of approximately 270 000 ha. of unspoiled, rugged mountainous terrain. Starting in the East at Komdomo, the road leads through the rugged beauty of the "Grootrivier" Gorge on its winding path through this pristine conservancy, all the way towards Willowmore in the West - a total distance of about 203 km.
The Baviaanskloof area offers a wide range of eco-recreational activities as well as a unique wilderness experience!
Known for small stock farming and for the richness of its endemic plant species, it’s interesting cultural heritage and its abundance of bird and animal life, the Baviaanskloof is internationally well known for its biodiversity. Relics of ancient cultures are still hidden in these vast mountain ranges. This area is a paradise for those seeking the adventure of outdoor activities.
It is also the gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area a World Heritage Site.
Baviaanskloof has a wide range of accommodation facilities including game lodges, B&Bs, self catering and much more!
Road Conditions / Traveling Time:
The road (R332) through the Baviaanskloof is a narrow, steep, gravel surfaced, winding road, through breathtaking mountainous terrain. The distance between Komdomo at the Eastern entrance, to Willowmore in the West, is approximately 203 km. The travelling time however, is 6 to 8 hours. It is advisable to make enquiries beforehand regarding road conditions as well as suitable vehicle type. Presently the stretch of road between Cambria and Geelhoutbos can only be accessed with a 4x4 or other "High-rider" type of vehicle.
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