Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve
The Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area lies approximately 120 km. West of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa and 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 area offers a wide range of eco-recreational opportunities as well as a unique wilderness experience.
Baviaanskloof Tourist Information
The purpose of the Information Center, situated in Cambria at the Baviaanskloof Lodge, is to provide prospective tourists to the Baviaanskloof with first hand tourist related information. Over the past years of service to the tourist, the Center has handled thousands of enquiries world wide. We are partners in the conservation initiative of the Baviaanskloof Mega-reserve and our goal is to contribute towards the development of the conservation economy of the area to include the upliftment of the local communities.
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 traveling 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 4×4 or other “High-rider” type of vehicle.
The Baviaanskloof is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. To avoid disappointment and consequent inconvenience, plan your visit and make your bookings well in advance.
There is no shopping facilities or refuel points in the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. Whether you are entering the reserve from the Western or Eastern side, do your shopping and refueling before entering the reserve.
Permits are required to enter the kloof and to access all recreation sites under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Cape Parks Board, and can be obtained at the ECPTA gates.
Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve
Environment and Bio-diversity
The area is characterized by its extreme diverse landscape due to the region’s high geological, topographic and climatic diversity. The colorful cliffs and rock formations are characteristic of the predominant hard sandstone, which is part of the Table Mountain group of sediments.
As part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and due to the areas diverse habitat, the spectacular landscapes harbor more than 1000 different plant species. These include species of the well known Erica and Protea families. The flora of the area encompasses a great range of genetic diversity, which include genetically distinct and ancient cycads. Two surviving species of these ancient plants are found in the Baviaanskloof.
The rich and diverse animal life of the area can be attributed to the diversity and complexity of its environmental component. Some of the larger mammal species found in the reserve are the Cape Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Kudu, Cape Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Eland and Baboon.
The Baviaanskloof which is an ecologically sensitive area, is an eco-tourism destination and offers the visitor various nature based recreational opportunities. These include; mountain hiking, rock and mountain climbing, camping, wildlife photography, bird watching and scenic drives.
It is impossible to describe the Baviaanskloof in detail using so few a word. For the more adventurous this vast mountain kingdom offers an unique wilderness experience. To the traveler it offers a memorable traveling experience through stunningly beautiful landscapes of a type only to be found in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.