Accommodation: 3 campsites and a rustic mountain hut
Activities: Fishing, 4x4 trails, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, canoeing, game viewing, bird watching, rock climbing, scenic drives
Highlights: Great scenery and pristine wilderness
Destination: About 2 hours drive west of Port Elizabeth, near Patensie
This Eastern Cape Nature Reserve is home to unique flora which is part of the magnificent Cape Floral Kingdom. The Baviaanskloof or “Valley of Baboons” offers nature lovers a mega-reserve with typical Eastern Cape scenery that is suited to an array of outdoor activities.
The main route through the Baviaanskloof travels from the scenic Groot River Port onwards to Willowmore, passing through pristine areas on a road that is 250km (155 miles) long. Rare plants and a variety of wildlife such as the Cape Buffalo and Mountain Zebra can be seen in the reserve.
The Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve is home to an abundance of birds (at least 300 species) and mammals (more than 50 species) amongst many other animals. From a commanding position overlooking the Cambria Valley, you can admire the views and then learn about this beautiful reserve at the Visitor Centre.