The Gamtoos Valley, known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, has become a very popular tourist destination with many B&B’s self-catering and camping establishments, as well as restaurants, fuel-stops, banks and shops to choose from. This is where you escape to, to renew your body and mind. Guarded by the majestic Cockscomb mountain the area offers visitors a range and diversity of activities to enjoy…from mountain biking, hiking, 4×4-routes, cycling, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, game drives, photo safaris and day trips into the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area.
If you are looking for things to do whilst enjoying the glorious natural surroundings, Gonjah is home to two 4×4 routes that make for a great activity, one that the Gamtoos Baviaans region is famous for. The shorter 4×4 route at Gonjah is 12km long and takes around three hours to complete and the longer route is 20km, taking approximately five hours from start to finish. Both of Gonjah’s 4×4 routes take you through a wide variety of South African bush or veld and you will see a range of flora and fauna from indigenous fynbos and aloes in the mountains to lush forest in the valleys or kloofs. Climbing to 570m at its highest point and offering stunning views of the valley and the Cockcomb mountain, the scenery really is breathtaking. Those enjoying the 4×4 routes also have a very good chance of spotting a wide variety of native wildlife including, Nyala, Bushbuck, Rooibuck (Impala) and birds such as the famous Knysna Loerie, Hawks and Eagles, so it’s well worth remembering the binoculars!
Guarri Safari Offers A Guided Experience For The Gamtoos Valley, Baviaanskloof And The Karoo. On weekdays, enjoy a visit to an irrigation farm in the fertile Gamtoos Valley and to a stock farm in the Karoo north of the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area.
Day 1: Permits and a packed lunch, juice, coffee / tea, drinking water and fruit included. No alcohol, but clients are welcome to bring their own. We depart from Patensie at about 09h00, stop at the conglomerate rock profile of queen Victoria and then at the spot where the Gamtoos river begins. On the way we talk about farming in the Gamtoos valley and what time of the year which products are available.
The road changed to a gravel road taking us past Comdomo, the office and campsite of provincial parks, through the Grootriver Poort to the farming community Cambria.
After a permit check at the control point, we enter the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area enjoying the indigenous forest of Poortjies, crossing the same stream 12 times. The narrow mountain pass take us to Bergplaas where we stop to stretch our legs. The vegetation changed to fynbos and we can see different flowers at different times of the year. Lookout for the following game: Klipspringer, Rooi hartebeest, Mountain zebra, Mountain reedbuck, Bushbuck, Buffalo, Kudu, Eland, Baboon
After passing the sign boards for Doodsklip – and Rooihoek campsites, we cross the Baviaans river for the first time and stop at Smits kraal to enjoy the picnic. From here we travel another 2-3 hours to the guesthouse or cave, our accommodation for the two nights.
Day 2: Spend a full day in the Baviaans valley to hike in a kloof and hike Nuwekloof pass, visit rock art, visit Sewe Fontein Wild fig forest, enjoy rooster koek and tea at a farm stall.
Day 3: Depart via Willowmore. Enjoy something from the menu in a coffee shop in Willowmore and then start the journey back via Steytlerville and Uitenhage.
Pabala Private Nature Reserve offers guests a variety of activities, situated in the Loerie district. Pabala Private Nature Reserve offers a half day photo safari that will bring you closer to nature. Experience magnificent bird watching, photo safari and wild game. We will ensure a memorable time. We are situated in the Fynbos Biome area which is well known for the diversity of plants and bird life, especially the Protea species. Come and experience breath-taking mountains views through your camera lens.
Experience breathtaking scenery in the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve on a photo safari day trip. Our experienced guides will teach you about the history of the old farms within the Reserve’s border, in an open safari vehicle, while you will be in awe of the Fauna and Flora this beautiful nature reserve has to offer.
Inclusions: Full day game drive in an open custom safari vehicle accompanied by experienced English speaking safari guide. * Morning Snacks and beverages * Light Lunch; Exclusions: All meals and beverages not specified
Romantic sunset drive for those love birds looking for something different and special Indulge your senses in the Fynbos covered mountains between Hankey and Loerie. Experience this beautiful landscape with wild animals roaming freely. The Fynbos Biome is known for the sustainability of most plant and bird life, especially the Protea species. Nature and conservation in total harmony.
Inclusions: * Snacks * Sparkling wine; Exclusions: * Accommodation * Meals