Gonjah Chalet, campsite and 4×4 route is set amongst lush indigenous forest just 9km north of Patensie in the delightful Gamtoos River Valley, known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof. With idyllic rural surroundings, Gonjah Chalet and Campsite offer the perfect accommodation choice for anyone looking to get ‘back to nature’ in this stunning region of South Africa.
Surrounded by colourful woodland, mountain streams, undulating hills and valleys and native wildlife, the rustic accommodation at Gonjah chalet and campsite will provide you with a real break from the trials and tribulations of everyday life and will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after spending a few days away from it all. With no television to distract, you can experience the simple life and enjoy the only distractions you’ll find – the stars and the braai fire!
Gonjah is also home to two excellent 4×4 routes that take you on an adventure through the glorious Gamtoos Valley countryside where you stand a good chance of spotting a variety of South African wildlife including Nyala, Bushbuck and the elusive Knysna Loerie to name a few, you may even spot a Gonjah after which the accommodation has been named – Gonjah is the indigenous word for grasshopper.
The chalet is fully equipped for self-catering and is set amongst beautiful indigenous forest at the heart of a tranquil valley or ‘kloof’. There are two small bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds sleeping 4 guests. Gonjah Chalet has one bathroom with a shower, basin and toilet. There is a fireplace in the lounge to keep you warm on colder evenings. There is no electricity, but gas facilities exist for a real back to nature experience, in a fully equipped kitchen. The open wooden deck is a great spot for whiling away the evenings, listening to the sounds of the bush around you whilst enjoying a braai (BBQ) and a few drinks. Braai facilities are provided.
The campsite at Gonjah is delightfully set next to a gently flowing mountain stream, surrounded by towering Yellowwood trees – a real escape to the country. There are basic facilities on site including a shower and flush toilet. Water for the shower is heated from the “donkey” (wood-fired geyser), you will need to bring your own firewood in order to light it up. Please note: You will need to bring your own braai wood to light up a campfire and enjoy nature the way it was meant to be – uninterrupted.
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!