Baviaans Tourism

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Baviaanskloof Steytlerville, Western Region

The word Baviaanskloof, although derived from the Dutch "valley of baboons", is associated with pristine nature, narrow gorges with flowing streams, steep mountain pases, vast plains with waving grasslands and views of unspoilt wilderness.


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Nature has taken its course over thousands of years to create what is today universally recognised as the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site. Few other places in the world hold evidence of the footprint of human history spanning over a million years.

The narrow valley of the Baviaanskloof is just under 200 kilometers in length and bounded by two mountain ranges: the Baviaanskloof Mountains on the north and the Kouga mountains on the south side. The valley lies at a lower altitude than the Karoo in the north.

The rainfall of the Karoo thus filters through the mountains to the Baviaanskloof river. For this reason the valley is surprisingly lush and supports a wider variety of plant species than would have been otherwise expected.

The T1 route is accessible to sedan vehicles from Willowmore to Zandvlakte (103km). Between Zandvlakte and Poortjie (between the two Reserve Gates), it is accessible to 4x4s only. For up-to-date info, call Baviaans Tourism on 044 923 1702 or the ECPTA Office at Komdomo on 042 283 7912 or Zandvlakte on 049 839 1002

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While there may be daily variations in temperature, in general summer is sunny and warm with maximum and minimum temperatures ranging between 15 and 41 Celsius.

The easterly sea wind ensures wonderful cool evenings. During winter the maximum and minimum temperatures are 0 to 28 Celsius. The climate remains sunny and is complemented with warm winds from the hinterland.

Important Information

There is no cellphone reception in the Baviaanskloof.
There are no bank tellers in the Baviaanskloof and card facilities are only available at selected establishments. Plesae ensure you have enought cash for accommodation and meals etc.
There is no petrol or diesel in the Baviaanskloof. Please fill up in Patensie or at the Engen Garage in Willowmore - open 24/7, Tel: 044 923 1007.
If you are choosing to self cater or camp in the Baviaanskloof, please stock up on food and drinks in Patensie or at Foodzone in Willowmore, Tel: 044 923 1027. Foodzone in Willowmore is open from 07h30 to 18h00 Monday to Friday and from 08h00 to 13h00 on Saturday and Sundays.
It takes approx. 7-8 hours to drive through the Baviaanskloof from Willowmore to Patensie.

Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve Information

Gate time: Gates are open from sunrise and close at 16h00 in the afternoon.
Permits: Available at the Reserve Gates.
Day visitor activities: Smitskraal Picnic Spot & Grasnek Lookout Point
Dangerous animals: There are dangerous animals within the Reserve and visitors should exercise caution at all times when walking outside of camp and within day visitor sites and on trails.


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