Finding the best route to the Baviaanskloof and Baviaans accommodation, something different, unique and challenging, is more than half the challenge of visiting the Kloof itself. The Baviaanskloof is special, A World Heritage Site, diverse and spectacular. The Baviaans-Kouga 4x4 trail and 2x4 Baviaans Trail Travel Route adds credance to this wildernes region and offers a different perspective to entering the Baviaanskloof, something not viewed or experienced elsewhere . Its a little different and challenging with its
"Fynbos 4x4 route" joining the main R332, Baviaanskloof Road, in the heart of the Baviaans, 2x4 Bakkies with experienced drivers can also do this 2x4 trail route, inot the Baviaanskloof as an adventure challenge. Travelling in from Patensie in the East, you have the spectacular Groot Revier Poort, a marvelous natural feature. From the Willowmore Western side, the red rock faces of the Nuwekloof pass welcome you into the Kloof. The Baviaans -Kouga travel route offers you a stunning Baviaanskloof accommodation venue at Baviaans Lodge and brings you into the Baviaans from the blue ocean, rocky shoreline of the Tsitiskamma, and the meandering R62 ( one of the prettiest scenic routes in the country).
The 2X4 Baviaans Trail gravel route, starting at the Assegaaibosch Station, on the R62, near Kareedouw, gradually winds its way towards the ancient Kouga Mountains, through the spectacular Kouga Poort and out to Baviaans Lodge, an awesome wilderness retreat and Baviaans accommodation destination, bordering the Baviaanskloof Reserve. From here, you take the little known Baviaans-Kouga 4x4 trail, with its stunning Fynbos environs, into the heart of the Baviaanskloof. Unique and spectacular, the " Fynbos Entrance " to the Kloof.
This route appears to be centuries old, maybe tens of thousands of years. Mussel shells, and paintings in ancient shelters indicate movement by the San peoples, many years ago. In more recent times, discoveries in the 1970's show Boer commando's , probably belonging to General Smuts, used this mountain path. Today, a new breed of explorer, keen to discover natures best kept secrets, travels this winding, mountain track with its stunning back to nature setting. The " slow living " travel on gravel approach we all look for ! Baviaans Lodge is the ultimate wilderness Baviaanskloof accommodation retreat, off the main Baviaanskloof road, remote and undiscovered Baviaans guest lodge accommodation venue, on the Baviaans Kouga 4x4 trail.
Baviaans Lodge, wilderness destination at the heart of this travel route, is the starting off point of the 4x4 trail that heads off into the Baviaanskloof. Built in a true pioneer spirit, the Lodge is a remarkable destination in its own right, offering the traveller a welcome bed and amazing meals, just what the nature lover and 4x4 traveller needs ! Outstanding Baviaans accommodation.
The trail is some 34 km long, a winding jeep track, climbing from 250 m altitude to just over 1100 meters at its highest point, offering stunning mountain vistas in all directions, unique fynbos displays, many cycads as well as other spectacular natural features Payment if starting in the Baviaanskloof from Rus en Vrede, stop at the farmhouse and pay for the 4x4 trail section. this can be undertaken by 2x4 bakkies with diff lock and an experienced driver behind the wheel, in dry conditions. Enough time needs to be allowed to appreciate this trail, with its many photo opportunities.
Highlights-Spectacular Mountain scenery, stunning fynbos displays, raptor population, remote and tranquil, the ideal linking route to the Baviaanskloof, not called " die KLEINE HEL se pad " for nothing !
Bôjaankop trail crosses the rocky Gamka River and climbs steeply up the rugged, fynbos-covered Bôjaankop to some 540m above sea-level. From this vantage point you have a 360° view of the surrounding mountains, including an unusual peek into Gamkaskoof/Die Hel. The trail follows the course of the river on the old drag tracks of the Gamkaskloof sharecroppers where they dragged their bundles of wood out of the valley for witblits distillation. To complete the main trail, low range and a 4x4 with good ground clearance is required, but provision has been made for softroaders.
[Trail Grade] 2-3
[Type of Vehicle] 4X4 & 4X2
[Accomodation Available] Camping & Chalets
[Min/Max Vehicles] Max Vehicles: +5
[Trail Distance] 15km
[Time to Complete Trail] 3-4
[Guided / Self Drive] Self Drive
[Low Range] Yes
[Good Ground Clearance] Yes
[Best time of year] All year roundSet in the Matjiesvlei Valley, Bôjaankop is a relatively easy 15km self-drive circular trail that traverses the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The whole area is really an undiscovered gem and one could easily base oneself at Bôjaankop and spend several days exploring the back routes in the area and enjoying the local flavour. They are unquestionably some of the most scenic drives on offer in South Africa. On top of that, the history of the area is very fascinating. Give Bennie and Selma the chance and they will happily fill you in on some of the details of the area. In fact, Bennie grew up with the original Gamkaskloovers crossing his farm to access their hidden valley