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  • Longitude: 23.491756
  • Latitude: -33.295492
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About Baviaanskloof Heritage Tours

The Baviaanskloof, once South Africa's best kept secret, is steadily becoming better known as one of South Africa's "must" places to visit.

                        
This wonderland is an ever changing selection of scenery and vegetation types ranging from fynbos to lush riverine forest.  It is also populated by a wide selection of animals from the seldom seen leopards and buffalos, through various antelope species to the ever present baboons and tortoises.
Unfortunately, a relatively short portion of the sole road through the kloof is impassible to cars which creates a problem for those without 4x4 vehicles.
                       
The simple solution is to take a tour.

Baviaanskloof Heritage tours commence at The Willow Historical Guesthouse in Willowmore, the western gateway to the kloof and terminate in either Patensie in the rich Gamtoos River valley or at Steytlerville in the Great Karoo.  These are the ideal tours for people whose holidays originate in Cape Town or the Western Cape.
As a major bonus, you can drive your car to Willowmore, join one of our Baviaanskloof tours, and find your car waiting for you at your destination so that you can continue your holiday in ease!

This is truly one of the South Africa tours not to be missed.


Tour 1

This comprises a one day tour through the Baviaanskloof with a night in Willowmore and a night in Patensie.

  • Our guests arrive at The Willow Historical Guest House in Willowmore in the afternoon and book in.
  • They spend the night at the guest house, enjoying dinner and breakfast there.
  • They meet their guide who briefs them about the Baviaanskloof and the surrounding area.
  • After breakfast, the tour leaves Willowmore on a day tour through the Baviaanskloof, visiting various places of interest on the way.  This is approximately an eight hour drive; the drive can be done faster but one needs to take one's time to derive full enjoyment from the trip. 
  • Lunch is served en-route as are drinks for refreshment.
  • Our guests overnight at a guest house in Patensie where they will receive dinner, bed and breakfast.
  • Our guests' vehicle will be delivered the same night to the Patensie guest house ready for their journey onwards.

 


Tour 2

 

This comprises a two day tour through the Baviaanskloof with a night in Willowmore, a night in the Baviaanskloof and a night in Patensie.  A night in the kloof is a "must".

  • Our guests arrive at The Willow Historical Guest House in Willowmore in the afternoon and book in.
  • They spend the night at the guest house, enjoying dinner and breakfast there.
  • They meet their guide who briefs them about the Baviaanskloof and the surrounding area.
  • After breakfast, the tour leaves Willowmore for the Baviaanskloof.
  • There they will visit places and meet interesting people who make their living in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
  • The tour will arrive at the day's destination in about four hours where they will spend the night in guest accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
  • After settling in, there will be a drive into the Wilderness area.
  • The day will end with a sunset drive up into the mountains where wine and snacks will be served.
  • During the evening, talk with the locals to imbibe some of the history of the Baviaanskloof and its atmosphere.
  • After Breakfast the next day, the tour will drive through the Wilderness area taking in various sights and scenery on the way.
  • Lunch is served en-route as are drinks for refreshment.
  • Our guests overnight at a guest house in Patensie where they will receive dinner, bed and breakfast.
  • Our guests' vehicle will be delivered the same night to the Patensie guest house ready for their journey onwards.

 


Tour 3

This comprises a two day tour through the Baviaanskloof with a night in Willowmore, a night in the Baviaanskloof, a night in Patensie and a half day drive over the mountains to Steytlerville.  This is an excellent option for those who have a little extra time to spare.

  • Our guests arrive at The Willow Historical Guest House in Willowmore in the afternoon and book in.
  • They spend the night at the guest house, enjoying dinner and breakfast there.
  • They meet their guide who briefs them about the Baviaanskloof and the surrounding area.
  • After breakfast, the tour leaves Willowmore for the Baviaanskloof.
  • There they will visit places and meet interesting people who make their living in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
  • The tour will arrive at the day's destination in about four hours where they will spend the night in guest accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
  • After settling in, there will be a drive into the Wilderness area.
  • The day will end with a sunset drive up into the mountains where wine and snacks will be served.
  • During the evening, talk with the locals to imbibe some of the history of the Baviaanskloof and its atmosphere.
  • After Breakfast the next day, the tour will drive through the Wilderness area taking in various sights and scenery on the way.
  • Lunch is served en-route as are drinks for refreshment.
  • Our guests overnight at a guest house in Patensie where they will receive dinner, bed and breakfast.
  • After breakfast there will be a side trip to visit The Kouga Dam.
  • After visiting Patensie and its surroundings, the tour drives up the Elandsberge Mountains and turns off to Grootrivierspoort which is a 4X4 trail at the back of the Cockscomb Mountain which  is the highest mountain in the Eastern Cape. This is a very spectacular drive.
  • Snacks and soft drinks will be served on the way.  After about 3½ hours, the tour arrives at Steytlerville.
  • Our guests will find their vehicle waiting for them at Steytlerville where we will bid them good-bye.
  • Our guests can then take their choice of staying over in Steytlerville or driving to Addo Elephant National Park which is about 90 minutes drives on tar road.

 


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