Four of us went to Baviaans Lodge run by Rob Le Roux, and felt it was a unique holiday experience in the unspoiled outback - an ecological adventure not to be missed. We went at the beginning of March, and the weather was great.
The lodge is an easy drive from Port Elizabeth, though the last hour and a half or two hours is on a gravel road - bumpy in places. But we took it slowly, so we could enjoy the scenery, and felt quite comfortable about the journey. We drove an ordinary sedan car – and most cars with reasonable clearance would be fine.
We had some wonderful walks in unspoiled countryside, and Rob took us to visit an outstanding overhang with paintings done by the original peoples of Southern Africa, the Khoi-San. He also introduced us to fantastic pools in the river, perfect for swimming or quiet contemplation.
To reach the world heritage site of Baviaanskloof you need a 4x4. Rob drove us there – and it was absolutely breathtaking driving through the Cape fold mountains - it took about three and a half hours - to the world heritage site which is also spectacular. It was an amazing day out.
The accommodation was in very adequate individual cottages, with hot and cold water, but no electricity. Alternatively there is a camping ground. Rob provides good food and an encyclopaedic knowledge of birds, trees, as well as the flora and fauna of the area. If you want to really get away from it all (no mobile phone reception) then this is the place to choose!
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- Stunning Wilderness Guest Lodge offering Baviaanskloof Accommodation, bordering the Baviaanskloof, superb cuisine and accommodation, great outdoor activities, adventure and relaxation. Birding, Dendrological, Botanical and Geological opportunities. A dedicated Celestron Telescope Observatory. Hikes and walks, River rafting, 4x4 trails and outings, Mountain biking, Kloofing, Game tracking, Bushman caves and San art cultural experiences, Bush Camping and Outdoor Boma. Baviaans Lodge will make every moment of your stay unique and special. We are here to pamper our guests. Experience this home from home hospitality on every occasion you visit.Baviaans Lodge, Baviaanskloof, Wildernss Area, Eastern Cape, South Africa, a must visit destination. ... more less
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