Baviaanskloof lies between the towns of Patensie (to the North) and Willowmore (to the South) in the Eastern Cape. It is called a ‘mega reserve’, a term that speaks to it’s size the biodiversity of its fauna and flora. Baviaanskloof makes up part of the first World Heritage Site we visited on tour – the Cape Floral Kingdom – and as such we decided to include it on the braaitour. But personally I think I could be a World Heritage Site for another reason altogether, “pure driving pleasure for a man”, if there was such a category.
The road itself is a good one but requires a 4×2, in the very least, as you go through some deep rivers and over narrow, steep passes. The namesakes of the kloof – Baviaans is old Dutch for baboons – were in abundance. We also saw the odd Steenbokkie grazing the lush fields.
Our accommodation that evening was in a self-catering cave (seriously) which is a part of the famous Makedaat caves (044 923 1921, email@example.com).