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ACTIVITIES AT BAVIAANSKLOOF LODGE - COUNTRY HOUSE

RESERVATIONS

Kindly contact Hantie or Jaco on the following contact numbers for more information or to make a reservation.

  • +27(0)84 616 0056
  • +27(0)81 412 2427
  • +27(0)83 996 1391

If the above numbers are unavailable, please alternatively send us an SMS or WhatsApp message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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CAMBRIA VALLEY, BAVIAANSKLOOF

The Cambria valley, boxed in by the magnificent Baviaans and Kouga mountain ranges, forms the gateway to the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve and Wilderness Area. The name Cambria, apparently Welsh for the country of Wales, was bestowed on the area by an earlier visitor who was struck by its resemblance to his homeland. The area with its pristine natural forests, fynbos and valley bushveld, offers excellent eco-recreational opportunities.

DAY TRIP / GUIDED INFORMATIONAL TRIP

(VOTED A GUEST FAVOURITE)

DAY TRIP / GUIDED INFORMATIONAL TOUR

After a hearty breakfast, depart from Baviaanskloof Lodge – Country House at 9h00, do a stop or two on the farm, visit the Baviaanskloof Interpretive Centre (dependant on season) and later proceed to Poortjies. In Poortjies, meet the endangered and inquisitive little Red Finned Minnows (small fish) of the Poortjies area, with its dense, pristine forest of Yellow Woods, watered by its numerous sparkling, crystal clear mountain streams.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

  • First a bit of history about Cambria, farming and the people of Cambria.
  • Visit the Baviaanskloof Interpretive Centre, if open, and speak to a few wildlife rangers on their perspective and experiences in the Baviaanskloof.
  • A rough and winding climb up Combrink's mountain pass with it's ancient cycads, mountain fynbos & panoramic views over the vast mountain kingdom to "Bergplaas".
  • Visit the ingenious le Roux cable way, before descending down Thomas Bain's famous "Holgat" mountain pass, through "Holgat" deeper into the valley of baboons.
  • Lunch in the wilds on the banks of the Kouga river.
  • Listen to the cry of the Africa Fish Eagle on patrol in it's domain, while enjoying the peace & quiet of the Kouga river area.
  • Mid-afternoon: depart for a short game drive along the river banks where Kudu, Bush-buck, Eland & the elusive Cape buffalo congregate for their late afternoon drink.
  • Head for home, back over the majestic mountain passes and hopefully an encounter with the Mountain Zebra & Red Hartebeest of the "Bergplaas" plateau.
  • Arrive at the Lodge in time to be treated to a dinner of traditional home cooking.

PS. The rate for the tour includes lunch, snacks and all the alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages for the day.

PS. Kindly contact Hantie or Jaco on the following contact numbers for more information or to make a reservation.

+27(0)84 616 0056
+27(0)81 412 2427
+27(0)83 996 1391

If the above numbers are unavailable, please alternatively send us an SMS or WhatsApp message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

(NEW) SUNDOWN TRIP

(NEW) SUNDOWN TRIP

WHAT TO EXPECT?

  • Depart from the Baviaanskloof Lodge round about 15h00 and meet the endangered and inquisitive little Red Finned Minnows of the "Poortjies" area with it's dense pristine forest of Yellow woods, watered by it's sparkling, crystal clear mountain streams.
  • A rough and winding climb up Thomas Bain's famous Combrinks mountain pass with ancient cycads, mountain fynbos and panoramic views.
  • Visit the ingenious le Roux cable way.
  • Enjoy a sundowner / refreshments at a panoramic viewpoint.
  • Enjoy a scenic game drive along the Bergplaas plateau, surrounded by the splendor of mountain fynbos inhabited by Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest and Mountain Reebok.
  • Arrive back at the Lodge at approximately 18h00 to be treated to a dinner of excellent traditional home cooking.

PS. Kindly contact Hantie or Jaco on the following contact numbers for more information or to make a reservation.

+27(0)84 616 0056
+27(0)81 412 2427
+27(0)83 996 1391

If the above numbers are unavailable, please alternatively send us an SMS or WhatsApp message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

WATERFALL HIKE

There’s no better way to celebrate warmer days in the Baviaanskloof, or even the colder ones, than by visiting a waterfall. 

This popular and beginner level hiking trail of Krugerskop Kloof Bushcamp, will take you on a journey along a series of serene mountain pools in the picturesque valley of the Krugerskop Kloof.

ACCESS FEE @ R100.00 per person per day.

EXPLORING THE FARM

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BIRD WATCHING

The Kouga–Baviaanskloof Complex, together with the surrounding plains, supports a remarkable number of avian habitats, making it home to approximately 300 bird species, with a total of 262 having been recorded so far during SABAP2. All the Cape Fynbos restricted-range and biome-restricted assemblage species are found in the mountain ranges. Several South African Forest restricted-range species occur in the forest patches, and the Great Karoo plains in the northern foothills support several Namib-Karoo biome-restricted assemblage species. Striped Flufftail Sarothrura affinis and Hottentot Buttonquail Turnix hottentottusare found in the low fynbos scrub. Orange-breasted Sunbird Anthobaphes violacea is widespread among ericas, while Cape Sugarbird Promerops cafer and Protea Seedeater Crithagra leucoptera occur in the proteoid elements and tall scrub. Cape Spurfowl Pternistis capensis, Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis and Cape Siskin Crithagra totta are widespread in the fynbos. Victorin’s Warbler Cryptillas victorini is found in moist seeps in the hilly areas. Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus and Cape Rockjumper Chaetops frenatus are common on most rocky slopes above 1 000 m a.s.l.

The mountain peaks and associated cliffs of the complex hold Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus, Verreauxs’ Eagle Aquila verreauxii, Crowned Eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus, Cape Eagle-Owl Bubo capensis and Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus. Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus is a rare, widespread resident. The isolated forest patches, particularly in the south, hold several forest endemics, including Knysna Woodpecker Campethera notata, Forest Canary Crithagra scotops, Olive Bush-Shrike Chlorophoneus olivaceus and Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher Trochocercus cyanomelas.

The Great Karoo plains and the northern foothills of the Kouga–Baviaanskloof Complex host Karoo Korhaan Eupodotis vigorsii, Sickle-winged Chat Cercomela sinuata and Rufous-eared Warbler Malcorus pectoralis. Black-headed Canary Serinus alario occurs occasionally, whenever there is seeding grass and water. The belts of riverine Vachellia (formerly Acacia) karroo woodland hold Namaqua Warbler Phragmacia substriata, while the thicket and scrub on the slopes support Layard’s Tit-Babbler Sylvia layardi and Grey Tit Parus afer. Other arid-zone species occurring just to the north of the complex include Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus, Pririt Batis Batis pririt, Fairy Flycatcher Stenostira scita and White-throated Canary Crithagra albogularis. Several small Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni roosts occur, from which the birds disperse during the day to forage on the plains. The coastal grassland belt to the south holds Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus, Denham’s Bustard Neotis denhami, Ludwig’s Bustard N. ludwigii, Black Harrier Circus maurus and White Stork Ciconia ciconia, which regularly forage within the agricultural matrix in the southern part of the complex.

As is the case for many of the Cape Fold Mountain IBAs, to fully understand the status of this IBA it is essential that population estimates be obtained for certain trigger species. A small number of flagship trigger species could be selected and regularly monitored and counted to obtain population estimates.

HIKE TO 3000 YEAR OLD ANCIENT CYCAD

Coming soon!

RECREATION ACTIVITIES

The Cambria area in the Baviaanskloof offers excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation activities. Some of the most popular include, Mountain Hiking, Mountain Biking, Bird Watching, Game Viewing, Nature Walks and 4×4 Trails.

ATTRACTIONS

The major attraction is the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve and Wilderness Area comprising of approximately 300 000 ha. of unspoiled natural beauty which offers a unique and memorable wilderness experience. Other attractions in the Cambria area is the magnificent specimen of  Otoniqua Yellowwood who’s age is estimated to be in excess of 800 years. An ancient cycad believed to be more than 3000 years can be found at the top of the towering vieszpoint offering a panoramic view over the Cambria valley dominated by the majestic 1561 m. high Mac Mountain in the North-East.