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Experience the Baviaanskloof by Mountain Bike

Paid partnership with Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism

· By Press Office · 1 comment

Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency are inviting cycling enthusiasts and organised groups such as hiking, cycling, trail running clubs and tour operators to apply for permits to host small-scale nature-based events and adventure tourism experiences, and to taste true adventure in the Baviaanskloof reserve. To apply for an event permit, please contact Siyasanga Mabuyane via email, on  or

Baviaanskloof (Valley of the Baboons) is a magnificent mountain kingdom spanning 2 040 km

A UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a Cape Floristic Region protected area, Baviaanskloof (Valley of the Baboons) is a magnificent mountain kingdom spanning 2 040 km, boasting seven of South Africa’s nine biomes – fynbos, forest, grassland, succulent Karoo, Nama-Karoo, subtropical thicket and savannah. It’s also the setting for a legendary test of endurance, the Trans Baviaans, a 230 kilometre single stage event that takes riders from Willomore through the Baviaanskloof to finish at Jefferys Bay.

At both the eastern and western entrances to the reserve are the World Heritage Site Interpretive Centres with dedicated displays that showcase the reserve. Guides are on hand to show visitors around the centre and explain all about the rich biodiversity, cultural heritage and natural wonders that make Baviaanskloof one of the most spectacular regions in the country.

In addition to the scenic splendour of the region, Baviaanskloof is fast gaining recognition as one of South Africa’s premier adventure destinations. Traversing this reserve by 4×4 or on a mountain bike (permission and support vehicle required) up rugged mountain passes, through rivers and across the plateau, is an unforgettable true wilderness experience.

Baviaanskloof is famous for its remarkable hiking and 4×4 trails, splendid mountain biking opportunities, game viewing, bird watching, and star gazing, providing its visitors hours of splendour and wonder in the Wilderness.


Access from the east: Travel from the N2 to Patensie along the R331 and from Patensie to Komdomo on the R332 (27km).

Access from the west: Take N9 from George to Willowmore and from Willowmore to Coleske gate on the R332 (100km gravel).


Summer: 06h00 – 16h00

Winter: 07h00 – 16h00


Mon to Fri: 08h00 – 16h30

Weekends: 08h00


Baviaanskloof offers visitors the chance to embrace true wilderness, with campsites on the banks of the Groot River (Komdomo campsite) and in the Kouga Dam region (Doodsklip and Rooihoek campsites) – in close proximity to awesome deep river pools, ideal for swimming. Bergplaas Trail Hut is a rustic, self-catering hut with breathtaking views and is used as a basecamp for hikers.


(3-STAR): 27 sites with power point supply, ablutions & hot water (Groot River)


ROOIHOEK CAMPSITE: 6 sites (Kouga Dam region)

BERGPLAAS TRAIL HUT: 2 bedrooms with bunk beds, 1 bathroom – sleeps 12

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Sep 26, 2023, 10:00 AM

Its good to see they're promoting Baviaans as a riding destination. Its nothing new though. Take a support vehicle for all your clobber and ride it. The EC tourism agency that runs the gates is however not very user friendly - they only take cash so if you're really unlucky you could drive 150km on rough dirt from the Willowmore side and find you can't get into the wilderness reserve because you only have a card. We did a trip years ago, before the reserve had gates and it was very straightforward. The road in the reserve area is far worse than it used to be but is more fun to ride than the awful corrugated district roads that precede it. If I was doing it again, I'd drive to the start of the reserve and only ride from there.

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