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Eastern Cape | Addo to Baviaanskloof

Our journey through the Eastern Cape links two of the province’s most stunning destinations, the Addo Elephant National Park and the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site, for an unforgettable adventure. Along this route you’ll not only witness amazing wildlife and unspoiled landscapes, but also drive stunning mountain passes, discover hidden natural wonders and explore historical countryside villages.

tour duration 10 Days
from R14,450
next trip 13 Oct 2021
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You start this Bhejane 4x4 Adventure with the sounds of the ocean waves being heard from the first campsite near Kenton-on-Sea. From here the tour explores the whole region of the Addo park, including the lesser-visited southern and northern sections. Next we venture west, traversing parts of the Karoo to reach the western entrance to the Baviaanskloof. Our journey then leads us eastward, through river crossings and over mountain passes, until we’ve traveled the entire length of the Baviaanskloof. From Patensie we follow the flow of the Gamtoos River until we finally reach the ocean once more. Are you ready to venture into the realm of elephants, traverse the valley of baboons and take on epic gravel roads?

Included

All camp fees & park entrance fees
All meals
Listed activities
Professional guide
Tea & coffee
Tented Accommodation
Two-way radio communication

Excluded

Guide Gratuity

Tour Dates

13 Oct 2021 - 21 Oct 2021 - R14,450.00
25 Mar 2022 - 03 Apr 2022 - R15,350.00
11 Apr 2022 - 20 Apr 2022 - R15,350.00
11 Oct 2022 - 20 Oct 2022 - R15,350.00

Day 1: Cannon Rocks

In the late afternoon of the first day you meet the Bhejane crew and your fellow travellers in camp. We enjoy our first dinner together around a cosy campfire, getting to know one another and discussing the journey ahead.

Before arrival in camp, each vehicle must ensure that all final logistical details such as the filling of fuel tanks and personal shopping (snacks, drinks, medication, etc.) are completed. At dinner time we'll discuss the route itinerary and what to expect for the journey ahead.

Day 2: Colchester

After an early morning breakfast and a radio check, we start our adventure. We travel west through a picturesque dairy farming region, driving at a leisurely pace to appreciate the beauty of the rolling green grasslands meeting the ocean. We pass through Addo’s southern section, Woody Cape, on our way to Alexandria.

By mid-morning we reach the town of Alexandria, a small farming village established in the mid 18th Century. From here we continue westward, visiting an interesting Voortrekker monument on our way to Colchester.  Our campsite this evening is on the banks of the Sundays River and overlooks the magnificent Alexandria dune fields.

Day 3 & 4: Addo Elephant National Park

Today our journey leads us north and into the realm of the largest land animals on the planet. We enter the Addo Elephant National Park via its southern gate and spend the day traveling towards the main camp in the north, taking our time to view wildlife along the way.

We spend two nights in Addo to fully appreciate what the park has to offer. Whether you are a keen birder, wildlife photographer or simply enjoy taking time out in nature, Addo’s many waterholes, hides and game viewing loop roads are all excellent ways to observe the park’s 417 species of birds and 95 mammals, including the Big 5 and over 600 elephants.

Day 5: Steytlerville

After two nights in Addo we leave the main camp and head for the Zuurberg Pass. This winding gravel road across the mountains dates back to the 1850’s and served as the main route connecting Port Elizabeth with the interior before the N10 was constructed. On the northern end of the pass we stop at Ann’s Villa where an inn, trading post, shop, bakery and blacksmith served the ox wagon travellers of old.

From Ann’s Villa we turn west and travel along the northern borders of Addo and past the Darlington dam. After passing the railway station at Wolwekraal we head for the neat Karoo town of Steytlerville where we spend the night.

Day 6 & 7: Baviaanskloof

After a scrumptious breakfast the next morning our convoy continues in a westerly direction. We visit the town of Willowmore, known for being the gateway to the Baviaanskloof. After perusing the town’s attractions we make our way to the Baviaanskloof.

Our first night is spent in the western half of the Baviaanskloof. The next morning we continue traveling west along the valley, stopping along the way to explore some of its hidden beauty and meet a few of its people. Our next camp is near the entrance to the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve, our destination for the following day.

Day 8: Cambria

Today’s driving distance is not that far yet travelling through the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve will keep us busy for most of the day. We take on a few river crossings, narrow gravel roads and three incredible mountain passes on our way through the reserve. Today’s drive is one for the bucket list!

In the afternoon we arrive at our next campsite in the Cambria Valley, a beautiful citrus farming region only a short distance from the town of Patensie. 

Day 9: Gamtoos River Mouth

The next morning after breakfast we start the day with a visit to the Kouga Dam. From here we make our way down the Gamtoos Valley. We pass more citrus farms surrounding the towns of Patensie and Hankey before turning south to follow the flow of the Gamtoos River.

A scenic drive takes us over rolling mountains and down the Gamtoos River Valley towards the Indian Ocean. After a couple of interesting stops along the way we finally reach the river mouth from where we turn to our campsite, a lovely location on the riverbank. Here we spend our last dinner together and reminisce about our incredible adventure around a warm campfire.

Day 10: Farewell

After a final hearty breakfast together, the Bhejane crew bid you farewell. From camp the N2 highway is within a stone’s throw to lead you on your onward journey. Safe travels!