A Road Trip to Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve

Are you planning an adventurous road trip in the Eastern Cape, South Africa? Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve is a perfect destination for a 4-day road trip. Renting a car is essential for exploring the area, and car rental in the Eastern Cape provides affordable car hire options. 

In this article, we’ll provide valuable information about a road trip through Baviaanskloof and suggest places to see.

Day by Day Road Trip Recommendation

Day 1: Cedar Falls Trail

Start your road trip at Cedar Falls Trail. It’s a 6 km hike that takes you through indigenous forests and offers spectacular views of the waterfall. The trail is relatively easy, and it takes about two hours to complete. Distance from Cedar Falls Trail to Doringkloof: 50 km.

Day 2: Doringkloof

Doringkloof is a private nature reserve that offers five challenging 4×4 routes for off-road enthusiasts. The routes are graded from 2 to 5, and the longest route is 17 km. It’s a full day adventure, and you can pack a picnic to enjoy along the way. 

Remember to bring enough water and snacks. SANI Car Rental Eastern Cape offers 4×4 vehicles for rent. Distance from Doringkloof to Baviaanskloof-Kouga 4×4 Trail: 85 km.

Day 3: Baviaanskloof-Kouga 4×4 Trail

Baviaanskloof-Kouga 4×4 Trail offers a unique opportunity to enter the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site. It’s a 35 km trail with challenging obstacles that require off-road driving skills. 

The trail takes about five hours to complete, and it offers breathtaking views of the valley. Distance from Baviaanskloof-Kouga 4×4 Trail to Nuwekloof Pass: 15 km.

Day 4: Nuwekloofpas, Valley of the Baboons, and Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve

Nuwekloof Pass is a stunning mountain pass with beautiful rock formations. It’s a perfect spot for taking photos and enjoying the scenery. The Valley of the Baboons is a unique area with a large number of primates. 

The Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve offers hiking trails and scenic drives. Top places to see include Queen Victoria at Sunrise, Cockscomb Mountain, Kouga Dam, and rock formations in Grootrivier Gorge. 

Vero’s Restaurant & Baviaans Craft Shop is a must-visit spot in Baviaanskloof. It’s a charming, eclectic garden that serves coffee and roosterkoek with a variety of fillings. The craft shop sells unique, locally-made products. Distance from Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve to Port Elizabeth: 240 km.


There are various accommodation options in Baviaanskloof, ranging from camping to luxury lodges. Here are some recommendations:

  • Zandvlakte Guest Farm
  • Cedar Guesthouse
  • Doringkloof Bush Camp

A road trip through the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve in Eastern Cape, South Africa is an experience that should not be missed. With its beautiful landscapes, challenging 4×4 routes, and unique attractions such as the Baviaans-Kouga 4×4 Trail and the Valley of the Baboons, this road trip is sure to be memorable. 

Explore the Eastern Cape and surrounds by renting a car in the Eastern Cape. SANI Car Rental is a South African homegrown car rental company. Vehicles available to rent include compact cars, economy cars, premium cars, people carriers, and SUVs. SANI Car Rental has customers all over South Africa, including at all the major airports, both domestic and international. 

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