Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve
Stay, dine and travel like a local at Baviaanskloof Lodge - Country House, your gateway to the Baviaanskloof. Situated only 2km before you enter the main eastern gate of the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve in Cambria, when entering from the Patensie side, lies our quaint establishment, in what we would like to call - OUR paradise, YOUR home away from home!
Baviaanskloof Lodge - Country House offers "comfortable country accommodation", the only establishment with a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast package, making our hospitality unique in the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve area.
With our private en-suite rooms we are able to accommodate a total of up to 10 guests sharing, in 4 different rooms. The Lodge has a cozy communal living and dining area. Guests love to meet fellow travelers when having dinner at one table. Dining area is also generously stocked with a small variety of beer, soft drinks, ciders, wine, whiskey, brandy and our very own Baviaanskloof Lodge - Country House branded water. We are still old school and truly believe that honesty is the best policy, thus allowing our guests to use our IOU- system (I owe you), by simply jotting down what you use and billed to your room.
Dinner, bed and breakfast is our most popular and highly recommended package, especially enjoyed by our local and international guests. If you want to experience the Baviaanskloof, want to experience the full farm experience and want to enjoy our farm-styled cooking, then you need to book for dinner, bed and breakfast. We promise and guarantee an amazing experience and know you will enjoy our exclusive fresh 'farm-style-cooking', which we are internationally famed for.
In our lush, indigenous garden we have BBQ-facilities with seating, part of our outdoor recreation facilities. All staff are also born and raised in the area, thus providing you with a real tourist info service when needing more info regarding the area, please feel free to converse with our staff - they have the most interesting stories!
Accommodation consist of private spacious en-suite rooms, high quality beds and bedding. Towels are also available in our rooms together with tea and coffee facilities. Rooms are serviced daily by our trustworthy staff and each room is equipped, either with a ceiling or free-standing fan in summer and extra blankets in winter at no additional cost.
We look forward to having you in the near future.
AA Quality Assured Accommodation - Highly Recommended
3-Star TGCSA graded establishment - Country House
2018 Sanlam Top Destination Awards - BEST establishment in our star-grading category
2018 Agoda Golden Circle Awards Nominee?
Visiting the Baviaans without a 4x4 vehicle? NO PROBLEM...
We offer "Exclusive" guided informational day- and sundown trips into the baviaanskloof wilderness area.
Day trip - Exclusive 4x2 daytrips of the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve and Wilderness Area are offered to guests staying at the Baviaanskloof Lodge. A minimum of 2 nights stay at the Lodge is recommended.
Sundown trip - Enjoy a sundowner "on top of the world" surrounded by the splendor of mountain fynbos inhabited by large herds of Red Hartebeest, Mountain Zebra as well as Mountain Reebok.
** Bookings are essential, can be added to your booking when checking out and must be made well in advance **
Attractions & Information:
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.
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 4x4 Trails.
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 viewpoint offering a panoramic view over the Cambria valley dominated by the majestic 1561 m. high Mac Mountain in the North-East.
A copy of the Baviaanskloof Bird Checklist can be obtained from the tourist information office situated at the Baviaanskloof Lodge.
Baviaanskloof Lodge as well as Krugerkop Kloof Bushcamp is situated in the Cambria basin, surrounded by mountains, at the foot of Combrink's mountain pass, 20 km into the reserve from the Komdomo (Patensie) entrance. For more detail of the area please visit the website at www.baviaanskloof.net, on the website go to the Tourist Route Map sections for an area map as well as a distance chart located between the two maps. The Eastern sector is the most beautiful and spectacular section of the route and includes the area between Komdomo and Geelhoutbos, we can highly recommend entering the kloof through Patensie.
Our establishment can be reached with a normal sedan car, but you are not allowed to enter the Wilderness area (Eastern Cape Parks Board) with a sedan, you will need a vehicle with high ground clearance.
WHEN TRAVELLING FROM PORT ELIZABETH
Travelling from Port Elizabeth on the N2 towards Cape Town, take the Baviaanskloof/Gamtoosvallei/Hankey off-ramp, 1 km after the dual carriageway narrows down to a single lane. Drive through Loerie, Hankey and Patensie. About 23 km after you have passed through Patensie, the tarmac ends. From this point the road surface becomes gravel and for the next 20 km., past Komdomo on the left, which is the Eastern Entrance to the Baviaanskloof, the road follows a winding path through the “Groot Rivier Poort” into the Cambria valley with a turn-off on the right to the Baviaanskloof Lodge.
WHEN TRAVELLING FROM CAPE TOWN (via N2 Humansdorp, Hankey/Patensie)
Travelling from Cape Town towards Port Elizabeth on the N2, take the Hankey/Patensie off-ramp at Humansdorp, turn left towards Hankey. In Hankey at the stop sign turn left on the R332 towards Patensie. From this point follow directions as described in the previous paragraph.
WHEN TRAVELLING FROM UNIONDALE/WILLOWMORE (N9)
From the Baviaanskloof turn-off from the N9, follow route R332 (T1) towards Nuwekloof Pass, which forms the Western entrance to the Baviaanskloof. The distance from Nuwekloof Pass to Cambria and the Baviaanskloof Lodge, is approximately 122 km. and about 6-7 hours driving time. The road leads through Studtis, Sandvlakte, past Coleskeplaas, Geelhoutbos, Rooihoek and Doodsklip onto the plateau at Bergplaas. From here for the next 13 km. there is a steep and winding descend down Combrink's Pass into the "Poortjies Valley" and Cambria with the Baviaanskloof Lodge signboard and turn-off on the left hand side of the road.