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The Baviaanskloof is a valley southeast of Willowmore – about two hours drive north of the Garden Route. The valley is around 200 kilometres long and is bordered by rugged mountains, in the north by the Baviaanskloof mountains and in the south by the Kouga Mountains.
The Baviaanskloof river meanders through the sometimes narrow valley, in some places it has to pass narrow gorges. The valley is known for its rich biodiversity of plants and its abundant birdlife.
The Baviaanskloof area is one of the little-known and under-developed wilderness regions in South Africa. Only a rough gravel road runs from Willowmore in the west to Andrieskraal or Patensie at the eastern end of the valley.
The runway is only passable by off-road vehicle with good ground clearance. It must be mastered steep mountain passes and several river crossings. You will be rewarded with a magnificent river and mountain landscape. Several swimming spots on the river invite you to linger on the way. There are also wonderful hiking routes in Baviaanskloof.
The small village of Willowmore is located on the northwestern edge of the Baviaanskloof Mountains and is a great base for visiting the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. Willowmore was founded in 1874 as a supply station for the surrounding sheep farms (mainly merino wool) and today has about 7,000 inhabitants.
The centre of the tranquil country town is the mighty and widely visible Dutch Reformed Church (NG Kerk), as it is found in so many places in the Boisch-Afrikaans Karoo plateau, the “Platteland”.
Willowmore is easily accessible by car as it is on the N9 from Graaff-Reinet (175 km) to George (172 km). And on the R329 road you can easily get to the Addo Elephant National Park via Steytlerville if you do not want to drive along the coast via Port Elizabeth. And if you’re feeling adventurous, drive along the R331 and R332 through the Baviaanskloof Valley (4×4) to St Francis Bay, where you’ll find the N2 coastal route.
From the Garden Route it is best to drive from Plettenberg Bay on the R340 to Uniondale and then on the N9 to Willowmore. South of the village, take the R332 to the western access road to the Baviaanskloof gorge, which begins behind the Nuwekloof Pass. The eastern approach is from Jefferys Bay on the R332 or on the R331 via Patensie to Andrieskraal.
The gravel road through the approximately 200-kilometre-long gorge is in places very rough and should only be driven in a 4×4 off-road vehicle. Especially after heavy rains you should inquire about the condition of the slope before tackling the track.
The place is best as a starting point for visiting the Baviaanskloof wilderness. There are well-kept accommodation, a restaurant and cafes, shops, a petrol station, an antique shop and much more.