75km over 4 days on horseback or by foot. Portaged, catered for, 1 support vehicle. Accommodation from farmhouse to tents. Our own Baviaans Camino.

About

The majestic Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve is begging to be traversed by foot, however, the selected north-south route for the Baviaans Camino lends itself for novice horse riders to accompany hikers. Hikers and riders are supported in this remote wilderness area by two vehicles, and overnight accommodation is in farm houses and/or tents. Read more …
 
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Our available dates for 2017 are:

15 – 20 August
5 – 10 September

Our available dates for 2018 are:

16 – 21 April
7 – 12 May
4 – 9 June
9 – 14 July (school holiday)
17 – 22 August
10 – 15 September

Group size: 12 (of which 5 can be on horseback).

50% deposit will confirm your booking, and the remainder of the deposit is payable 3 weeks prior to your hike.

We can also assist with additional accommodation before or after the hike as well as with transfers.

Route

The Baviaans Camino is a journey of 75km over 4 days, traversing the Baviaanskloof Mountains and Kouga Mountain Range by foot or on horseback.

Hikers must be in Steytlerville the day before the start of the Camino, where we all will stay together in a local accommodation establishment.  This gives us time to familiarize ourselves with the area, the route, the horses and one another.
 
Day 1: Nakop to Doringkloof, 17km

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The route starts on the outer edge of the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve, at the foot of the Baviaanskloof Mountain, in an area known as Nakop. Hikers immediately tackle a climb of almost 4km, with an elevation of 1 208m at the highest point, with an unimpeded view over the Karoo to the north, and the Baviaanskloof to the south. After you have walked through shoulder height fynbos, a 7km rocky road leads down to the main road of the Kloof, and eventually to the overnight point at Doringkloof Bush Camp where you stay either in a farm house or a tent.

 
Day 2: Doringkloof to Modderhuisie, 25km
 

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On the second day you tackle the opposite side of the Baviaanskloof, again with high climbs and long descents, traversing the Kouga Mountain Range. The chance of seeing another human is almost impossible, which gives hikers the chance to become one with nature. The Baviaanskloof is home to 7 of our 9 biomes, which are clearly visible as you hike – karoo thicket and spekboom, aloes, cycads, fynbos and proteas. Accommodation for this night is the most basic and in tents.  We all will have to assist to make ourselves comfortable.

 
Day 3: Modderhuisie to Ragels River, 24km
 

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The hike starts on old roads through many kloofs, giving birders ample joy, before another long climb takes you to the top of one of the highest hills of the Kouga mountain range. A long descent takes you to a remote farm, allowing for a soft introduction back into civilization as you stay in a farm house (or in a tent), on a working farm, also home to a beneficiary of this hike, the Nooitgedacht Primary School.

 
Day 4: Nooitgedacht to Kouga River, 9km
 

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The Moordenaarskloof Mountain Pass gives hikers the last chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery, typical of the Baviaans. A descent leads to the Kouga River, where the welcome tranquil waters await and time can be spent kayaking.  Accommodation again is tented.

 
Accommodation
 

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One/two nights in farm houses (limited availability), two/three nights tented (on first come first serve basis).  All food and lunch packs are provided, and hikers will be required to assist from time to time. You will have to bring your own sleeping bag for the tented nights and carry a lunch pack and enough water during the day.

Rates

All you will need for the four days must be taken into the area, hence the need of two support vehicles.  This also is a safety measure should an evacuation become necessary.
 
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Communication in the Baviaans Wilderness is non-existent (and absolute bliss), but groups will be able to communicate amongst themselves with two-way radios and a satellite phone for emergencies.

Everything we need must be transported with us – firewood, water, food, tents, sleeping bags and more.

These are all the elements we need to really “get away from it all” for a few days, but adds to the costs.

You will also be accompanied by Hercules on horseback, and for larger groups one more experienced rider, plus Esti on foot – together with Eric and one more person in the vehicles.

In order to make it as cost effective as possible we require a group size of 12.

Kindly contact us for the current rates.

  • More hikes & rides
Baviaans to Bay – 137km over 10 days (8 days’ hiking)

Would you like to hike from the Baviaanskloof Mountains to the south easternmost tip of Africa in Cape St Francis? Combine two popular hiking trails, the Baviaans Camino and the Chokka Trail, and you have an amazing hiking holiday of 137km over 10 days.

The Baviaans Camino starts in the Steytlerville District, and once over the Baviaanskloof Mountains you just follow the road over many more hills until you get to Kareedouw in the Tsitsikamma. The Chokka Trail starts a mere 60km to the south in Oyster Bay and finishes in St Francis Bay.

We have set dates between April and September, and group sizes are limited to 12 people, of which 6 can be on horseback for the Baviaans Camino leg.

2017/18 rates: Baviaans Camino: R7 200 pp plus R1 500 if on horseback, and R4 000 pp for the Chokka Trail. The rate is fully inclusive (accommodation, meals, transport – you only bring or pay for your drinks). No single supplements are available. Read more …

Baviaans Horse trips

To enjoy the beauty of nature on horseback is an unforgettable experience. You get to see places inaccessible to motor vehicles (and too far for hikers!) and being outdoors on a beautiful horse makes you part of the whole ambiance.

Join Hercules  on one of his legendary Baviaans Rides. The Real Thing takes you from the blue waters of the Tsitsikamma over mountain ranges and through rivers into the famous Baviaanskloof, through the beautiful Karoo and Grootriver Canyon. A unique way to experience 7 biomes in 7 days. For those who think 7 days are too long, find out about the Int(r)o the Baviaans, the Bokloof Cloverleaf, the Exit(ed) Baviaans or the Baviaans on Adrenaline in September.

Hercules also offers outrides (1 – 3 hours) tailored to your needs without restriction of age or level of experience.

Website: Baviaans Horse Trips

See : Here we go! Dates for the 2017 Baviaans Horse Trips!

Chokka Trail

The Chokka Trail is a 60km hike over 4 days and 3 nights in the greater St Francis area.  You will enjoy picturesque fishing villages, a rugged coastline, sand dunes as far as the eye can see, a tidal river, protected fynbos, wetlands and a visit to South Africa’s only privately owned working harbour.

It is a slackpack hiking holiday between Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis with accommodation in top class guest houses and a Resort.

The best possible way to see and experience just how beautiful the greater St Francis is – on foot, at your own pace and with a hot shower, warm meal and cold beer waiting for you at the end of each long day.  The trail is situated in the Kouga Region, Eastern Province, south of the Baviaans and a mere hour’s drive to the west of Port Elizabeth.

Website: Chokka Trail

 

Just to say thank you for booking us yet another lovely place to stay for the last night. We’ve so enjoyed everything you and Eric arranged for us and the walking was superb.
We loved spending time with you both – and our 4 fellow walkers who were great company too.
We wish you all the very best with the Chokka Trail and hope maybe one day to meet again.

Take care
Carol & John, UK

March 2017- Chokka Trail