Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve
Environment and Bio-diversity
The area is characterized by its extreme diverse landscape due to the region's high geological, topographic and climatic diversity. The colorful cliffs and rock formations are characteristic of the predominant hard sandstone, which is part of the Table Mountain group of sediments.
As part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and due to the areas diverse habitat, the spectacular landscapes harbor more than 1000 different plant species. These include species of the well known Erica and Protea families. The flora of the area encompasses a great range of genetic diversity, which include genetically distinct and ancient cycads. Two surviving species of these ancient plants are found in the Baviaanskloof.
The rich and diverse animal life of the area can be attributed to the diversity and complexity of its environmental component. Some of the larger mammal species found in the reserve are the Cape Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Kudu, Cape Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Eland and Baboon.
The Baviaanskloof which is an ecologically sensitive area, is an eco-tourism destination and offers the visitor various nature based recreational opportunities. These include; mountain hiking, rock and mountain climbing, camping, wildlife photography, bird watching and scenic drives.
It is impossible to describe the Baviaanskloof in detail using so few a word. For the more adventurous this vast mountain kingdom offers an unique wilderness experience. To the traveler it offers a memorable traveling experience through stunningly beautiful landscapes of a type only to be found in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.