• "Smitskraal"
  • "Bergplaas"

Baviaanskloof Motor Trail





One of the unsolved mysteries of the Baviaanskloof Wilderness area is the old stone wall which can be clearly seen from the second viewpoint
at Combrinks Pass

Rooihoek to Geelhoutbos (28 km./2 hours/recommended vehicle, 4x4 or 2x4)

4 km. due west of Rooihoek the trail leads to Kruisrivier, located at the confluence of the Kouga and Baviaanskloof Rivers.
The area stretching towards the Kouga Canyon not only holds some of the best kept secrets of the reserve, but is a favorite haunt for Cape Buffalo, Eland and Kudu.
During the sweltering heat of summer the cement causeway at the foot of the Grasnek/Keerom Mountain Pass offers an opportunity for travelers to cool of in the natural plunge pool nestling between rock face and riverine vegetation.
Ascending Grasnek Pass a backward view provides a sweep of the Kouga/Baviaans flood plains, hemmed in by the impassive Kouga Mountains.

Kouga / Baviaans Flood Plains

Reaching the summit of the Grasnek Pass, the sentinels of the Baviaanskloof Range come into full view, with Scholtzberg, 1 626 meters dominating the Karoo skyline.
Viewpoint offer a 360 degree vista of the entire complex

Geelhoutbos to Nuwekloof Pass (67 km./2 hours/Accessible by normal on-road vehicle)

From Geelhoutbos the road leads through an area known as Sandvlakte where there are overnight facilities. Further on at Rus en Vrede (overnight facilities) there is a turn-off to the left for the 4x4 trail over the Kouga Mountains, which joins up with the R62 near Kareedouw. The rugged Doringkloof, running at a right angle to the main valley is also home to the rare and endemic Baviaanskloof Cedar (Widringtonia schwartzii). Onward, past the turn-off, the trail heads for Kleinpoort and the last opportunity to refuel before the final haul to Uniondale / Willowmore.