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    Default Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    We will be camping at Stormsriver in December and I was think on the way back to spend 2 nights in Baviaans (Camping).

    What route should we take (coming from Storms and then returning to JHB).

    Also which campsites in Baviaans should we consider?

    Do they fall under Sanparks?
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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    Henk, my suggestions would be to start in the east (Patensie) and when you exit in the west take the R332 to Willowmore and then the N9 heading north.
    You now have the option of taking the R306 to Beaufort west or continue to Graaff Reinet. From here take the R63 to to Murraysburg and continue till you get to the N1 or the N12.

    Baviaans falls under Eastern Cape Conservation. We have always given their camps a miss and stayed over at one of the many farm camps. They are all listed on T4A.
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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    Quote Originally Posted by SamM View Post
    Henk, my suggestions would be to start in the east (Patensie) and when you exit in the west take the R332 to Willowmore and then the N9 heading north.
    You now have the option of taking the R306 to Beaufort west or continue to Graaff Reinet. From here take the R63 to to Murraysburg and continue till you get to the N1 or the N12.

    Baviaans falls under Eastern Cape Conservation. We have always given their camps a miss and stayed over at one of the many farm camps. They are all listed on T4A.
    Enjoy it.
    Thanks Sam!

    Any camps you could recommend?
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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    Henk, what SamM said will work well.

    Leave Storms early, head towards PE, then close to Jefferies turn left towards Patensie. Stop for lunch at Padlangs.

    From Padlangs head WEST into the Baviaans, camp at Kudu Kaya for the night. (Not far from Padlangs)

    Leave early from Kudu Kaya, and drive through the conservation area west. That 100-125km (depending on where your next camp is will take 4-6 hrs towing. (Stop at Smitskraal for picnic or a rest.)

    Stop at Bavijaans farmstall before getting to Uitspan in the West.

    Camp second night at Uitspan and have a great swim in one of the dams plus the foofie slide.

    From Uitspan, head West then North towards Willowmore and then back home as SamM said.

    Whatsapp me for pics or more info if you want.

    Cheers

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    PS: Other option is from Storms go West to Plett, then over the Prince Alfred pass through Uniondale and go through Baviaans from West to East, exiting on PE side. Same camp sites.
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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogaards View Post
    We will be camping at Stormsriver in December and I was think on the way back to spend 2 nights in Baviaans (Camping).

    What route should we take (coming from Storms and then returning to JHB).

    Also which campsites in Baviaans should we consider?

    Do they fall under Sanparks?
    Spend one or two nights at the Doodsklip Campsite. Amazing place. No electricity or running water, but that keeps a lot of city campers away

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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogaards View Post
    Thanks Sam!

    Any camps you could recommend?
    Doringkloof is one we have stayed at. Another is Duiwekloof
    A lot depends on your timing and how for you want to drive each day. There are many options.
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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    Agree with Henk on the route.

    The camps in the park are quite basic, but it will give you more time to spend time going through the park.


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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    Quote Originally Posted by Schambies View Post
    Spend one or two nights at the Doodsklip Campsite. Amazing place. No electricity or running water, but that keeps a lot of city campers away
    Jip very nice!
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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    Quote Originally Posted by SamM View Post
    Doringkloof is one we have stayed at. Another is Duiwekloof
    A lot depends on your timing and how for you want to drive each day. There are many options.
    Duiwekloof has no shade when camping when I popped in there this December.
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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumbles View Post
    Henk, what SamM said will work well.

    Leave Storms early, head towards PE, then close to Jefferies turn left towards Patensie. Stop for lunch at Padlangs.

    From Padlangs head WEST into the Baviaans, camp at Kudu Kaya for the night. (Not far from Padlangs)

    Leave early from Kudu Kaya, and drive through the conservation area west. That 100-125km (depending on where your next camp is will take 4-6 hrs towing. (Stop at Smitskraal for picnic or a rest.)

    Stop at Bavijaans farmstall before getting to Uitspan in the West.

    Camp second night at Uitspan and have a great swim in one of the dams plus the foofie slide.

    From Uitspan, head West then North towards Willowmore and then back home as SamM said.

    Whatsapp me for pics or more info if you want.

    Cheers

    Gumbles

    PS: Other option is from Storms go West to Plett, then over the Prince Alfred pass through Uniondale and go through Baviaans from West to East, exiting on PE side. Same camp sites.
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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumbles View Post
    Henk, what SamM said will work well.

    Leave Storms early, head towards PE, then close to Jefferies turn left towards Patensie. Stop for lunch at Padlangs.

    From Padlangs head WEST into the Baviaans, camp at Kudu Kaya for the night. (Not far from Padlangs)

    Leave early from Kudu Kaya, and drive through the conservation area west. That 100-125km (depending on where your next camp is will take 4-6 hrs towing. (Stop at Smitskraal for picnic or a rest.)

    Stop at Bavijaans farmstall before getting to Uitspan in the West.

    Camp second night at Uitspan and have a great swim in one of the dams plus the foofie slide.

    From Uitspan, head West then North towards Willowmore and then back home as SamM said.

    Whatsapp me for pics or more info if you want.

    Cheers

    Gumbles

    PS: Other option is from Storms go West to Plett, then over the Prince Alfred pass through Uniondale and go through Baviaans from West to East, exiting on PE side. Same camp sites.
    What he said, except for the Padlangs lunch. You would have to get there at 10:00 to be on the road again by 15:00. My wife and I stopped there 2 weeks ago for brunch. I ordered a burger, my wife ordered a Quiche of some kind. An hour and a half later, we got up and walked out, as we still had to traverse the entire Baviaans to Uitspan. The waitress and owner couldn't understand why.

    This is also not the first time this has happened. Previous time I waited almost an hour for a plate of chips.
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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    Quote Originally Posted by Absie View Post
    Agree with Henk on the route.

    The camps in the park are quite basic, but it will give you more time to spend time going through the park.


    I was camping there for two nights at the beginning of this week.. Excellent wild camp.. and you will be ok if wouldn't mind Baboons calling all night...

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    Default Re: Baviaans Route Advice (Des 2021)

    I can also highly recommend Geelkraans campsite before you enter the reserve close to Patensie. Beautiful setting on the water's edge. I would also recommend a padlangs meal although I've never waited long for a meal and the quality has always been amazing. The "leeuloop" breakfast is a must for the hungry traveler.

    Within the reserve there are quite a few noteworthy camping spots but it depends on what type of camping you enjoy. Komdomo, bruintjieskraal, kudu kaya (all before the reserve) ,bergplaas, doodsklip, rooihoek (in the reserve)

    It is quite easy to traverse the entire reserve in the matter of a few hours. Doringkloof on the western side of the reserve is also stunning and would be my recommendation for a second night stay.
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