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    A lot of questions are asked about places, distances and times through the Baviaanskloof, here is a page I picked up at a self catering place along the way. Hope it helps. These times as we picked up were ok as long as you did not stop for very long breaks along the road.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Faddel
    A lot of questions are asked about places, distances and times through the Baviaanskloof, here is a page I picked up at a self catering place along the way. Hope it helps. These times as we picked up were ok as long as you did not stop for very long breaks along the road.

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    Gee thanx Dave. That's fantastic info.
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    Cool inligting, maar ek dink so effe aan die optimistiese kant!

    Ek en my familie het die afgelope Desember by Bo-kloof gekamp - lekker kamp terrein - klein, vars water en die vrou by die plaas kan vir 'n brood bak as jy een soek.

    Op ons pad uit, het dit ons 6-ure geneem om by Patensie uit te kom! Jy wil nie te vinnig ry nie - die pad en kloof is net te fantasties mooi. Bygesę, my Landie was GELAAI, so ek moes op heel party plekke low range ry.

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    Lekker inligting. Maar my nek het so seer geword van al die skewekop-lees, tot my vrou my gewys het om die skerm op sy sy te draai. Stupid ek!

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    Dave, thanks for the info. Do you perhaps have any idea why T4A says it would take just under 3 hours from Uitspan to Kudu Kaya?
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    Spook, its rough terrain, including 2 passes. Slow stuff. If its wet you could well take longer.
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    Eggie, I understand what you are saying. I am just curious at to why the big difference in travel time on T4A. Should they not be fairly accurate?
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    T4A gives you average figures based on people's actual driving times over the past year or so. This is as accurate as you will get anywhere. I should know, as I am a data contributor myself. But, and this is a big but, this road has an unpredictable nature too. During downpours the surface gets damaged and even becomes unpassable for a while.

    The surface is poorly kept and you might need a lot of low-range driving when the surface is bad. Once in a blue moon the authorities or farmers themselves do maintenance and then it is a different story again.

    If you camp at Rooihoek and experience a decent downpour, you can forget 3 hours. You could well be trapped for 1~2 days until such time as the river crossings become safe again.

    This area is a little unique in that regard.
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    We are going through again later this month from Willowmore towards Patensie - I understand that you now need a permit - even though this is a public road - where does one get the permit and does anyone know what the state of the road is at present I had heard that there had been quite a bit of erosion after the last storm. Thanks for any info
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    Try these numbers. (I trust they are still current.)

    Baviaanskloof Nature Conservation: 043 742-4450
    Baviaanskloof Tourism: 044 923-1702
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostshepard
    We are going through again later this month from Willowmore towards Patensie - I understand that you now need a permit - even though this is a public road - where does one get the permit and does anyone know what the state of the road is at present I had heard that there had been quite a bit of erosion after the last storm. Thanks for any info
    We drove from Patensie to Rooihoek on wed. The road is good. Too good in fact.
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    The road is in a very good condition (actually too good). The only bad section is the section between Doodsklip and the bottom of the pass up to Bergplaas, as they were still busy building low level river crossings.

    W.r.t. to the permit - it is actually against all known regulations to charge you for using this public road (as long as you stay within the road reserve), but yes, they do charge you a fee as you enter the controlled gate - you pay at the gate and get a receipt. You do not pay if you camp within the reserve.
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    The permit is obtained at boom gates on either side of the actual reserve from Cape Nature. It's not expensive and a mere formality. The road goes right through their reserve and they therefore charge, a cheek actually as it's a public road and they do no maintaince at all. They will not allow you to enter after about 3 in the afternoon if you are driving through as there is a strong possibility you will end up driving in the dark which is not recommended. The little map at the top of this sticky shows the gate distances.

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    Yep thanks for the update, in the meantime I discovered that the telkom line doesn't werk due to cable theft but for update info you can get this by phoning 084-616-0056 and the toll is R 20 per person at the boom. As you say a bit of a cheek but well there you go !

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    Dave, I hope you don't mind, but I updated your list onto an exel spreadsheet. I also reversed the direction and added in those times and distances. Here is the PDF.
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