Garden Route, Baviaans to Addo
Follow elephant migratory routes through Knysna forest, over the mountains to Baviaanskloof and Addo Elephant National Park
6 - 12 February 2019
Cost: R14 089.00 per person sharing / single: supplement charge of an additional 30%
This 7-day adventure begins in one of those magical places full of stories about lost travellers, Italian settlers, and phantom elephants: the Knysna forest. It equally ends with old history and game at the Addo National Park.
During our travels, we shall cross beautiful mountain passes and routes following the tracks of long-gone elephants.
These old elephant migratory routes became roads, and we shall follow them from the Garden Route National Park, over the Prince Alfred’s Pass, and through the huge conservation area of Baviaanskloof to the Addo National Park while enjoying the scenery and experience.
Your tour leader is an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times to impart a wealth of biological, cultural, and historical knowledge.
Three daily meals will be prepared by our experienced bush chef and picnic lunches during the daily excursions.
Days 1 and 2:
Our adventure starts on the beautiful Garden Route, near Knysna, where we stay for 2 nights. While listening to loeries and maybe see a bushbuck, your guide will brief and orientate you fully and elaborate on the wonderful adventures ahead.
The next day we enter the Knysna forest and its highly protected ecosystem, which holds many secrets that we shall enjoy and unlock, like the Millwood Gold Mine, Gouna silk worms, and a visit to Dalene Matthee’s memorial at Krisjan-se-Nek.
Most areas have been off-limits to anybody, except those prepared to tackle the forest paths on foot or by mountain bike. However, due to a joint venture between our sister company and SanParks, we have permission to enter the heart of the Knysna Forest in the Garden Route National Park on an exclusive route.
Our journey continues through tunnels of yellowwoods, Cape chestnuts, stinkwoods, and bracken ferns as the guides share their wealth of knowledge with you. Discover the intricacies of these forests, the lichens, fungi, and pristine streams while listening to stories about the woodcutters and elephant hunters.
After a very rewarding day, we return to the lodge to enjoy supper and a good night’s rest.
Days 3 and 4:
Today, we head north, with our destination the western part of Baviaanskloof, where we shall stay 2 nights. The beautiful Prince Alfred’s Pass, which features in Fiela se kind (Dalene Matthee), takes us inland to the Langkloof and the quaint little town Uniondale.
As we enter Baviaanskloof via Nuwekloof Pass, the terrain and veld type changes quickly.
We meet some of the people living in the Baviaanskloof, experience their hospitality, and visit a few of the unique sights worth seeing, e.g. Sewefonteine and Bo-kloof. The walk through the famous Bo-kloof with its narrow cliffs let us move through 3 different biomes within 1 km.
Together with those who want to, we enjoy the sunset on a hill near Kamerkloof, where we shall stay for the two nights.
After a hearty breakfast, we drive the length of the Baviaanskloof. This is less than 200 km but so scenic that it will take us the whole day with many photo opportunities. This is an extraordinary area with much history like Winston le Roux’s cable car and different ecosystems with magnificent views from passes like Holgat and Grass Neck Pass.
Game such as kudu, bushbuck and mountain roebuck are abundant with the shy leopards, buffalo, and even black rhinos in the conservation area. Tonight we stay at Cambria in the eastern part of the Baviaanskloof.
A very interesting road lies ahead today when we cross the Groot River en route to the Addo National Park, where we spend the last night.
We take back roads past Cockscomb, the second highest mountain in the Eastern Cape. Again, it is very scenic with many photo opportunities.
Addo is renowned for its elephants but has many more interesting animals and insects, e.g. the endangered dung beetle, which cannot fly.
We enjoy our last night together around the fire with a delicious supper. The waterhole at the camp, with its benches, is illuminated at night, and many game species come to drink water there.
Sadly, after breakfast, we say our goodbyes until the next time. The lucky ones who stay longer in Addo, enjoy!