The Baviaanskloof is one of the Eastern Cape’s most iconic natural attractions. But if you’ve never been through it, ho much do you know about what it’s like to experience the area?
The Baviaanskloof – (Dutch for “Valley of Baboons”) – lies between the Baviaanskloof and Kouga mountain ranges with the easternmost point of the valley around 95 km from Port Elizabeth.
The Baviaanskloof area includes a cluster of formal protected areas managed by the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency totalling around 500,000 hectares (1,200,000 acres), of which the most well-known is the 184 385 ha Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve – the third largest protected area in South Africa. The Baviaanskloof Forest Reserve was established in 1920 and includes the Groendal Nature Reserve and Formosa Nature Reserve, and encompasses private land.
The Baviaanskloof area is one of outstanding natural beauty, owing to its spectacular land forms, a diverse array of plants and wide variety of animals. The area is part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site as of 2004.