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The Baviaans Camino

The Baviaans Camino combines hiker and riding in an epic collaboration.  The trail is approximately 93 km over 6 days and 5 night including arrival and departure days. Hiking and riding together through the area adds a unique flavor to the experience.

Hikers and riders meet in the Steytlerville District on arrival day, where we all will stay together in an old farm house.  This gives us time to familiarize ourselves with the area, the route, the horses and one another.  Route briefing is over dinner.

Day 1: 18km

The route starts on the outer edge of the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve, at the foot of the Baviaanskloof Mountain, in an area known as Nakop. Hikers immediately tackle a climb of almost 4km, with an elevation of 400m, to get to the highest point at the Telkom Tower with an unimpeded view over the Karoo to the north, and the Baviaanskloof to the south. After you have walked through shoulder high fynbos, a 7km rocky road leads down to the main road of the Kloof, and eventually to the overnight point at Doringkloof Farm where you stay in a farm house.

Day 2: 24km

On the second day you tackle the southern side of the Baviaanskloof, again with high climbs and long descents, traversing the Kouga Mountain Range. The chance of seeing another human is almost impossible, which gives hikers the chance to become one with nature. The Baviaanskloof is home to 7 of our 9 biomes, which are clearly visible as you hike – karoo thicket and spekboom, aloes, cycads, fynbos and proteas. Accommodation for this night is the most basic and two rooms with bunk beds.  We all will have to assist to make ourselves comfortable.

Day 3: 23km

The hike starts on old roads through many kloofs, giving birders ample joy, before another long climb takes you to the top of one of the highest hills of the Kouga mountain range. A long descent takes you to a remote farm, allowing for a soft introduction back into civilization as you stay in a farm house on a working farm.

Day 4: 30km

The Moordenaarskloof Mountain Pass gives hikers the last chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery, typical of the Baviaans. A descent leads to the Kouga River, where the welcome tranquil waters await and time can be spent swimming (weather and time permitting).  What comes down must go up – from here you continue on the road towards Kareedouw, but will venture off, using the old Mail Trail to the outskirts of the town (which includes three last climbs).  kayaking.  Accommodation is in self catering units at Nguniland.

Also have a look at the Baviaans Camino Website!