Kamerkloof is a Guest Farm located in the Baviaanskloof Hartland area that is widely recognised for its extraordinary biodiversity, human history and uniqueness. Our heartfelt hospitality, well-informed hosts, carefully restored historical houses and amazing eco-experiences close to nature make Kamerkloof a premier destination in the Baviaanskloof.
In the Eastern Cape, in the most southern region of Africa, the magnificent Baviaanskloof is situated. This narrow valley of about 200 km long, is surrounded by steep rock formations, green slopes and high mountain plains. Baviaanskloof is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has 3 biodiversity hotspots and 7 biomes. In this predominantly warm area, most of the valley with its narrow side gorges with their little streams is during most seasons a green oasis. The river is vital for farmers, communities and nature in the valley. Nestled on a living olive farm in the heart of the Baviaanskloof Wilderness, tasteful in every detail and appointed with modern amenities, our rooms and houses are spacious with beautiful scenery that reflect the local sense of style and offer spectacular views of the majestic Baviaanskloof mountains and Studtis farming community.
Kamerkloof is a safe haven for all life. While biodiversity conservation is promoted so too are sustainable farming practices. As such, farming and conservation work hand in hand. Endangered plants and animals are protected. Kamerkloof is committed to protecting the Cape mountain leopard. Kamerkloof is an authentic Baviaanskloof experience where we are creating partnerships to restore an important water catchment area, improving livelihoods and engaging with the green economy as friends of the earth.
MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURES IN BAVIAANSKLOOF
Kamerkloof is centrally located and is an excellent base from which to explore the Baviaanskloof area. Kamerkloof rents out mountain bikes to GUESTS for FREE for those who would like to ride around the farm and experience the surrounding area. Please enquire about availability before arrival. There are also bike washing facilities and an outdoor shower at the new Baviaanskloof Landhuis.
“The Baviaanskloof is a paradise of contrasts offering towering purple mountains offset against Karoo plains and lush green valleys. To ride your bike through this paradise is an adventure in the purest form. The possibility of encountering wild animals such as Kudu, Baboons, Buffalo or Rhino adds to the adventure. When on the other side of the reserve gate you will follow the bend of the Kouga River and the road next to the citrus farms of Patensie.
Traversing the Baviaanskloof is for the fitter mountain biker. You will at times be breathless for more than one reason. The hills are tough but the scenery while doing it, amazing. The stretch through the Baviaanskloof reserve will test your legs. Grasnek pass, Holgate pass are the real challenges. The Baviaanskloof is one of the most spectacular areas in South Africa to spend a few days . Please note there is no formal accommodation in the Baviaanskloof Reserve area. There is basic camping available at Doodsklip and Rooihoek only. Cyclists should expect to stay in the saddle for between two-four days depending on your fitness level and what you would like to get out of your Baviaanskloof experience”. Source: Mountain Biking South Africa.
TRANS BAVIAANS CHALLENGE
The area also hosts the Trans Baviaans – one of the toughest single stage races in the world. This mountain bike marathon creates the perfect combination of extremely challenging cycling amongst spectacular scenery through exquisite mountain ranges, right into the heart of the magnificent Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, all in a team format. The event is also unique as the entire route is unmarked and tests the orientation skills of each rider.