No access to Baviaanskloof

A warning has been issued by the Eastern Cape Parks Agency that the western access to the Biaviaanskloof has been closed due to excessive water levels following last week’s rain and the melting snow.

“It is hoped that they will subside but this is not a certainty. Up to date reports can be obtained directly from the Field Ranger station at Drinkwaterskloof on 0498399003.

Once opened, the standard 4×4 (With Low range)restriction would be in place due to extremely dangerous road conditions still prevalent”, said Gareth Eloff the reserve Manager.

The Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area lies 120 km west of Port Elizabeth and comprises of approximately 270 000 hecrares of unspoiled, rugged mountainous terrain. Starting in the East at Komdomo, the road leads through the rugged beauty of the “Grootrivier” Gorge on its winding path through this pristine conservancy, all the way towards Willowmore in the West.

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This is a total distance of about 203 km. The area offers a wide range of eco-recreational opportunities as well as an unique wilderness experience.

In September 2004 Baviaanskloof was inscribed in the World Heritage List. It forms part of the Cape Floral Region; this region represents less than 0.5% of Africa’s area yet is home to about 20 % of the continent’s flora.

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