Team Gobi X Manufacturing were in Uitenhage after the competing at Wings & Wheels. We could have taken the easy road home along the N2 but the off road route of the Baviaanskloof seemed a far more interesting way to get back to Cape Town.
We had booked accommodation at the Bo Kloof Guest farm. The route would take us through the Eastern Cape side of the Baviaanskloof, through the nature reserve section and into the Western Cape. Whilst this is less then 200km’s the journey time is a full day due to the off road sections of the route and because you will want to stop en-route to take in the natural beauty of the area.
The road from Patensie quickly turns to dirt road leading to the entrance of the national park. To travel through this area it will cost a small fee of R43 per person.
As soon as you are through the gate the terrain quickly changes to a dirt road of mountain passes. With views of rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
Once you have reached the top, you quickly drop into a valley driving along side and very often through river beds. Thick bush and rock engulfs your vehicle for either side as you negotiate the many river crossings.
Once you have reached the end of the national park a long and almost straight dirt road stretches for kilometres ahead.
We arrived at Bo Kloof at just before sunset, the camping area is 1.5 KM away from the farm and the cottages so you get to enjoy the real feel of a bush camp. The camp site has its own ablution block with a stunning braai area. You camp under the Bavianskloof rocks that extend up from the grass of the camping area.
It got fairly cold at night so always remember to pack for the time of year you are traveling. The morning saw an early start. Driving out of the Baviaanskloof via river beds and mountain passes. With a quick stop at Willowmore we made out way to Porcupine Rest Camp which is on the R323 between Ladismith and Laingsberg. The route is well worth the effort with mountains rising up on either side before becoming a long straight dirt road that leads into Laingsberg.
The porcupine rest camp is a stunning stop on the way back to Cape Town and well worth a visit. Each camp is private and enclosed.
The final day of the trip we followed the dirt road to Laingsberg before picking up the N1 the road to Cape Town.
Watch a video of the trip below
Leaving Uitenhage we made the short journey to Patensie Eastern Cape where we made a last stop for last minute supplies.