Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 2003.© David Rogers.

Kouga Route

The Kouga Route offers the perfect getaway for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Surfing, bungy-jumping and wilderness are some of the highlights to be discovered.

The Kouga Route stretches from the Tsitsikamma area to the Van Stadens River between Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route, and includes the Lankloof Valley and the Baviaans Mega Reserve.

Home to the best right hand surf break, the highest commercial bungy jump in the world and the biggest wilderness area in South Africa, the Kouga region provides visitors with a wide range of activities for both adventure enthusiasts and those wanting to experience peace and quiet.

Jeffrey’s Bay, surfing mecca of South Africa, St Francis Bay, breath-taking landscape ideal for leisure cruises and photographic expeditions and the Gamtoos Valley, known as the fruit basket of the Eastern Cape are some of the highlights along this Route.

The biggest wilderness area is guarded by the majestic Cockscomb Mountains and the town of Patensie, the eastern gateway into the Baviaanskloof. Patensie is home to the Kouga Dam – the first double arched dam engineered in South Africa. The Town’s activities revolve around the citrus, potato and vegetable industry within a large farming community.

The Baviaanskloof wilderness consists of a 192 000ha conservation area and is a World Heritage Site and home to an amazing diversity of habitat types and species.

Offering visitors spectacular scenic drives, the Langkloof Valley boasts beautiful fruit orchards that bloom with pink and white blossoms during spring.

The Kouga region gives you access to exceptional and diverse natural features, mountain wilderness areas and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Highlights to visit

Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve

Top five reasons to visit

  • The Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve covers 200km of unspoiled mountainous terrain and thousand different plant species, including the Erica and Protea .
  • Seven of South Africa’s eight biomes are represented within the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve – Fynbos, Forest, Grassland, Succulent Karoo, Nama-Karoo, Subtropical Thicket and Savanna.
  • World Heritage Site status, the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve is home to the biggest wilderness area in the country and is also one of the eight protected areas of the Cape Floristic region.
  • Diverse animal life includes Cape Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Kudu, Cape Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Mountain Rhebuck, Eland and Baboon.
  • Activities for adventure enthusiasts include mountain hiking, rock and mountain climbing, camping, wildlife photography, bird watching and scenic drives.

Golf at The Links

Take a swing at St Francis Links Golf Course.

The Jack Nicklaus designed Golf Course gives you a top-notch playing experience in a breath-taking landscape. Your impeccable golfing esteem will appreciate the challenging golf course that uplifts your game.

Facilities at St Francis Links include the Clubhouse, Lighthouse Restaurant, Jack’s Bar and Pro Shop.

For more information visit http://www.stfrancislinks.com/links-golf/the-clubhouse.html.

Chokka Trail

The guided trail hike through St Francis Bay, Port St Francis, Cape St Francis and Oyster Bay leads you past fishing villages, a rugged coastline, sand dunes, a tidal river, protected fynbos, wetlands and many more beautiful spots. There is no better way to get know the area and to appreciate the landscape than through a hike.

Visit http://chokkatrail.co.za/ for route and package information.

 

Surfing at super tubes

Kitchen Windows, Magnatubes, Boneyards, Supertubes, Impossibles, Salad Bowls, Coins, Tubes, The Point and Albatross – if you are a surfer, than this is music in your ears. If you are wanting to learn how to surf, then there is no better place than Jeffrey’s Bay, the surfing mecca of South Africa.

In Jeffrey’s Bay, also known as J-Bay, life is all about surfing: menus in restaurant have related themes and shopping focuses on either surfing equipment or surf clothing.

While surfing is a water sport that can be practiced all year around, the best waves can be found during the autum and winter seasons.

The Billabong Pro Championships, which attract the world’s top 45 surfers, is hosted in J-Bay every year in July.

Visit Jeffrey’s Bay for your ultimate soul surfing experience.

 

SANCOB CAPE ST. FRANCIS CENTRE

SANCCOB is at the forefront of saving African penguins and other threatened seabirds.

Go on a tour of the SANCOB centre in St Francis and learn about:

  • The African penguin and other threatened seabirds
  • The rehabilitation process at SANCCOB
  • Meet our home pen birds
  • One on one with our ambassador birds
  • Enjoy the sight of the iconic Seal Point lighthouse
  • Adopt a penguin from SANCCOB Eastern Cape

Tours are weather permitting (as the Centre is not covered) and based on staff availability. Book your tour by contacting Louanne at [email protected] on 042 298 0160 / 083 874 3067.

Read more about the SANCCOB’s initiatives here: http://www.sanccob.co.za/?view=featured.

 

 

 

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