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The Bark of the Baboon Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

  • Activities

    Nature, Nature Tour

  • Price
    R16300 ZAR per person
  • Duration

    6 days

  • Avg Distance

    +-700

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    8 am

  • Starting Location

    Uniondale

  • Price Includes

    Guided tour and game drives, Entrance/Conservation fees, 5 night accommodation, Meals as per itinerary, Bottled water

  • Notes

    Minimum two persons, Surcharge added for one traveller

Highlights

  • The ‘Valley of the Baboons’, a world heritage site, dominated by Baviaanskloof and Kouga mountains, once higher than the present Himalayas
  • Game drive through spectacular scenery of the Baviaanskloof mega-reserve, criss-crossing the clean tannin stained waters of the Groot river
  • The oldest town of Hankey, the biggest sundial and a visit to a famous Khoikhoi grave. A visit to a Wildflower reserve and Addo Elephant National Park
  • Kouga mountains, viewing the magical milky way, Bushman art and archaeological relics deep within mountain hideaways

Guide

Trip Info

Visit the ‘Valley of the Baboons’ the Baviaanskloof, a world heritage site, where the landscape of the area is dominated by the Baviaanskloof and Kouga mountains. We go on a Game walk or Game drive in this fascinating wilderness area. We view the rich animal and bird life, learn about the many medicinal plants or search for the rare Willowmore cedar trees.
We visit the oldest village in the area, Hankey, where we stop at the largest Sundial in Africa and visit Sarah Baardman’s grave, a Khoikhoi woman born in the area in 1787 and coerced to leave South Africa as a human exhibition. We continue to a wildflower reserve overlooking the river gorge where we stop to view the flowers and the spectacular arch bridge.

After a short break in Port Elizabeth we continue to the Addo Elephant National Park where we immediately start our game viewing experience keeping an eye out for the many creatures on the plains and thickets where we overnight.

We then head towards the Kouga mountains to a remote lodge that has a powerful telescope for those who wish to view the dazzling components of our Solar system.
We visit a large rock overhang that governs a spiritual place of the early Bushmen clans of the area and a place where they left a legacy of rock art and a burial site for their dead.
This wilderness area is home to an unrivaled wealth of plant species, wild life, and geographical features.

If time permits we can continue a bit further into the valley to a fully productive 100-year-old Honey bush tea farm. Honey bush is a plant that grows naturally only here on the slopes of the Kougaberg and is recognised by among others, the Japanese, as a health tea for many hundreds if not thousands of years.

6 days of mountainous wilderness and majestic scenery coupled with gracious comfort in lodges for 5 nights.

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