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Baviaanskloof                 
 
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This poort on the R332 between Patensie and Hankey links the two halves of the western section of the Baviaanskloof, covering 6.4 km and crossing over the Baviaans River ten times. It is one of the few roads navigable by car thanks to its good quality gravelled surface, though the lower section closest to Patensie should be driven only by a 4x4.

The little town after which the poort is named is the perfect base from which to explore the area. The original police station and its cells, as well as the old tobacco-drying shed, can be found on the Studtis Olive Estate.

With its rich biodiversity, this World Heritage site boasts everything a nature-loving adventurer could want with its wild beauty, rugged terrain, endless tranquility and an array of exciting activities such as rock-climbing, kloofing, hiking, camping and challenging 4x4 trails.

Small portions of the Baviaanskloof have been given over to the farming of oranges, potatoes, wheat, tobacco and lucerne - as well as wild game and cattle.


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