Kouga-Baviaans Explorer Tour

12 – 16 MARCH 2020

Join us for this inaugural 4-day journey of adventure, discovery, history and pass-driving as we take on the Kouga and Baviaans mountains with their uniquely spectacular vistas!

You do not need to be experienced in off-road driving to do this tour. We will show you how.

We charge per vehicle only, and not per passenger.

Fully Booked

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Join us for this inaugural 4-day journey of adventure, discovery, history and pass driving as we take on the Kouga and Baviaans mountains with their beautiful vistas.

Protea-clad hillsides and vast African skies; comfortable overnight accommodation, deliciously good food and camaraderie — all combine to make for an unforgettable exploration into the remote pockets of the Eastern Cape — within the safety of an expert-guided group of like-minded travelers with Mountain Passes South Africa founder, Trygve Roberts.

The tour has been designed to provide a perfect blend of stunning scenery, fascinating history and mildly challenging gravel road driving. The group will meet on the evening of Thursday 12th in Joubertina at a pre-booked guest house where dinner and breakfast will be served.

You do not need to be experienced in off-road driving to do this tour. We will show you how!

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Day 1: Friday, 13 March

Starting in Joubertina, the tour kicks off with a visit to the beautiful and isolated Kouga Wilderness, tucked into the foothills of the Kouga Mountains and includes a scenic drive over the Kouga-Kleinrivier Pass, as well as the Brakkloof Pass, and then returning to our guesthouse in Joubertina.

Travel distance: 100km of gravel-grinding!

We were so impressed with this route a few weeks ago when we went to film these passes, that we decided to include it in this tour. You will be impressed – guaranteed!

Day 1 - Kouga-Baviaans Explorer Tour

Day 2: Saturday, 14 March

Depart Joubertina and head east to Kareedouw where we leave the R62 and hit the gravel again. This is the last point to top up on fuel until we get to Patensie.

We will be driving the Suuranysberg Pass, Kouga River Pass, Meidenek Pass – then north over the Kouga mountains via the Baviaans-Kouga 4×4 route (Grade 1 to 2 Route) where we will pass the only honey-bush tea farm in South Africa.

We end at Doringlaagte in the Western Baviaanskloof where we will overnight on two adjacent farms, including Zandvlakte.

Travel distance: 130 km

Day 2 - Kouga-Baviaans Explorer Tour

Day 3: Sunday, 15 March

We tour the eastern bio-reserve of the Baviaanskloof including the following passes: Grasnek, Langkop, Holgat and Combrinks passes, as well as the water crossings at Doodsklip and Smitskraal.

We will visit the old cableway and tell you about its scary history! And then we’ll overnight (if you can sleep after that!) at Glencoe Chalets & Kudu Khaya.

Travel distance: 75 km

Day 3 - Kouga-Baviaans Explorer Tour

Day 4: Monday, 16 March

We head east via the beautiful Grootrivierpoort (built by Thomas Bain), then stop at the Kouga Dam where we can drive right up to the arched wall to enjoy the views.

We then ascend the mountains to the north of Patensie where we take a slow drive under the famous Cockscomb Mountains to drive the spectacular Antoniesberg Pass which is just one of the highlights on the final day.

The entire drive offers incredible mountain scenery and is an absolute feast for photographers!

The tour ends at the interesting Karoo town of Steytlerville where we will spend our final night of festivities at the iconic Royal Hotel, then bid adieu and make our separate ways home the next morning after breakfast.

Travel distance: 140 km

Day 4 - Kouga-Baviaans Explorer Tour

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Our routes are always bespoke and you will be guaranteed the trip of a lifetime, packed with facts, folklore, history and geology snippets – all of it done in a safe, responsible manner.

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  • You pay per vehicle, and not per person — making our tours ideal for couples, families and groups of friends
  • Total tour distance: 435km
  • Drivers briefing, VHF radio fitment & welcoming party: 18h00, 12 March
  • Start: Joubertina – 09h00, 13 March
  • Closing function & prize-giving: 18h00, 16 March
  • Departure and end of tour: 09h30,  17 March
  • All vehicles will be supplied with crystal-clear FM marine-quality two-way radios so we can communicate with you. (This is included in the tour price.)


  • 4×4 only – with low range and ample ground clearance
  • Maximum of 10 vehicles on this tour

Cancellation Policy

    1. If you find a replacement to take your place – 100% refund.
    2. If we find a replacement to take your place – 80% refund.
    3. If you cancel your booking more than 2 months before the tour – 70% refund.
    4. If you cancel your booking within 60 days before the tour – No refund, but we will give you a credit for a future tour equal to 50%.
    5. We pay all the accommodation and meals upfront long before the tour starts. We will negotiate on your behalf with the hotel, guest lodge or B&B for a refund. In general terms most of them are willing to give a substantial or full refund. Whatever refund we can get will be refunded to you in full.
    6. The accommodation/meals invoice is sent out about 3 weeks ahead of the tour. If you cancel your booking, you are still liable for the accommodation, even if you have not paid the invoice yet.

Please get in touch with us directly with any questions you may have by email: info@mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za

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