Co-ordinates: S33⁰ 43′ 35″ E24⁰ 45′ 11″
Grade: 2-3 | Distance: 12km and 20km | Duration: 3 and 5 hours | Category: Self-drive| Cost: R150 per vehicle.
There are 2 trails, both of which offer opportunities to spot nyala, bushbuck, duiker and rooibok. The shorter drive climbs 570 metres to the top of Baviaanskloof, where you’ll have beautiful views of the valley. The other oute stays mostly in the camp so you might spot game as you head to the beacon where there are great views of the Gamtoos Valley.
The way down can be challenging: it’s a hectic descent with loose rocks and tricky angles, so it gets a bit technical, but with great care, beginners can handle it.
The exciting Gonjah 4 x 4 Route is a fabulous way to explore and discover the gorgeous area of the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape. This area borders the Baviaanskloof region, which is one of this province’s most prized natural jewels and tourist attractions. The natural appeal of this area lies in its abundance and diversity. There are rolling hills, deep gorges, lush forests, and looming mountain ranges that all add to the awe-inspiring beauty of Gonjah and its surrounds. Traversing the challenging 4 x 4 routes of Gonjah will give visitors the opportunity to experience the rejuvenating power of Mother Nature.
From Port Elizabeth, take the N2 towards Humansdorp. Take exit 702 for R331 towards Hankey. Turn right onto R331. About 9km past Patensie, you’ll find Gonjah.
Where to Stay
There’s a wooden self-catering cottage that sleeps six and a campsite with hot showers and flush toilets. From R150 a person.