Plan a one or two day trip in the Gamtoos River Valley

Whilst vacating in Jeffreys Bay the Gamtoos River Valley is a vibrant mix of nature and agriculture with plenty to see and explore. Travelling along the R331 you first reach Loerie where the famous Naartjie Festival is hosted yearly in September. Citrus fruit grown in this area is the main form of export. 

Hankey is the oldest town in the Valley and is home to the largest Sun Dial in Africa (36.4 diameter). This area was also home to South Africa's first inhabitants, the Khoi and Mfengu people centuries ago. Sarah Baartmann, a Khoi-San woman who spent a tragic and lonely life as an “object of display” in museums in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries finally returned to her homeland in death in 2002 and was laid to rest upon a hill outside the town. 

A popular asset to the town of Hankey is the 9-hole Hankey Golf Course where golfers can putt on the wellkept greens. 

The Queen Victoria Profile, a natural rock formation, can be seen driving in the easterly direction towards Patensie from the Kouga Dam. The Kouga Dam is the first double arched dam built in South Africa and was built in the 1960’s.

Patensie is the last stop before entering the Baviaanskloof Wilderness area. Guarded by the majestic Cockscomb mountain, this little town's activities revolve around the Citrus Industry. 

Here you can visit Padlangs Farmstall where you can enjoy an exceptional view of the valley. It is the perfect location for family and friends to get together. There is a splash pad, a giant chess set, a fantastic play area for children, an outside shower for cyclists, and a fully stocked country shop.

Extending from a one day to a two-day trip there are endless options for Tented and Bush Camping, Guest House accommodation or Selfcatering, where adventure outings such as mountain biking and 4x4’ing, cycling and bird watching can further be explored.

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