Plan a two day trip to the Kouga Wilderness

Plan a tour to the Kouga Wilderness area, a part of the Baviaanskloof world heritage site. You will depart from Port Elizabeth along the picturesque Wild Side Coastal route and head for the first stop at a lovely wildflower reserve for a comfort break and a leg stretch before continuing to one of the earliest European settlements in this part of the Eastern Cape. Here you stop to look at some of the more interesting features before joining the Old Cape road and onto a picturesque route through the valleys with extensive fruit orchards and quaint farm stalls. View old president’s graves and exquisite churches before leaving the main road and entering the remote wilderness area.

From here you will travel even further from the last of the farms to an area that even the early Khoisan must have considered remote as it is here on the walls of a great sandstone overhang that they left their intricate paintings and a cultural leader safely buried in the white sands of this cavern.

It is in one of these remote valleys that you will find your lodge surrounded by Yellow and Ironwood trees. The comfortable accommodation is so remote that there is neither phone coverage nor electricity to disturb your inner thoughts. 

If the weather is kind you might have the chance to view the crystal night sky through the powerful telescope housed in its special observatory.

A home cooked meal before a well-deserved nights rest in the stone chalets with all of the conveniences at your disposal. 

On day two, after a scrumptious breakfast you will set off on a walk to view the Bushman rock art.  It is a walk in the botanical wonderland as well as providing an insight into the ancient world of the Bushmans, the first of the world’s modern people.  A firm but easy walk brings you into the cavern to view what is left of their symbolic art before heading back to the lodge and check out.   If the opportunity arises you may have time to visit the honey bush tea farm that has been in the family’s possession for over 100 years before returning to Port Elizabeth.

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