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May 25, 2016, 09:18:56 PM
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berndp

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So, we did Baviaans, West to East.
Here are some random pics.
I'll try a video as well.

It's a must, for anyone who is not scared of gravel (most Fozzie drivers ?)

It was beautifull in there.
As a Fozzie driver, I would avoid the wet season though, because some of those water crossings aparently get quite deep, sometimes even the Cruisers/Landies have to turn around  :D

It's about a 200km stretch of road, but take 2 or more days, to enjoy it. Leave at least 1 whole day for the eastern (rougher) part. Stop frequently to look/capture/take pics/enjoy/....

No matter what the maps say, there is NO fuel in the Baviaans.

1 tank easilly takes you thu, though. We filled up in Uniondale, drove thru to the western entrance gate of the Nature reserve (rougher part), came back about 90% (to Makkedaat), with turning off here and there, then went all the way thru to Patensie the next day, with a bit of fuel to spare.
We had no car/tire problems, but if you can, rather be prepared, with tire repair kit at least,(I've got a 2nd spare as well), and if possible, extra fuel.
Shlepping a (off-road)trailer is possible. (Encountered some Tuna's with trailers/caravans).
The road in the  Nature Reserve is NARROW, so be prepared/able to reverse, to make space. There are no options. I know a lot of female(maybe some male as well) drivers are not comfortable reversing on a narrow (gravel) mountian pass. No disrespect intended here, it's a fact.
No, you can't turn around, except in a very few spots.





















« Last Edit: May 25, 2016, 09:43:14 PM by berndp »
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May 25, 2016, 10:05:25 PM
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berndp

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Sorry, the Video is a No-Go @ 500MB.
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May 25, 2016, 10:21:09 PM
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PaulR

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Bernd, think I saw you in George yesterday! Baviaans is an awesome place,planning a boys only trip next month, but going over the cockscomb mountains from patensie as well...LOTS of gravel :D
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May 26, 2016, 10:10:09 AM
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berndp

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Sorry, I was not in George yesterday.  ;D
I'm in Brackenfell.
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May 26, 2016, 10:43:14 AM
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Stev0

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How deep was Smidtskraap?
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May 26, 2016, 10:47:43 AM
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We are going to the Baviaans early next month, so also interested to know how deep the crossings are at the moment...

May 26, 2016, 11:06:12 AM
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Oops my bad...was another grey beard in a white xs :-[
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May 26, 2016, 01:04:07 PM
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berndp

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Smitskraal?
That's that looooong water crossing, I assume.

That was only about 300, I'm guessing. Nothing the Foz can't handle, unless it's one of those where the belly scrapes the tar (dropped).
But then it wouldn't get that far in the first place. ;D

Rainy season is around, so things may change.
Call them, before you go, to find out.
http://www.baviaans.co.za/

Again, there is NO fuel.

Do yourself a favour, get the Weg map. It's R65.00, + postage/courrier (the latter being faster/saver), and it reads MUCH easier that the Slingsby maps, as there is much less background colour.....
http://winkel.weg.co.za/winkel/kaarte/weg-baviaanskloof-kaart-spesiale-aanbod/
« Last Edit: May 26, 2016, 01:08:25 PM by berndp »
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