Wild Dog Adventure Riding

Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Trailrider on February 01, 2012, 03:36:07 pm

Title: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Trailrider on February 01, 2012, 03:36:07 pm
There are very few gravel roads around the greater Southern Cape that I have not been on yet. Discovering new places has become all but impossible. I find it a great pity, because the excitement and anticipation of exploring a new route forms a big part of the attraction and experience that is DS biking.

There were two roads though, just gravel loops in fact, that still needed exploring. The first loops from Uniondale Poort Pass to the Langkloof, a stretch of only 40km, but virgin road non the less.

The second loops out of the R62 "Langkloof road" and eventually returns to it, but this road meanders through the magnificent Kouga mountains and includes several passes. It hugs the Southern hangs of the mountain range that forms the Southern border of Baviaanskloof. It's all gravel and it runs through breathtaking scenery.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z46/Trailrider_album2/Ride%20Reports%202012/Kouga%20Wilderness/Maptn.jpg) (http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z46/Trailrider_album2/Ride%20Reports%202012/Kouga%20Wilderness/Map1.jpg)
(Click on Map to enlarge)

To be honest I have ridden this loop once before. On our way back from our Moordenaarskloof (http://trailriderreports.blogspot.com/2011/01/moordenaars-kloof.html) trip LGF, Rooipoot, ChrisL and I took this detour but we had way too little time and rushed the ride. Back then I vowed to come back. This time round I'll be taking my time. (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/cool.gif)

The plan was to take a leisurely ride from George/Knysna through the Knysna forest, over Prince Alfreds Pass and almost to Uniondale where we'd turn East on the first gravel route that will loop us back to the Langkloof road. After a short 20 minute stint to Joubertina we'd get supplies and ride the start of the Kouga route to the Kouga Wilderness Holiday Farm:

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(Map from the website (http://www.kougawildernis.co.za/))

Kouga Wilderness is an Adventure Farm in the Kouga mountains. They have a camping site with a lapa and some chalets and they also have this Bush Camp:

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(Photo from their website (http://www.kougawildernis.co.za/))

Look at this!!! With a pic like that, how can you even consider staying anywhere else? (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/mwink.gif)

The bush camp is removed from the other sites, situated at the dead end of a ravine, next to a river with a natural swimming pool. It has a gas shower, flush toilet and a tap with drinking water. That's it. That's enough! (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/headba10.gif) No power, just the starry Karoo skies. And when you book this site it's yours, exclusively. (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/cool.gif)

The plan was set! And this was not just another trip to somewhere I've been before, no, this trip had me excited again. My bike was packed and ready 2 days before the actual trip and we were chomping at the bit to go!!! (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/rider10.gif)
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Trailrider on February 01, 2012, 03:37:54 pm
Early the first Thursday morning of 2012 a small group of riders met just outside George - bikes packed, smiles all round:

Trailrider - Honda TransAlp
Izak1 - Yamaha Super Tenere
KAAS - Honda TransAlp
Gryph + pillion - Honda Africa Twin

It was Izak1's first camping trip on his bike. He packed everything, but before he left home he decided he had too much stuff and unpacked some things, like the six eggs he packed for breakfast. (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/cheesy.gif) We teased him a bit, but in the end we were thankful each time he got out some treats or something useful on the trip. Kaas too is rather new to camping trips on his bike. They have a whole new world of trips and exploring opening up to them, so many new things to experience.  

I envied them.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z46/Trailrider_album2/Ride%20Reports%202012/Kouga%20Wilderness/KAAS/IMG-20120105-00087.jpg)
(Photo by KAAS)

For some reason I love trips on weekdays. There's a sadistic pleasure in being on your (packed) bike heading out while others are heading to work. (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/evil.gif)

Heading out past Wilderness:

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We ride past the beautiful lakes area, Island Lake, Langvlei, Rondevlei, Swartvlei, Groenvlei and the Knysna Heads, taking in the scenery. It's an easy ride, shedding the stresses and getting into a relaxed state of mind. Near Simola we take the Gouna Forest station turn-off and now on gravel the real ride begins:

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The Gouna road takes you via "Kom-se-Pad" to Prince Alfred's Pass.

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(Photo by KAAS)

It runs through one of the better parts of the Knysna forest and is absolutely breathtaking.

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In-ride shot:

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If you stop here and switch your bike off it does not take long for the forest to come alive with sounds. It's an amazing place.

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Not too long ago an elusive Knysna Elephant was spotted on this road.

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Some more pics along this route:

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A quick stop where we join Prince Alfred's pass.

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Having ridden a whole host of different bikes over the last couple of months I have to say I am even more impressed with my trusty TransAlp. It feels light, runs super smooth and handles beautifully. It's one of the most comfortable bikes out there and such a "do everything" bike. I fell in love with it all over again.

We ascend the rest of the pass with a another stop on Spitskop, the highest point on the Southern part of the pass. From here you have views all round over the Karoo and all the way to the ocean.

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(Photo by KAAS)

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After some chats, laughter and cold ones we head off again, riding down the Northern side of the pass.

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Approaching De Vlugt:

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And, naturally, the bikes automatically stop here: (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/icon_mrgreen.gif)

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Izak1:

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z46/Trailrider_album2/Ride%20Reports%202012/Kouga%20Wilderness/KAAS/IMG-20120105-00104.jpg)
(Photo by KAAS)

KAAS:

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Gryph & Melissa:

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Suitably refreshed the rest of Prince Alfred's Pass awaits!

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After all this, all the scenery, we reach the first little loop we have not ridden before. Virgin road. 8)

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Another in-ride shot:

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Karoo traffic jam:

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Dual Sport biking heaven: (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/cool.gif)

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I rode over each hill and around each corner with anticipation, being greeted with new views unseen until now. It's such a pity you can only ride a route for the first time once. (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/cheesy.gif)

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I photographed this at a forced stop. This was not the only fellow who's had bad luck at this particular spot...

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I had a flat rear. (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/dope.gif)

Drinks out. Spanners out. Centre stand out. In that order. :evil6:

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It's a good thing I decided to bring that centre stand! It just barely fitted in the topbox but it's worth it's weight in gold! (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/winka.gif) (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/icon_mrgreen.gif)

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We took out the nail, took out the tube, put in the new tube, pinched it, took everything out again, put in a 3rd tube (carefully), inflated and...

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... in a mere-one-and-a-half hours we were on our way again!  :headbang:

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We lost quite a bit of time here, but we planned to be in camp around 3pm so we had more than enough time left without having to chase daylight. In fact, we still had something to eat in Joubertina.

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(Photo by KAAS)

Next we tackled the Kouga road. This is what the ride is all about - heading into those kloofs.

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The first pass - crossing the Kouga river:

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The sun was setting and the contrast of sunlit and darker areas made for breathtaking scenes. You'd ride out of the hot sun into the cool valleys, only to ride up into the hot sunlight and breathtaking high views again. Sensory overload.

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"Our" turn-off. Close to home now.

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But first some more interesting riding. (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/headba10.gif)

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And a last little water-crossing into camp.

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(Photo by KAAS)

What a brilliant spot. There's a small cave with fireplace:

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(Photo by KAAS)

Green grass to camp on, a natural swimming pool to swim in, a big gas shower with basin, running water, flush toilet, etc.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z46/Trailrider_album2/Ride%20Reports%202012/Kouga%20Wilderness/SAM_8697.jpg)

Promptly the party got under way.

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(Photo by KAAS)

Bliss.

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After some steaks and LOTS of laughter we eventually went to sleep after twelve. The next morning there were rumours of a lion roaring in the kloof that night. I heard nothing. (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/ino.gif)
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Trailrider on February 01, 2012, 03:40:59 pm
While everybody stayed in tents, I lived in my hammock:

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On that internet pic of the campsite it seemed like a hammock might work here. I was right!

This is how I woke up:

The view to my right - cave side:

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The view to my left - camp side:

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Can life get better than this? (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/biggrin.gif)

Early morning camp-life:

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This picture shows the campsite well:

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Izak1 had the small tent with Kaas in the circus tent next to him. I'm hanging around in the tree behind them and Gryph and Melissa (who's camped with me before) is way over there in the back. ;) The cave is behind the trees.

After some breakfast and coffee we headed out:

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When we rode to the campsite the previous evening we were tired after a long day, but this morning we were looking at this road with a sense of excitement. Riding a "new" road really is special. Pity you can only do it once (wait, I've said that before (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/patch.gif)).

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These roads meander down into the kloofs and up the other side, just to drop you back into a kloof again. It's like a never ending series of passes and mini-passes.

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The Kouga Loop runs through farmland and every so often you ride past some farm activity, more so in the Western part than in the East.

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For the most part the scenery is all natural - big wide vistas when you crest the passes and green leafy areas next to the rivers in the valleys.

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This pic describes the whole experience of the area well - look at the road and the road just there on the other side:

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Between here and there is a whole pass!

Look at this:

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Ice cold water, ferns and green grass. Heaven.

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Looking back:

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I don't think I ever got out of 2nd gear on this whole route. Around every turn there is something to see.

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And all to soon it was over.

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The GPS track of this route shows how you rise and fall riding this route. You can make out 4 distinct passes. Brilliant scenic passes. And yet they don't even have names. (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/icon_scratch.gif) I have ridden LOTS of passes in my time and these rank high on that list. Much lesser passes (some you can hardly even call passes) feature on lists of passes and yet these don't. I wonder why.


From here we could either double back home via the route we came, cruise down the Langkloof towards George or cross the mountain near Kareedouw and head home via the coastal route. We opted for the latter because (1) I have not ridden Kareedouw Pass yet and I could document it for my passes quest, (2) there were heat wave conditions and it would be cooler near the coast, (3) there's a gravel road from Plett to Prince Alfreds pass I have not ridden yet and (4) there were unfound geocaches (both Gryph and I are keen geocachers) on that route which would at least make things interesting.

But first... a quick ride to Klein Langkloof.

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Lunch in Kareedouw at the biker friendly "Sweaty Dutchman".

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(Photo by KAAS)

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(Photo by KAAS)

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(Photo by KAAS)

We also made a quick stop at the church. Former President Vorster is buried here. (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/cool.gif)

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Another tick off my list (http://trailriderreports.blogspot.com/2009/03/trailrider-quest.html) - Kareedouw Pass.

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Not much of a pass really. Especially after the amazing passes we've ridden this morning!

We were running out of time. It was after lunch already so we just hightailed it home. This is one of the few advantages big DS bikes have over small bikes, when you want to get home quickly and your "just" 150km from home, it's no problem! (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/rider10.gif)

This was near Bloukrans (I think).

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And finally home, sitting back with a cold one, looking into the fire, listening to the ocean, reflecting on a brilliant brilliant piece of road.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z46/Trailrider_album2/Ride%20Reports%202012/Kouga%20Wilderness/fin.jpg)

This is how we suffer in Africa.

I wanted to go back to Kouga to be able to do that route slowly, taking my time. But I think Gryph hit the nail on the head when he said that this area (and campsite) warrants an even longer stay. You need to book into the campsite and just stay there. Maybe do an outride in the morning or late afternoon, but for the rest of the time just relax, chill in the pool, wander around in the kloofs, whatever. It's a magnificent place. We will go back (again!). (http://www.saforums.co.za/rlt/Smileys/default/cool.gif)
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: cloudgazer on February 01, 2012, 03:43:32 pm
wow, that campsite looks fantastic.

where do we book?
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: RobC on February 01, 2012, 03:46:41 pm
Lekkker! :thumleft:

The eastern cape has oodles of places too explore.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 01, 2012, 03:47:54 pm
Ek wou nog altyd terug gaan na verlede jaar se trip.
Dit lyk nog beter op jou RR as toe. :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Trailrider on February 01, 2012, 03:49:37 pm
wow, that campsite looks fantastic.

where do we book?

http://www.kougawilderness.co.za/ :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: TerrorSA on February 01, 2012, 04:00:01 pm
Nice RR  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Lem on February 01, 2012, 04:06:42 pm
fantasties  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Malibu on February 01, 2012, 04:26:51 pm
Really enjoyed this RR!  Thanks! 

;D
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: BMWPE on February 01, 2012, 04:27:07 pm
Awesome " Loop " that,  must of ridden it about 10 times over the years.

From PE we tar it to Joubertina on the R62 have brekkie at the Kraaltjie then start the Loop and allways go down to Kouga Wilderniss to show the place off then back out.
One of my favorite day trips
I refer to it as Kouga Loop

Stayed over there as well first time in the old farm house ,second time in then the caravan, third time in a chalet.

Did you see the swimming pool and the Lapa there
Now there is a awesome spot for a " Bash "
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Trailrider on February 01, 2012, 04:31:42 pm
Awesome " Loop " that,  must of ridden it about 10 times over the years.

From PE we tar it to Joubertina on the R62 have brekkie at the Kraaltjie then start the Loop and allways go down to Kouga Wilderniss to show the place off then back out.
One of my favorite day trips
I refer to it as Kouga Loop

Stayed over there as well first time in the old farm house ,second time in then the caravan, third time in a chalet.

Did you see the swimming pool and the Lapa there
Now there is a awesome spot for a " Bash "

BMWPE it was a report of yours years back that brought this area to my attention.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=15512.0

I never got around to it though because I'd have to tar it there (on the CTX back then). It's an awesome area and loop. Glad I finally did it! Kouga Wilderness is an excellent venue. We did go and have a look at the Lapa etc and I had the same thought about a mini bash venue.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Gérrard on February 01, 2012, 04:42:36 pm
Die eerste 'virgin' pad wat julle gery... is dit van die Uniondale Poort af Oos en kom dan net duskant Misgund by die R62 uit ?

Mooi RR.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: KALLY on February 01, 2012, 05:06:11 pm
Fantastic ride Trailrider, that campsite is just magic,
Will be putting it in my to do list.
Don't worry about having ridden all the routes before, keep riding, when you get to my age, and your memory starts going, all routes appear to be new
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: KAAS on February 01, 2012, 05:11:10 pm
Dit was n great trip dankie swaer. Ja, weet jy ek het daai leeu gehoor. Ek ken sy brul maar te goed. Wens ek kon hom daai aand vang :D
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: ChinaPete on February 01, 2012, 05:15:20 pm
TT, another lekker ride and report. Thanks for posting
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Andy660 on February 01, 2012, 06:06:52 pm
That looks like an awesome route TR , !
Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Pote on February 01, 2012, 06:45:47 pm
 :thumleft: wat 'n pragtige plek om te gaan kamp.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Trailrider on February 01, 2012, 06:56:38 pm
Die eerste 'virgin' pad wat julle gery... is dit van die Uniondale Poort af Oos en kom dan net duskant Misgund by die R62 uit ?

Mooi RR.

Op hierdie selfde RR op my blog is die "Everytrail" roete met al die GPS inligting (ek kan dit ongelukkig nie in 'n forum RR embed nie).

http://trailriderreports.blogspot.com/2012/01/hidden-gem-other-baviaans.html
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Swart Baard on February 01, 2012, 08:44:13 pm
Now this is a farm i know rather well!  Owner use to hold a Rally there every year...The Rooi Baard Rally, BUT it was cancelled because of some complaints of neighbouring farmers on the road to Kouga Wilderness  :-\

There is an awesome 4x4 track on the farm...Sukkel poort...and sukkel you will  :deal:

I agree with BMWPE, in future this is an awesome spot for a bash  :ricky:

If you havent seen or experienced this magical place, dammit make a plan  :deal:
It is a must see place. But do take at least 2 days on the farm itself. You wont regret the experince  :3some:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Goose on February 01, 2012, 08:55:27 pm
Stunning - as usual TR........ makes one believe we're on the trip with you. Thanks for sharing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: DirtRebell on February 01, 2012, 09:00:01 pm
Blixim what a nice RR and route.

Dis nou 'n trip wat ek moer graag sal wil doen.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Heimer on February 01, 2012, 09:16:48 pm
Ek wil ook soontoe gaan  8)
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Pote on February 01, 2012, 09:33:59 pm
Ek wil ook soontoe gaan  8)
maak 'n datum :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Vis Arend on February 01, 2012, 09:35:05 pm
 
Dankie TR, dis flippen mooi.   :thumleft:

Die een is 'n moet op my lys.   :deal:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Onetime on February 01, 2012, 09:54:07 pm
Baie dankie  - nog een vir die bucket list. :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Heimer on February 01, 2012, 10:11:03 pm
Ek wil ook soontoe gaan  8)
maak 'n datum :thumleft:

Maak 'n arm  :peepwall:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: fat b on February 01, 2012, 10:15:16 pm
Nice one TR , ek kan my gat skop dat ek daai een gemis het ! :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Fishy on February 01, 2012, 10:30:38 pm
Makes me wanna.... :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: sidetrack on February 01, 2012, 10:31:44 pm
Great stuff !
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: 2StrokeDan on February 01, 2012, 10:56:35 pm
Trailrider, this RR is one big sensory overload, and guess what? It is a virgin road for me, and I am as good as on my way!!
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: DirtHound on February 01, 2012, 11:11:44 pm
Excellent RR, Trailrider!  :thumleft:

To be perfectly honest, I haven't been enjoying your ride reports of late - like Honda's latest comfy chopper, or the "Hardly Ableson" outride, etc, etc. I don't blame you, coz I'm sure you were burning the candle at both ends with regards to work. This report puts you right back in the game!!
I'm so keen to ride through the Knysna forest - not so much the gravel roads, but more the long forgotten tweespoor paths with a bit of stealth camping thrown in between. And it's virgin territory for me!  :mwink:
Next time I'm in that area, I might just need to call on the knowledge and guidence of Asterix, Obelix & Trailrider.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: DirtyHarry on February 01, 2012, 11:26:03 pm
Niiice
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: White Rhino on February 02, 2012, 05:55:56 am
Verrry nice Pieter!!

Some of the best places were once a secret :ricky:

Got to do it :thumleft:

Thanks
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: J-dog on February 02, 2012, 06:08:51 am
boom! sensory explosion indeed.

awesome.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: GenXX on February 02, 2012, 06:43:50 am
Very Cool.... :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: jeff on February 02, 2012, 07:51:41 am
nice!!! . makes me not want to be sitting at my F@#! desk right now
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: n0b0dy on February 02, 2012, 07:53:36 am
Swartbaard! dis nogals nostalgies om n RR te lees van n plek wat n mens goed ken. En boonop die mense ook.
Miskien moet jy/ons iets reel soontoe.

GREAT RR
GREAT PLACE!
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: SmokenFly on February 02, 2012, 09:42:33 am
Stunning RR
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: TrailBlazer on February 02, 2012, 09:49:11 am
Jirre!!  TR, jy weet net hoe om 'n ou se bek j@gs te maak vir nog 'n lang trippie in daai geweste  :drif:

As always, a great RR, and one that's on my to-do-list now.

I just wish I had more time and bucks to tell the boss to "stuff-it" for a while, and pack up the TA with myself and Atigun and hit the South Cape area again

Cheers  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Jakkals on February 02, 2012, 09:50:24 am
So dis waar julle spuletjie vandaan gekom het toe ons mekaar gekruis het op Knysna.  :biggrin:

Baie nice RR soos gewoonlik.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: DRAZIL on February 02, 2012, 09:57:06 am
Kouga wilderness is short but soooo sweet.
Great outing you all had. :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Swart Baard on February 02, 2012, 10:16:08 am
Swartbaard! dis nogals nostalgies om n RR te lees van n plek wat n mens goed ken. En boonop die mense ook.
Miskien moet jy/ons iets reel soontoe.

GREAT RR
GREAT PLACE!

Nou maar toe...Kom ons maak n' plan  :ricky: Middel Maart Maand  :3some:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Thunderlinde on February 02, 2012, 11:38:40 am
Lyk baie nice TR! Lekker RR.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Kerritz on February 02, 2012, 11:54:10 am
Etter maar dit is mooi daar. Kom se Pad bly een van my favourites! Dankie vir die deel!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: weskus on February 02, 2012, 11:56:27 am
Ek wil ook soontoe gaan  8)
Laat weet my Jan, ek wil ook saam, dan nooi ons vir oom Daie ook saam en prt klomp k@k om die vuur.... :imaposer: ..nee regtig nou, ek wil ook soontoe gaan..
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: DeadMeat on February 02, 2012, 01:14:55 pm
Damn this looks good.

Im going this winter  :ricky:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: jimjim on February 02, 2012, 01:43:38 pm
Jy kan darem mooi storie skryf. Lekker RR. Die roete is nou op my bucket list.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: GreenMamba1974 on February 02, 2012, 01:48:53 pm
 :thumleft:  nice one TR and Co.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Laban on February 02, 2012, 02:17:43 pm


" It's such a pity you can only ride a route for the first time once"

Netjies TR, baie mooi raak gevat - Dankie vir die RR!! :thumleft:

Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: dirtyXT on February 02, 2012, 02:54:01 pm
excellent. defnatly first camping trip for the year. test out my new luggage and tent. thanks chaps well done. dont have to go too far to see some amazing things...
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 02, 2012, 07:46:08 pm
Thanks for your amazing report. Very nice shots too!

What a great country we have to ride in.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Shaun500 on February 02, 2012, 08:39:07 pm
Fokkit!  I've been hankering for a nice trip for a while now.  Awesome!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: spoedvark on February 02, 2012, 10:41:44 pm
Thanks for sharing. Awesome pics.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Frannarossi on February 03, 2012, 08:36:59 am
Flippen nice!Maak my sommer lus vir die grondpaaie weer :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Mof on February 03, 2012, 08:48:14 am
Ek wil ook soontoe gaan  8)
Laat weet my Jan, ek wil ook saam, dan nooi ons vir oom Daie ook saam en prt klomp k@k om die vuur.... :imaposer: ..nee regtig nou, ek wil ook soontoe gaan..

My ôk asb!
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: GO GIRL on February 03, 2012, 04:43:07 pm
First off TR you TRULY are SADISTIC.... that simply sucks that you can just go riding like that
while we are working...... :mwink:

Gotta admit there is a very good feeling (SADISTIC) I s'pose about riding while all going off to work...
so enjoy being SADISTIC... >:D

That route looks absolutely stunning .....
 :thumleft:

lovely pics and prince albert pass .... :o :o also stunning a great ride you had there :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Trailrider on February 03, 2012, 09:37:37 pm
Thanks Go Girl! It's been too long since we've seen each other!
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on February 03, 2012, 10:18:07 pm
Dammit Trailrider ... you can't just gooi these lekker trips out like this ... it makes me even more embarrassed to admit I haven't seen a damn thing around this area!  It smokkels my kop!    8)
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: JMOL on February 04, 2012, 02:38:11 pm
Thanks - nou is daar nog 'n "To Do".  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: KanaalAap on February 04, 2012, 03:27:36 pm
Ja nee dis lekker om in die langkloof te bly!

Daai trippie ry ons sommer as ons verveeld is, die afdraai pad is so 2min se ry van my af!

Lekker!!

as julle ooit hier deurkom, laat weet! dit is afterall waar ek bly!!

Hier n paar lekker paaie after tussen die plase deur, kort stukkies maar mooi,

Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Trailrider on February 04, 2012, 09:24:44 pm
Ja nee dis lekker om in die langkloof te bly!

Daai trippie ry ons sommer as ons verveeld is, die afdraai pad is so 2min se ry van my af!

Lekker!!

as julle ooit hier deurkom, laat weet! dit is afterall waar ek bly!!

Hier n paar lekker paaie after tussen die plase deur, kort stukkies maar mooi,


KanaalAap ek gaan jou op vat op daai een! :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: KanaalAap on February 06, 2012, 12:05:58 pm
Ja nee dis lekker om in die langkloof te bly!

Daai trippie ry ons sommer as ons verveeld is, die afdraai pad is so 2min se ry van my af!

Lekker!!

as julle ooit hier deurkom, laat weet! dit is afterall waar ek bly!!

Hier n paar lekker paaie after tussen die plase deur, kort stukkies maar mooi,


KanaalAap ek gaan jou op vat op daai een! :thumleft:

Enige tyd!

Ek sal sometime in kontak kom met jou ivm met n EC bash by kouga wildernis, ek en mybroer kan help met die kroeg en entertainment dinge reel, en ons ken oom nico rooibaard baie goed, sy seun was saam met my op skool en ken hulle al jare!

Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: tribbes on February 06, 2012, 09:02:44 pm
 :thumleft: leke rr
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Walletjies on February 11, 2012, 08:17:20 pm
Very nice area.  My dad used to farm close to the Kouga (Walletjies).  We went through there in December.  This was taken then.

(http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/7657/img8426a.jpg)
By walletjies (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/walletjies) at 2012-02-11

Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Roné on February 11, 2012, 09:01:03 pm
Nee wat TR jy mag maar ' RR doen - awsome - ek dink Kouga wildernes skuld jou kommisie - hulle gaan vol geboek wees vir die volgende paar naweke
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: vellies on February 12, 2012, 09:17:12 pm
Swartbaard en KanaalAap identifiseer julself :-) Ek is die ou wat altyd die Rooibraad Rally gereel het. Ek het hom so gedoop omdat Nico se bynaam al die jare Nico Rooibaard was maar die baard nou ook al grys :-) Die ander dag weer die rally dvd's gekyk sommer weer suur geraak vir daai jaloerse #@%& wie alles opgeneuk het. Nico en Mellanie twee awesome mense.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: vellies on February 12, 2012, 09:19:00 pm
En daar vergeet ek om te se : nice RR Trailrider...soos gewoonlik :-) Daai eerste loop van julle daar bo by Uniondale in is die De Hoop pad. Lieflike pad.


Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: vellies on February 12, 2012, 09:21:12 pm
Walletjies wie is jou pa? Ek het op Tweerivier gebly en was saam met Dorie en Stefaans Vosloo hulle in McLachlan.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Purple Pixie (RIP) on February 12, 2012, 09:28:06 pm
I've been thinking to organise a ride to Kouga Wilderniss  for ages.  I did a hike there last year & thought it the perfect place for a weekend away..... sometime soon!!
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Walletjies on February 12, 2012, 09:36:30 pm
Walletjies wie is jou pa? Ek het op Tweerivier gebly en was saam met Dorie en Stefaans Vosloo hulle in McLachlan.
.


Johan Herselman, die plaas behoort nou aan sy broer, Japie.
Dit is nou 'n vakansieplasie, baie van die familie kom daar bymekaar.

Ek wou weer van die Heights deurry Walletjies toe, maar die eerste hek het nou 'n slot op a.g.v. diefstal in die area.

(Jammer dat ons die tread so hijack!)
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: J-mo on February 13, 2012, 04:20:15 pm
Thanks TR. Nice RR. :thumleft:

Ek en Jupiter was laas jaar Julie daardeur.

Alhoewel dit een van die mooier roetes is wat ek gery het, wil ek hom graag weer doen want ons het die Saterdag heeldag gery, Saterdagaand 'n rowwe nag gehad. (Eers 12:30 gaan slaap en dit was vrek koud). Sondagoggend vroeg was ons uit die Baviaans (Op Jupiter se pêl se plaas oorgeslaap), bo deur Uniondale en die Onder Kouga bordjie so teen 12:30 bereik. Ek kon nie als inneem nie.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: dirtyXT on March 12, 2012, 09:01:22 am
excellent ride report! inspired me to try this over the weekend. was as expected a great ride and an even better location to stay over, Nico and Melodie are more than accommodating even had a couple cold six packs waiting for me on my request!!!. did the waterval hike on sat morning, definatly making plans to go do the other hikes. no ride report I'm afraid was in such a rush.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: nemodakar on March 12, 2012, 09:59:25 am
TR if you were impressed with the Bo- Kouga , you should try the roads that runs into the Suurveld.

From the Kareedouw station towards , either Humansdorp or even Hankey or Patensie. Many, many Km's of unridden dirt roads.

Nice RR. I believe oom Nico came of a bike a while back and burned himself as well as torn ligaments.
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Cave Girl on March 12, 2012, 01:23:18 pm
Thanks for posting - some really fantastic pictures!!
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: TornadoF5 on March 12, 2012, 03:47:09 pm
Thx TR I have riden past that sign so many times and wondered what's down there!  Now I know!
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: wolfman on March 12, 2012, 05:26:26 pm
Lekker RR, thanx :thumleft:
Title: Re: A hidden Gem - The "Other" Baviaans
Post by: Roné on March 12, 2012, 07:25:54 pm
excellent ride report! inspired me to try this over the weekend. was as expected a great ride and an even better location to stay over, Nico and Melodie are more than accommodating even had a couple cold six packs waiting for me on my request!!!. did the waterval hike on sat morning, definatly making plans to go do the other hikes. no ride report I'm afraid was in such a rush.
I too booked in there the past weekend due to this ride report - was an excelent weekend and it is absolutely beautifull.
ran into a crazy dog called dirtyXT - hey that beer cold beer is still waiting for u .....................