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Baviaanskloof Rooihoek

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17 Mar 2020 @ 12:43:12 pm
eugene
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Hallo all, I have booked for a weekend in April at the Rooihoek reserve in the Baviaanskloof. Is there any fellow campers that have recently visited the camp site that could give me some feedback on the general look and feel or alternatively some one to contact to ask ab out the camp site, I am particularly interested to find out if the baboon problem that they have experienced some years ago(other internet posts) is still prevelant. I have aslo seen some posts about fishing in the area and any info on this would be greatly appreciated.

Lastly any advice on dealing with baboons in a remote place will also be appreciated. Have a good day. 

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17 Mar 2020 @ 13:37:58 pm
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We camped there in May 2019. There are lots of baboons but we chased them away the first 2 days with catties and they kept their distance after that. Just don't leave food in site and zip up your tents if leaving the campsite.

There are no showers so you have to use the river with enviroment friendly soap, and the long drop toilets are ok and do not smell. 

We found out afterwards there are buffalo in Baviaanskloof and i presume the thick cables around the campsite are to keep them out but we never saw any in the 5 days we camped and drove through Baviaanskloof. Rooihoek is really nice and remote and you get in touch with nature there. Look up Baviaanskloof in this forum and you will see my photos of it.

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17 Mar 2020 @ 14:53:37 pm
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Thx Paddyandpaul. The news that the baboons scare easily is great. Have stayed at makedaat previously what a experience. Your post says you were there in may was it still warm enough to bath in the river?

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17 Mar 2020 @ 16:35:41 pm
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My friends swam and bathed but we just flannel bathed the water was so cold. It went down to four degrees at night. You won't be sorry going to Rooihoek, it is really awsome and removed from civilisation. We saw 2 different kinds of buck at the camp site. Take your own drinking water.

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18 Mar 2020 @ 12:59:41 pm
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View of river at Rooihoek

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19 Mar 2020 @ 11:01:51 am
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Thx for the pics looks really nice only one problem, I have just been notified that Eastern Cape Tourism can not honour my booking because of Corona? Of all the places I would have thought it would be safer to be in the kloof than in the city. 

 

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19 Mar 2020 @ 16:23:38 pm
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We only had 1 group of 3 there the 5 days we stayed in May 2019 and they only stayed 1 night. Kruger park has sent a notice they are still operating as normal.

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