Nearby Attractions

Day Visits

Haaspoort is in close proximity to the Addo Elephant National Park, the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site and the historical town of Graaff-Reinet.

Addo Elephant National Park

The Addo Elephant National Park stretches from the Sundays River mouth near Port Elizabeth to Darlington Dam near Waterford. The area around Addo Main Camp offers the best elephant viewing in Africa. 

Elephant, black rhino, buffalo, hyena and lion abound. Addo Main Gate is 100km from Haaspoort Bushcamp. 

Visitors can travel the length of the park in a north-south direction and exit at the Matyholweni Gate at Sundays River Mouth, 20 km east of Port Elizabeth.

The Darlington Dam section of the park can also be accessed from Haaspoort (65km). Besides the attraction of the dam, there’s a 85km 4X4 route that crosses the Zuurberg Mountain range and ends in the Kabouga section of the park near Kirkwood. 

Black rhino, hippo, kudu and baboon as well as interesting Valley Bushveld flora can be viewed. Bookings for the 4×4 route are essential.

Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area

Sandwiched between the Baviaans and Kouga mountain ranges, the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve encompasses 180 000 hectares and is the third-largest conservation area in South Africa. 

Built by Thomas Baines in 1880, the 140km road crosses the Groot Rivier north of Patensie and negotiates five hair-raising passes and numerous river crossings before ending at Nuwekloof Pass near Willowmore. 

The kloof is home to buffalo, mountain zebra, leopard and numerous other species but is most famous for its rugged and awe inspiring scenery. The Baviaanskloof lies to the south-west of Haaspoort and can be accessed by two routes. 

The Steytlerville – Willowmore is the longest in terms of kilometers. Allow 5 hours (255km) travel time between Haaspoort and Geelhoutsbos.

The alternative Grootrivierspoort – Elandsberge route is the more scenic but challenging route. The road winds through the valleys and passes of the Groot Winterhoek and Elandsberge mountain range and joins the main Baviaanskloof road just north of Patensie. Allow 3 hours (147km) travel time from Haaspoort to the entrance of the Baviaans Conservation Area.

Graaff Reinet

The historic and quaint town of Graaff Reinet is the 5th oldest town in South Africa and is famous for its museums, quaint shops and restaurants. 

The Valley of Desolation overlooks the town. Sheer cliffs and precariously balanced columns of Dolerite rise 100 metres from the valley floor, against the timeless backdrop of the plains of the Camdeboo. 

Enjoy a garden lunch at the historic Drostdy Hotel and afterwards treat yourself to a massage at the Africology spa. 

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