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  • Nature lovers paradise in the breathtaking Kouga mountains near the Baviaanskloof
  • Working farm with numerous outdoor activities on offer for the active
  • Comfortable, rustic accommodation and wilderness tranquility to help you unwind

Kouga Wilderness Guest Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

28km from Joubertina


-33.7155, 23.8425


Kouga Wilderness is a family run farm in the scenic Kouga mountains on the border of the Baviaanskloof. This working farm with apricots, citrus, sheep and vegetables, has become a firm favourite for mountain climbers, hikers and nature lovers. The self-catering farmhouse and chalets each have a fully equipped kitchen, a big indoor fireplace and an outdoor braai. All the basics can be purchased from Melodie’s farm stall, with specialities such as the best lamb in the south and lovely jam and honey all produced on the farm. Firewood is available at R12 per bag. 


Oom Carel se Huis, the lovingly restored farmhouse, overlooks a big patch of grass with ancient oak trees all around. In front of the house is a small stream and a natural pool where you can cool off in the summer. River Chalet is a wooden house on stilts on the banks of the Klein Rivier. It is surrounded by ferns and a big patch of grass, with a lovely view over a private waterhole. Braai on the verandah or enjoy the scenery from the comfy big couch. Heuningkrans Chalet is tucked away in the river valley, surrounded by beautiful mountains, and very private. It offers wonderful views from the back verandah against a background of gushing river sounds and birdsong. There are plenty of pools along the river where you can swim in total privacy.

The Bush Camp is a treasure for nature lovers, with a stream passing by and a natural 'rock table' where you can eat and prepare food. Only one group at a time camps here, so you are sure to be undisturbed. There are also 8 camp sites situated on a big patch of grass under 400-year-old oak trees, all situated next to a tiny water stream. Each camp site offers a power point and easy access to the ablution facilities. There is a big lapa with DSTV, and a fridge and freezer which all campers can make use of. The private camping spot is located on the main site but situated on its own. You still need to make use of the communal ablution facilities but you have more privacy.

Numerous adventure activities are offered, while farming activities can be observed at close quarters, which is particularly interesting during harvesting time from December to mid-February, when sun-drying of fruit is in progress. Swim in natural crystal clear pools or in the freshwater swimming pool on the property, or try catching Black Bass in the nearby Kouga River. Explore the mountain streams in search of the rare and nearly extinct redwing fish or the very scarce, indigenous Galaxias Zebratus, endemic to this area, or identify some of the variety of birds seen on the farm.

Rates & Summary


Sleeps 12 in 3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms: 1 bath, 1 shower

2 Chalets

Each sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms
1 shared bathroom


Bush Camp for 1 group - max 3 sites 
9 camp sites with large lapa


Self-Catering Farmhouse & Chalets

  • R 450 - R 500 per unit for 2 or less
  • R 180 - R 220 per extra person

Campsite & Bush Camp

  • R 80 - R 300 pp sharing

Prices vary depending on Season & number of guests sharing
Minimum 2 night stay in High Season




Kids are welcome.

  • 0- 3: Stay for free
  • 4 - 12yrs: R 130 - R 150 pp in guest houses
  • 4 - 12yrs: R 55 - R 65 pp camping

Why Stay Here?

At Kouga Wilderness you can enjoy an extraordinary landscape, combining thrilling outdoor recreation with the beauty of the surroundings. Enjoy some of the many adventure activities, such as 4X4 routes, kloofing, fishing, and abseiling. Then unwind and relax, enjoy the guest houses, camping or the famous Bush Camp, lose yourself in tranquil untouched wilderness and find your inner peace. Kouga Wilderness is a nature lover's paradise.


  • Nature lovers paradise in the breathtaking Kouga mountains near the Baviaanskloof
  • Working farm with numerous outdoor activities on offer for the active
  • Comfortable, rustic accommodation and wilderness tranquility to help you unwind


All guest houses are set apart and offer their own unique privacy. The Bush Camp and the side wing camping spot offer campers greater privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming towels, mountain bike, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The last 28km is on gravel road but is suitable for a normal sedan car.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • 4X4 routes
  • Abseiling
  • Rock climbing
  • Hiking trails
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Stargazing
  • Farm sightseeing drive
  • Farming activities
  • Scenic drives


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Periodic housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Limited cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km


  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted





Eastern Cape


The Tsitsikamma region embraces a large swathe of Afromontane forest and rugged coastline within the Tsitsikamma National Park, which is interspersed with tracts of fynbos and commercial tree plantations.

It’s situated on the eastern edge of the Garden Route, between Nature’s Valley and Eerste Rivier, and is accessed along the N2 which runs through the area. Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning ‘place of abundant (or sparkling) water’, and refers to the Indian Ocean to the south and the many rivers and streams in the area.

To the north, it’s bordered by the Tsitsikamma Mountains that spill their verdant cloak of thickly knitted trees and woven vines across hill and dale as they descend towards the sea. In the plunging gorges, rivers of dark water splash and tumble through secret places where creatures of the forest cavort and flutter in a timeless ritual of natural life.

Along the coast the forest pushes onto the white sandy beaches and rocky shore to greet the foaming breakers of the ocean.

Settlement in the area is on a small scale - even the main centre of Storms River Village is just a small clearing in the trees. 

From a visitor’s perspective there’s plenty to do here. The Tsitsikamma National Park is well known for its wild coastline, the Storms River Mouth, and its many hikes, which include the popular Otter Trail. 

Other multi-day hikes in the region are the Tsitsikamma Trail, through the mountains inland, and the Dolphin Trail, along the coastal cliffs. The area in general, with its deep gorges and towering trees, is a treasure trove of adrenaline pursuits that include bungee-jumping from Bloukrans Bridge, gliding through the tree tops or above waterfalls on a series of ziplines (cable slides), abseiling the steep cliffs, and tubing through the Storms River Gorge.

It’s the forests themselves that add that extra touch of magic to the region. The tracks and paths offer a unique opportunity to enter the realm of an enchanted natural world. The large Outeniqua Yellowwoods are the pillars of the forest, towering above any other living thing by far.

Some of these majestic trees are over 800 years old and standing next to one is a humbling experience. Bird watching here is rewarding and a flash of green or crimson may announce the sighting of a narina trogon or Knysna turaco.

Closer to the spongy forest floor, the smaller creatures are no less spellbinding. Butterflies bob in the pillars of sunlight that penetrate the canopy, chorister robin-chats rustle through the leaf litter, and the Knysna dwarf chameleon makes its way hesitantly through the vegetation.

Throughout the undergrowth chortling streams and still ponds reflect the delicate fronds of tree ferns. Here frogs breaststroke beneath a surface stained the colour of bourbon by the tannins and humic acid leached from the fallen leaves.

All around, wisps of old man’s beard drape the wrinkled bark and conjure up faces of wizards, and the patchwork mosses and lichens combine to form their cloaks. On fallen branches and leaning stumps, bracket fungi are natural receptacles filled with fallen rain where insects quench their thirst. The scene is embraced by an eternal peace that even the cicadas seem reluctant to disturb, their characteristic incessant screech curtailed to short periods of intermittent chirring.

With mountains, forests, rivers, and a coastline alternating between glinting beaches and rocky outcrops, Tsitsikamma is a diverse natural playground.   

Look out for

Tsitsikamma National Park - is the number one reason to visit the region and is situated off the N2, 10-minutes drive west of the Storms River Village. It’s a spectacular marine reserve where the indigenous forest grows right onto the rocky coastline. The coastal portion of the park stretches 80km along the shore and 5km out to sea protecting not only life in the inter-tidal zone but that of the deep sea too, while the inland expanse protects the forests, fynbos, and mountain catchment areas. There are various short hikes, a boardwalk to the famous suspension bridge over the Storms River Mouth, snorkelling, scuba diving, a boat trip up the Storms River, a restaurant, and a curio shop. For people wanting to spend more than a day there are campsites and chalets positioned along the shore. 

Hiking trails - a few well-known hiking trails start and finish in this area. The Otter Trail, which starts at Storms River Mouth and ends on the beach at Nature’s Valley, is one of South Africa’s most popular trails. The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and ends at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village. The Dolphin Trail is a guided and portered hike with upmarket accommodation.

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours - is exactly that - a tour of the forest canopy near the Storms River Village. It’s a combination of an adrenalin activity plus incredible views of the forest from a unique tree top perspective usually reserved for birds and monkeys. There are 10 slides that allow tourists to glide from tree to tree, stopping on platforms attached high up the trunks of giant Yellowwoods. Distances above the forest floor reach 30 metres. The guides are fun and informative. Booking is essential.

Bloukrans Bridge - this is Africa’s highest road bridge, and the world’s highest single-span arch bridge, with a central span of 272m, and a total bridge length of 451m. Statistics aside, the single reason it’s popular with visitors is because it’s home to the highest bungee jump in the world (216 metres). If the bungee is too much to contemplate there’s also a 200m zipline called the "Flying Fox" and a 400m bridge walk out onto the central arch. For the meek there’s a restaurant with a fabulous view. They’re open 7-days-a-week from 09h00-17h00.

Storms River Adventures - offer a 3 hour ‘Woodcutters Journey’ in an open vehicle down the Storms River Pass where oxwagons outspanned more than a century ago. Qualified guides enlighten passengers about the history and flora and fauna of the area. There are 3 trips daily and require a minimum of 6 people.

Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures - offer a thrilling zipline (cable slide) over waterfalls, with the longest glide being 211m. Those into adrenalin activities will love this adventure, and can also abseil 30m down a cliff into a fern cove. They take all ages, from 3 years up, and do tours 365-days-a-year in all weather conditions. Tours start at 08h00 and depart every 30 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 16h00.

Blackwater Tubing - depending on the water level, adventurers may be kloofing on low water, or white-water tubing on high water. Kloofing entails about 50% walking and 50% paddling, carrying the tube over shallow sections and leaping off rock faces that may be as high as 8 metres into pools below. It’s offered by Tube 'n Axe Backpackers from October to April and is a 5-hour trip that includes a lunch braai.

Storms River Village - is where all the adventure companies operate from and walks and mountain biking routes in the Plaatbos Nature Reserve start here.

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