Eastern Cape DestinationsElands River Valley, Baviaanskloof
The untouched beauty of the Elands River Valley is part of the wonder of the Eastern Cape. This area, just 60 kilometres from Port Elizabeth, is considered to be the gateway to the Baviaanskloof, where rugged mountains meet lush valleys and showcase this part of South Africa to perfection.
The Elands River Valley is flanked by the Winterhoek Mountains and the Elandsberge Mountains, and is perched right between Uitenhage (part of the greater Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality) and the little agricultural town of Patensie. From this valley, the breath-taking views of the mountain ranges, gorges and rivers are not to be missed, gracing each vista and making for exquisite backdrops to your photographs.
This is 4 x 4 heaven, and those who want to test their vehicles, or simply have some really fun drives, are sure to have a fantastic time in the Elands River Valley. The Meadows has several 4 x 4 trails available, each with a differing intensity and level of difficulty. In fact, these tracks are often used by Land Rover to demonstrate their vehiclesí abilities to new owners.
There are also several hiking trails around the area, on which visitors can smell the crisp, clean air and feel the warm sunshine as they traverse the countryside and breathe in its beauty. Remember to pack plenty of water and to wear sunscreen at all times.
Interestingly, this area is also peppered with battlefields and the Boer War Museum, which lends it a historical charm and plenty of character.
The Elands River Valley is also renowned for the cheeses that it produces, as well as the delicious honey and muesli. For those with culinary inclinations, this is a very special destination that promises deliciousness at every turn.
Port Elizabeth is less than an hourís drive from the Elands River Valley. So, it is a fun, scenic destination that is close to all of the amenities and facilities of the big city.