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The little town of Patensie lies virtually at the mouth of the Baviaanskloof Wilderness area, hidden away in the south western corner of the Eastern Cape only an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth - it’s the last stop before entering the wilderness. A largely citrus producing community, the name Patensie is something of a corruption of the Hottentot expression ‘lêplek van die beeste’ or ‘where the cattle lie’, and because of its easy access to Baviaanskloof and nearby game farms, the area is fast becoming a place of note.
Patensie, from where one can easily see the Cockscomb Mountain - its five jagged crests resembling a rooster’s comb - is a thriving town with a modern citrus warehouse that plays a large role in the Gamtoos citrus industry that is well worth a visit. Just 25 kilometres outside of Patensie lies the Kouga Dam - the lifeblood of the valley, which irrigates most of the farmland here. Initially called the Paul Sauer Dam, it also supplies Port Elizabeth with most of its water.
Follow a visit to the dam and a viewing of Queen Victoria’s bust in the conglomerate cliffs along the Gamtoos River - you can only see it from the west, so you need to stop and look back - with a stop at the quaint little home industries tea room of Tolbos in Patensie, before setting off on one of many rambles through the area.
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"There is nothing about Patensie that we don't love. It's quiet, quaint and beautiful. It's not a tourist trap, so you'll defnitely leave here relaxed. ..." - Verna and Tom, Hogsback
Featured Attractions in (or near) Patensie
The Baviaanskloof Wilderness is an incredibly scenic gorge that lies between two sets of mountain ranges - the Baviaanskloof and the Kouga mountains. It is an area of 'outstanding natural beauty' because of its incredible land forms, diverse display of plants, and animals ... more information
The Valley of the Baboons in the Eastern Cape (in the sandy soil of this valley one can easily spot their footprints), also known as the Baviaanskloof Wilderness, is a rugged, uncultivated, and beautiful wilderness area that includes the Baviaanskloof and Kouga Mountains, and the valley in-between, less ... more information
Lying adjacent to the Garden Route, just over an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, the Gamtoos Valley is home to the three little villages of Hankey, Loerie and Patensie, and is a vibrant mix of citrus, potato and tobacco farming that forms a collage of cultivated fields and orchards. Regarded as the gateway to ... more information
Nestled in the folds of the Klein Karoo mountains, lies the tranquil country oasis of Koffylaagte Game Reserve, a private game reserve only 130km south-west of Port Elizabeth. This private game reserve, which is now home to over 22 different species of African Antelope, giraffe, white rhino ... more information
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