Kudu Kaya

Patensie, Eastern Cape
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by Anell B.
(12 Aug 16 @ 9:29 am)

If you love the outdoors and nature this is the place to be, tranquil environment with lovely scenery. We love Baviaans Kloof and Kudu Kaya is the best place to stay at. Great service! Definitely recommended!!

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Where is Kudu Kaya to be found?

Kudu Kaya is located in Cambria, at the entry to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, 45 km from Patensie on the road to Willowmore.

The chalets and campsites are both located on the working citrus farm "Ysrivier", owned by Petrus and Heléne van der Watt. Enjoy our hospitality in a safe and rustic environment.

Day trips into the adjacent Baviaanskloof Nature Conservation Area to view wild animals and the magnificent scenery can be arranged.

Hiking, Walks, Swimming & Mountain Biking

The hiking trails take one through indigenous vegetation and gorges. Options are leisurely walks, 8 hour hiking trails, mountain and rock climbing as well as swimming in natural rock pools.

It is quite an experience to walk under large Yellow Wood trees through the indigenous bush whilst continuously crossing the pristine mountain stream.

There are also plenty easier leisure walks for the less energetic on farm tracks. The tracks are also ideally suited for mountain bikes.

Please take note of the following:

To ensure the privacy of our guests we do not allow "Day Visitors" on the farm.

Farm Activities and Agri-tourism

Petrus and Heléne are happy to show visitors (who are interested) around on the 230 ha farm and introduce them to the farm's activities. Visitors can see and / or participate in current activities, such as orange picking, potato and tobacco sorting and so forth. Ninety hectares are under irrigation, half being devoted to citrus and the remainder to tobacco, potatoes, wheat, lucerne etc.

Bird Watching

A large variety of birds, including Knysna Loerie's, can be observed on the farm and walking trails.

A short description of the Narina Trogon (Found at Kudu Kaya):

Narina Trogons are essentially large forest leaf-gleaners that feed mainly on invertebrates and to a lesser extent on small vertebrates.

A high percentage of prey brought to nests are smooth-skinned caterpillars from the moth, and not from the butterfly family.

In southern African forests, it seems therefore that they are most dependent on moth fauna for prey.



Kudu Kaya offers down to earth, close to nature self-catering accommodation. For those of you who have always wanted to know what farm living is all about - visit Kudu Kaya.

Kudu Kaya is aimed at nature lovers who want to get out and experience nature and farm life in the Eastern Cape. At Kudu Kaya the focus is on out-door and leisure activities rather than luxurious accommodation. Kudu Kaya provides visitors with an opportunity to escape from their everyday life in the cities rather than replicating their usual daily experiences at home such as watching TV or spending all their time on the internet.

There are six fully equipped self-catering chalets on the farm namely:

  • Kudu Kaya
  • Swartland
  • Houthuis
  • Bobbejaan
  • Aalwyn
  • Geelhout


At Kudu Kaya there are 17 campsites located in the valley of the Ysrivier, a mountain stream. They are all individually marked and located in a peaceful setting amongst the indigenous trees including plenty of yellowwoods on the farm.

There are 4 ablutions in total. The shady campsites share 4 ablution facilities with hot water showers and flush toilets. Campsite number 16 is a large stand suitable for groups with its own ablution block.

From the camping area there is a hiking trail through the indigenous bush along a mountain stream into the mountain. Plenty of opportunity exist for swimming in natural rock pools, rock climbing and kloofing.

The dense indigenous plant life offers ample opportunity for bird watching.

All campsites offer the following:

  • A tap at each campsite
  • Braai (BBQ) facilities
  • All of the camp sites have power points with electrical lighting at the ablution blocks.

Please note:

  • No dogs allowed
  • No toilet paper is provided
  • No rubbish bins are provided at the campsites, bring own rubbish bags that can be dropped in a small wagon at reception
  • Do not leave tents unattended or open
  • Please make sure that all food is in closed containers or covered up