Rooihoek Campsite

Rooihoek Campsite

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#5 of 7 campsites in Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve
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Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve South Africa
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KimmyCapeTown wrote a review May 2017
Cape Town
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It's beautiful and all that, but let's talk about the baboons...
We were very careful to not leave any food in the tent whatsoever as we'd heard reports of baboons ripping tents etc.
All our food was kept in the car..which we used as a kitchen the entire time we were there. Our car was our kitchen AND our dustbin as every inch of garbage was kept in bags in the locked car at all times. (Think about how you gonna do this before you go as you must take all your rubbish home with you).

Each day the baboons visited our site. We knew this as we'd come back from a day out and find our empty (and not used yet) potjie pot with the lid off or marks on our car etc. Some days we'd see them walking around the camp but they're not brazen enough to come close if they know you are there. We also had a tazer we would let off every know and then and this gave them a bit of a speed wobble..but it's when you're not there...
On the second day we'd left our deflated lilos folded in a box outside our tent. We got back to the tent to find them both unpacked and strewn about. We packed them neatly back, thinking they wouldn't touch them again b'cos they would have known it wasn't food but alas...
Next morning we wake up to hear them outside. We jumped up to find one lilo missing and they other destroyed! We eventually found the one around the camp ..all torn up with several bite marks in it. 2 lilos down.
On day 4 my hubby went back to camp to fetch something and found they'd ripped our tent open in two places!...through the cover and the tent itself! And for what we don't know. There was nothing resembling anything edible at all in there. We didn't even keep the toothpaste in there. See pics.

Other advice... take a porter potty (with biodegradable bags) to bury - or you will be taking your "parcels" home :) There are 3 long drops. All near full and not cared for. We didnt see any park officials for our whole stay.
Also, take biodegradable soap if you bath in the river.

Roads - you need a 2x4 at the least with difflock.

Yes, a stunning place... but take note of the above.
So it's like R100 pn but you may leave with R1000 worth of damage .
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Megz_Mulcahy wrote a review Feb 2016
Durban, South Africa
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Doodsklip campsite. The campsites feels secluded and the setting was really beautiful, right next to the river. There is a braai area, bench and table at each of the campsites. It is important to note that you need a 4x4 to get to both Rooihoek and Doodsklip. These are real bush campsites and as such are not for the faint hearted. The only toilets are long drop (non flush) and there are no showers. You should definitely drive to the nearby picnic site and take a dip in the river, the water is amazing. This is the perfect getaway if you want to get out and enjoy nature, it's quiet, the fauna and flora is diverse, the stars are spectacular and there are great walks and hikes nearby. The Baviaanskloof is definitely a South African gem. The only complaint is that the campers that were there before us left quite a bit of litter, please be sure to take plastic bags and clear up after yourself! Also watch out for the Buffalo that likes to visit the campsite!
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Date of stay: December 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ben G wrote a review Dec 2015
Lubanzi Village, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The Baviaanskloof is rightly considered a hidden gem in South Africa. It is stunning! Rooihoek campsite is a rustic campsite (no running water, electricity or ablutions other than a long drop) on the banks of a safe, swimmable river, with a glorious white sandy beach. It is an idyllic spot, perfect for forgetting about the world. The kids had a complete ball in the river with our inflatable boat. The downside, however, is that the campsites vary in quality. 1 and 2 are incredible. The others a bit obscure, uneven or poorly maintained. The long drops need maintenance. This isn't a place to go for luxury, obviously, but even those in search of rustic may want to check on maintenance and definitely book campsites 1 or 2!
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Date of stay: October 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Make sure you book campsites 1 or 2
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KyleMartin83 wrote a review Apr 2022
Muizenberg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic time with friends.
Great scenery and abundant wildlife. Good for walks in all directions. Just watch out for Buffalo in the evenings and early morning.
Campsite has very basic amenities. One needs to take EVERYTHING themselves. No water points or electricity.
There are toilet facilities.
Baboons are a MAJOR problem. Don't.leave food unattended and leave tent open during day. Lock valuables in car if you leave campsite.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Be aware of Baboons and Buffalo. Take everything you need with. No facilities at campsite except...
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lynandgra2014 wrote a review May 2018
Bathurst, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We tried to enter from the Patensie gate but were turned back as the Eastern Cape Parks Board vehicle could not cross a river. We then did the 250km detour to the other gate. We stayed at Kamerkloof which was great! We then entered the reserve only to find herds of donkeys=wildlife... The road was dismal, all the retaining walls that Baines built have fallen down and not been repaired. You need to use your vehicle as a bush clearer and compaction roller. No maintenance has been done in years. The long drop was full at the entrance gate. We then drove to "Windy Corner" (name may be incorrect) lookout...we were surrounded by soiled toilet paper and litter. Staff clean on Mon, Wed and Fri...this was Wed but the pollution was weeks old. Did not make Smitskraal as progress was slow, turned around and headed back to Kamerkloof. Highlight was Cerval cat crossing the road.
Eastern Cape Parks Board needs to take this location seriously...
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Date of stay: May 2018
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Brits02 wrote a review Feb 2019
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Baviaanskloof is a very special place and a must do for visitors or tourists if they have the vehicle to do so. We drove through the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve as usual it was also as beautiful as always but they can really do something about the condition of the road and do some clearing work not do damage vehicles. The wildlife on that day was stunning with views of Buffalo,Kudu,Rooibok,Hartebees,Bosbok,Duiker and steenbok with plenty of birdlife included. There was some water at one of the low water bridges for us to just sit with our feet in it. I know also there is some problems with baboons at campsites we had some damages at Doodsklip site and aslo Rooihoek the baboons are not scared of humans anymore and that will always cause problems. They will destroy the campsite looking for food when you go swimming and they also do rip the tents open looking for food even though there is nothing. They come close so keep an eye out for the young children to not get too close. But hey after all we are entering they're turf where they life so just deal with the problem as it comes and remember you are the visitor. Rooihoek is very special with the water and white sand beach its lovely for the kids as they can play there the whole day and swim or just lay on the rocks. If you like fishing you can even go to Doodsklip and go fish there for the day.
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Date of stay: January 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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JohnM312659 wrote a review Jan 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived at Rooihoek with some trepidation due to reports about marauding baboons and overflowing toilets. We only stayed one night, but enjoyed a long swim in the river (a little further from our campsite than expected) and a quiet night. We heard baboons but did not see them, and were not bothered by them during our stay.

The toilets have been upgraded (I assume) since comments of overflowing, smelly facilities - they are still long drop type toilets, but are modern, ventilated units that did not smell (too much!).

This campsite was a good break on our drive through Baviaanskloof.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Shadbolt13 wrote a review May 2018
Cape Town, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an incredible camp spot right in Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve. Campsites 1 and 2 are close to the river and are large and can take quite a number of cars. There are trees and grass and are mostly flat and can accommodate ground tents or roof top tents.
It is very relaxing, but for the more active you can hike around the river and up the mountains.
Just need to watch out for the monkeys and baboons.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Book Campsites 1 and 2
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KyleMartin83 wrote a review Jun 2017
Muizenberg, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Strayed there for two nights.

Right in the heart of the action in the National Park. Wildlife in abundance. Especially at night. Take a spotlight with. We saw Genet, Duiker, Kudu all at night from our Campsite. Watch out for Buffalo.

The river is beautiful, and good for swimming. There are big Beach areas to chill on and tan etc. crystal clear water.
Good fishing for smallmouth Bass.

ROad down to campsite is dreadful. Need 4x4 or very good 2 wheel.

Long drop toilets are clean but getting quite full.

Braai facilities at each site, but not well maintained.

All rubbish must be taken out with you when you leave.

There isn't a shop or any other facilities nearby.

PLEASE BE AWARE: Baboons are a horrendous problem. If you are camping, pack everything into your car if you are leaving the campsite. baboons are freely tearing into tents and even if there isn't food they cause trouble and make a mess. Sadly the parks board has to take action and either move or cull these problem animals. Please note though: they aren't aggresssive to humans. Normally if chased the baboons ran away very quickly.

Campsites are clean and well swept.

A good experience, but just a little investment could make this ten times better.
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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elizabethlmkruger wrote a review Feb 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Very rustic, take in plenty of water! And take note that there is only a long drop(no smell though!)... but spectacular views and amazing swimming spot! Site 1 by far the best. Beware of the baboons! The chewed through our water tank ;) sites also have too much litter! Be sure to take home your trash!
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KyleMartin83 wrote a tip Apr 2022
Muizenberg, South Africa31 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be aware of Baboons and Buffalo. Take everything you need with. No facilities at campsite except a concrete braai stand and a few toilets. Take your own fire wood. "
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Shadbolt13 wrote a tip May 2018
Cape Town, South Africa103 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book Campsites 1 and 2"
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Ben G wrote a tip Dec 2015
Lubanzi Village, South Africa58 contributions41 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you book campsites 1 or 2"
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