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Doodsklip

Kougadam

The Doodsklip wilderness camping site is located at the bottom of the Holgat pass, at the Kouga (Paul Sauer) Dam headwaters. It has 5 camping sites with primitive ablution. Here you can enjoy swimming, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, mountain biking (restricted to Patensie-Willowmore public road), hiking, and photography. Baboons can be a nuisance to campers. The place owes it name to the rock ('Death Rock'), where according to oral tradition some people died under strange circumstances. However, when this area was extensively farmed until 1970 it was called Lemoentuin or Orange Grove. Farming in this area came to an end by flooding and buyouts by the state.

People are advised that camping overnight in any of the camps in Baviaanskloof is not allowed, unless the campers have a permit which they can get only from Bisho (fax: 040-639 2171). Anyone found camping without a permit will be asked to leave by the conservator on duty at the site.
Visitors coming into the area from Willowmore should note that day trippers must obtain a permit from the office at Komdomo, about 3km from where the tarred road from Patensie ends. All visitors are urged to stop at Komdomo (or phone the office on 042-283 0227) to get a report on the current road conditions, a map of the area and whether visiting sites are full.

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