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Tia Ghee Tented camp is ongeveer 13km van Patensie en die 4km van die hoofpad na die tente kan te rof wees vir n lae motor. Grondvryhoogte is nodig. Geen elektrisiteit, net gas.


Welcome To Tia Ghee Tented Camp - Patensie - Baviaanskloof


The valley of the Gamtoos River in South Africa's malaria-free Eastern Cape is the western gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. Less than one hour's drive from Port Elizabeth and even less from Jeffrey's Bay, a short way from the village of Patensie en route to the Baviaanskloof, there lies a tranquil bush camp in thick indigenous forest offering tented accommodation - Tia Ghee. Tia Ghee is catered and fully equipped so as to make it as straightforward an experience as possible.


Tia Ghee is the Khoi for "secluded" and no word could describe it better. Although less than three and a half kilometers from the tar road, this bush camp is in such forested terrain at the foothills of the Elandsberge that you could be in the middle of nowhere if it was not so conveniently located.


In this natural forest the only sounds to be heard are the birds calling, the breeze rustling the leaves of the trees, occasionally the distant bark of a baboon and the chuckling of the stream which runs right through the camp (when there has been rain).


All sorts of life are abundant here. The emerald spotted wood dove is frequently heard, the Knysna Loerie may sometimes be spotted feeding on the fruits of the trees and forest buzzards are almost certain to be seen, to name just a few. Impala, Nyala, and caracal also inhabit the forest and keen eyes can sometimes spot a bushbuck, even on the very fringes of the camp itself.


What is Tia Ghee?


"It is a tented camp, it is quite, it is remote, it is rustic, it is in a forest, it is basic, nice and comfortable, just what we needed. No TV, no cell phones and no electricity".


Those who enjoy South African trees and wildflowers will enjoy exploring the forest with its Yellowwood, Wild Fig, Forest Eelder, Stinkwood, Sneezewood, Cape Ash, Wild olive, Plumbago and many more.


This is the place to come if you enjoy peace and tranquility and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With no cell phone coverage, you can't be disturbed by your phone or anyone else's.


Tia Ghee is also ideal as a stopover on your way to or from the Baviaanskloof. (For a virtual tour of the Baviaanskloof.


For team building or a "bosberaad" with a difference, Tia Ghee makes the ideal setting for up to 25 persons.


Tia Ghee Tented Camp - Patensie Accommodation


Tia Ghee offers accommodation in tents spaced out for privacy in the forest along the course of a stream.


Each tent stands in its own clearing on a permanent wooden deck. There are comfortable beds and all bedding and towels are provided.


There are bedside electric lights for convenience, but otherwise lighting in the camp after dark is provided by lanterns and oil lamps to enhance the fairy tale atmosphere.


"We do not have man made structures for children. Only trees and a small stream".


Each tent has a wooden deck with an awning and chairs for sitting outside.


Presently there are seven tents sleeping two persons each and two family tents that can sleep four.


For something different, a few hammocks are slung between trees around the camp. You can't beat a good read while lounging around in a hammock!


Being in the heart of the forest does not mean one has to forgo the basic comforts. There are hot showers and flush toilets in the ablution facilities and the family tents have their own private facilities.


Breakfast and dinner are served in the lapa area. Light lunches are also available on request.


Relax around the camp fire and socialise with your neighbors - you never know where they may have come from.


The "bosberaad" tent can accommodate a meeting of up to 25 persons.


Tia Ghee Tented Camp - Activities - - Patensie - Baviaanskloof


Apart from relaxing and simply wandering through the forest studying the indigenous trees and plants or birding, there is a hiking trail leading to a waterfall which takes about one and a half hours. (The waterfall is dependent on recent rainfall and can not be guaranteed to be in spate.)


The Gamtoos River valley, in addition to being picturesque, is a productive farming area. If you are interested in seeing citrus or potato farming close-up, excursions can be arranged on week-days only, of course.


There is a challenging 4x4 route of about three hours' duration not far away. A vehicle with low range is recommended for this and we suggest that it is best undertaken as part of an organised 4x4 tour excursion.


Mountain bikes can also use this trail.


Guided selfdrive tours to the BaviaanskloofWilderness Area and the Karoo can be arranged. Please enquire.


Tia Ghee Tented Camp - Contact Details


To make a booking or for more information please contact either Kobus or Estelle Kok at:


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a constructive suggestion regarding either our service or the information that we have provided here. We want you to really enjoy your experience and would like to see you come again another time.


We are also members of the following associations.

Baviaans Tourism, St Francis Tourism, Mosselbay Tourism


Children under 12 years of age pay half price.


An equipped kitchen area is available for cooking and cleaning up.


We ask for a 50% deposit to confirm your booking and thereby avoid disappointment.




Tia Ghee is accessible by car provided care is taken at a couple of points. Not Accessible by vehicles with low ground clearance. Please contact us if unsure.


Cell Phone Coverage


Please note that there is no cell phone coverage at the camp so you are guaranteed freedom from interruption, whether at your "bosberaad" or just enjoying the peace and quiet.



If, however, you should need to make a call, there is coverage closer to the tar road just a short drive or a pleasant walk away.

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Patensie, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Patensie, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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