The Baviaans Municipality covers an area of 7727.01 square kilometres with two urban nodes, namely Willowmore and Steytlerville. Willowmore serves as the administrative hub of the area where the local municipality offices, the district offices of national government departments and provincial government
departments are situated. The area is scarcely populated (0 – 100 people per km²).
The Local Municipality is situated between 23 and 25 degree of longitude and 33 and 34 degree of southern latitude and is at 1 000 to 1 500 meters above sea-level.
Agriculture, tourism and service industries form the basis of the area’s economy.
The Baviaans Municipality is a Category B municipality which, together with another 7 municipalities, forms the Cacadu District Municipality.
The Baviaans Local Municipality Area forms part of the Eastern Subtropical Thicket Eco System. The largest portion of the area (western part) consists of what is called a ‘Step Corridor’ and is not a threatened eco system, whilst the northern part consists of the Karoo. A ‘Step Corridor’ is described as a system of natural pathways of plants and animals, which if safeguarded, will ensure not only their current existence, but also their future survival and the provision of associated ecosystem services to society.
The municipal area is characterised by central plains and lowlands bordered by low parallel hills and mountains to the north and south thereof. The Baviaanskloof and Karga Rivers drain the region. The Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve is in the southern mountainous portion of the area. The area covered by the Reserve forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom which is a World Heritage Site. The Reserve is managed by the Eastern Cape Parks Board
Source: Baviaans LM IDP 2007 - 2012
- Tourism Management and Action Plan
- LED Management and Action Plan
- Human Development Plan.