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Trails: 4x4 Trails in Southern Africa

List of towns where trails are listed

Ba-Phalaborwa Calitzdorp Ceres
Ficksburg Frankfort Heidelberg
Keetmanshoop Letsitele Louis Trichardt
Marken Modimolle Mokopane
Mookgophong (Naboom) Pella Port Elizabeth
Shingwedzi Thabazimbi Tshipise
Vaalwater Vredendal Windhoek
Closest Town: Ba-Phalaborwa
Nonokani Adventure Trail (Kruger Park)
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Ba-Phalaborwa
Location: Trail starts 11km from the Phalaborwa gate
Description: When you go on the Nonokani Adventure Trial you see the Kruger Park in a different way by driving on ranger's roads, firebreaks and jeep tracks. Not only do you feel like you're the sole vehicle in the park but you're also allowed to leave your vehicle - under certain conditions of course. The drive is five hours and only graded one on difficulty. Book at Phalaborwa Gate on the morning of the Trail. The maximum vehicles allowed are six. Accomodation is available at Letaba which is in the Kruger Park itself. Neville Grading: 1
Tel: +27 (0)13 735 6509
Closest Town: Calitzdorp
Zebra Crossing
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Calitzdorp
Description: 60 km; must use own 4x4 vehicle and provided accommodation; guide available on request; in Gamkaberg Nature Reserve; tented camp and camp site (own tent) available;
Enquiries: Gamkaberg Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)4437 3-3367
Fax: + 27 (0)4437 ask fax 3-3367
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Ceres
Suurpootjie
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Ceres [Back to Top]
Description: 40 km circular, 3 Huts, Campsite, Guided or self-drive.
Comments: Rockpainting tours and farm holiday in the Vaalkloof Private Nature Reserve
Enquiries: Joy or Justin
Tel: + 27 (0)23 316-1690
Fax: + 27 (0)23 349-3138
e-mail: info@naturereserve.co.za
Closest Town: Ficksburg
Visierskloof
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Ficksburg
Description: Four trail options in sandstone area on private game reserve. Accommodation for 24 people in the Langesnek Camp
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Game viewing: Various species of game
Closest Town: Frankfort
Aanleg Guest Farm
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Frankfort
Description: Two 5 hour routes; chalets - two bedroom, six bed, fully equipped for self catering. Tree house, Anglo-Boer Blockhouse, Bungalow with 33 matrasses, caravanning and camping facilities.
Comments: Situated on the Wilge River, 7km from Frankfort on the R34 to Vrede
Enquiries: Riana or Bertie de Jager
Tel: + 27 (0)58 813 2687
Fax: + 27 (0)58 813 2687
Cell: + 27 (0)82 698 0238
e-mail: aanleg@lantic.net
Game viewing: Some buck species
Closest Town: Heidelberg
Leisure Pleasure
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Heidelberg [Back to Top]
Description: A trail to explore by tractor and trailer or a 4x4 vehicle
Tel: + 27 (0)2935 911
Closest Town: Keetmanshoop
Canyon Adventures
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Keetmanshoop
Description: 3 trails: 12km, 1day, camping facilities in the canyon; 28km, 3hours and 22km, 4 hours, intermediate drivers, one-night trip, starts at the farmhouse, through Koedoeskloof and down Lowen River Canyon. Two major rocky ascents and one descent.
Comments: The Fish River Lodge is situated between Grunau and Keetmanshoop. Accommodation in The Farmhouse, double and family rooms sharing ablutions, meals and bar. The Stable, backpackers in a dormitory, self catering. Koelkrans, six wooden huts (sleeps 12).
Enquiries: Riette Fourie
Tel: + 264 (0)63 22-3762 or 260-6018
Fax: + 264 (0)63 22-3762
e-mail: frlodge@iafrica.com.na
Closest Town: Letsitele
De Neck 4x4 Trail
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Letsitele
Description: Four trails on lowveld plains and mountainous terrain, various accommodation options.
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Soutpansberg 4x4 Trail
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt [Back to Top]
Description: Several options around the Louis Trichardt area; accommodation at campsites at the various stop-over points
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Marken
Shelanti Game Ranch
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Marken
Location: 11km along the R518 from Marken. 17km from Baltimore
Description: Come to Shelanti for an unforgetable African experience. Nestled between the rural villages of Marken and Baltimore in the Limpopo Province Bushveld, Shelanti offers an adventure route rather than a classic 4x4 trail. Difficulty graded as two with a minimum time of fours hours The guided self-drive route on well-tended dirt tracks delivers on the promise of family game-viewin gouting. There's an abundance of game, with four of the Big Five, free-roaming on the 11000 hectare property and a small pride of lions in a large camp. Although fairly undemanding and suited to soft-roaders, certain basic 4x4 skills are sitll needed. Fully equipped self catering chalets, or full board accommodation in the guest house. Neville Grading: 2
Enquiries: Piet Snyman
Tel: +27 (0)14 765 0097
Fax: +27 (0)14 765 0099
Cell: +27 (0)82 900 5122/ 8767
e-mail: whoek@lantic.net
Web: http://www.shelanti.co.za
Closest Town: Modimolle
Schamach
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Modimolle
Location: 10 Km from Modimolle towards Mookgophong (Naboomspruit)
Description: Schamach 4x4 trail with a difficulty of 2 to 5 which will take you a minimum of 4 hours. A guide is available on request. A tricky 15km trail winding up,and down, over and through steep drifts, riverbanks, solid rock slabs and the Waterberg hills. There isn't much time between the obstacles. But when you stop, make sure you look around. There are two camps sites, both with lapas, flush toilets and warm water. Maximum 15 vehicles.
Cell: +27 (0)83 411 1894
e-mail: que.que@absamail.co.za
Closest Town: Mokopane
Mobote River camp
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Mokopane [Back to Top]
Location: Situated in the southern ravine of the farm, Groothoek, approx. 64km west of Mokopane (Potgietersrus)
Description: Mabote River camp offers four distinct trails,difficulty graded as three with a minimum time of two hours. Well laid-out and clearly marked, the trails run on different parts of the farm and vary in difficulty and terrain. You could do all four in one day, but rather make a weekend of it. Go in summer when various dams make for fine birding, fishing and challenging muddy sections to get real country dirt on your 4x4. There are two self catering lodges on the banks of the Mabote river. Camping with hot showers and flush toilets. Neville Grading: 3
Enquiries: Esme Peens
Cell: +27 (0)83 601 9866
e-mail: info@mobote.com
Web: http://www.mabote.com
Closest Town: Mookgophong (Naboom)
Ubumanzi
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Mookgophong (Naboom)
Description: Circle routes from base camp, in the Waterberg mountains, guide, hut and tree house, shower with hot water from donkey, braai area, wood and pots, minimum 4 people
Enquiries: Selomie Marx
Tel: + 27 (0)14 743-1638
Fax: + 27 (0)14 743-1501
Cell: + 27 (0)82 451 1043
e-mail: selomie@ubumanzi.co.za
Game viewing: A range of antelope, zebra, blue wildebeest
Closest Town: Pella
Namaqua 4x4
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Pella
Description: 614km; One way only - starts at Pella; ends at Alexander Bay; harsh terrain; some areas extremely desolate; requires careful planning; accommodation along the way; min 2 vehicles per party; camp sites free of charge.
Enquiries: Namaqualand District Council
Tel: + 27 (0)27 718 2986
e-mail: northerncapetourism@telkomsa.net
Closest Town: Port Elizabeth
Kabouga Guesthouse and Mvubu Bush Camp
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Port Elizabeth [Back to Top]
Comments: In the Addo Elephant National Park, Zuurberg Mountains on the R355, 50 minutes from Port Elizabeth
Enquiries: John and Melanie Adendorff
Tel: + 27 (0)42 233-0581
Fax: + 27 (0)42 233-1212
Cell: + 27 (0)82 783 1187
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Game viewing: Elephants and other game
Closest Town: Shingwedzi
Northern Plains Trail (Kruger Park)
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Shingwedzi
Location: Trail starts about 30km north of Shingwedzi on the H1-7
Description: The Northern Plains Trail is a gentle 48km cruise, starting at Babalala picnic spot, 33km north of Shingwedzi. Easy as off-roading goes, but then the focus is on game viewing and seeing the Kruger in a different way. The minuimun time for this easy route is four hours and is not guided. Book at Shingwedzi reception on the morning of the trail. Accomodation is available at the Shingwedzi camp which is in the Kruger Park itself. Neville Grading: 1
Tel: +27 (0)13 735 4030
Closest Town: Thabazimbi
Mateke 4x4 Trail
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Thabazimbi
Location: Mateke Game Farm on the Schoongelegen Road
Description: Time: 4-5 hours; Maximum 8-10 vehicles; Trail covers rocky terrain, river crossings, rocky climbs and steep decents of which "white-knuckle" is the king. The technicality of the trail requires that you remove your vehicle's running boards, deflate the tyres, take recovery equipment (hi-lift and snatch rope) and preferable go with more than one vehicle. Natural picnic spots between indigenous trees offers one the oppertunity for a well deserved break. Drive-Out grading: 3-4.
Comments: There are three camps at Mateke each with a variety of well-equipped log cabins.
Enquiries: Theresa
Tel: + 27 (0)14 779 0719
Cell: +27 (0)73 703 4636
e-mail: theresa@mateke.co.za
Web: http://www.mateke.co.za
Game viewing: kudu, waterbuck, zebra, klipspringer, bushbuck, steenbok, grey reebok, mountain reedbuck
Closest Town: Tshipise
Popallin Ranch
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Tshipise [Back to Top]
Location: Turn off the R525, 50km form Thipise, at the Popallin sign
Description: Popallin Ranch offers challenging sand driving in and around the Limpopo River, with short stints through the surrounding game-rich Bushveld. But don't thinkyou won't encounter any rocks on this full-day trip. The grading is between 3 -4 and a guide is compulsary. The minimum is four vehicles. Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at De Wet's camp, or camp in the fully serviced Segonde camp. Neville Grading: 3-4
Enquiries: Popallin ranch
Tel: +27 (0)15 534 7904
Fax: +27 (0)15 534 7905
e-mail: popallin@popallin.co.za
Closest Town: Vaalwater
Grootwater
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Vaalwater
Location: 2 and half hours from PTA/JHB. Between Vaalwater en Ellisras.
Description: Stunning Waterberg trails on a 3000 ha game farm, Grootwater has arious day circular trails of 8 km, 6 km and 2 km. Beautiful area. In the heart of the Waterberg mountains, rock pools and mountain streams in summer. BASE- BUSH CAMP: 3 x 5 bed huts, Thatched braai lapa and kitchenette with fridge, 2 plate stove and cooking utensils. Electricity, Ablution block with hot showers, toilets and basins. Extra tents welcome. Communal swimming pool at main camp, big dam for fishing and canoeing. Neville Grading: 3
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 1140/ 0586.
Fax: 086 548 2348
e-mail: anvie@iburst.co.za
Web: http://www.anvieventures.co.za
Closest Town: Vaalwater
Taaibos 4X4
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Vaalwater
Location: 30km West Of Vaalwater on the R510 towards Thabazimbi
Description: Taaibos offers a classic Waterberg rock cahllanges with 14km of steep climbs, demanding descents and some serious river rock driving. The multiples river crossings can become very interesting during the wet season. Camp sites, hiking huts and self catering chalets are available. The chalets are fulley serviced, but you have to bting your own bedding. Difficulty between 2 and three with a maximum of 20 vehicles. Allow at least five hours. These trails have no guide. There is an abundance of game in the Waterberg conservancy, and there is also Pedi and Bushman rock art. Neville Grading: 2-3
Enquiries: Christo Pretorius
Tel: +27 (0)14 754 4462
Cell: + 27 (0)82 670 0792
Closest Town: Vredendal
Bergkraal
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Vredendal [Back to Top]
Location: Tussen Vredendal en Klawer
Description: Vir 'n dag vol avontuur, geselligheid en gesonde pret is 4x4 net die ding. Of jy nou gemaklik binne die kajuit van 'n netjiese, luukse vierwiel aangedrewe voertuig sit of agterop die laaibak moet vasklou vir jou lewe terwyl gesoute bestuurders verskeie hindernisse aanpak, bly dit 'n lekker ondervinding. By Bergkraal 4x4 roete word voertuie en bestuurders tot die uiterste teen styl hellings (op en af), oor en deur dongas, groot klippe en los sand beproef. Die eienaar van Bergkraal 4x4, mnr. Frikkie van Zyl, is gedurig besig met die onderhoud en verbetering van die verskeie hindernisse oor die roete. Die roete strek oor 54km en neem ongeveer 8 ure om te voltooi. 'n Vleisbraai word halfpad onder 'n bergoorhang (met boesmantekeninge en foofy slide van 300m) aangebied. Alhoewel die Bergkraal roete nog nie geakkrediteer is nie, word die algemene reels van 4x4 streng toegepas. Frikkie plaas groot klem op die veiligheid van alle deelnemers en is orals by om te verseker dat sake glad verloop.
Enquiries: Sonja Bruton
Cell: +27 (0)83 630 6370
e-mail: info@bergkraal4x4.co.za
Web: http://www.bergkraal4x4.co.za
Closest Town: Windhoek
Namib-Naukluft 4x4 Trail
Type: 4 x 4
Closest Town: Windhoek
Description: The Namib-Naukluft 4x4 Trail One of the most challenging and difficult 4x4 trails in the country. Duration: at least two days (73 km). Own food, camping equipment, spare tyres and parts, firewood and transport must be arranged. There is a camping site available with a toilets. Group size: maximum four vehicles and 16 people.
Enquiries: Namibia Wildlife Resorts
Tel: +27 (0)21 422 3761
e-mail: ct.bookings@nwr.com.na
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za
Date of entry: 1 September 1996
Last update:2011/02/25 at 12:59:42