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4x4 in the Eastern Cape


4x4 in South Africa

High mountain passes, steep slopes, rocky deserts, deep mud, river crossings, sand dunes and game-filled plains. With its varied terrain and remote wilderness areas South Africa is a wonderful playground for those who love to grind their gears and rev their engines.

There are a myriad 4x4 trails from easy to gnarly throughout the country. There are also dedicated 4x4 parks in the major cities where new owners and inexperienced drivers can learn the ropes. Whether you drive a soft-roader or a hard-core beast you’re sure to find a trail to suit you.

Having a 4x4 is not just about how the vehicle performs on the obstacle courses or organised routes of the urban fringe. It’s about exploring inaccessible parts that others may never see. It’s about escaping to the remote corners of the country, sleeping out under the stars, venturing deep into the wilderness to watch game, throwing a line or simply soaking up the magnificence of Africa.

Popular 4x4 destinations include the rugged Baviaanskloof and Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, the Maluti Mountains in the south-east Free State, the Kruger National Park in Limpopo/Mpumalanga, the sand forests of Maputaland in northern KwaZulu-Natal, the |Ai-|Ais/ Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Northern Cape, and the Cederberg Wilderness area in the Western Cape.

If you’re of a more cultural bent there are numerous multi-day routes, like the Ivory Route in Limpopo, which provide fascinating insights into human and natural history.

Various companies and clubs offer advice and logistical support for experienced drivers. There are guided or tag-along trips for the less experienced or for those who want to go off-road to enjoy specialist activities such as wilderness photography or birdwatching.

There aren’t many places on the planet where you can so easily go for days without seeing another human being or vehicle.

If that thought makes your heart beat faster, get behind the wheel and head out on one of these trails.


Articles & Blogs

In the Heart of a Super Pod

Valda 4:01pm 20 Mar

Words Gerhard Horn, Photo credit: Land Rover

Land Rover recently invited Leisure Wheels to join marine biologist Monty Halls while he investigated the annual sardine run. What we encountered was beyond belief.

What’s the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? Think about that for a few seconds and decide on a single moment that blew your mind – a moment that you’ll treasure and that will stick in your mind for the rest of your life.

That’s what we went in search of when Land Rover invited Leisure Wheels along on the Shoals of Agulhas expedition,...

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Home of the wild trout

Erik Brits 9:40pm 17 Mar

Our blogs have been unusually quiet this weekend, so you might have wondered where in the world Nightjar Travel went?! Well, we went somewhere wild... to the home of some of the most spectacular trout fishing in South Africa, and some of the best home cooked meals we've had in years.

Yup, we are in the Eastern Cape!  It's hard not to feel like you're on holiday and forget the rest of the world exists when you're this far up in the Drakensberg foothills, but we will do our best to remember our responsibilities and keep up the blogs this week :-)  and we'll keep the tales of...

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