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Groenkloof 4x4 Trail

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6km from Pretoria

-25.7897, 28.1962

14km, 2hrs, Grade 2-3

+27 12 440 8316 www.tshwane.gov.za

Configuration: A circular route with chicken runs.

Terrain: Mud, water, steep climbs and one rocky climb.

It’s a self-drive route inside a nature reserve; no guiding needed. This is a year-round destination . There is an overnight hut and a youth camp as well as camping facilities. Caravans can be accommodated at the Fountains resort and there is a Moyo restaurant. There is only one route in Groenkloof. Mountain biking, hiking and guided horse trails are some of the other options in Groenkloof.

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Groenkloof Nature Reserve is located near the famous Fountains Valley. This valley on the southern outskirts of Pretoria was proclaimed a game sanctuary by President Paul Kruger on 25 February 1895, the first in Africa. Groenkloof Nature Reserve features low, broken ridges varying in steepness. The wildlife on the reserve includes zebra, jackal, duiker, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, blesbuck, red hartebeest, ostrich, giraffe and sable antelope. The rich bird life will keep bird lovers busy for hours on end.

The 4x4 trail itself is not very difficult and should be approached as a nature trail. However it can become more difficult after summer rains as certain sections get quite muddy. A challenging water obstacle with a steep approach and exit will keep you concentrating for a while, as will a tricky rocky climb. If you are a novice and trying out your vehicle and personal skills for the first time, most of the technical sections can be bypassed if you do not feel like the challenge just yet. Use these if you are not sure, as a stiff recovery fee will be charged if you get stuck and need 'official' help.

All in all Groenkloof offers a nice morning out and after rains the muddy sections will even keep the serious drivers happy. Visitors to the trail are provided with a guide book and brochure containing information about the reserve on entry. The brochure has a map of the trail as well as lists of mammals, birds and trees in the reserve.

Your accommodation options are quite basic. A self-catering overnight hut that sleeps 12 is available as well as a youth camp and camping facilities. If you have a caravan, head for the adjacent Fountains Resort. Apart from 4x4ing you can go hiking or mountain biking. Guided overnight horse trails can also be booked.

Groenkloof Nature Reserve is reached via the entrance to the Fountains Valley Resort. Follow the R21 to the Fountains Circle; take the Fountains/Centurion turn-off into Christina de Wit Avenue. About 500 m further, turn left at the entrance to the Fountains Valley Resort.

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