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McCarthy Rhino Park

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40km from Pretoria

-25.826, 28.5331

12km, 3hrs, Grade 3

+27 82 834 2186

Configuration: The route describes a loop with escape routes to avoid the tricky bits or head home early.

Terrain: Ditches, rocks, logs and log bridges, steep inclines, water and boulders.

This is a strictly guided route. You can also get some 4x4 training done here. The trail is open from January to November. NB: you need to book for a minimum of 5 4x4s, at least one week before the intended driving date. Once a month there is an Open day/Club day when no bookings are required. There is no accommodation on-site. At the clubhouse there is a bar, a restaurant, a braai area and ablution facilities with hot water. There is only one route in the Rhino Park, but other routes like Kungwini are not far off.


Rhino Park is set in the Dinokeng area, just a stone's throw away to the north-east of Joburg. The name Dinokeng – “place of rivers” - is derived from the languages of the Batswana and Bapedi who traditionally made this region their home. Dinokeng lies in the catchment area of the Olifants and Limpopo Rivers. According to some African cultures, this is a sacred place with healing powers. So if you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, it’s the perfect place to come and let off some steam.

Rhino Park is also proud to be the home of the McCarthy 4x4 club and therefore the true home of the passionate 4x4er. It boasts one of the most challenging off-road tracks in the country. The trail is very well laid out and in-between the heart-thumping challenges enough soothing scenes allow drivers and passengers to recover. You kick off nearly immediately with a seriously steep climb where listening to the guide will help you keep the correct line and get past the cross axle sections before dipping into the quarry. This is a great playground with ditches, water and mud. Some nervous drivers will already be eyeing the technical exit. From here the trail winds over hills and through valleys, negotiating a few tricky rocky sections before reaching a log bridge over a deep ravine. Vertigo sufferers may want to head for the chicken run on this one. After surviving this white-knuckle challenge, you head back to the clubhouse over some more obstacles and another nerve-racking rock face or two. They’ll give you all the more stories to discuss over a cold beer.

It is important to remember that this is a strictly guided tour for 4x4s only and that booking at least a week in advance is essential. A minimum of five vehicles is required per trip. When booking, the departure time for your group will be specified. You must report to the clubhouse at least 10 minutes ahead of schedule.

There is no accommodation available at Rhino Park, but there is a bar and restaurant, as well as a braai area and ablution facilities with hot water.

Take the N4 from Pretoria towards Witbank/eMalahleni. Take the Rayton, Cullinan, Bapsfontein off-ramp at the top of the Donkerhoek Mountain and turn right onto the R515 towards Bapsfontein.  Turn left about 4km later at the McCarthy 4x4 Rhino Park sign.

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