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Rust de Winter Bundu 4x4 Trail

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55km from Hammanskraal

-25.1985, 28.5753

80km, 48hrs, Grade 3-4

+27 82 558 6184, +27 82 990 4364 www.4x4atv.org/rdw.htm

Configuration: This is a circular trail over two days stopping at an overnight bush camp.

Terrain: Steep rocky ascents and descents, sandy tracks and river crossings.

This is a strictly guided trail. Driver training is also available at Rust de Winter. The trail starts at 10h00 on Saturdays and can be booked right through the year except in June and July. Club events hosted at Rust de Winter will receive preference so please confirm availability. A minimum of 10 to a maximum of 15 vehicles are required. Camping is available at the 4x4ATV Club's official campsite at Rust de Winter where you'll also find a swimming pool. There are flush toilets and bush showers at the bush camp. There is also a gymkhana training track at Rust de Winter. Birdwatching, game viewing, hiking and mountain biking in nearby Buffelsdrift (www.birdhiking.co.za) is a great option.

About

Rust de Winter, the official camp site of the 4x4ATV Club, is a 27ha property on the banks of the Elands River less than a 10km from the hustle and bustle of the Gauteng concrete jungle. It is even said that the ancient apiesdoring trees on this camp site are the oldest in the southern hemisphere. Be that as it may, the surrounding bushveld terrain, rocky ravines, mountain passes, valleys and gorges make for a 4x4 enthusiast's dream come true.

The Rust de Winter Bundu Trail sets off from the club on Saturdays at 10h00 and usually returns around 14h00. It is your only chance to access the privately owned land around Rust de Winter via sandy bushveld tracks that head up into the mountains through gorges and rocky passes. On your way to the bush camp you will cross several mountain streams and have ample opportunity to test your driving skills.

This is not a trail for novice drivers as some sections are very demanding and will require guidance. Very steep rocky ascents and descents will be responsible for some white-knuckle driving. The famous 'Lovers Lane' tunnel and the crisscrossing of crystal clear streams will remind you why you bought a 4x4. The second day follows a different route down the valley back to the camp.

The Gymkhana track across the road from the campsite is another story. It is an awesome place to test yourself and your vehicle, to find its limits - and to get stuck.

Obstacles such as axle twisters, roll-overs, break-overs, log climbs and planted tyres have been set up and are maintained by officials specifically for the purpose of enjoyment without damaging existing fauna and flora. The annual Toyota Jamboree held here during the last weekend of April is one of the biggest off-road events in Southern Africa and not to be missed.

While on the Bundu trail you will sleep over at the bush camp on the highest outcrop in the area overlooking beautiful valleys. There are flush toilets and bush showers for which you must bring your own water.

The 4x4ATV Club's campsite at the start and end of the trail caters for an average of 160 permanent stands, with about 200 casual sites available for day visitors. There are seven ablution facilities and 12 water tanks. Please note, however, that this water is not fit for drinking so bring along fresh drinking water.

The easiest way to get to the 4x4ATV Club camp is to use the highway from Pretoria to Warmbaths. Exit at the Hammanskraal / Boekenhout off-ramp turning right across the highway and travel east. Just after crossing the highway take the next tar road left going north and then turn right at the following T-junction. Pass the Rust de Winter dam road sign and continue straight through the next tar crossroads until you cross the Elands River bridge. Turn right just after the river into the 4x4ATV Club's camp.

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