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Riverwild 4x4 Trail
29 Apr 2015
 
     

Admire the majestic Mankelexele massif as you drive past the ancient Sudwala caves and head for Riverwild. It’s a place that has it all: great 4x4 trails and a host of outdoor adventures in a spectacular environment. The beautiful wooded Weltevreden Valley is home to the bustling Houtbosloop mountain stream and to the Riverwild trails set under a lush canopy of indigenous trees. The Riverwild trails consist of one main gravel road from which you head off onto nine different challenging trails. You can attempt a variety of natural obstacles, each with its own character and each offering varying degrees of difficulty…

(GPS coordinates: -25.348893, 30.65325)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/riverwild-4x4-trail

Stoney Ridge 4x4 Trail
28 Apr 2015
 
     

Stoney Ridge is situated in the diverse KwaZulu-Natal Midlands landscape of thorny veld, rocky mountains and open grasslands. This private game farm teems with a wide variety of game and bird life lies. It’s in the wilderness of the Thukela Biosphere Reserve in the riverine forest on the banks of the beautiful Bloukranz River. There are 4x4 trails of outstanding standard on over 2 400ha of natural unspoiled bush. This is a big one on your 4x4 calendar as you can drive for up to 200km with no human-made obstacles. All the routes use natural terrain...

(GPS coordinates: -28.76654, 29.95785)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/stoney-ridge-4x4-trail

Ebutsini 4x4 Route
26 Apr 2015
 
     

The Ebutsini Trail is a community-driven project between the Songimvelo Nature Reserve and the Swaziland border. It’s in an area of unspoilt cultural and scenic beauty, rich in history, with interesting geological features. The magnificent Mpumalanga Drakensberg region’s friendly people and diversity of fauna and flora are just waiting to be enjoyed. There are over 100 kilometres of off-road driving possibilities at Ebutsini, including the well-marked 30km Scenic route. The Ebutsini 4x4 trail starts 50km from Badplaas at the Ekulindeni Tourism Centre...

(GPS coordinates: -26.084731, 30.995135)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/ebutsini-4x4-route

Minwater 4x4 Trail
24 Apr 2015
 
     

Minwater is a private nature reserve situated in the foothills of the Gamka Mountains, an isolated range in the Klein Karoo, between the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains. Minwater’s 4x4 trails cater for all levels of experience. There are three main trails: Rooiberg, Steenbokrant and Sandberg - plus the two additional grade 4-5 sections of the Kloof Trail and Die Gat. The routes follow existing roads, some of which are hundreds of years old, traversing stark, mountainous terrain across rocky ridges, steep ascents and deep ravines...

(GPS coordinates: -33.712212, 22.039454)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/minwater-4x4-trail

Baviaans Lodge 4x4 Trail
14 Apr 2015
 
     

This is your chance to discover Kouga and the Baviaanskloof - a pristine natural wilderness area in the Eastern Cape. The Baviaanskloof consists of 260 000 hectares of pristine, unspoilt mountain wilderness terrain. Rugged side-kloofs cut through the length of the main kloof as it stretches from Patensie to Willowmore. This is a must-visit World Heritage Site on the doorstep of Port Elizabeth. This 4x4 route will allow you to access the Baviaans from the Kouga region with itsgorgeous rolling hills, impressive cliffs and thickly wooded kloofs...

(GPS coordinates: -33.76919, 24.099338)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/baviaans-lodge-4x4-trail

Skurweberg 4x4 Trail
28 Mar 2015
 
     

Skurweberg guest farm lies in a beautiful valley along the upper Fish River, nestled within the rugged Roggeveld Mountain range, only 45km from Sutherland. Skurweberg offers 4x4 driving possibilities for all skill levels. The circular Skurweberg Trail begins at the farmhouse, runs down the Skuinsvoetpadand returns via the Ouberg pass. The trail is not too difficult, but there are a couple of interesting spots and some very steep descents down the side of the escarpment...

(GPS coordinates: -32.290325, 20.385947)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/skurweberg-4x4-trail

Timbila 4x4 Trails
26 Feb 2015
 
     

Timbila, roughly translated as 'rhythm of the earth', is another little gem of more than 3 700ha hidden in the diverse landscape of the Groot River Valley. This is not the adrenalin junkie's weekend getaway destination. At Timbila the emphasis is on game viewing and the love of nature, rather than extreme 4x4 challenges. The perennial Groot River running through the reserve provides a lush oasis for the wildlife in the midst of the harsh Karoo plains. The river forms pools that always hold water, attracting a wide variety of birds to the region. A network of game viewing roads allow for hours of fun...

(GPS coordinates: -33.194688, 23.921635)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/timbila-4x4-trails

Moegatle 4x4 Trail
21 Feb 2015
 
     

Heading north past Brits takes you into the open bushveld with its abundant wildlife and colourful traditional Ndebele villages. It also gets you to Moegatle 4x4 trails, a destination that should definitely be high on your list of things to do. Moegatle is one of those trails with a reputation that precedes it, so you'll probably arrive with expectations... and you won't be disappointed. The main trail is about 21km long, but there are lots more to explore. All the trails are regularly updated and modified to keep things interesting for all. SA 4x4 magazine hailed Moegatle as one of South Africa’s three “terror trails”...

(GPS coordinates: -25.401879, 27.726477)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/moegatle-4x4-trail

Namaqua 4x4 Eco-Trail
9 Feb 2015
 
     

The Namakwa 4X4 route is assuredly the longest 4x4 route in South Africa. It starts at Pella, near Pofadder, and stretches for more than 600km along the Orange River to Alexander Bay, exploring one of the most isolated corners of South Africa. The beauty of the route lies in the contrast between rugged mountains, green riverbeds and sandy plains. It offers peaceful silence and a rich variety of succulent plants. The rugged kloofs, high mountains and dramatic landscapes that sweep away inland from the Orange River are worth the effort to get here...

(GPS coordinates: -29.033368, 19.155811)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/namaqua-4x4-eco-trail

Mananga Trail
9 Feb 2015
 
     

Mananga translates as 'wilderness'. The trail begins approximately 11km north of the Satara Rest camp. It first heads north for a short distance before turning east into knob thorn and marula savannah on basalt soils. This open flat savannah is where large herds of game concentrate at certain times of the year. This in turn attracts large numbers of predators, which is one of the biggest drawcards of the Mananga trail. The self-drive Mananga Trail gives you an opportunity to get off the regular tourist roads and have a real wilderness experience in the park. These roads do not require a 4x4 vehicle, but it is still preferable that you use one, to help minimise environmental damage...

(GPS coordinates: -24.352101, 31.761475)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/mananga-trail

Rondegat 4x4 Trail
27 Jan 2015
 
     

Rondegat  4x4 Trail

The Rondegat 4x4 Trail is a scenic mountain trail offering stunning views of the Cederberg range and Clanwilliam Dam, with one or two obstacles thrown in to keep you concentrated. This beautiful trail sets off through the orange orchard along a trail consisting of a combination of sand and small rocks. As you head up the first koppie, things get interesting as some more challenging rock climbs test your line choosing skills. This is probably the only area where 4x4 is required. However, if you chose the correct line you should not have trouble reaching the top...

(GPS coordinates: -32.26529, 18.935387)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/rondegat-4x4-trail

Boegoeberg 4x4 Trail
21 Jan 2015
 
     

Boegoeberg 4x4 Trail

The Boegoeberg 4x4 trail is situated on the Lambertshoek farm overlooking Graafwater, Elands Bay, Lamberts Bay and Clanwilliam. The need to get to the Buchu, via many mountain tracks, is how this fantastic 4x4 trail originated. From the viewpoint at the top of the trail you can see many landmarks, including the white dunes of the Lambertsbay 4x4 trail, the pointy mountain at Elands Bay, the potato circles of the Sandveld, and other landmarks in the Cederberg Mountain range. The old donkey wagon trail has been transformed into a very popular 4x4 trail, climbing high into the “Engelsman se Berge” to the “Platklip Viewpoint”, where panoramic views await. In addition to the mountain trail there is also a short circular route with a variety of challenges and a sand hill climb challenge as well as a recently developed riverbed route… 

(GPS coordinates: -32.28726, 18.754102)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/boegoeberg-4x4-trail

Thangami Game Reserve 4x4 Trail
14 Jan 2015
 
     

Thangami Game Reserve 4x4 Trail

If you love 4x4ing and nature then the Valley of the Kings is your ideal next destination. The Thangami routes are all set in a stunning game reserve and there are enough of them to keep you busy for at least a weekend. The four trails vary in length. Set in the scenic Umfolozi valley, Thangami is the epitome of relaxed comfort and light-hearted enjoyment. A balmy climate and soils rich in nutrients ensures a wide variety of plants, birds and animals to surprise you around every corner. The history is rich and powerful and the presence of kings can be traced back to the days prior to the founding of the Zulu nation when the valley was inhabited by the Bhutelezi clan…

(GPS coordinates: -28.01041, 31.310692)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/thangami-game-reserve-4x4-trail

Jakkalskloof 4x4 Trails
13 Jan 2015
 
     

Jakkalskloof 4x4 Trails

Redelinghuys lies in the upper reaches of the well-known Verlorenvlei, one of the largest West Coast wetlands, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Elands Bay. It is surrounded by rocky hillside with almost magical forms and shapes. This is where you will find Jakkalskloof, hidden between the Sandveld hills. There are two circular trails at Jakkalskloof. The Sand route starts out with some easy driving through beautiful Sandveld fynbos until it drops down into the riverbed. The very rocky Mountain route is rated 3-5 and you will be building tracks and picking lines with the utmost care on this sand mixed with rocky climbing. The Jakkalskloof trails are well thought out and challenging, covering both rocky and sandy terrain. Most of the major challenges will certainly test your off-road skills, but they are optional and most have escape routes…

(GPS coordinates: -32.479764, 18.596275)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/jakkalskloof-4x4-trails

Three Provinces 4x4 Trails
8 Jan 2015
 
     

Three Provinces 4x4 Trails

The farm Waterval is situated in the Versamelberge just outside Volksrust, only two and a half hours’ drive from Johannesburg. This is a beautiful part of our country where Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State actually meet at the famous Three Provinces beacon right at the top of Langkrans, 2 253m above sea level. The 34km-long Three Provinces Trail is very scenic, but it can be extremely challenging in parts and also very slippery and tricky when wet. It is suitable for anyone, however, as there are escape routes at the technical sections. Some tricky steps lead up to the amphitheatre and the waterfall. They might seem a bit daunting to novices, but the sight of the 20m-high waterfall tumbling to earth is worth the effort...

(GPS coordinates: -27.408576, 29.752693)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/three-provinces-4x4-trails

De Wildt 4x4 Trail
6 Jan 2015
 
     

De Wildt 4x4 Trail

The De Wildt 4×4 Game Park is situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg between Pretoria North, Hartebeespoort and Brits. The Game Park with its abundant wild life is specifically designed for 4×4 enthusiasts - regular vehicles are not allowed beyond the camping area. This is definitely a game drive with a difference. The route might not overexcite thehardcore 4x4 family, but the roads and some of the obstacles can be challenging. You are assured of seeing lots of game as well. The soft-roaders and 4x2s can drive along the 14km loop and avoid the extra challenging loops and technical sections by opting for the escape routes. If you are feeling a bit rusty you can always test and practise your skills at the 4×4 training track that has an array of obstacles...

(GPS coordinates: -25.66957, 27.945914)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/de-wildt-4x4-trail

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