BOJAANKOP 4X4 TRAIL
As you may have gathered by now, the only thing hardcore about the Nightjar off-road team is its bakkie. It’s not that we mind a bit of a hard slog now and again, but it has to serve a greater purpose. In other words, it has to be about more than just surviving a bad stretch of road. If it’s a bad road experience you are after, rather do a road trip on the provincial roads of Mpumalanga. At least it comes with farm stalls as compensation.
The Bojaankop (baboon’s head) 4x4 trail is our kind of trail. (http://nightjar.travel/17Qw8bc) The veld was in pristine condition, despite a very dry and windy winter, and at its highest point you are rewarded with an unimpeded 360 view of the peaks of the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains.
Most of the way to the top is up steep koppies, but the trail is extremely well maintained and perfectly manageable. For the more adventurous, the one end of the trail is a different matter altogether. Here the gradient increases to about 33 degrees. But what makes it hard is the loose, scruffy surface and some rain damage in its upper reaches. Not for sissies.
The second thing you may have gathered about the Nightjar household by now is its strict division of labour. So, for example and without exception, when stuck it is the Big Chief’s job to shovel or hoist as required, and it is Mama Nightjar’s job to laugh (usually derisively) and take photos. Given that the Big Chief’s ego was still a little bruised from getting stuck in some pretty innocuous sand the previous week, we decided to do an in-and-out from the easy end.
Matjiesvlei (www.matjiesvlei.co.za) offers a variety of accommodation options, from camping to lovingly restored cottages, in a classical farm friendly setting.