With its spectacular landscapes, South Africa boasts a diverse range of 4×4 trails to choose from. Whether you’re just starting out or an experienced 4×4 driver, you can find a trail that matches your skill level. If you want the freedom to explore challenging terrain, you can find 4×4 bakkies for sale on Auto Mart.
Ithala Game Reserve
Ithala game reserve offers 4×4 trails, which have a distance of 23, 17 and 5km, and the time it takes to complete them ranges from half an hour to 3 hours. These trails have a grading of 1 to 3, which makes them suitable for beginners as well as drivers who are looking for a challenge. Spectacular views are a highlight of the Bivane trail. If you’re still a beginner driver, you can opt for the management road, which extends over 5km. No matter what trail you choose, you’re likely to see rhinos and a diverse range of bird species along the way.
The Baviaans Kouga 4×4 trails are situated in the Eastern Cape Parks. You can expect to travel through hilly terrain and beautiful scenery as you follow this route. The Baviaans Kouga trail winds through the Baviaanskloof along a 34km route, and you can look forward to travelling from altitudes ranging from 250m to 1 100m. Highlights of this trail include spectacular views as well as cycads and fynbos. The Baviaans Kouga has a grading of 2 – 3.
The De Wildt trail is situated in the Magaliesburg mountain range. These 4×4 trails include mountainous, sandy, and rocky terrain. The trail extends over 14km and it takes 2 to 3 hours to complete. You can use the training facilities to improve your capabilities before you set off on the trail. Routes include both easy and challenging sections so there are options for beginners as well as experienced drivers.
Located in Limpopo, the Grootwater 4×4 trails are graded from 1 to 5. The total distance of these trails is 30km and each trail takes 4 to 5 hours to complete. Challenging obstacles make Grootwater an excellent playground for 4×4 bakkies. The difficulty of this route is increased by the muddy conditions in this area from October to March. You can expect to see kudu, bushbuck, and wildebeest along the way.
You’ll find the Dunes trail near Lamberts Bay and it is situated along the R364 from Clanwilliam. This guided trail is an opportunity to test your driving capabilities on sand, expands over 26km, and takes 4 to 6 hours to complete. It’s a medium to difficult trail so it’s not suitable for complete beginners. Don’t forget to deflate your tyres and to keep going once you start the trail as stopping in the stand can get you stuck.
Now that you know more about the variety of 4×4 trails that are out there, you can start exploring South Africa’s magnificent scenery for yourself. From fascinating wildlife to breath-taking scenery, there is plenty to see along the way.