Hennops Offroad 4x4 Trail
One of our favourite places to go for a hike just became a lot cooler. The Hennops trail sits on the halfway mark between Jozi and Pretoria and consists of many climbs, downhills and even two river crossings. Make sure you bring your A-game on this trail, as certain parts are pretty tricky and we recommend a walk-through before attempting some of the obstacles. The Hennops Trail also offers accommodation if you'd like to spend some more time in the bush. Also, you can take your mountain bike along and enjoy one of the country's top MTB trails.
Details: R511, Pretoria, 0001
De Wildt 4x4 Trail
Just past the beautiful world of Magaliesburg, you will find the De Wildt 4X4 Trail. A lot of the climbing done on this trail is on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountains between Pretoria North and Brits. De Wildt is a game park specifically designed for 4×4 enthusiasts and has abundant wildlife in a rugged mountainous terrain. Regular vehicles are not allowed beyond the camping area into the game park, as the roads and some obstacles can be challenging, even for experienced 4×4 drivers. 4×4 owners can, however, test and practise their skills at their 4×4 training facilities before entering the Game Park. This comes highly recommended as it will give a taste of what to expect on the trail.
Details: 083 268 8185 / https://www.dewildt4x4.co.za
Kungwini 4x4 Trail
Kungwini is a 20km eco-trail near Bronkhorstspruit on the eastern side of the Magalies Mountain Range. This scenic trail passes by rock formations and historical ruins leading to a spectacular view of the Kungwini Dam. The Kungwini 4x4 trail offers great nature photography opportunities as well. There is a designated 4x4 campsite on the trail that has running water and ablution facilities. Amateur drivers can choose from two training tracks and enjoy the beautiful surroundings while honing some off-road driving skills. Kungwini is open Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30 am to 5 pm.
Details: 083 268 8185 / http://www.4x4kungwini.co.za/
Renosterfontein 4x4 Trail
The McCarthy Renosterfontein 4x4 Trail is situated on a farm outside Rayton, about 35km from Pretoria. Claimed to be one of the most challenging routes in South Africa, this is a guided trail and advance booking is essential. This 12km circular route takes three hours to complete. The trail terrain is a mix of water, boulders, ditches and steep climbs that require a full spectrum of 4x4 skills. This one is not for the faint-hearted. A restaurant, as well as braai facilities, are available at the park.
Details: 082 834 2186 / http://www.mccarthy4x4.co.za/
Sandwani Game Lodge
Sandwani Game Lodge boasts a fully equipped 4x4 park where the 4x4 Nationals have been hosted the last two years. This is also where well-known KykNet presenter Andre de Villiers, from Safari 4x4 Roetes, hosts his legendary 4x4 training courses. The Sandwani trails are guaranteed to test the strength of every vehicle and the skills of amateur as well as experienced drivers. This renowned 4x4 park is located near Cullinan, about a 45-minute drive north of Pretoria. Sandwani also offers visitors game drives during which a great variety of buck and other wildlife, such as warthogs, can be spotted. The lodge has a bush pub and restaurant for visitors to enjoy.
Details: 083 257 1516/ www.sandawi.co.za
By Shawn Greyling and Jana van der Linde
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