With rugged mountain landscapes, vast desert areas and an expansive coastline, South Africa is one of the world’s best 4×4 destinations. The 4×4 trails in this beautiful country not only give visitors the thrill of completing a tough challenge but also take you on unexplored routes through wild countryside, over scenic dunes and through areas where animals, like elephants and rhinos, reign supreme.
Wondering what the best 4×4 trails are to do in South Africa? Let’s take a closer look:
Namaqua Eco Trail
The Namaqua Eco Trail is the longest 4×4 route in South Africa, covering some 600km of driving. This is divided into different stretches of various difficulties, ensuring that everyone from beginner 4x4ers to hardcore enthusiasts can find something that suits their needs. The best time to do this trail is from August to September when the vast open plains of the Richtersveld are covered by bright, colourful spring flowers.
Three Provinces 4×4 Trail
As the name suggests, the three provinces 4×4 trail actually combines three different routes to culminate where three of South Africa’s provinces meet – namely the Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal. The trail takes place on Waterval farm and takes two days to complete as you venture over rocky terrain and a very mountainous area with spectacular views. It is a suitable trail for all divers, even beginners.
Augrabies Falls National Park
The 100km trail within the Augrabies Falls National Park is another fantastic trail for beginners. With amazing scenery along the route and a chance to spot some rare wildlife, even seasoned drivers will enjoy the road. A 7km detour along the trail is well worth doing as it will take you a viewpoint overlooking the Orange River where you can stop and rest, or even spend the night.
Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve at the foot of the Langeberge mountain range offers 55km of 4×4 tracks for enthusiasts to enjoy. Sandy hills and mountainous areas are just waiting to be discovered with a quarry area provides the perfect place to hone your skills. The farm also offers a 4×4 training academy as well as a twenty roomed guesthouse for fun nights away and the chance to enjoy online gambling in Canada, with family, friends or colleagues.
Lebombo Eco Trail
The Lebombo Eco Trail is spread over four nights and offers visitors to the world-famous Kruger National Park the opportunity to explore the park off the beaten track. This 4×4 trail follows the Lebombo mountains which form the border between South Africa and Mozambique. During the trail, you will traverse the back from top to bottom, enjoying wild camping in unfenced areas every night. During the day, along with enjoying discovering a side of the park unseen by many visitors, you will also keep an eye out for animals such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, kudu and many more. The trail is led by an experienced guide so you don’t have to worry about getting lost and you also have the chance to interact with other 4×4 enthusiasts along the way.