People often want to combine family outings with an adventurous pastime, however not all adventure sports activities lend itself to joint participation. If you are looking for a way to explore South Africa, get the adrenalin pumping while similtaneously involving the family, 4x4 adventures are your answer.
Participating in a 4x4 adventure is a great way to explore otherwise inaccessible terrain. While certain 4x4 adventure trails would only be recommended for experienced 4x4 enthusiasts, others are accessible to beginner drivers. If you do not own a 4x4 yourself, don't despair – most lodges and game farms will be able to arrange 4x4 adventure drives on request.
If you are just starting out, consider joining a 4x4 adventure training club. By signing up for a accredited training course you will learn how to approach rough terrain without damaging your vehicle. Training will also ensure that you keep maintenance costs at bay, do your bit for the environment and most importantly – keep all passengers safe.
Vat 4 Safaris is located in Alkmaar, Mpumalanga, close to Nelspruit the capital city of Mpumalanga Province in South Africa. Here we have a guesthouse, a bush camp, a 4x4 trail and obstacle course, where driver-training courses are conducted.
Where to find the perfect 4x4 adventure trail? This is the easiest part of the journey. There are hundreds of 4x4 adventure trails you could consider and they are all over South Africa. The Waterberg region in Limpopo is known for its exciting 4x4 trails. Mabalingwe Nature Reserve near Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) is a short journey from the major city centres in Gauteng where you can challenge yourself and your vehicle to a outing with spectacular views and sunsets. Mabalingwe also has a 4x4 camp which is a must-do for all enthusiasts. Serendipity Eco Trails is situated west of Mokopane (Potgietersrus) on a large 200ha mountainous bushveld farm. The 30km 4X4 trails of scenic routes is family orientated but still offers the driver some excellent challenges with river crossings and some steep rocky ascents and descents. Lovely places to stop and picnic as well as swimming spots along the route to take in the beauty of it all.
At Ubumanzi Game Lodge near Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) you will experience the natural beauty of the unique Waterberg mountain range. The routes lead to the top of the Waterberg plateau, offering magnificent views of the area.
If you reside in the Gauteng area, you could consider the Berakah 4x4 adventure near Parys. The route stretches over about 13 kilometers and varies in difficulty however it can be completed within a day.
The De Wildt 4x4 adventure route near Pretoria is also a 4x4 adventure trail that you might want to consider. The De Wildt route is situated at the foot of Magaliesburg. The trail offers great views of the area and isn’t too demanding. It takes around 2 and a half hour to complete.
Explore South Africa while embarking on a 4x4 adventure
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