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5 Southern African 4x4 trails to consider in 2018

Thrill seekers can never deny the world of driving possibilities that venturing out into the wilderness with a 4x4 can present. Sometimes the only real way to really immerse yourself in the outdoors is if you can reach certain areas which are often unattainable in any other way. South and Southern Africa have an off-road culture unlike anywhere else in the world.

This majestic land is often described as a world within one country and with so many other countries within close proximity, there really is so much possibility and that possibility will only grow once you are exploring South and Southern Africa in a 4x4. Here are 5 4x4 trails to consider in 2018.

African Ranches River Camp – Botswana

A relaxing camping area for after your 4x4 adventure - photo taken from www.baviaans-kouga4x4.com

This bushwhacked experience is geared to take city slickers back into the heart of nature in one of the most wildlife-rich countries on the planet – Botswana. This is a campsite which is great if you are just stopping over on your way to the Northern part of the country. This is definitely a great place to unwind before you hit those off roads in your 4x4. This establishment is situated on the banks of the mighty Limpopo River which is the second largest river in Africa hence it's teeming with wildlife. Hire 4x4 in Botswana to accommodate your travel. 

Baviaans Kouga 4x4 – Eastern Cape Parks

Rolling hills and majestic views await photo taken from - www.baviaans-kouga4x4.com

This 4x4 trail offers a scenic way in which to reach the camping area within proximity to the Baviaans Kouga. It’s stated that the Fynbos 4x4 route can be navigated in a 2 wheel truck or bakkie, however, this is said to be a far more viable option if one is in a 4x4 vehicle. The Baviaanskloof is also A World Heritage site so naturally, this adds to the unrivalled beauty of the area.

Bergwoning Adventures – Eastern Free State

Grueling off-road driving photo taken from - www.nightjartravel.com4x4

This 4x4 trail is situated just 16kms from the popular artistic Eastern Free State town of Clarens. This makes these particular trails a great option for anyone living in Clarens and wishing to get away over the weekend. The location is also considered to be an idyllic destination for those seeking utter relaxation after their exhilarating 4x4 experience.  Drivers are also treated to breathtaking views of the Maluti Mountains nearby.

De Wildt - Pretoria North, Magaliesberg

Take a dip and forget the car wash photo taken from - www.dewildt4x4.co.za

This is definitely a 4x4 route for the people working and living within the Highveld of South Africa. It’s roughly an hour from Johannesburg and a mere 30 minutes from the popular Hartbeespoort Dam in Northern Pretoria making it the perfect weekend getaway for any hardened 4x4 enthusiasts. The area also has campsites with electrical points and braai facilities. There are also options to stay in log cabins if you do not wish to pitch a tent. 

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve – Central Karoo, Western Cape

Just you, your 4x4 and the great outdoors photo taken from - http://www.kaggakamma.co.za/4x4_trails.html

The Karoo has so much desolate beauty that it has kept people coming back year in and year out. Off-road driving is paramount in The Karoo and that’s exactly what Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve 4x4 trails are all about.  There is so much to explore that you will surely forget that you are in fact in a desert. There is also a variety of accommodation to choose from after you get back from 4x4ing including Cave Suites, our Outcrop Open Air Room and a selection of luxurious Thatched Rondavels.


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