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Five South African 4x4 routes worth exploring in 2017

The South African landscape is filled with places to explore; the fact that the country has many rural or less populated areas is an absolute blessing for so many reasons. This has ensured a country where the outdoors and nature are respected and in turn, this has enabled 4x4 enthusiasts to have fantastic places in which to drive their vehicles. Here are five 4x4 routes to explore in 2017.

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If you do not own your own 4x4 do not hesitate there are many ways in which to rent or hire them within the borders of South and Southern Africa. It’s likely that the city in which you will be arriving in first will be Johannesburg. 4x4 rental Johannesburg is your best way of achieving this.

Van Zyl’s Pass 4x4

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This is Namibia’s most notorious 4x4 route for so many reasons and is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Its origins can be traced back as far as the 1920’s settler history of this unique African destination. This is definitely for experienced drivers only and many believe you should only attempt this route when someone who has already done it before is behind the wheel. For more information on how to tackle this route and live to tell the tale visit this website.

Addo Elephant National Park

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This is one of Port Elizabeth’s best wildlife areas and also a great destination to go on a 4x4 drive of epic proportions. Being South Africa’s third largest national parks naturally, makes it one of the best so prepare oneself for an abundance of wildlife not to mention the location being the home of more than 600 elephants. For more information visit this website.

Marakele National Park

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Another national park with an interesting history is the Marakele National Park, which was in fact the original site for many Iron Age settlements and the home of an offbeat naturalist Eugene Marais. Over the years the park has expanded to the point where it event has two separate camping facilities for those wanting to really take in all the sights and sounds of this majestic part of the world. For more information visit this website.

Augrabies Falls National Park

Photo was taken from - http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/article-southafrica.net-augrabies-falls-national-park

The name of this beautiful and rugged place is derived from the language of the Khoi people entitled ‘Aukoerebis’ which loosely translates to ‘place of great noise’. Not just famous for its towering waterfalls but also the location for challenging 4x4 trails which have kept many enthusiasts coming back for more. If you’d like to know more visit this website.

Ostrich Eco 4x4 Trail

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This popular trail situated near the beautiful holiday town of Witsand near the Breede River. This particular route is for those that can handle a level one grading and who wish to take a few hours to a full day off as it takes roughly 5 hours to complete. There is also a river crossing but be warned that this pass becomes tricky during to cross during the winter months so be vigilant. For more information visit this website.


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