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5 memorable 4x4 routes to explore in South Africa

Are you looking to experience a South African 4x4 self-drive safari that will leave you with unforgettable memories? Here are 5 4x4 routes well worth exploring on your next off road adventure.

Sani Pass, Drakensberg

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Sani Pass, the gateway from Kwazulu Natal into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho is a scenically hair raising assent into the mountains that could only be described as one for the bucket list.

The route which is a world heritage site starts at 1544 metres and rises 1332 metres vertical metres to an altitude of 2876 metres. There are laws which only allow 4x4’s on the road as it's still gravel.In winter the road is often closed due to harsh weather conditions making summer a better time to travel. Also remember you’ll need your passport to get into Lesotho at the border post. Once there you can kick off your shoes and enjoy a hot fire in Africa’s highest pub at the Sani Mountain Lodge.

Knysna Forest 4x4 Trail

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Located within the Garden Route National Park, the Knysna Forest 4x4 trail takes you deep into indigenous forests filled with towering Yellowwood trees, streams and also provides travellers with plenty of birdwatching opportunities.

This 4x4 trail takes you close to an area where a crashed helicopter lay undetected for seven years as well as along an old narrow gauge railway line that was used for transporting wood when timber was felled here during previous centuries. It’s definitely worth the experience.

Baviaans Kouga 4x4 – Eastern Cape Parks

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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 Baviaans kloof is also A World Heritage site so naturally this adds to the unrivalled beauty of the area.

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve – Central Karoo, Western Cape

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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.

Hennops hiking and off road trails

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This could be one of the only destinations in South Africa that promotes pot-holes as being a feature and not a burden. When it’s testing your awesome new or hired 4x4 pot-holes or ‘dongas’ should always be a necessity. The area also has herds of Zebra, Blue Wildebeest and Blesbok together with a wide variety of bird life and smaller animals making Hennops a full adventure experience not far from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Visit their website for more.

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