South Africa, rich in its diverse landscape and terrain, offers one of the world’s best playgrounds for 4×4 enthusiasts. The popularity of off-road driving, and the opportunity to visit areas where the general public cannot go to, has opened up a host of 4×4 experiences. Thankfully, both local operators and the hospitality industry have embraced its upward trend, providing many unique experiences to explore this beautiful country overland. Through a network of off road trails, access to national parks, and graded trails, 4×4 drivers can now seek adventure in some of South Africa’s most untouched and magnificent frontiers.
The Eastern Cape
Arguably the most diverse province in SA, the Eastern Cape offers 4×4 experiences that traverse overland, through mountain ranges, along deserted beaches and across rivers and valleys. The challenges of off road driving in the province generously range from a casual Grade 1 game drive through the Addo Elephant Park , to gruelling Grade 4 or 5 challenges through cycads, aloes and over some nasty, not-so-stable boulders. Many routes are offered as Guided 4×4 drives, while experienced off road drivers and adrenaline junkies can work off a map, GPS points and a self-drive of bucket list proportions! Listed below are some of the Eastern Cape’s most scenic and challenging off road trails.
An incredible 4×4 journey awaits, while straddling the Kouga and Baviaanskloof mountains, some 200 km’s from Port Elizabeth. We recommend Doringkloof 4×4 Trails as an ideal base to explore the area’s breathtaking scenery. A number of routes are accessible with various difficulty levels encountered. Accommodation options are available, ranging from camping to lakeside chalets. All in all, a refreshing detour from the hustle and bustle of the Garden Route!
Ferndale Outdoor Adventures has been consistently voted amongst the Top 10 4×4 trails in SA. Well managed, obstacle laden, and offering a host of family activities on the side, it caters for just about any off road venture. Ferndale features 4 trails, with a Grading between 3-5 for some tough driving which is rewarded by some spectacular views as far as the eye can see. Ferndale is situated a half hour’s drive from the town of Cathcart, and 110 Km’s from East London.
Tsitsikamma 4×4 Trails
The Tsitsikamma mountain range, operated by SANParks, have opened up part of its indigenous forest and scenic mountain range, as a guided 4×4 trail. An ideal 50km off road driving experience, it challenges your 4×4 vehicle to steep gradients and muddy riverbeds, with the added bonus of bird and wildlife spotting.
Given the exciting challenges that Eastern Cape 4×4 trails present, be sure to check your off road vehicle is prepared. Speak to us today at Summit4x4 for vehicle checks, maps and advice. Safe Travels!