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The Berakah 4x4, mountain bike, quad bike and hiking trail set in the Vredefort dome just 14 km outside Parys, offers one day or a weekend getaway filled with endless fun, challenge, thrill and nerve wracking experiences. The dome area is a huge dome shaped geological structure in the vicinity of Parys and Vredefort. It comprises of a central core of granite-gneiss, approximately 40km wide, surrounded by a ring of steep inclining rock formations, which forms the mountainous area. The structure has its origin from a meteorite which struck the earth in this area 2000million years ago. It is one of only three such sites in the world. The dome area is in the process of getting registered as a World Heritage site.

The trail caters for the beginner to experienced driver, offering leisurely to adrenaline pumping experiences. The trail is divided into eight sections and each section offers its own unique challenge. The difference of this trail compared to others, lies in its diversity.

Terrain

In this natural environment of unspoilt beauty a 13km marked trail of varying degree of difficulty, pass through open savannah, bushveld, riverbeds, mud, water, hill climbs and scenic mountains. Beside the normal variety of grasses, trees and shrubs, very thick stands of olive trees (Olienhout) are to be found in the koppies. (Some of the area is already protected)

Trail Rating

The trail rating is bound to cause some controversy. The difficulty of a trail is very much an individual experience. However, this rating is an attempt to give some indication of the degree of difficulty and the type of terrain. The trail consists of roads with seasonal two track travel. Track or rough rocky surface with 4x4 low range gear ratio are required. Diff-lock recommended. Steep drops on one or both sides of the track. The ratings are subject to certain unknown factors such as human error, previous off-road driving experience, condition of the vehicle and adverse weather conditions (wind and rain) and the trail, at a given time. Drivers should regard this rating as a general guideline only.

Hazard Rating

Mildly dangerous. Careful driving is advisable. The trail contains steep cliffs, hairpin bends and no space to manoeuvre or turn back. It is advisable to obtain information about the conditions of the weather and the trail before venturing into it and then to inspect each section on foot before proceeding.

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Hidden in the historic Eros Mountains, a mere 15 kilometers from bustling Windhoek. - See more at: http://sa4x4.co.za/trails?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=3&sobi2Id=24#sthash.v5lAAnpa.dpuf
The trail:
Hidden in the historic Eros Mountains, a mere 15 kilometers from bustling Windhoek. - See more at: http://sa4x4.co.za/trails?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=3&sobi2Id=24#sthash.v5lAAnpa.dpuf
atjiesvlei Valley, Bô­jaankop is a relatively easy 15km self-drive circular trail that traverses the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The whole area is really an undiscovered gem and one could easily base oneself at Bôjaankop and spend several days exploring the back routes in the area and enjoying the local flavour. They are unquestionably some of the most scenic drives on offer in South Africa. On top of that, the history of the area is very fascinating. Give Bennie and Selma the chance and they will happily fill you in on some of the details of the area. In fact, Bennie grew up with the original Gamkaskloovers crossing his farm to access their hidden valley

The trail:
Bô­jaankop trail crosses the rocky Gamka River and climbs steeply up the rugged, fynbos-covered Bôjaankop to some 540m above sea-level. From this vantage point you have a 360° view of the surrounding mountains, including an unusual peek into Gamkaskoof/Die Hel. The trail follows the course of the river on the old drag tracks of the Gamkaskloof sharecroppers where they dragged their bundles of wood out of the valley for witblits distillation. To complete the main trail, low range and a 4x4 with good ground clearance is required, but provision has been made for softroaders.
Trail Features
[Trail Grade] 2-3
[Type of Vehicle] 4X4 & 4X2
[Accomodation Available] Camping & Chalets
[Min/Max Vehicles] Max Vehicles: +5
[Trail Distance] 15km
[Time to Complete Trail] 3-4
[Guided / Self Drive] Self Drive
[Low Range] Yes
[Good Ground Clearance] Yes
[Best time of year] All year roundSet in the Matjiesvlei Valley, Bô­jaankop is a relatively easy 15km self-drive circular trail that traverses the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The whole area is really an undiscovered gem and one could easily base oneself at Bôjaankop and spend several days exploring the back routes in the area and enjoying the local flavour. They are unquestionably some of the most scenic drives on offer in South Africa. On top of that, the history of the area is very fascinating. Give Bennie and Selma the chance and they will happily fill you in on some of the details of the area. In fact, Bennie grew up with the original Gamkaskloovers crossing his farm to access their hidden valley

The trail:
Bô­jaankop trail crosses the rocky Gamka River and climbs steeply up the rugged, fynbos-covered Bôjaankop to some 540m above sea-level. From this vantage point you have a 360° view of the surrounding mountains, including an unusual peek into Gamkaskoof/Die Hel. The trail follows the course of the river on the old drag tracks of the Gamkaskloof sharecroppers where they dragged their bundles of wood out of the valley for witblits distillation. To complete the main trail, low range and a 4x4 with good ground clearance is required, but provision has been made for softroaders.
- See more at: http://sa4x4.co.za/trails?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=3&sobi2Id=19#sthash.wip8l1Wk.dpuf
Set in the Matjiesvlei Valley, Bô­jaankop is a relatively easy 15km self-drive circular trail that traverses the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The whole area is really an undiscovered gem and one could easily base oneself at Bôjaankop and spend several days exploring the back routes in the area and enjoying the local flavour. They are unquestionably some of the most scenic drives on offer in South Africa. On top of that, the history of the area is very fascinating. Give Bennie and Selma the chance and they will happily fill you in on some of the details of the area. In fact, Bennie grew up with the original Gamkaskloovers crossing his farm to access their hidden valley

The trail:
Bô­jaankop trail crosses the rocky Gamka River and climbs steeply up the rugged, fynbos-covered Bôjaankop to some 540m above sea-level. From this vantage point you have a 360° view of the surrounding mountains, including an unusual peek into Gamkaskoof/Die Hel. The trail follows the course of the river on the old drag tracks of the Gamkaskloof sharecroppers where they dragged their bundles of wood out of the valley for witblits distillation. To complete the main trail, low range and a 4x4 with good ground clearance is required, but provision has been made for softroaders.
- See more at: http://sa4x4.co.za/trails?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=3&sobi2Id=19#sthash.wip8l1Wk.dpuf
Set in the Matjiesvlei Valley, Bô­jaankop is a relatively easy 15km self-drive circular trail that traverses the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The whole area is really an undiscovered gem and one could easily base oneself at Bôjaankop and spend several days exploring the back routes in the area and enjoying the local flavour. They are unquestionably some of the most scenic drives on offer in South Africa. On top of that, the history of the area is very fascinating. Give Bennie and Selma the chance and they will happily fill you in on some of the details of the area. In fact, Bennie grew up with the original Gamkaskloovers crossing his farm to access their hidden valley

The trail:
Bô­jaankop trail crosses the rocky Gamka River and climbs steeply up the rugged, fynbos-covered Bôjaankop to some 540m above sea-level. From this vantage point you have a 360° view of the surrounding mountains, including an unusual peek into Gamkaskoof/Die Hel. The trail follows the course of the river on the old drag tracks of the Gamkaskloof sharecroppers where they dragged their bundles of wood out of the valley for witblits distillation. To complete the main trail, low range and a 4x4 with good ground clearance is required, but provision has been made for softroaders.

Additional Info

  • City: Parys
  • Distance to closest town: 14 km
  • Province: Free State
  • Country: South Africa
  • Google Longitude: 27.367451
  • Google Latitude: -26.823381
  • Grade: 3 - 4
  • Low-range: Yes
  • Vehicle Type: 4x2
  • Good Ground Clearance: Yes
  • Accommodation: Camping and Chalets
  • Trail distance: 15 km
  • How many hours of driving?: 1-2days
  • Self Drive or Guided?: Self Drive
  • Facilities:

     

    LangesnekLangesnekStonefly cottage, a fully equipped rondavel, sleeps 2. There are also two guesthouses that sleep 14 and 4 people respectively. All are self-catering, although breakfasts and light lunches are served at The Koffie Pot. Campers and caravans are also welcome.


    What else?

    Activities include horse riding, abseiling, quad bike and buggy rides, hiking and mountain biking. For the littlees there is a kiddies farm to play in.

    - See more at: http://sa4x4.co.za/trails?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=3&sobi2Id=7#sthash.lGuJU36d.dpuf
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