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Between Laingsburg and Touws River you’ll find the Witteberg Private Nature Reserve and in that the Diep en Deur 4x4 trail which is a bundle of fun. This 15km trail is only one of four in the reserve and at the halfway point you’ll find wonderful views of the Matroosberg peak. You’ll need a vehicle with 4x4 capabilites, low range and high clearance because this trail takes between four and five hours to complete with a difficulty grading of three.

All of the trails intersect with one another at some point and they were originally constructed in order to pick flowers. After signing an indemnity form you’ll receive an info booklet which includes a map of the trail. The Diep en Deur trail is the longest in the reserve and is very well maintained. Expect shale and sandstone tracks and an immediate series of steeps ascents and decents. You’ll head past a few lookout spots, along a cliff edge and navigate your way around two tight hairpins.

Have fun when you head through the water course before another steep ascent. Following on from this is another descent followed by the exit which you should prepare yourself for because it is both long and extremely steep with large rocks. Be careful not to lose traction. At this point you’ve reached the halfway point which is 1370m above sea level.

You’ll then make your way through the second half of the course which has both gentle turns and hairpin bends before you reach the end of the trail. Have fun and remember to stick to the trail!

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: Matjiesfontein
  • Distance to closest town: 14.8km
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Country: South Africa
  • Google Longitude: 20.507348
  • Google Latitude: -33.342647
  • Grade: 3 - 4
  • Low-range: Yes
  • Best time of the year: All year round
  • Vehicle Type: 4x4
  • Good Ground Clearance: Yes
  • Accommodation: Camping and Chalets
  • Trail distance: 15 km
  • How many hours of driving?: 4/5 hours
  • Self Drive or Guided?: Self Drive
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