I’m not a fan of man-made obstacle courses. I find trails like these to be a bit on the boring side, and, quite frankly, rather ugly. Which is why I was, at first, somewhat disappointed when we arrived at the Wolwekloof 4x4 Trail to see seven bulldozed mounds hideously blistering from the earth like giant pimples.
Down at the lakeside lapa, we met Wolwekloof’s four co-founders and managers – friendly blokes who are noticeably passionate about their trail and all things 4x4. But, despite friendly introductions and enthusiastic handshakes, I felt regretful about our choice of trail, and worried that Wolwekloof would turn out to be nothing more than a heap of soil dumps.
After a tour of the trail’s tree-lined campsite, we learnt that the facility – known as Trompie Off-road Training and Adventures – serves as both a 4x4 training academy as well as an adventure 4x4 trail called Wolwekloof. I felt moderately relieved at the news; it certainly explained the obstacle course, but I was still a little sceptical.
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