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Trail Review: Atlantis Dunes


Offroad 4×4 Routes around Cape Town offer nature’s best in rugged mountains, challenging dongas ranging from grassy hillsides to sloping sand dunes and frivolous farmland fun. For the experienced and not so experienced there are routes that are not only breath taking but gets your breath racing and heart pumping as adrenaline runs parallel to Cape Town’s Offroad Trails.

Starting nearest to Cape Town on the West Coast Road at only 45km away, two Offroad Trails in and around Melkbos offer a variety of 4×4 routes. Situated between Atlantis and Melkbos, Atlantis Dunes is a trail not to be missed, but this 4×4 Route also needs a permit which can be obtained at the City Council in Wale Street, Cape Town between Monday and Friday. Otherwise Melkbos 4×4’s route is situated in Melkbosstrand where the difficulty of this route is said to range between 2-5.

If it’s vineyards and mountainous terrain that you are looking for, Stellenbosch offers the Wiesenhof 4×4 Trail only 46km from Cape Town and further to the East Coast at 51km from Cape Town in Somerset West, the Two Oceans View 4×4 Route claims to offer a trail with a difficulty level of 3-4.

In Paarl which is accessible from Cape Town via the N1, the Takbok 4×4 trail is rated with a difficulty level of 2-3, and being a beautiful town surrounded by vineyards, farmlands and glorious mountains, it is sure to surprise any driver with some spectacular views. And being in the farmlands, Malmesbury’s Babylonstoren (about 68km from Cape Town) also offers a route described as a level 4 trail in difficulty.

At 70km from Cape Town, Grabouw is situated beside the mountainous Sir Lowry’s Pass with hills and ridges covered in beautiful forest-like vegetation. The Sir Lowry’s Pass 4×4 Route is one trail that definitely stands out and bookings can be done through Cape Nature.

Back on the West Coast at about 80km from Cape Town, two trails have made some name. In Yzerfontein, the Blombosch 4×4 Nature Trail is regarded as a 1-2 trail in difficulty level, while the Buffelsfontein 4×4 Trail that spreads over Yzerfontein, Darling and Langebaan is rated a 3-4 and requires some skill and experience which only comes through actually trying the adventurous trails.

Finally at about 100km from Cape Town near a small farming community named Rawsonville, two trails namely Sneeukoppie 4×4 with a difficulty level of 2-3 and Tierkloof 4×4 with a difficulty level of 3-4 are more popular Offroad 4×4 Routes within a 100km from Cape Town.

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