The Berakah 4×4, 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.
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)
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 4×4 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.
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.