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Put your driving skills to the test and get your adrenaline pumping on the Kungwini 4×4 trail. Situated half an hour from Pretoria and an hour from Johannesburg, this 4×4 trail will not disappoint. Kungwini offers 4×4 training on 12 different obstacle courses that will present you with different challenges with gullies, sand, 3 degree starts and obscure angles as you progress on the course. A variety of trails are available for experienced drivers ranging from 1.4 to 8 kilometers long which you can drive on all year through. Starting along the trail it will test your skills and take…

Just north-east of Johannesburg and 35 kilometres from Pretoria in the Gauteng Province of South Africa is the McCarthy Rhino Park 4×4 Trail. This part of the country is frequented by international tourists, thanks to Gauteng’s being the commercial and social epicenter of South Africa and home to the OR Tambo International Airport. The McCarthy Rhino Park 4×4 Trail is a circular route that has a number of escape points along the way for those who do not want to venture out onto the total extent of its 12 kilometres. The entire route takes about three hours to complete, and…

We’re sitting around a garden table, munching on home-made cake and listening to trail manager Attie Spangenberg run us through the details of the Dinokeng Junxion 4×4 Trail. I’m furiously scribbling on a notepad, trying to keep up with Attie’s obvious love of the route and subsequent flow of information. My hand is gliding across the page when Attie says something that causes me to stop and stare at him in disbelief. He claims that the Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) is the only freeroaming Big 5 reserve in Gauteng. I rummage through my memory bank, determined to find a game…

De Wildt 4×4 Game Park is a large property located one hour from Johannesburg and 30 minutes from Hartbeespoort Dam. Guests can choose to camp or stay in one of the wooden log cabins. The farm has a large number of activities and offers the ideal family retreat. The Campsites have electrical points and are ideal for camping or those with caravans; they come with braai facilities and a large ablution block. The One-bedroom- and Two-bedroom Log Cabins offer views across the farm and have kitchenettes with tea and coffee-making facilities, cutlery and fridges. A microwave or two-plate stove can…

The Hennops Offroad Trails is one of the most popular and renowned 4×4 trails in Gauteng and is sited in a high mountainous section of the property with dongas, mud holes and other treacherous, man-made obstacles. The course covers some 200 hectares in an area that is also game-fenced and stocked with blue wildebeest, zebra, kudu, blesbok and other small game species. There is ablution facilities and a thatched lapa that can accommodate small functions. Hennops Hiking trail offers the choice of 3 circular routes (2,5km, 7km and 11km) with overnight facilities for up to 18 hikers. Hennops Picnic Spot…

I love obstacle courses – they get your adrenalin pumping, determine your 4×4’s abilities and put your driving skills to the test. But let’s face it, 90 percent of courses are hideously ugly and if you’re anything like me you’re torn between trails that offer beautiful scenery and courses that are fun to drive.Words by Grant Spolander Pictures by various Unfortunately, most obstacle courses are carved out of old mining quarries or bulldozed through a farmer’s backyard, so they’re not the prettiest places around. Except for Kungwini, which is a course so naturally beautiful it could be entered into a…

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