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Even the most adventurous 4x4ers don’t always want to push themselves and their vehicles to the limits. And besides, the less adventurous members of your family sometimes want to come along and enjoy themselves, too. Leeupan, near Van Zylsrus on the Northern Cape’s border with Botswana, offers an easy “Eco-Trail” that should please everyone. “Okay, so do we take the right or the left fork, boet?” I asked my co-pilot, David Lowe, who was looking as dazed and confused as I was after our previous evening around the campfire. Needless to say, he didn’t know; and it was only after

It had been a helluva journey just to get there. Over 700km from the delightful hamlet of Van Zylsrus, deep in the Kalahari, of which at least 300km were on some tough dirt tracks. But I’d take a challenging gravel detour over a narcolepsy-inducing blacktop any day. Stofkraal 4X4 Trail: on the Williston road, NE of Sutherland, NC. One such dirt-track detour is worth mentioning.  91km south of Brandvlei, you turn left towards Koosdrif siding, and this gravel gem shaves about 40km of tar road off your journey and puts you straight onto the Middelpos road that eventually leads to

There’s just never enough time to fit it all in. A cliché that’s been beaten to death, sure; but one that always seems to ring true when I’m on an off-road-travel writing assignment. CARACAL 4X4 TRACK: NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK, NORTHERN CAPE On our way to the Namaqua National Park in our trusty loaner, the camp-ready Mazda BT-50, I was hoping to start our 4×4 sortie earlier by accessing the park’s southern gate via Brand se Baai – the Groenriviersmond coastal track. But, after picking up my co-pilot and fellow adventurer, David Lowe, later than expected from Bloubergstrand, I had to

I have always been mildly obsessed by rocks of all kinds. Apart from the purported ‘New Age’ healing qualities of some of them (particularly quartz crystals), I just love the way they look and feel in my hands. But they also contain detailed stories of how the landscape in which they were found was formed. TRAIL REVIEW DABERAS GUEST FARM, AUGRABIES, NORTHERN CAPE A man who knows this better than most is Kobus Van Coppenhagen, our host at Daberas Guest Farm − a conservation area and veritable treasure chest of geomorphic wonders on the western border of the Augrabies National

One of the greatest advantages of experiencing new 4×4 tracks is the taking of roads less travelled to get there. And the back roads from Bot River to the Karoo National Park, via Sutherland, certainly made a worthwhile detour. On our first day, my travelling partner, Lionel ‘Tau’ Williams (his Setswana nickname, meaning Lion, will be explained later) and I got off the N2 as quickly as possible and made for Swellendam on the Klipfontein dirt track. From there to Sutherland, we chose dirt tracks wherever we could, losing ourselves in the world behind the scenes − passing through towns

“Jeez, boet, where does the road go? It looks like it might drop right off the edge of that mountain over there,” commented my longstanding co-pilot, Lionel Williams. We’d been in the car just over an hour, following our host’s map showing tracks marked in green (Grades 1-2) and blue (Grades 2-3). We were fast approaching the only red route (Grades 3-4) on our chosen 50km perimeter trail – the aptly named “Banggat” section, when the track suddenly fell away steeply before us. Travelling in our borrowed Isuzu KB300 4×4 LX Extended Cab, we’d ambled along the predominantly green route

It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes, just sometimes, an unplanned trip can be the most unforgettable. Our recent June / July Kgalagadi trip is a case in point. We’d left our plans to the very last minute and were unable to secure consecutive bookings within the park. I turned to the net for options.Words and pictures by Bryan Milne. While browsing SANParks’ website I came across the Nossob Eco Trail – previously known as the Kalahari Wilderness Eco Trail. This guided four-day route runs between Nossob and Twee Rivieren – alternating in direction each month – and is open