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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

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

I’m already yearning for winter, despite the fact that summer’s only just begun. Ordinarily, I find Western Cape winters to be too dark, too cold and too darn wet, but next year I have something to look forward to. I first heard about Voorhoede 4WD from a mate of mine.Words and pictures by Grant Spolander I told him I was keen on a muddy 4×4 weekend and he suggested this trail: “You’re gonna get stuck, no questions,” he said. Unfortunately, it was too late – winter was drawing to an end and the heavy rains had stopped. But I wanted

My brother Paul climbs gingerly out of our Defender; it’s cold up here and we’ve reached the turnaround point – the lookout point just below Conical Peak. Straight away he bends down to grab a handful of snow – it’s his first time in the stuff . He has the eyes of an excited kid. I’m one of three brothers so I know what’s coming next, I break into a run to get out of firing distance. My heavy boots break through the so crust of the new snow and hits the slippery ice underneath. My run becomes a slide

Trail driving’s not for everyone. Some folk love the idea of steep descents, axle-twisters and muddy play pits, but many feel it’s a pointless pastime and an unnecessary risk to their vehicles.Words by Grant Spolander Pictures by Grant Spolander and Johan Klopper But 4WD trails do present certain attractions. Firstly, a local trail will keep you motivated for your next overland journey by reminding you of all the things you love about the great outdoors. Secondly, it’s an excellent way to hone your driving skills and to familiarise yourself with your 4×4. Lastly, it’s a helluva lot more fun than

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