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Heading back from the racing in Knysna’s prestigious hill climb event this weekend, six priceless cars have burned to the ground. A chain reaction is thought to have occurred as one vehicle set the rest alight while being transported on the back of a car carrier truck.

As it had been previously described to us as a ‘scenic drive’, our biased opinion of the Meadows 4×4 trail was initially set to a fairly low bar. So, we were delighted when our expectations were blown out of the water by one of the best formal 4×4 trails I’ve ever had the pleasure of exploring. The majestic working farm, ‘Meadows’, which lies on the picturesque Elands River about 60km east of Port Elizabeth, harvests honey from beehives in the fynbos while also milking a herd of 30 cows. Eight years ago, it was these cows that created the ‘4×4’

If you, like me, have strong allergic reactions, physical convulsions and temporary blindness resulting from too much time at the office, the Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve is a potent cure. Only a couple of hours (180km) out of Cape Town, this trail on a private nature reserve is a mecca for the outdoorsy type.Words & Images Andrew Middleton From two-day hikes, to abseiling, snow-skiing and quad biking, this adventure playground has it all – including, of course, one of South Africa’s most famous 4×4 routes. Located on a working fruit-, vegetable- and protea farm called Erfdeel, the Matroosberg reserve is

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