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Hankook Land Cruiser Festival Celebrates 12 Years of Adventure at Bela-Bela this June!


For over a decade, the Hankook Land Cruiser Festival has been a highlight on the calendars of Land Cruiser enthusiasts across South Africa. From its humble beginnings at the Windpomp Festival in Naboomspruit to its current grandeur at Sondela Nature Reserve & Spa near Bela Bela, this festival has grown into a must-attend event for those passionate about 4×4 overland adventures.

Media Update on Event Results

The Hankook Land Cruiser Festival recently celebrated its most successful event since its inception in 2013. Held at Sondela this past weekend, the festival attracted a record-breaking 557 Land Cruisers, setting a new African record for the most Cruisers on one site in a single day. This milestone was proudly verified and certified by the SA Book of Records.

This year’s festival, supported by loyal sponsors including Hankook, media partners, exhibitors, and vendors, proved to be an outstanding success. Participants and visitors alike praised the event as one for the books, marking a significant achievement in the festival’s 12-year history.

Looking ahead, the excitement continues with the upcoming SA Bakkie Festival at Sondela, scheduled for the weekend of 1 November. This highly anticipated event promises even more thrilling experiences and should not be missed. Stay tuned for more details to come.

A Weekend of Excitement

From the 7th to the 9th of June, Land Cruiser owners will converge on Sondela Nature Reserve & Spa in Bela-Bela (formerly Warmbaths), Limpopo, for a weekend packed with excitement. Whether you’re a seasoned off-roader or a novice enthusiast, there’s something for everyone at the Hankook Land Cruiser Festival.

Activities for the Whole Family

Guests can look forward to a diverse range of activities, including:

  • Outdoor Product Exhibitors: Discover the latest gear and accessories for your Land Cruiser.
  • Land Cruiser Formation: Witness the impressive sight of Land Cruisers lined up in formation.
  • Kids Entertainment: Keep the little ones entertained with dedicated activities.
  • Ketelkraal Bars: Relax and unwind with refreshments from Ketelkraal bars.
  • Live Performances: Enjoy live music from talented artists, sponsored by Jimmy’s Sauces.
  • Arts & Craft Market: Browse unique creations from local artisans.
  • Hot Water Pools: Soak away the day’s adventures in rejuvenating hot water pools.
  • Sunset Game Drive: Experience the beauty of the African bush on an escorted self-drive sunset game drive in convoy.

Setting Records and Making Memories

Trio Events proudly holds the African Record for the most static Land Cruisers on one site on one day, with an impressive 523 vehicles. With between 4000 and 5000 visitors over the weekend, the festival continues to draw Land Cruiser enthusiasts from far and wide.

Action-Packed Arena

This year, the LA Sport Action Arena promises even more thrills with a brand-new track and closer proximity to exhibitors and entertainment areas. From mud bogs to hill climbs, there’s no shortage of adrenaline-pumping activities. And don’t miss the main event: Cruiser Gravel Drag Racing!

Accommodation Options

Choose from a variety of accommodation options to suit your preferences and budget:

  • Bush Camp: Embrace the rustic charm of bush camping with clean ablution facilities, priced at only R850 for the weekend (including the R350 Land Cruiser registration fee) for up to 4 people.
  • Sondela Resort: For those seeking a more luxurious experience, book accommodation directly with Sondela Resort.
  • Glamping Tents: Experience the convenience of fully equipped glamping tents starting from R1850 for the weekend (excluding Land Cruiser registration fees).

Reservation for the abovementioned camping can be made on the same site where you register your Land Cruiser at Sondela resort accommodation can be booked directly with Sondela at or 014 736 8802.

Event Layout and Map

Register Now

For further details about this event or if you’re interested in attending, please complete the inquiry form below. A member of the Hankook team will promptly respond to your inquiry. Alternatively, secure your spot at the Hankook Land Cruiser Festival by registering your Land Cruiser or booking your tickets online at, or you call Tersia for assistance on 072 487 0000. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable weekend of adventure!

Late registrations will also be available on-site on Saturday, 8th of June, but they encourage you to register online to save time and expedite the arrival process. Day visitors are welcome at only R60 per person, so bring your friends and family along for an unforgettable experience. Join them as they celebrate 12 years of Land Cruiser camaraderie and off-road excitement at the Hankook Land Cruiser Festival!

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