Top 4 X 4 Tracks In Pretoria

Off-roading is a much-loved activity for outdoorsy Pretoria-families. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the 4x4 scene or a seasoned adrenaline junkie, because there is definitely a nearby 4x4 park to suit your driving style. With great game-viewing opportunities and scenic braai spots pretty much always part of the 4x4-ing deal, it’s no wonder we love it so much!





De Wildt 4x4 Park

De Wildt 4x4 Park is located on the northern slopes of the Magalies Mountain Range between Pretoria North, Brits and Hartbeespoort. This game park is open seven days a week from 7am to 5:30pm and was especially designed for 4x4 enthusiasts to enjoy. The 4x4 trail is a 14km rugged mountain terrain drive that takes two to three hours to complete. On the trail you will likely encounter some zebras, giraffes, kudus, waterbucks and jackals, to name just a few of the game that resides there, and an abundance of local flora. De Wildt also has man-made 4x4 training facilities where amateurs sharpen their off-roading skills. Other activities at the park include walking trails, mountain biking and bird watching. There is a sports bar adjacent to the public picnic and braai facilities and a jungle gym for kids to enjoy. De Wildt is a popular camping and caravanning destination and has an array of cabin and tented accommodation options.

Details: 083 268 8185 / https://www.dewildt4x4.co.za

Sandwani Game Lodge

Sandwani Game Lodge boasts a fully equipped 4x4 park where the 4x4 Nationals have been hosted the last two years. This is also where well-known KykNet presenter Andre de Villiers, from Safari 4x4 Roetes, hosts his legendary 4x4 training courses. The Sandwani trails are guaranteed to test the strength of every vehicle and the skills of amateur as well as experienced drivers. This renowned 4x4 park is located near Cullinan, about a 45-minute drive north of Pretoria. Sandwani also offers visitors game drives during which a great variety of buck and other wildlife, such as warthogs, can be spotted. The lodge has a bush pub and restaurant for visitors to enjoy.

Details: 083 257 1516/ www.sandawi.co.za

Groenkloof Nature Reserve

Groenkloof Nature Reserve has a 14km interpretation 4x4 trail that runs through semi-open thicket. Wildlife you’re likely to spot as you make your way include giraffe, zebra, ostrich, kudu, impala and blue wildebeest. This reserve also has a rich bird life. A picnic and braai area is available exclusively for nature lovers who have been 4x4ing, hiking or mountain biking on one of the reserve’s scenic routes. Groenkloof Nature Reserve is on the eastern side of Pretoria near Fountains Valley and is open from 7am to 6pm during winter (May – August) and 5:30am to 7pm in summer (September – April).

Details: 012 358 1757 / http://www.tshwane.gov.za/sites/tourism/NatureConservation/Pages/Groenkloof-Nature-Reserve.aspx

Hennops Trail

Hennops Trail is about 30km from Pretoria on the R511 near Hartbeespoort Dam. All levels of drivers can enjoy the 4x4 trail at Hennops Trail. For the experienced driver there are plenty of obstacles such as mud holes, dongas and steep rocky climbs. For the amateur driver, these obstacles can easily be bypassed on existing tracks and service roads. The trail is 9km long and takes two to three hours to complete. The farm gate to the off-road trail opens daily at 8:30am and closes at 5pm. The Hennops River flows through a valley on this serene, unspoiled family farm and makes for a wonderful braai spot after completing the 4x4, or one of the hiking or mountain biking trails. Another spot to stop and relax is the Donga Lapa, situated on the 4x4 trail, which has a number of braai facilities. Hennops Trail has cottage and bungalow accommodation available.

Details: 082 825 9205/ http://www.hennopstrails.co.za

McCarthy Renosterfontein 4x4 Trail

McCarthy Renosterfontein 4x4 Trail is situated on a farm outside Rayton, about 35km from Pretoria. Claimed to be one of the most challenging routes in the entire South Africa, this is a guided trail and advance booking is essential. This 12km circular route takes three hours to complete. The trail terrain is a mix of water, boulders, ditches and steep climbs that requires a full spectrum of 4x4 skills. This one is not for the faint-hearted. A restaurant as well as braai facilities are available at the park.

Details: 082 834 2186 / http://www.mccarthy4x4.co.za/

Kungwini

Kungwini is a 20km eco-trail near Bronkhorstspruit on the eastern side of the Magalies Mountain Range. This scenic trail passes by rock formations and historical ruins leading to a spectacular view of the Kungwini Dam. The Kungwini 4x4 trail offers great nature photography opportunities as well. There is a designated 4x4 campsite on the trail that has running water and ablution facilities. Amateur drivers can choose from two training tracks and enjoy the beautiful surroundings while honing some off-road driving skills. Kungwini is open Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30 am to 5pm.

Details: 083 268 8185 / http://www.4x4kungwini.co.za/

Moegatle 4x4 Trail

Moegatle 4x4 trail, one of South Africa’s so-called terror trails, is located 40km from Pretoria near Brits. Moegatle started as a one-day route but has developed into a three-day excursion. The terrain is an unusual combination of loose sand, mud, rock and water presenting quite the challenge to both driver and vehicle. Moegatle has camp accommodation with fishing, braai and ablution facilities. There is a recreation area that has a swimming pool and sports bar where a DVD of the day’s drive is usually shown. Moegatle also offers day and night game drives.

Details: 082 441 6270 / http://www.moegatle4x4trails.co.za

By Jana van der Linde

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