3 SANParks 4×4 Trails to Challenge Your Off-Road Skills

by Jul 29, 2021Destinations, South Africa

Explore the wilder side of South Africa on these self-drive 4WD trails.

South Africa’s National Parks are home to some of the most picturesque 4×4 routes in the country. We’ve selected three of our favourites to inspire your next overland outing.

1. Bedrogfontein 4X4 Trail | Addo Elephant Park

From Kabouga to Darlington

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Jira Miner, who tackled the 4X4 trials of Addo Elephant Park in a Bushlore rental, recommends exploring beyond the ‘standard game reserve’ (source).

Trail Grading: 3
Distance: 45km

Time: 6 hours
Route: Kabouga – Darlington

Rugged, vast and diverse, the Bedrogfontein 4×4 Trail promises breath-taking views along its challenging terrain. The trail weaves through five different biomes, and the area once served as a battleground during the Anglo-Boer war. Today, the only battles are those between 4×4 drivers and the tough trail, which can be tricky in regions. Keep an eye on the river as it readily floods after heavy rains.

Keen to tackle the Bedrogfontein 4×4 Trail? Why not opt for our Garden Route and Wildlife Adventure Itinerary to give it a go?

2. Nossob 4×4 Eco Trail | Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

From Nossob River – Twee Rivieren River

Trail Grading: 3
Distance: 214km
Time: 4 days
Route: Nossob River – Twee Rivieren River

Previously known as the Kalahari Wilderness Eco Trail, the Nossob 4×4 route is a four-day extravaganza of desolate landscapes, red sand dunes, and plenty of predators. The route must be done with one of the qualified guides and is limited to self-sufficient off-roaders (which you will be in a Bushlore 4×4 camper). This is by no means a pampered trip, so be sure to pack all your essentials, including water and firewood.

The Nossob 4×4 Eco Trail can be incorporated into our Kgalagadi and Augrabies Falls Adventure itinerary.

3. Mafunyane 4×4 Eco Trail | Kruger National Park

From Phalaborwa Gate – Punda Maria Rest Camp

The trail becomes more challenging after heavy rains, which is why this route is only open to bookings in the dry season (image source).

Trail Grading: Dry 3; Wet 4
Distance: 270km
Time: 4 days (dry season only)
Route: Phalaborwa Gate – Punda Maria Rest Camp

Explore the Kruger National Park like never before on this 4×4 off road adventure. A gateway to the untamed wilderness of the park, the Mafunyane 4×4 Eco Trail offers plenty opportunity to challenge your driving skills with steep inclines, stream crossings, and muddy sections after rain. This trail needs to be done with a professional trail guide, particularly as some of the sections aren’t gravelled and can close after rain.

The Mafunyane 4×4 Eco Trail forms part of our Off the Beaten Track itinerary.



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