Eastern Cape 4×4 Trails

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Eastern Cape 4×4 Trails


Eastern Cape 4×4 trails are as diverse as the province itself. The adventure province has lent it well to the Four Wheel Drivers of the Eastern Cape. Trail variety is as diverse as the area.

4×4 Africa is asking the “4WD community” to contact us with updates or add more trails to the ever growing list of existing Eastern Cape 4×4 trails. We welcome all trails; be it commercially operated paid trails, a scenic dirt road or a few bog holes… Follow this link to contact us.


Bamboeshoek Bamboeshoek 4×4 Trail

The driving challenges and breathtaking scenery, is something you will remember for a long time.

Game can also be sighted on the route and in the area; such as: wildebeest, impala redbuck and springbok.

Closest Town/s: Sterkstroom, 24 km / Molteno+Queentown, 65km

Grade (1 -5 ): 3 – 4

Type of Terrain: Steep Inclines, Steep Descends, Mud, Clay, Snow

Distance (total): 13 km and 19 km

Driving Time (estimated): 3 – 4 Hours (estimated)

Contact: Chris & Mariana Bartlett

Telephone: 045 966 9552 / 082 930 3823

Email: n/a

Website: Bamboeshoek-4×4-trail


Bastervoedpad PassBastervoedpad – 8 Passes

Closest Town/s: Barkly East, 1 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 5

Type of Terrain: Steep Gradients, Mountainous, Scenic Dive, River Crossing, Technical Driving

Distance (total): 2.75 km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 3 Hours

Contact: Otto Du Plessi

Telephone: 087 943 5428

Email: clarendongh@telkomsa.net     

Website: n/a


Baviaans Kouga Mountains 4x4 TrailBaviaans-Kouga Mountains 4×4 Trail

Closest Town/s: Kareedouw, 47 km

Grade (1 -5 ): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Mountain and Fynbos scenery

Distance (total):  78 km

Driving Time (estimated): 3 – 4 Hours

Contact: Rob le Roux (Baviaans Lodge), Chris and Tania Lamprecht (Rus en Vrede, Baviaanskloof)

Telephone: 049 839 1160 / 049 839 1174 / 042 288 0557

Email: 4×4@baviaans.co.za

Website: http://www.baviaans-kouga4x4.com


Baviaanskloof Motor TrailBaviaanskloof Motor Trail (Scenic Route)

Scenic Route T1: Patensie – Willomore (R332, Baviaankloof)

Scenic Route T2: T-junction/R332 – Cambria

Recommended Vehicle: 2×4 High Clearance or 4×4

Route Distance (total): T1: 200 km

Route Distance (total): T2: 219 km

Driving Time (estimated): T1: 8 – 10 Hours

Driving Time (estimated): T2: 5 Hours

Type of Scenery: Mountain, Kloof scenery, Historic mountain passes.

Website: http://www.baviaans-kouga4x4.com/


BedrogfonteinBedrogfontein 4×4 Route

Closest Town/s: Addo Elephant National Park; between Kabouga and Darlington, 40 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Addo Game Drive, River crossings, Mountains

Distance (total): 45 km

Driving Time (estimated): 6 – 8 Hours

Contact: Bookings at Addo Elephant National Park

Telephone: 042 233 8619 / 042 233 8600 or

Telephone: : Johan Adendorff @ Sanparks 0422338606 / 0829084160

Email: addoenquiries@sanparks.org

Website: http://sanparks.org.za/parks/addo/tourism/activities/4x4_trail.php


Bhejane AdventuresBhejane Adventure Drives

Closest Town/s: Wittedrift / Plettenburg Bay, 31 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 5

Type of Terrain: Varies

Distance (total): Various

Driving Time (estimated): Varies

Contact: Dennis

Telephone: 082 572 4945

Email: info@bhejane.com

Website: www.bhejane.com/


Blanco Guest FarmBlanco Guest Farm

Closest Town/s: Tarkastad, 14 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2

Type of Terrain: Mountain scenery

Distance (total): 25 km

Driving Time (estimated): 3 – 4 Hours

Contact: Reservations or Info

Telephone: 045 846 9163

Email: info@blanco.co.za

Website: http://blanco.co.za/activitiesatresortsineasterncape/


BoKloof BoKloof Uitslag

Closest Town/s: Willowmore, 70 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 2

Type of Terrain: Rocky, Dirt, Scenic Drive, Game Drive

Distance (total): 9 km

Driving Time (estimated): 45 mins

Contact: Quintis & Anina Bezuidenhoudt

Telephone: 044 923 2192

Email: bokloof@baviaans.co.za

Website: www.bokloof.co.za/


Brakkeduine 4x4 TrailBrakkeduine Sand Trail

Closest Town/s: Humansdorp, 35km / Oysterbay, 15 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3 – 4

Type of Terrain: Sand and more sand

Distance (total): 15 km

Driving Time (estimated): 3 – 10 Hours (depending on group size)

Contact: Choppie / Johan / Arther / Conrad

Telephone: 083 400 3720 / 084 515 4551 / 082 336 2055 / 082 774 8772

Email: choplins@mweb.co.za

Website: http://www.brakkeduine.co.za/index.php


Bundu OutdoorBundu Outdoor Centre 

Closest Town/s: Vryheid

Grade (1 – 5): 1 -5

Type of Terrain: Obstacle Course, Training

Distance (total): Various

Driving Time (estimated): Varies

Contact: Dr. Willie Labuschagn

Telephone: 034 980 1766

Email: mail.bunduoutdoor.co.za/

Website: http://www.bunduoutdoor.com/


Greater Addo Bush Getaways – Greater Addo

Closest Town/s: Kirkwood, 8km

Grade (1 – 5): n/a

Type of Terrain: n/a

Distance (total): n/a

Driving Time (estimated): n/a

Contact: Nicole, Lize

Telephone: 042 232 0537 / 082 659 2757 / 083 310 1641

Email: blackwall@intabalodge.com

Website: http://www.intabalodge.com/


Cockarts Hope 4x4 Playground - Port ElizabethCrockerts Hope 4×4 Playground

Closest Town/s: Port Elizabeth, 20 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3

Type of Terrain: Various obstacles

Distance (total): Obstacle Course

Driving Time (estimated): Play for the day

Contact: Riaan

Telephone: 083 648 1604

Email: riaanp@crossroads.co.za

Website: n/a


De KraalDe Kraal

Closest Town/s: East London, 30 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 5

Type of Terrain: Mountain route,

Distance (total):  8 – 35 km

Driving Time (estimated): 2 – 7 Hours

Contact: Peter Mansvelt

Telephone: 076 062 7971 / 083 773 7752

Email: dekraal4x4@yahoo.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/dekraaleastlondon


DoringkloofDoringkloof 4×4 Trails

Closest Town/s: Baviaanskloof (between Patensie and Willomore)

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 4

Type of Terrain: Mountain scenery

Distance (total): 4 Trails; 5 – 10 km each (also see: Baviaans-Kouga Mountains 4×4 Trail)

Driving Time (estimated): Various

Contact: Chris & Barend Lamprecht

Telephone: 049 839 1160 / 049 839 1174

Email: 4×4@baviaans.co.za

Website: http://www.doringkloof4x4.co.za/4×4


Elandsheuwel Guest FarmElandsheuwel Guest Farm

Closest Town/s: Willowmore, 48 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 -2

Type of Terrain: Grassy, Scenic Drive

Distance (total): 2 Trails; 3 km and 8 km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 3 Hours

Contact: Alicia Dirkse van Schalkwyk

Telephone: 049 833 0018

Email: info@elandsheuwel.co.za

Website: n/a


Ferndale Ferndale 4×4 Trails & Adventure Centre

Closest Town/s: Cathcart, 24 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3 – 5

Type of Terrain: River crossings, Steep inclines, Very Technical sections

Distance (total): 4 Trails of: 18.7 km, 19 km, 14.5 km, 11.5 km

Driving Time (estimated): 4 – 5 Hours Each

Contact: Buch & Jen James / Gary Miles

Telephone: 045 843 1741 (Evenings) / 082 784 4979 / 082 745 4154

Email: fern@eci.co.za

Website: n/a


Glenmore Glenmore 4×4 Trails

Closest Town/s: Willowmore, 35 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Rocky terrain, River crossings, Some Mud

Distance (total): 5  Trails, total 40 km

Driving Time (estimated): 7 – 10 Hours

Contact: Stephan Moore

Telephone: 044 923 1863 / 072 237 7998

Email: glenmore@baviaans.co.za

Website: http://www.baviaans.co.za/glenmore/


Gonjah Gonjah 4×4 Trail

Closest Town/s: Patensie, 9 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3

Type of Terrain: Deep gorges, Steep inclines, Slippery in the wet.

Distance (total): 2 Trails, 12 km & 20 km

Driving Time (estimated): 3 and 5 Hours

Contact: Hetsie Scheepers

Telephone: 042 283 0596 / 082 566 4074

Email: hetsie@lantic.net

Website: http://www.baviaans.net/gonjah/


HoeksfonteinHoeksfontein 4×4

Closest Town/s: Pearston, 33 km

Grade (1 – 5):

Type of Terrain: Rocky, Steep Inclines, Steep Descends.

Distance (total): 3 Trails; 50 km; 25 km; 30 km

Driving Time (estimated): 5 – 6 Hours; 3 – 4 Hours; 4 – 5 Hours

Contact: Bennie van Niekerk

Telephone: 042 246 1488 / 082 664 3810

Email: bennie@hoeksfontein.co.za

Website: http://www.hoeksfontein.co.za/4×4.html


KammerkloofKammerkloof

Closest Town/s: Willowmore, 77 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 Trails; Dameskloof (2-3) Noorsboom Kopppie (1-2)

Type of Terrain: Scenic Drive, Game drive, Inclines, Dirt

Distance (total): 2 Trails; Dameskloof (2 km) Noorsboom Kopppie (1 km)

Driving Time (estimated): 2 Trails; Dameskloof (1 Hour) Noorsboom Kopppie (30 Mins)

Contact: Susan Reyneke

Telephone: 083 602 1253

Email: reservations@traverse-travel.com

Website: www.kamerkloof.co.za/


 Kershout LaagteKershout Laagte 4×4 Trail

Closest Town/s: Humansdorp, 42 km / Oysterbay, 22 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Sand

Distance (total): 2 trails

Driving Time (estimated): 5 Hours

Contact: Elise Vermaak

Telephone: 072 374 7218 / 082 321 1467

Email: n/a

Website: n/a


KoagaView Kougaview 4×4 GameTrails

Closest Town/s: Uniondale+Willowmore, 35 – 50 km

Grade (1 -5 ): (see farm owner)

Type of Terrain: Game Drive

Distance (total):  7 km & 19 km

Driving Time (estimated): 2.5 – 5 Hours

Contact: Carol & Gert

Telephone: 082 375 0344 / 082 779 3254

Email: info@kougaviewgamefarm.co.za

Website: http://kougaviewgamefarm.co.za/


Lundean's Neck Lundean’s Neck Trail

Closest Town/s: Barkly East, 80 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 2

Type of Terrain: Mountainous, Steep Gradients, Scenic Drive

Distance (total): 2.2 Km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 Hour

Contact: Wild Mountain Adventures

Telephone: 079 536 3996

Email: wildmountain@polka.co.za

Website: n/a


Makkedaat CavesMakkedaat Caves

Closest Town/s: Uniondale, 52 km

Grade (1 – 5): 4

Type of Terrain: Rocky, Steep Gradients, Scenic Drive, Open Plain, Wildlife and Plantlife

Distance (total): 10 km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 2 Hours

Contact: Henriëtte Terblanche

Telephone: 082 215 5175

Email: info@makkedaat.co.za

Website: www.makkedaat.co.za/


Mansfield Private Reserve Mansfield Private Reserve 4×4 Experience

Closest Town/s: Port Alfred, 10 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2

Type of Terrain: Grassland, Bush and Kloofs

Distance (total): 12 km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 2 Hours

Contact: Gary & Lida Noach

Telephone: 046 624 8199 / 079 9680222

Email: reservations@riverhotels.co.za

Website: http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/directory/entry/mansfield-private-game-reserve


Maitland MinesMaitland Mines

Closest Town/s: Poprt Elizabeth, 40 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 3

Type of Terrain: Dunes, Forest Thicket, Rocks, Grassy

Distance (total): 3 Trails; 3 km, 9 km, 4 km – 16 km Total

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 2 Hours

Contact: Rob Howlet

Telephone: 041 506 5412

Email: publichealth@mandelametro.gov.za

Website: www.nmbt.co.za/maitland


Naude's NekNaude’s Nek Pass

Closest Town/s: Rhodes, 25 km

Grade (1 – 5): 4 – 5

Type of Terrain: Gravel, Dirt, Steep Inclines, Slippery/Muddy Surfaces

Distance (total): 32.1 km

Driving Time (estimated): 4.5 Hours

Contact: Kath Isted

Telephone: 045 974 9900

Email: isted@snowvalley.co.za

Website: www.wartrail.co.za/


NoorspoortNoorspoort 4×4 Trails

Closest Town/s: Steytlerville, 15 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1

Type of Terrain: Grassy, Scenic Drive

Distance (total): 40 km

Driving Time (estimated): 30 mins – 1 Hour

Contact: Danie Craven

Telephone: 049 835 9014

Email: info@noorspoort.co.za

Website: www.noorspoort.co.za/


Offcamber Adventures Offcamber Adventures 4×4

Closest Town/s: Port Elizabeth, 40 km

Grade (1 – 5): 4

Type of Terrain: Variety of obstacles

Distance (total): 17 km

Driving Time (estimated): 6 Hours

Contact: Nick & Lindie Kingsley, Marthi Botha

Telephone: 082 970 0668 / 079 896 5324 / 083 431 7020 / 083 594 4476

Email: info@get-real.co.za or marthibotha7@gmail.com

Website: http://www.offcamberadventures.co.za/


Sharks PointShark’s Point Cottages

Closest Town/s: Port St Johns, 65 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3 – 4

Type of Terrain: Beach Terrain, Scenic, Forestry, Rocky

Distance (total): n/a

Driving Time (estimated): n/a

Contact: Johan Adam

Telephone: 082 654 2437

Email: 

Website: www.sharkspoint.co.za/wmenu.php


SlagboomSlagboom 4×4 (possibly closed)

Closest Town/s: Addo, Kirkwood, 30 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 5

Type of Terrain: Steep Inclines and Descends, River crossings, Rocky terrain.

Distance (total): 36 km

Driving Time (estimated): 4 – 6 Hours to 2 Days

Contact: Boetie or Boy Whittle

Telephone: 042 233 0578 / 083 505 0600

Email: slagboom@mweb.co.za or info@greateraddo.com

Website: http://www.greateraddo.com/so/so.htm


Soetendalspoort 4×4

Closest Town/s: Willowmore, 46 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3 – 4

Type of Terrain: Sand, Rocks, Loose Gravel/Rock, Muddy Crossings/Dongas, Game Drive

Distance (total): n/a

Driving Time (estimated): 2 – 3 Days

Contact: Manie en Stefanie Karsten

Telephone: 044 923 1872

Email: donga4x4@absamail.co.za

Website: n/a


Tenahead Lodge Tenahead Lodge to Tiffendell Ski Resort

Closest Town/s: Rhodes, 33 km

Grade (1 – 5): 4

Type of Terrain: Mountain, Snow

Distance (total): 26 km

Driving Time (estimated): 2 Hours

Contact: Nolan, Leon

Telephone: 045 971 8901

Email: n/a

Website: http://www.rhodesvillage.co.za/


Timbila Game Timbila Game Reserve & 4×4

Closest Town/s: Steytlerville, 52 km / Willomore, 49 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 4

Type of Terrain: Game drive, Muddy,

Distance (total): 29 km

Driving Time (estimated): Various

Contact: Kobus Kleyn / Hanlie Kleyn

Telephone: 082 372 6713 / 083 289 6481

Email: info@timbila.co.za

Website: www.timbila.co.za


Titsikamma 4×4 Trails

Closest Town/s: Plettenberg Bay, 42 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Scenic Drive, Muddy, Riverbeds, Steep Gradients, Wildlife and Plantlife to be spotted

Distance (total): 52, km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 3 Hours

Contact: Leon Evans

Telephone: 044 532 7644

Email: info@gardenroute.co.za

Website: www.sanparks.co.za/Titsikama


Touch the Sky Touch the Sky 4×4 Trail

Closest Town/s: Molteno, 20 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 4

Type of Terrain:

Distance (total): 35 km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 2 Days

Contact: Peter & Pippa Gordon Grant

Telephone: 045 967 9051 / 083 228 6696

Email: pwgg@kgf.co.za

Website: http://www.kgf.co.za/sky.htm


Transkaroo AdventuresTranskaroo 4×4 Adventures

Closest Town/s: Middelburg, 50 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 5

Type of Terrain: Karoo scenery, Mountains, Valleys and Planes

Distance (total): 65 km

Driving Time (estimated): Various Trails 3 – 8 hours

Contact: Elmarie vd Merwe

Telephone: 049 843 1506 / 087 550 1368 / 082 4415 605

Email: transkaroo@eik.co.za

Website: http://www.transkarooadventures.com/


 Twee Waters Twee Waters 4×4 Outdoor Adventure

Closest Town/s: Patensie, 12 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2

Type of Terrain: Mountain scenery

Distance (total):

Driving Time (estimated): 3 Hours

Contact: Igmar Ferreira

Telephone: 082 870 7829 / 042 283 0845

Email: igmar@gamtoos.co.za

Website: http://tweewaters4x4.co.za/ and http://tweewaters.co.za/


Van RooyenskraalVan Rooyenskraal

Closest Town/s: Willowmore, 20 Km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 2

Type of Terrain: Game Drive, Open Tundra, Rocky, Sand

Distance (total): n/a

Driving Time (estimated): n/a

Contact: Kobus Lotter

Telephone: 082 781 2426

Email: kobuslotter@telkomsa.net

Website: http://www.vanrooyenskraal.co.za


Zandvlakte Guest FarmZandvlakte Guest Farm

Closest Town/s: Willowmore, 40 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2

Type of Terrain: Scenic Drive, Game Drive, Rocky Gradients

Distance (total): 13 km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 1.5 Hours

Contact: Magriet Kruger

Telephone: 049 839 1002

Email: zandvlakte@gmail.com

Website: www.baviaanskloof.com/


Four Wheel Driving in the Eastern Cape


Although The Eastern Cape’s claim to be the “The destination of choice for the Adventurous” may well be true, it does not have as many 4×4 trails as the Western Cape. In fact, the Eastern Cape has relatively few 4×4 trails, and they vary from sedate and rather pedestrian, to rugged and demanding, particularly in the mountainous regions in the west. However, in a general sense, the 4×4 trails in the Eastern Cape offer better opportunities for game viewing, since the 4×4 trails here are more frequently in areas with better visibility.

Karroo Heartland

Typical of the Karroo, this region is dotted with well-known towns like Cradock, Somerset East, Aberdeen, Graaff-Reinet, Steytlerville, and Pearston, and is mostly flat, but punctuated by dramatic mountain ranges. Many 4×4 trails in the Karroo Heartland, particularly in the Camdeboo Mountain area where the Camdeboo National Park offers a challenging 4×4 trail over both steep and flat terrain, are a mix of steep, rocky, and easier flat terrain, where the main attraction is game, and/or flower viewing, which is its own reward. However, Karroo Heartland 4×4 trails are always extremely scenic, if not always challenging. There is relatively little sand in the Karroo regions, but mud is plentiful during the wet season.

Frontier country

Apart from being mountainous, the Frontier Country with Grahamstown at its centre, and towns like Adelaide, Alicedale, Alice, Bedford, Fort Beaufort, Peddie, Riebeeck East, Salem, and Sidbury dotted around, also happens to be the point of convergence for four major weather systems, a circumstance that can turn any 4×4 trail in this area from a walk in the park, into an obstacle course in a matter of a few hours.
In Frontier Country, the 4×4 trails vary from steep, rocky, and challenging, especially in the Baviaanskloof, to the 4×4 trail at Humansdorp close to the coast, with loose, thick sand and which is generally regarded as extremely difficult and challenging, with a grading of three to five. Having recovery gear on hand for this trail is highly recommended.

Wild coast

What the Wild Coast lacks in “normal” 4×4 trails, it amply makes up for with the “Wild Coast Eco Trail”. Although not an official 4×4 trail, and thus having no difficulty grading, this 450km, six-day adventure on sometimes near impassable tracks require a proper 4×4 with diff locks, low range and plenty of recovery gear. Although it is possible to complete this “trail” with a soft roader, it is not recommended during the wet season, which is during the summer months. This trail is best attempted by parties with more than one 4WD vehicle, and an official guide.

Sunshine coast

Stretching from Tsitsikamma to East London, and reaching as far inland as Grahamstown, the towns of Jeffreys Bay, Port Alfred, and St Francis are only a few of the more iconic Sunshine Coast towns. The mountainous areas around Grahamstown, and in particular the Addo Elephant National Park, offer rocky trails with some steep gradients, a few minor water crossings, and slippery conditions on mud and grass during rain or snow falls. Coastal areas are mostly sandy with some twisting forest trails, although the area around Port Elizabeth offers trails with all the classical elements of a good 4×4 trail, with some trails in this area having grade four statuses.

Tsitsikamma

Stretching from the Bloukrans River in the west, to the Eerste River in the east along the coast, the area offers 4×4 trails with steep gradients on the Tsitsikamma Mountain range, rocks in riverbeds, sand on the coast, and mud on indigenous forest trails. In the Langkloof area, the deep soils offer mud, some sand, smaller rock obstacles, and more mud in the wet season.

Although the Eastern Cape is arguably the second most diverse province in terms of geology and scenery, it is also the second poorest province in economic terms, and it has without doubt the most extensive network of dirt and gravel roads in South Africa, with surfaces that vary from very good, to those resembling obstacle courses. Gravel roads are often as much fun – and as demanding – as any off-road trail and using them is generally free.

However, travelling on the back roads can be difficult, with as many dirt roads and routes, as there are places to go. However, any back road can be closed without warning for any number of reasons, which means you might well be marooned, or lost many kms from any form of help. The foolproof way to tackle back road driving is to engage a route planner, who will work out each day’s driving distances, establish GPS waypoints, make accommodation bookings, check and confirm road conditions and closures, and the like, while keeping to your intended itinerary as far as is possible. More on Eastern Cape Tourism for the off-road traveler >>

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