Northern Cape 4×4 Trails

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Amam 4×4 Dune Trails & Melkboscamp - Northern CapeAmam 4×4 Dune Trails & Melkboscamp

Closest Town/s: Springbok, 100 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2

Type of Terrain: Bushmanland, Dunes

Distance: 20 km and 50 km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 2 hours

Contact: Amanda Louw / Lydia Fielding

Telephone: 083 570 6269 / 054 983 2689

Email: aljay19@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.freewebs.com/amam4x4trails/whoweare.htm


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Blesfontein Guest Farm

Closest Town/s: Sutherland, 28 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3 – 4

Type of Terrain: Rocky Ascends, Steep gradients, Scenic Drive

Distance (total): 52 km

Driving Time (estimated): 3 – 5 hours

Contact: Nicol and Marina van der Merwe

Telephone: 023 571 2631 or 083 444 5810

Email: n/a

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


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Carcal Eco Route(Rooikat) Carcal Eco Trail

Closest Town/s: Kamieskroon, 21 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Grasslands, Dirt/Gravel, Scenic/Game Drive

Distance: 176 – 200 km

Driving Time (estimated): 6 – 8 hours

Contact: Elanza Van Lente

Telephone: 0276721948

Email: elanza.vanlente@sanparks.org

Website: www.sanparks.org/caracal_eco_route


Daberas Adventure 4x4 Route - Northern CapeDaberas Adventure 4×4 Route

Closest Town/s: Augrabies, 56 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 3

Type of Terrain: Rocky, Dry river beds, Scenic Drive

Distance: 25 km

Driving Time (estimated): 4 – 6 hours

Contact: Hannecke or Kobus

Telephone: 083 384 7188 / 083 304 2682

Email: daberasadventures@webmail.co.za

Website: n/a


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - De Postjes TrailDe Postjes Trail

Closest Town/s: Fraserburg, 42 km

Grade (1 – 5): 4 – 5

Type of Terrain: Farmland, Mountainous Terrain, Rocky Inclines, Karoo Landscape

Distance: 5 – 45 km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 4 Hours

Contact: Karoo Head Office

Telephone: 023 741 1839 

Email: hooglandtourism@telkomsa.net

Website: www.karoo-information.co.za/Fraserburg


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Diamond Coast Shipwreck Trail

Diamond Coast Shipwreck Trail

Closest Town/s: Koingnaas, 50 km(+/-)

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Sand Dunes, Strandveld, Rocks, Scenic/Game Drive

Distance: 37 km

Driving Time (estimated): 6 – 7 hours

Contact: Jackie Engelbrecht

Telephone: 027 807 2999

Email: n/a

Website: n/a


Dinky's Dunes 4X4 - Northern CapeDinky’s Dunes 4X4

Closest Town/s: Pofadder, 30 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3

Type of Terrain: Sand Dunes

Distance: 2 x 25 km

Driving Time (estimated): 4 hours each

Contact: Dinky Compion

Telephone: 083 399 0891

Email: dinky4x4@webmail.co.za

Website: n/a


Duin-In-Die-WegDuin-In-Die-Weg - Northern Cape

Closest Town/s: Upington, 68 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3

Type Terrain: Sand Dunes

Distance: 30 km

Driving Time (estimated): 3 hours

Contact: Cobus Van Heerden

Telephone:  073 303 2603 / 083 303 7769

Email: duinindieweg@gmail.com

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


Kalahari 4x4 Lorraine - Northern CapeKalahari 4×4 Lorraine

Closest Town/s: Van Zylsrus, 30 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2

Type of Terrain: Sand Dunes, Bushveld

Distance: 200Km

Driving Time (estimated): 5 – 7 hours

Contact: Worker

Telephone: 082 438 3960

Email: n/a

Website: http://www.places.co.za/html/kalahari_trail.html


Kalahari Dunes - Northern CapeKalahari Dunes

Closest Town/s: Postmasburg 80 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3

Type of Terrain: Sand Dunes, Scenic Drive

Distance (total): 28 km

Driving Time (estimated): 2 – 3 hours

Contact: Rina

Telephone: (053) 313 2367

Email: n/a

Website: n/a


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Mier Route Kalahari

Kalahari Mier Route

Closest Town/s: Upington, 300 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Red Sand Dunes, Steep Inclines, Historic Landmarks, Scenic/ Game Drive

Distance: 250 km

Driving Time (estimated): 2 – 3 Days

Contact: Gertruida or Hendrik

Telephone: 072 1596 726 – Gertruida / 073 8059 469 – Hendrik

Email: info@miertourism.co.za

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


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Seekooibaard Route

Kalahari Seekoeibaard

Closest Town/s: Groblershoop, 50 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Scenic/Game Drive, Rocky, Sand Dunes

Distance: 2 Trails (10 – 41 km)

Driving Time (estimated): 6 – 9 Hours

Contact: Louwrens and Elzahn Fourie

Telephone: Louwrens Fourie – 083 500 7180 /Elzahn Fourie – 083 257 4730

Email: seekoeibaard@gmail.com

Website: n/a


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Kalahari WatersKalahari Water 4×4

Closest Town/s: Upington, 15 Km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 3

Type of Terrain: Sand dunes, Vast Lanscape, Steep gradients, Scenic/ Game Drive

Distance: 11 km

Driving Time (estimated): 2 – 4 Hours

Contact: Dirk and Hettie Malan

Telephone: 054 461 2404 / 082 495 7999

Email: info@kalahariwater.co.za

Website: www.kalahariwater.co.za


 

Kalahari WKalahari Witsand - Nature Reserve: - Northern Capeitsand – Nature Reserve:

Closest Town/s: Witsand, 20 Km

Grade (1 – 5): 3 – 5

Type of Terrain: Sand Dunes, Steep Gradients, Game Drive

Contact: Natasja

Telephone: 053 313 1062 & 083 234 7573

Email: witsandkalahari@gmail.com

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


Kalahari Mountain View-4x4 - Northern Cape

(Kalahari Mountain View-4×4)

4×4 Distance: 43 & 37 km

Driving Time (estimated): 3 – 4 Hours & 2 – 3 Hours

Contact: Kobie van der Walt

Telephone: 083 234 7930

Email: witsandkalahari@telkomsa.net

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

Transboegoe-4x4 - Northern Cape(Transboegoe-4×4)

4×4 Distance: 3 Routes, 27 to 41 km

Driving Time: Varies

Contact: Elzahn & Louwrens Fourie

Telephone: 083 500 7180 / 083 257 4730

Email: witsandkalahari@telkomsa.net

Website: transboegoe


Leeuwdril 4x4 Loop - Northern CapeLeeuwdril 4×4 Loop – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Closest Town/s: Twee Rivieren, 25 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Sand, Bushveld, Game Drive

Distance: 13.2 Km

Driving Time (estimated): 2 Hours

Contact: Jan Kriel

Telephone: 054 561 2000

Email: jan.kriel@sanparks.org

Website: http://www.sanparks.co.za/parks/kgalagadi/tourism/leeudril4x4.php


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Khamikirri Private ReserveKhamkirri Private Game Reserve

Closest Town/s: Kakamas, 25 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 4

Type of Terrain: Rocky Outcrops, Sand and gravel routes, Game Drive, Steep ascends/descends

Distance: Various (7 – 60 km)

Driving Time (estimated): 2 – 6 Hours

Contact: Gawie Nieuwoudt

Telephone: 082 790 1309

Email: info@khamikirri.co.za

Website: www.khamkirri.co.za


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

Kliphuiskloof – Kagga Kamma 

Closest Town/s: Calvinia, 120 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 4

Type of Terrain: Boulders, Rocky Outcrops, Steep ascends and descends, Game Drive

Distance: 98 km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 3 Days

Contact: Head Office

Telephone: 021 872 4343

Email: info@kaggakamma.co.za

Website: www.kaggakamma.co.za


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Leeupan Guest FarmLeeupan Guest Farm

Closest Town/s: Van Zylsrust, 24 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 3

Type of Terrain: Bushveld, Sand Dunes, Scenic/Game Drive

Distance: 30 km

Driving Time (estimated): 2 – 4 hours

Contact: Lorraine de Bruine

Telephone: 082 438 3960

Email: leeupan@gmail.com

Website: www.placesforafrica.com/Leeupan4x4Trail/


Loch Maree Trail - Northern CapeLoch Maree 4×4

Closest Town/s: Askham, 30 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 4

Type of Terrain: Sand, Dunes, Rocky, Scenic Drive

Distance (total): 50 & 100 km

Driving Time: 4 & 8 Hours

Contact: Retha Stadler

Telephone: 082 351 1834

Email: lochmaree@absamail.co.za

Website: www.lochmaree4x4trail


Namaqua Eco Trail - Northern CapeNamaqua Eco Trail

Closest Town/s: Pofadder / Pella, 15 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Semi desert scenery, Scenic drive

Distance (total): 2-parts: 330 km & 250 km

Driving Time: 4 Days & 3 Days

Contact: Namakwa-tourism

Telephone: 027 712 8035/6

Email: tourismbk@namkwa-dm.gov.za

Website: namaqua-adventure-route


Northern Cape 4x4 Tracks - Namaqua Game Lodge Namaqua Game Lodge 4×4

Closest Town/s: Springbok, 67 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 4

Type of Terrain: Scenic/Game Drive, Sand, Steep Gradients,

Distance: 220 km

Driving Time (estimated): 1 – 2 Days

Contact: Lynette en Dirk Olivier

Telephone: +27 21 424 1037

Email: n/a

Website: namaqua-national-park-travel-guide.co.za


Nossob 4x4 Eco Trail - Northern CapeNossob 4×4 Eco Trail – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Closest Town/s: Twee Rivieren

Grade (1 – 5): 3 – 4

Type of Terrain: Sand Dunes, Steep Gradients, Scenic drive

Distance: 400 Km

Driving Time (estimated): 4 Days

Contact: Jan Kriel

Telephone: 054 561 2000

Email: jan.kriel@sanparks.org

Website: http://www.sanparks.co.za/parks/kgalagadi/tourism/nossob4x4.php


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Old Postal RouteOld Postal Route

Closest Town/s: Cedarberg, 17 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Steep Gradients, Gravel/ Dirt Roads, Scenic Views, Rocky Inclines

Distance: 65 km

Driving Time (estimated): 2 – 4 Hours

Contact: Ferdi Kotze

Telephone: 027 341 2131

Email: mvoa@telkomsa.net

Website: n/a


Papkuilsfontein - Northern CapePapkuilsfontein 4×4

Closest Town/s: Niewoudtville, 23 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3 – 4

Type of Terrain: Rocky Mountainous Grounds, Steep Gradients

Distance (total): 15 km

Driving Time (estimated): 6 hours

Contact: Willem van Wyk

Telephone: (027) 218 1246

Email: info@papkuilsfontein.com

Website: http://www.nieuwoudtville.com/4×4-trails/


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Riemsvasmaak Riemsvasmaak

Closest Town/s: Kakamas, 54 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 4

Type of Terrain: Sand Dunes, Rocky Inclines, Dessert Terrain, Game/Scenic Drive

Distance: 3 Trails:(41, 49, 71) Total = 161 km

Driving Time (estimated): 3 – 6 hours

Contact: Reception

Telephone: +27 54 332 1560

Email: info@webateljee.co.za

Website: www.greenkalahari.co.za


Shipwreck Trail - Northern CapeShipwreck 4×4 Trail

Closest Town/s: Koingnaas/ Kleinzee, 60 km

Grade (1 – 5): 1 – 2

Type of Terrain: Sand, Rocky, Scenic Drive

Distance (total): 37 km

Driving Time (estimated): 4 – 6 hours

Contact: Sandy Blake

Telephone: 027 807 2999

Email: nmtourism@debeersgroup.com

Website: n/a

 


Skurweberg - Northern CapeSkurweberg 4×4

Closest Town/s: Sutherland, 48km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 4

Type of Terrain: Mud, Water, Sand, Steep Inclines

Distance (total): 52 km

Driving Time (estimated): 6 – 7 hours

Contact: Witjan & Elsa van der Merwe

Telephone: 023 571 2728

Email: skurweberg@xsinet.co.za

Website: www.skurweberg.co.za


Sneeukraans - Northern Cape 4x4 Trails

Sneeukrans 4×4 

Closest Town/s: Sutherland, 50 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Mud, Gravel/Sand Roads, Steep Descends

Distance: 52 km

Driving Time (estimated): 3 – 5 hours

Contact: Witjan & Elsa van der Merwe

Telephone: 023 571 2728

Email: skurweberg@xsinet.co.za

Website: www.skurweberg.com


Stofkraal Gasteplaas 4x4Stofkraal Gasteplaas 4×4

Closest Town/s: Sutherland 32 km

Grade (1 – 5): 3 – 4

Type of Terrain: Rock, Steep inclines

Distance (total): 13 km

Driving Time (estimated): 4 Hours

Contact: Martin Swanepoel

Telephone: 023 1000 948

Email: martin@hantam.co.za

Website: www.discoversutherland.co http://.za/accommodation/entry/stofkraal_guestfarm


Strandveld Trail - Northern Cape

Strandveld 4×4 Trail

Closest Town/s: Koingnaas/ Kleinzee, 100 Km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Sand Dunes, Rocks

Distance (total): 27 km

Driving Time (estimated): 5-6 hours
Contact: Sandy Blake

Telephone: 027 877 0028

Email: n/a

Website: n/a


Swartklip 4x4 Klipkoppie Route - Northern CapeSwartklip 4×4 Klipkoppie Route

Closest Town/s: Nieuwoudtville, 14 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Dirt, Rocky, Inclines

Distance (total): 10 – 25 km

Driving Time (estimated): 3 – 4 hours

Contact: Jan/Kobus van Wyk

Telephone: (027) 218 1217, 083 643 3188

Email: n/a

Website: n/a


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Tarentaalrand Safari LodgeTarentaalrand Safari Lodge

Closest Town/s: Kimberly, 20 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 3

Type of Terrain: Sand Dunes, Steep Inclines, Game / Scenic Drive

Distance: 20 – 30 km

Driving Time (estimated): 2 – 4 hours

Contact: Erika Cloete

Telephone: 053 833 7221

Email: erika@tarentaalrandsafari.co.za

Website: www.tarentaalrandsafari.co.za


Northern Cape 4x4 Trails - Red DunesTransboegoe Red Dune Trails

Closest Town/s: Groblershoop, 50 km

Grade (1 – 5): 2 – 5

Type of Terrain: Sand Dunes, Rocky Inclines, Steep Ascends / Descends, Scenic Drive

Distance: 113 km

Driving Time (estimated): 6 – 9 hours

Contact: Reception

Telephone: 083 500 7180

Email: n/a

Website: n/a


Africa North Cape 4x4 trailsFour Wheel Driving in the Northern Cape


While the Northern Cape has relatively few 4×4 trails in comparison with other provinces, the off-road traveller in the Northern Cape is happily not totally bereft of off-road trails. All it means is that the off-road tourist in the Northern Cape is obliged to visit the National Parks and Reserves, since the best 4×4 trails in the Northern Cape Province are offered (and maintained), by the Park authorities.

Diamond Fields

Being a Karoo/Kalahari type landscape, the 4×4 trails in this semi-arid to arid region offers 4×4 trails in deep, red Kalahari sand, as well as steep, rocky trails.

Karroo

Typical of the Karoo, this area, known as the Great Karoo, offers 4×4 trails on privately owned land around the Noupoort and Carnarvon areas over steep, rocky gradients, gravel, sand, ruts and ditches, and dry, rocky river beds with deep sand in places.

Green Kalahari

This region offers 4×4 trails of 160 km combined length through deep, red sand, ditches, rocks, steep rocky gradients, and very challenging rocky tracks around the Riemvasmaak area on the Namibian border. The Nuweveld Mountain range also offers a difficult and challenging trail for experienced off-road drivers with proper 4×4 vehicles. Soft roaders and novice drivers should not attempt this area.

Namakwa

This area hosts arguably the longest and most challenging 4×4 trail in South Africa: following the course of the Gariep River, through deep sand, over the steep, rocky, and challenging mountains of the southern Richtersveld, to sand dunes at Amam, this trail is more in the nature of a test of endurance that requires a back-up vehicle, recovery gear, and all your supplies because there are no shops.

The Richtersveld in the far north of this region offer 4×4 trails on a combination of deep sand, gravel, rocks, ditches, ravines, steep rocky gradients, and exquisite scenery, but no mud since there is no surface water, and very little rainfall. Only vehicles with high ground clearance should attempt this area: normal cars and “bakkies” cannot cope with this terrain.

Kalahari

Much, if not most of this area consists of sand, deep sand, and deeper sand still. The area around Mier offers several 4×4 trails on deep sand and over some of the best dune terrain in the Northern Cape, if not the whole of Southern Africa.

No article about tourism for the off-road traveller in the Northern Cape would be complete without mentioning the extensive network of gravel roads that exists in the Northern Cape. Although many, if not most, gravel roads have good surfaces, there are many with surfaces that resemble obstacle courses, and that is what often makes driving on gravel roads as much fun – and often as demanding, as any off-road trail, but with the added advantage that using them is generally free.

However, with as many dirt roads and routes, as there are places to go, using the roads less travelled can be a challenge because they are usually badly signposted, and often do not appear on maps and GPS devices. Back roads are frequently closed without warning and for no apparent reason, which could well cause you to be stuck, or lost a long way from any form of help. A sensible way to tackle back road touring is to employ a route planner, who will work out the driving distance of each leg, provide GPS waypoints, make bookings for accommodation, check on and confirm road conditions and closures, while keeping to your intended itinerary and budget as far as is possible. More on Northern Cape tourism for the off-road traveler >>

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