The Magnificent Mountain Top
4x4 Adventure - Eastern Cape
Join SA Adventure on our 5 day Eastern Cape Mountian Top off-road Adventure Tour
- All lodge accommodation
- Dinner and breakfast included
- R 10 899 per person sharing
- Single supplement R 2 200
- 4x4 vehicle with low range required
- Guides, medic and support truck on the tour
14 - 18 May 2022 (2 of 12 Places available)
21 - 25 May (8 of 12 Places available)
The Tour Itinerary
This amazing tour of the Eastern Cape's highlands and its magnificent mountain passes is a must for any 4x4 or off-road enthusiast. One of the tour objectives is to discover the Eastern Cape and show you some of the most beautiful off-road mountain passes, including many of the famous Ben Ten Eco-Challenge routes.
We also want to support the South African tourism industry, which has been heavily hit by the Covid-19 crisis, by bringing much-needed cash flow to the small lodges, hotels and guest houses we'll be staying at on our off-road adventure.
Anyone with a 4x4 vehicle with low range gearing and decent ground clearance is welcome to join the tour, you need no prior off-road driving experience. There are some beautiful off-road sections. Support and coaching will be given to inexperienced drivers by our tour crew.
A brief itinerary is set out below, but we will send you a more detailed one once you have signed up for the adventure. Be quick as we are limiting the number of places to 12...
We have breakfast at the lodge and then start heading for the Eastern Cape's highlands. Our destination for the day is the top of Naude's Nek and the Tenahead Lodge and Spa. This spectacular 5-star lodge is situated at 2500m above sea level, earning it the title of:
"The Highest Mountain Lodge in South Africa"
The route for the day is via the Lower Lotheni road, the Lusipoort pass, and then on to two of the Ben Ten Eco-Challenge passes, Naude's Nek and the Tiffindell-Tenahead Traverse just before we get to the lodge.
Today we go on an epic off-road adventure and we head out towards the sleepy village of Lady Grey. Just outside the village is Lupela Lodge where we will be staying for the evening. The lodge is set in a stunning valley along the Karringmelk river. With magnificent mountains all around us it's a perfect location to go for an afternoon hike along the river, or just sit and relax reading a good book for a few hours before dinner.
To get to Lupela Lodge, we traverse three more of the Ben Ten high mountain passes. The Tiffindell-Tenahead Traverse, Volunteershoek pass and the absolutely stunning Lundin's Nek pass. On top of these three magnificent mountain passes, we also tackle the infamous War Trail and Dulcie's Nek. In between all that excitement, we stop for lunch at Bidstone farm for the best homemade pizza and apple pie you've ever had!
So why go on a Guided 4x4 Tour with us?
The answer is really simple: SA Adventure has been conducting off-road tours since 2009. Our track record speaks for itself and the relationship we have with all the lodges and hotels on this High Mountain Passes 4x4 adventure tour have been built up over years. We utilise the best possible accommodation and restaurants available in the areas that we travel to. We also have a world-class support crew to assist you while you are on your 4x4 adventure...
We have worked with and supported the likes of Charley Boorman, Billy Ward, Claudio Von Planta, Dylan Wickrama, Moto Aventures and Compass Expeditions on off-road tours all around the world.
We pride ourselves on safety and nothing is more important to us than your well being while on tour. We have a full support truck, lead and sweep guides and a qualified medic on every off-road tour. You always drive at your own pace and have the full support of our awesome backup crew.
It's time to jump into your 4x4 and get out and explore South Africa's awe-inspiring back roads. We meet up at our lodge in the afternoon. It's set in the picturesque Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands in the Kamberg Nature Reserve area not far from Nottingham Road.
Located at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains, the area is considered to be one of the most scenic in South Africa. It has some amazing gravel roads that we will be exploring on our 4x4 adventure. There is so much to see and do around here, from photography and hiking, but fly fishing in one of the many beautiful lakes is by far the most common pastime that is enjoyed in the area.
This morning we leave Lupela Lodge and head towards the quaint village of Rhodes. We drive over the Otto du Plessis Pass and the Bastervoetpad Pass. These are two more of the Ben Ten Eco-challenge passes, which makes seven out of the ten that we've ticked off our bucket list so far! The Bastervoetpad is an absolutely epic technical 4x4 route over the mountain tops and is named after the Griquas who settled around the area for a while in the 1860s. Beautiful waterfalls and rock formations showing evidence of past glacial existence can be seen on our 4x4 route up the mountain. On our way into Rhodes, we will also drive over the Bokspruit Pass and river.
The Historical village of Rhodes is located in the Eastern Cape Highlands, near the escarpment in the southernmost end of the mighty Drakensberg mountain range. This will be our base for the evening. We will be staying in some of the village's historical cottages, and having our meals at the Ou Pastorie restaurant with Elizma as our hostess.
On the last day of our 4x4 adventure, we leave sleepy Rhodes behind us and head back over Naude's Nek and down through the Potriver Pass. We will stop for lunch in Maclear at The Bean and Bun and then on to our final destination, Rest Haven Guesthouse in Matatiele. On our way to Rest Haven we have a couple of bonus gravel passes to traverse, Katkop, Moordenaars Nek, and the beautiful Swartmodder pass which hides a secret waterfall...
We will traverse seventeen amazingly beautiful South African high mountain passes on this tour:
Luzi Poort, Pitseng, Elandshoogte, Naude’s Nek, the Tiffindell-Tenahead traverse, Carlieshoekspruit, Volunteershoek, the War trail, Lundin’s Nek, Dulcie’s Nek, Otto du Plessis, Bastervoetpad, Bokspruit, Potriver, Katkop, Moordenaars Nek and the Swartmodderfontein passes.
This is going to be an epic 4x4 adventure! Places are limited to 12 people, so please make sure you don't miss out! Book your spot today and let the unknown become the adventure!