7 day Guided, Self Drive,
South African 4x4 Tour.
Dinner and Breakfast included.
R 10 800 per person.
(children under 10 @ 50%)
Soft Roader Friendly.
24-30 September 2020.
(Heritage Day Weekend)
This 4x4 adventure is a must for any 4x4 and outdoor enthusiast. The objective of the tour is to rediscover South Africa after our lockdown has ended, bringing much-needed cash flow to the small lodges we'll be staying at on our adventure. No previous 4x4 experience is required. The itinerary is set out below, but be quick as we are limiting the number of places to 16! At SA Adventure, the client comes first so your safety and enjoyment of your tour is our number one priority!
We have breakfast at the hotel and then start heading for the wild coast. Our destination for the day is Mbotyi River Lodge. Situated at the mouth of the Mbotyi River and tidal estuary, its nestled between the rolling hills, lush tropical forest and the warm Indian Ocean. After exploring some beautiful back roads to get to the lodge, there's time to explore the beach or the nearby Double Falls and Cathedral Rock which are just a short hike away.
Today is an epic off-road driving day. We are heading towards the village of Rhodes in the Eastern Cape. We'll be driving up two bucket list South African 4x4 passes today, Naude's Nek Pass and the Tenahead-Tiffindell traverse. Boasting beautiful scenery and challenging terrain, we stop along the way to take it all in and take photos. After an exciting day of driving our 4x4's, we arrive at our accommodation for the next two nights, Tiffindell, situated at 2900 meters above sea level its the only ski resort in South Africa.
It's finally time to get out and explore again! We meet up at the famous Nottingham Road Hotel. Set in the picturesque Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands, the hotel has been in existence since 1889 and has a famous resident ghost called Charlotte. Before we all meet for dinner in the hotel's restaurant, you'll have time to explore the village, visit the Nottingham Road Brewing Company to try some of their amazing beers and you could even do a spot of fly fishing at Rawdon's.
Today is a rest day and it's yours to enjoy. You can relax at the resort and read a book or try some fly fishing, or you can join us on an optional extra we have planned for you, which is taking a drive in our 4x4's down the infamous War Trail for lunch down in the village of Rhodes. The trail, which is another bucket list 4x4 pass in South Africa, gives wonderful views of Halstone Krans and the valley farmlands beyond. There are some interesting rock formations along the route, the most notable of which is ‘Funnystone’ which lends its name to the farm opposite.
After breakfast, we leave Tiffindell via Carlisleshoek Pass. We are headed through the Eastern Cape to the small village of Hogsback via some very scenic gravel back roads. Situated in the Amathole Mountains, Hogsback and the Amatola Forest is often claimed, as J. R. R. Tolkien's inspiration for The Lord of the Rings. There is loads to do around the area, including visiting the Eco Shrine, but the most popular activity is to walk through the indigenous forests to the numerous beautiful waterfalls found in the area.
We leave the sleepy village of Hogsback and head towards the Free State Province and the Gariep Dam. We traverse another 4x4 pass today called Michel's Pass just outside Hogsback. It's a lesser-known pass and is only 6,5kms long, but it offers some great 4x4 challenges! We head through a couple of small towns today, stopping for lunch along the way. Perhaps the most beautiful dam in South Africa, the Gariep Dam lies between the Free State and Eastern Cape provinces. For the last night of our adventure we will be staying on a working Pop Corn farm situated on the banks of the Orange river, downstream of the dam wall.
In the morning, after breakfast, we visit the Gariep Dam Wall. Completed in 1971, is the largest dam in South Africa. 'Gariep' is an ancient San word for 'great water'. After we've explored a little we say our farewells to our travel companions, with whom we have shared this awe-inspiring South African 4x4 tour and memories to last a lifetime.
"Not all those who wander are lost."
So why go on a 4x4 Tour with SA Adventure?
SA Adventure has been conducting off-road 4x4 tours for just over 10 years. Our track record speaks for itself and the relationship we have with all the lodges on this South African 4x4 tour have been built up over the years. 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, guide and medic on every tour. You can relax on your 4x4 adventure and know that SA Adventure has taken care of all the details to make your experience an unforgettable one!