7 day Guided, Self Drive,
South African 4x4 Adventure.
Dinner and breakfast included.
R 10 800 per person sharing.
Single supplement R 1 800
15-21 September 2021, 16 places available
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.
A brief itinerary is set out below, but we will send you a more detailed one once you have signed up for the tour. 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 4x4 adventure is our number one priority!
It's finally time to get out and explore again in our 4x4's! We meet up at our hotel in the afternoon. It's set in the picturesque Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands in the Fort Nottingham area. Yes, there is an actual fort in the area and it has been turned into a museum, its well worth a visit to learn about the local history.
The area is considered to be one of the most scenic in South Africa and has some amazing gravel roads that we will be travelling down and exploring in our vehicles.
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'll be driving up two bucket list South African off-road passes today, Pot River Pass and Naude's Nek Pass.
Boasting beautiful scenery and terrain, we stop along the way to take it all in and take photos. After a rewarding day of off-road driving in our 4x4's, we arrive at our accommodation for the next two nights in the historical village of Rhodes.
Today is a rest day and it's yours to enjoy. You can relax in Rhodes 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 an off-road excursion around the area and down the infamous War Trail.
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 Rhodes via some beautiful gravel roads. We are headed through the Eastern Cape to the small village of Hogsback via some very scenic gravel back roads. Very exciting off-roading in this area!
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 and Labyrinth in the village.
We leave the sleepy village of Hogsback and head towards the Free State Province and the Gariep Dam. We traverse another pass today called Michel's Pass just outside Hogsback. It's a lesser-known pass and is only 17kms long, but it offers some great riding. We head through a couple of small villages today and also get to drive our 4x4's along the Devils Bellow's Pass before stopping for lunch along the way. Words cannot describe the beauty this pass beholds.
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 game 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!