Our Top 4×4 Trails

by CapeNature

The Western Cape has some incredible 4×4 trails, which allow you to really explore the region and see the wilderness in a whole new light. The rugged trails on offer are often challenging, but the scenery and panoramic views are worth the effort! 

Walker Bay Fishing Trail

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Fishing enthusiasts will love the Walker Bay Fishing Trail. The trail gives anglers easy access to popular sites along this stretch of coast, such as Die Polle, Sopiesklip, Groot Duifklip and Klein Duifklip. It begins at the reserve entrance next to Wortelgat, passing through the reserve to the first stop and parking area at Die Polle. From here the route continues to Sopiesklip where beautiful rock formations make this an ideal picnic stop. Anglers still looking to hook ‘the big one’ can travel further along the route and try their luck at Groot Duifklip or Klein Duifklip.

A variety of marine fish are found along this coastline, including kabeljou, steenbras and the sought-after galjoen. Popular bait options include red bait, white mussel, prawn and seaworm.

Please make sure you have all the necessary permits for angling and bait collection. These permits are available at post offices and must be produced at the request of an official.

Swartberg 4×4 Trail

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Swartberg has a spectacular overnight 4×4 trail with stunning views of the Cape Karoo. Trailists should expect a scenic experience along this isolated route. With this trail of just under 28.4km (3-4 hours), you will find yourself cutting southeast, more or less straight across the top of the Swartberg, with views for hundreds of kilometres in almost every direction, from the Great to the Klein Karoo. You will even be able to see the Outeniqua mountains in the south, and the Nuweveld mountains in the north, on the horizon.

Fynbos, interesting rock formations, good birding opportunities and a quaint overnight hut at Bothashoek makes this route quite scenic. The Bothashoek hut has four rooms 1 kitchen area and 3 bedrooms with 4 beds each. Jet Master on the stoop is also provided.

Gamkaberg’s Zebra Crossing 4×4 Route

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By bringing your 4×4 to the reserve you can enjoy a far richer experience of what the Gamkaberg has to offer. The route covers a large and rugged section of the reserve, taking you to and from spectacular viewpoints more than 100m above the Little Karoo. The steepest sections have been strip-cemented for management purposes.

Guests can overnight at any of the reserve’s accommodation. The 16km drive to Oukraal can take approximately three hours, while there is option to explore for a further 20km.

Bookings can be made through CapeNature’s booking office.
Call 021 483 0190 or email reservation.alert@capenature.co.za

Please remember to check your tyre pressure is correct for the driving conditions always make sure you have the necessary permits for our trails.

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