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Top 5 4x4 Trails In South Africa

Explore South Africa's top 4x4 Trails with Extreme Lights  

South Africa's local landscapes are as varied and wonderful as the country's people themselves. They lure visitors from all over the world who want to experience the unbelievable beauty and abundance, the wildlife and plant life, the unspoken magic of Africa.

Part of the appeal of experiencing South Africa’s countryside is taking its many 4x4 trails and getting to explore the many different types of environment.

Some trails are designed to test the abilities of the driver, while others are far easier and more fun for those not accustomed to the technicalities of formal 4x4 trails, keeping family outings in mind. 

4x4 Trails are often paired with camping, game drives or safaris to complete the South African experience, complimented with only the best Extreme Lights Off-Road Spots & Light Bars to #lightupyouradventures. 

Here are the top 5 4x4 Trails as listed by SA-Venues:

1. The Namaqua Eco-Trail

This is an easy self-drive that comprises two parts. The first is 328 kilometers long while the second is 284 kilometers in length. There are informal camping spots along the way, perched on the magnificent river banks and boasting exquisite views.

Road to Hell is a turn-off on the first section. This is an exciting detour, but should only be attempted by the experienced 4x4 driver in convoy with other vehicles. It is a very technical drive.

 2. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

There are a number of 4x4 trails through this park, ranging from 13 kilometers (called the Leeuwdril Loop) to four-day options. The Polentswa Wilderness Trail is 257 kilometers long and the Kaa Game Viewing Trail is 191 kilometers long. There are unfenced camping grounds available as well as chalets.

The wide open spaces are covered by a duvet of white grasses, sliced through only by brick-red sandy trails. The trails need to be booked in advance. The costs for the various trails vary. Trails can be self-driven or guided.

3. The Loch Maree

Experience the wide open spaces of Southern Africa on the easy to moderate Loch Maree Trail. This is a working sheep- and cattle farm and a reserve that is home to a number of antelope and other wildlife.

The 4x 4 trail is 50 kilometers long, and drivers are advised to deflate their tires before they begin. There is camp accommodation available as well as chalets and a Bed & Breakfast.

4. The Augrabies National Park

At just less than 100 kilometers long, this is an easy, self-drive route. It is a round trip through the sparse, scrubby landscape of the park. While the course may look rather easy, it is definitely not recommended that anyone attempt it in a sedan, especially for the water crossings. However, it is easy enough for any 4 x 4 and does not require too much skill.

Chalets and camping facilities are available. There is no charge to do any of the trails. Echo Corner is a detour, which extends for seven kilometers and offers spectacular views. The river is inviting; a perfect place to unwind within the beauty of the untouched South African landscape.

5. Sani Pass in KwaZulu-Natal

As one of the highest mountain passes in the country, Sani Pass is an impressive 2 865 meters above sea level. The spectacular Drakensberg mountain pass provides unforgettable scenery that makes the technical route and tricky techniques required well worth it. This has been rated as being strenuous to the extreme.

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Information Source: SA-Venues.com