Located within the folds of the 2 000 million-year-old geology of the
Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site near Parys, Berakah’s trail runs
through an ancient landscape.
This 15 km self-guided trail is divided into nine sections, each with its own challenges.
along the way correspond with a map, and the dangers of each obstacle,
as well as the best way to negotiate them, are carefully explained
before you depart.
From a raised log bridge at reception the trail
heads off through forests, savannah and bushveld, and soon you are faced
with just about every conceivable obstacle.
Before you begin,
deflate the tyres and remove the running boards – there’s a good chance
they won’t make it through in one piece. Low-range is imperative
throughout. On the first section, Riverbed Run, you have to negotiate
a narrow, twisting track through a tightly-packed plantation, before
descending the Otter Slide.
This descent brings you alongside the Enselspruit, a potentially difficult riverbed crossing, often closed after heavy rains.
A steep climb out and you’re faced with Rocky Mountain.
side slopes only accessible with a precise line allow ascent of Bêrend
se Kop – before it rudely spits you out, sending you plummeting downhill
towards another wet crossing. From here on, pole crossings become the name of the game. Elephant Hill is next, taking you up a very steep, rocky, cross-axled climb.
At the crest, when all you can see is blue sky and cabin roof, it’s time to get out and plot your next move.
is no room for error as you slowly edge forward, tipping your nose over
what soon becomes a rapid descent into the river donga below, across a
narrow log bridge. It’s not for the faint-hearted.
Hill and Country Crawl, the next section, there are a number of
delightful braai and picnic spots. This is also your last chance to
detour from the terrifying one-way mountain section ahead.
Rising Climb goes steeply up a kloof alongside the tumbling Kleinspruit,
criss-crossing the river several times in its jagged rise north.
Low-range, first gear is the only way through. Breathe deeply, because you might just forget to when you are negotiating the Mineshaft.
this steep descent nice and slow, and stick to all the basics of 4x4
driving you have ever learnt; it’s scary as all hell, but perfectly
4x4 Trail Spec
- 4 Grading
- Low range Required
- Guide Optional
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