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Trail Detail

Berakah 4x4 eco route

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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.

Signboards 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.

Steep 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.
There 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.

Between Elephant 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. 

The 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.
Take 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 negotiable.
  • Contact Person:Lenie and Andre Pretorius
  • Tel:083 339 9177
  • Province:Gauteng
  • Country:South Africa

4x4 Trail Spec

  • 4 Grading
  • Low range Required
  • Guide Optional
  • YesFuel
  • YesRecovery
  • NoFood
  • YesAccomodation
  • YesCamping

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