In this, the official 4X2-friendly issue of Drive Out, editor Geoff Dalglish
puts the spotlight on 10 great 4X2 trails around the country, apart from the
usual Top Ten 4X4 trails.
These 4X2 trails are tops for combining a suitably
challenging drive with beautiful surroundings and sheer off-road run.
response to requests from so many readers, we?ve included places where you
can enjoy your 4X2 or soft roader," says Dalglish.
it's hard to tell the difference between the new generation 4X2 and 4X4
recreational double-cabs. Drive Out includes a feature that outlines just
what is possible and practical with various types of vehicles."
A further exciting new addition to Drive Out is an A-Z Route Directory
listing more than 260 4X4 trails ? literally all the trails Drive Out
could find in Southern Africa.
"The magazine contains hints and tips to the adventurous, outdoor way of
life that can provide the necessary sense of balance and re-connection with
nature that most of us crave deep down", says Geoff.
"We compiled a 16 page
treasure-trove of information on camping ? from the planning stage to what
to take, what to eat, where to sleep, how to pack your vehicle, permits and
visas, handy tips, an equipment buyers guide and more."
"Camping can be fun for kids too", says Naomi Herselman, publisher of Drive
"Sleeping out in the open, sitting by the fire or fishing in a stream
is guaranteed to get you closer as a family."
Drive Out takes a look at all
aspects of children and camping ? from basic bushcraft, safety around the
fire, hiking tips to star gazing.
Drive Out is available at Exclusive Books, CNA, Wordsworth, Spar, Hyperama,
selected 7-11 stores, Shoprite, Shell and selected garage shops and airport
bookstores. It sells for R34.95.
Other articles include an in depth look at South Africa?s concept of "peace
parks", a bold vision to convert 500 000 sq. km of open
landscape, across eight countries in Southern Africa, into transfrontier
conservational areas promoting tourism and harmony between humankind and
Drive Out?s 4X2 Friendly Top 10:
Aventura Resort Badplaas 4X4 Leisure Trail, Mpumalanga
Family fun extends to a scenic trail through a game reserve in the foothills
of the mountains with rhino, zebra and a variety of antelope.
Ithlala Game Reserve, KZN
One of the best-kept secrets around, Ithlala offers a variety of easy
trails, superb accommodation and unusually good value for money. A flagship
game reserve with something for everyone.
Karoo Eco Adventures, Western Cape
This is a guided adventure aimed squarely at 4X2 and soft-roader drivers. It
includes part of an old wagon trail and the Anysberg nature reserve.
Mac Mac Summit Route, Mpumalanga
One of the easiest trails in Mpumalanga, Mac Mac is a delightful mix of sand
roads and forestry tracks that explores the Safcol forests between Graskop,
Sabie and Pilgrim?s Rest.
Mahango Reserve River Drive, Namibia
Mahango is a little-known gem with rewarding wildlife encountered along
roads in good condition that makes for easy driving conditions.
Monteco 4X4 Adventure Trails, Western Cape
Monteco offers something to please drivers of everything from regular sedans
to hardcore 4X4s, with the emphasis on relaxation against a backdrop of
spectacular mountain scenery.
Perdeberg, Western Cape
Less than an hour?s drive from Cape Town, Perdeberg includes an easy, scenic
mountain trail that winds along flower harvesting routes with awesome
Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape
Soon South Africa's only mountain desert national park will link with its
Namibian neighbour, expanding the options for visitors who fancy an extreme
climatic experience, even if they like their driving easy.
Matjiesrivier, Western Cape
Recommended as part of a wider exploration of the Cederberg Conservancy, the
area?s attractions includes the Maltese Cross, Stadsaal and all those
remarkable unnamed rock formations.
The fact that this is Drive Out's most undemanding Namibian trail doesn't
detract from the magnificence of the dunes, the Namib-Naukluft Park offering
scenery that is inspirational and uplifting.