Moolmanshoek is situated close to Ficksburg in the Free State..... and the most beautiful sandstone formations can be seen as part of the “Visiersker Berg” which is the highest mountain in the Free State. On the farm where we stay, which is actually five farms that have been combined to create a stunning paradise with game, hiking trails and 4x4 routes..... they have a luxurious sandstone lodge with thirteen exquisite rooms. There are also hiking huts for comfortable sleeping, small kitchen and ablutions and a small Lapa for gatherings.
Tour operators and tour group to meet in the afternoon on the farm at approximately 3:00 pm (Directions and information to be supplied on booking). Camp set-up is organised while off loading of vehicles. Alternative to camping, rooms in the lodge can be booked, however, please note that bookings must be made well in advance of tour dates to ensure availability. Registration is between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm followed by supper.
We enjoy breakfast at 8:00 am before embarking on the days drive. Our route follows the drift and ventures across a ‘wild valley’ up to the plateau lookout, dubbed the “Mini Serengeti” because spread across the valley before us, is an abundance of various species of game. Our route continues through an old wood bush with an abundance of bird life.... said to thrive in the area because of 27 varieties of insects. Our drive continues up the steep sandstone, where there is no evidence of plant life... stopping at a very large cave, which is invisible from view and said to have been the hiding place for women during the war. Continuing over the golden sandstone formations through gorges we reach a lookout at lunchtime from where you can see Sangomakloof. After which we return to camp to cool off with a shower... rest and relax and enjoy supper.
Wake Up! ....to fresh, clean air and enjoy breakfast, before we drive to the West side of the farm to view interesting sights and discover old farm history. Our route for the day follows steep hills and stunning sandstone formations.... where plenty of time is allowed for photo or video taking... at the top of the hill we stop to enjoy a panoramic view that is simply breathtaking. Our drive also takes us past a cave, where some of the more adventurous hikers sleep over.... however, we return back to camp to share 4x4 stories and review our days adventure, while enjoying a delicious supper.
Wake up in our own time and enjoy a late leisurely breakfast. Horse riding around the farm can be arrange for those interested, or hiking and nature walks for those who prefer, to enjoy the beautiful scenery and explore nature. Later that day, when all in the tour group are packed and ready, we start our journey home to the urban jungle.
You Will Need
4x4 Vehicle, Camping equipment and your own beverages. If it is a cross border 4x4 tour then you will also need: passports for all in your party, ID documents, drivers license, insurance consent letter, bank consent letter, third party insurance (for most countries), and if needed - malaria tablets. Please also consult with your General Practitioner and advise them of the country you will be visiting, and follow the necessary malaria precautions and take all necessary medications. Please note that each country has different malaria precautions, some require you have the injections and others that you take the tablets etc.
Adventurers and nature lovers.... be enthralled by the Majestic Mountain Peaks as the Black Eagles soar high above... and late at night you will hear the Jackals call on this 'Three Provinces 4x4 Weekender.
Just a short two and a half hours drive from Johannesburg, we reach our stop over venue... a local farm called 'Waterval' which is situated in the "Versamelberge" mountains a short distance from Volksrust. Our campsite is located at the foot of a soaring cliff and surrounded by gorgeous fauna and flora... A variety of indigenous plants, shrubs and trees to explore and admire, and an abundance of birds for the avid bird watcher to see. There is even a whole eco-system of small animals that young and mature alike will enjoy. There are beautiful guest flats available for self-catering or alternatively we can cater for you and your party.
Situated where the 'Three Provinces' meet - Kwa Zulu Natal, Mpumlanga and the Free State, is a sheer cliff at the top of "Langkrans" 2253 meters above sea level and is the place where the Black Eagles nest.... adventurous 4x4 routes, hiking trails, horse riding and bird watching.... are all available for you to choose and enjoy.
The 4x4 route includes stream crossings, mountainous and rocky terrain to traverse and even muddy holes to navigate around or go through.... as we accommodate the novice driver or more experienced adventurer on this tour. For those less enthusiastic members of your party, who would rather avoid a 4x4 drive, staying at the campsite allows for rest and relaxation in gorgeous scenic surroundings. The 4x4 route covers a 32 km drive and another 9 km "Wildkamp" route... maps and all GPS co-ordinates are supplied to you by your tour operator before leaving on the drive. As an alternative, there are two Battlefield routes between 70 and 100 km, which include visits to historical places of interest like the site of the battle of "Allemansnek", old graves, a tunnel, a museum with a zoo.... and freshly baked farm bread!
Tour Guides and operators will meet with Adventurers at 'Waterfalls Farm' - A historical farmstead more than a century old, approximately 1721 metres above sea level and 2 km within the mountain range.
Tour group meets after breakfast to leave on the 4x4 route through Wakkerstroom area to enjoy the splendour of nature with stops to see the beautiful views.
Tour group meets in the morning to embark on the 3 Provinces 4x4 main route, and continues on through the bush trail with a short stop at the Rooibektiptol camp site. Our drive continues through the mountain range with magical views from the mountain tops spanning East to West.... a sudden drop downwards takes us to the place of nature pools, where only the brave will indulge in a swim while most of us enjoy a toe dip. The route continues through dry river beds over the Pampoenstroom and continues on the Pietersieliebos forest route past the Vingepolle where the 3 Provinces meet. Doing a turnaround we follow another route down the mountainside through the dongas and back to our campsite at 'Waterfalls Farm'.
We begin the day by following the 'Wildskamp' Route and continue on with the Vredepad, through sites resonating with a part of our SA history. A stop at Rooddedraai Farm where we meet Gert the farm owner, and visit the museum and zoo which was also previously the site for a farm school. Here, we can also enjoy freshly baked farm bread, ginger ale and koeksisters, while children enjoy a ride on the horse cart and ponies. The route back to our home camp site includes stops to view the surrounding scenery.
A day to rest, relax and enjoy the surrounds of the home camp site and immediate area. There are hiking trails to walk, bird watching to enjoy, plus horse riding and clay pigeon shooting can be arranged at an additional cost. Departure for home in the afternoon at everyones own discretion.
Just two hours drive North of Johannesburg, will bring you to the country town of Naboomspruit. Bush walks with rich and varied bird life and hot springs draw visitors to the area. Scenic 4x4 drives across rugged terrain invites the avid 4x4 Adventurer to explore this natural environment. The climate is moderate during the evenings allowing for social fun and gatherings around a camp fire, and even in winter the days can be warm.
We meet at the beautiful bushveld farm called Serendipity. The farm is owned by Johan Klopper and will suit every nature lovers taste. We will enjoy supper and get to know each other.
We enjoy breakfast in the fresh clean morning air. Then we set out for some serious 4x4 driving with some steep rocky ascending and descending. The area is beautiful and very scenic, lots of places to stop and take photos and have lunch. After some more serious driving we head back to camp to cool off and relax while talking about the days driving and waiting for supper.
Waking up from a goodnights rest, we enjoy breakfast and set out to another days driving through the beautiful area of rocky driving. We will be doing some river crossings. There will be some man or mouse challenges for the daring or faint-hearted. Then we return to camp to relax and discuss the day while enjoying supper.
We wake up in our own time and enjoy a late breakfast. Then we slowly break up camp and head for home.
Thabazimbi means ‘mountain of iron’, and the region’s soils and rocks are indeed rich in iron ore, which has been mined here for some centuries, first by Sotho people, and now by the Iron and Steel Corporation (Iscor). Iscor laid out the town of Thabazimbi in 1953, and later established the Ben Alberts Nature Reserve as a recreational facility for its employees. The reserve covers 2 000 ha, and is watered by the Crocodile River, which is flanked by steep hillsides. In the background, the Kransberg (highest peak of the Waterberg range) is a magnificent and brooding presence.
A network of good gravel roads criss-crosses the reserve and some routes take you to lookout points with panoramic views of the reserve. Here you can expect to see an abundance of game, including white rhino’s, kudu, blue wildebeest, giraffes, eland, zebras and warthogs.
On our trips to the Waterberg (escaping the cold winter week-ends of Gauteng), we enjoyed the warm respite and subtle colours of the bushveld vegetation of silver grey, dusty fawn, grey-greens and golds, that throw a sharp contrasts against the rusty-red soil of the terrain in this remote region of South Africa..... Tall ant hills made from this rusty-red soil, some even more than 6 or 7 feet high are common when taking walks along bird watchers trails. Bird life is abundant and varied for the avid bird enthusiast. The stillness of the Waterberg region is absolute and profound for those seeking a well-deserved rest from the hustle and bustle of large city life. In the early morning coolness you can catch an abundance of small wild life, interesting reptiles - chameleons in amazing colours that fascinate young and old alike and are completely harmless. This is a fun and enjoyable week-end trip for families with even very young children.
Despite the fact that any angler will tell you that there are only three reasons to visit Loskop Dam, and those are fishing, fishing and fishing - since it is one of the Highveld’s best stocked dams with kurper, yellowfish, barbel and carp almost waiting in anticipation to be hooked - if like me, you would rather stay home than ‘fish’ ...don’t be misguided by that information alone... This vast stretch of water pools like simmering sky surrounded by rolling bush-covered hills and has many other attractions... a mild climate, peaceful scenery, varied fauna and flora, and a well-stocked game reserve all in ambient tranquil surroundings. The dam is also frequented by boating enthusiasts even while other holiday makers just relax in the sunshine on shore. The Loskop dam is conveniently located two hours drive northeast of Gauteng - just about 50 km north of Middelburg. The vegetation in this part of South Africa is remarkably varied because the Loskop dam, lies at the meeting of two very distinct ecological zones: the Highveld with its rolling grasslands and the Lowveld with its healthy abundance of thorny trees and shrubs which allows for an interesting 4x4 weekend getaway.
Most of the area surrounding the dam, including the 14 000-ha game reserve on the northern shores, comprises combretum-dominated woodland, which provides an ideal habitat for a variety of game, including white rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes and sable antelope. The bush gently beats with the song of many bushveld species of birds, such as kingfisher, bee-eaters, wood hoopoes, hornbills, barbers and fly-catchers (all of which I had the pleasure of seeing on my last trip ;o). Where bush meets water and sky ....listen carefully and you will almost assuredly hear the cry of an African fish eagle, as well as many other water fowl.... watching quietly from the shore of the Loskop dam you may even catch a glimpse of these wondrous birds in flight or diving to fish.
The emphasis on this weekender trip is family fun, relaxation and the enjoyment of all the Loskop dam and surrounding areas have to offer.
Outeniqua Pass (Mossel Bay)
We recently drove through the Outeniqua Pass in January 2007 and the only way to describe it is ‘breathlessly spellbinding’....
This is just one of a number of scenic routes traversing the jagged mountains that separate the Karoo from the lower-lying coastal terrace and the Indian Ocean. The Robinson Pass, built in 1886 by famous road engineer Sir Thomas Bain, climbs beyond Ruiterbos to 860-m summit of the Outeniqua Mountains (leaving you breathless in absolute wonder) before meandering its way down to the coastal town of Mossel Bay.
The Outeniqua Pass (799 m), linking Oudtshoorn to George, descends sharply on the southern side of the Outeniquas, along which there are many spectacular viewing points. Although the railway line follows the same route as the road we never saw a single train.
The Swartberg Pass was used by the early Voortrekkers as a way across the steep Swartberg range into the interior of the Karoo.... the present pass, opened in 1886 offers splendid views (especially at sunset) and many tempting picnic spots. Several kilometres from the summit, a road branches off to Gamkaskloof (Die Hel), a deep valley once inhabited by early pioneers.
About 35 km east of Oudtshoorn is the picturesque village of DeRust... and this little town lies at the entrance to Meiringspoort, which is distinguished by rugged precipices and soaring rock faces and serves as the link between the Klein and Great Karoo. Just about 3 km up the road there is a beautiful 60 m high waterfall.
Mossel Bay is a thriving town rich in heritage and history and home to the Bartolomeu Dias Museum. Five centuries of European exploration and colonial settlement are reflected in the scatter of buildings and relics that comprise Mossel Bay’s museum complex. The museum, which was developed over a number of years, opened in 1989 with a flourish, one year after the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Bartolomeu Dias, first European in modern history to touch South Africa’s shores.
Venda 4x4 Legend Rain Forest Tour
The Hi Adventure Eco-Tour - Venda Legend Area Tour is a guided tour, and you require your own 4x4 vehicle. There are Rental vehicles available for hire, (with a fleet of 300 rentals vehicles available), please contact us for more information. Petrol Budget: The Venda Legend Area Tour will cover a distance of 300 to 350 km’s from the meeting point at Camp Africa to the destination point (this excludes travel to Camp Africa and your return trip home). Maps of the tour are supplied to clients once booking and payment are made.
Hi Adventure Eco Tour Operators and Adventurers to meet for dinner at Camp Africa (directions will be supplied with bookings).
After breakfast, the entire tour group will depart to the Schoemansdal Open Museum to view a piece of real African heritage and enjoy some leisure time to soak up the country atmosphere. Then a 4x4 route up the Soutspanberg will be followed, which includes a walk on the famous “Angel Steps” path to the “Wims” outlook post and other interesting areas and outlook posts along the way. Late afternoon the tour group returns for a leisurely dinner around a camp fire with stunning African bush sunsets as a backdrop at Camp Africa.
Early morning breakfast is served and lunch preparations shared before departing to Vendaland. A visit to the “Holy Forest” and some spectacular waterfalls are part of the journey before reaching the Fundudzi Lake, where the tranquil beauty and gorgeous fauna and flora will breathlessly inspire even the most experienced adventurer. Low range 4x4 gear switching is usually necessary across this untamed landscape and all part of the fun... however, your experienced tour operators are always on hand and more than happy to guide you while enjoying your very own thrilling 4x4 experience. Then we return to Camp Africa to discuss the days events, share stories and enjoy dinner around a blazing camp fire adding to the days excitement.
After breakfast and lunch preparations the tour group will embark on their day’s drive through the Roodewal Plantation to Entabeni for a visit to “Redwoods” and Botha ‘s Pass while stopping along the route to enjoy breathtaking views at outlook posts over the Levubu and Venda areas before returning back to the “Urban Jungle”.
Parys Barakah 4x4
Approximately 120 km from Johannesburg (an hour or so drive), this family friendly getaway is located at the Vredeford Dome near Parys, which is currently being registered as a World Heritage Site. This 13 km long 4x4 route, is one of the most enjoyable and scenic one-day trails in South Africa.... Highly recommended by those who have already enjoyed the tour, and will take you the better part of four to six hours to complete.
We get together at the camp at Barakah. Where we will set up camp and for those brave one’s there is a swimming pool to cool off while waiting for supper.
We wake up to fresh clean morning air and enjoy breakfast. Then set off to an adventurous days 4x4 driving which includes 4x4 driving through trees, dongas, rivers, steep ascents and descents. There is also the Rhino Challenge for the very daring, adventurous 4x4 driver. Afterwards, we return to camp to relax and chat about the day’s driving and enjoy supper
After an enjoyable breakfast we drive back to Parys to the Vaalriver for a fun filled family river rafting day surrounded by the beauty of nature. Please remember to bring swim wear and at least one change of clothes, in case you get them wet as sometimes it can be cold. Returning to camp at Barakah, it’s time to break camp, pack-up and head for home.
If you want a really adventurous trip, with a tough drive and gorgeous scenery in wild untamed beautiful surroundings, try our Baviaanskloof weekender trip. This tour is best undertaken with our experienced tour operator who is also a qualified mechanic, and trained in first aid, with much experience navigating through challenging terrain. The route to follow is complex at best and one can easily get lost just trying to get there. From Heroncliff where the tar road ends the road is 168 km with only two petrol points.... then the gravel road turns north into the mountains, following the course of the Groot River sandwiched against cliffs. Passing the Goede Hoop Church settlement, the road crosses and recrosses the Wit River, passes the Cockscomb Forest Station and ascends a steep mountain pass, arriving on a broad escarpment. As we continue westwards, the road descends to the Bukkraal River, only 170 m above sea level, then dips into a meshwork of rolling hills. The road meanders through the hills, clinging to the edge of sheer drops as it rises for 7 km from the valley, up the main Baviaanskloof Pass. Driving cautiously is essential, even as the avid 4x4 Adventurer will thrill at this exhilarating experience. The drive continues through Coleskeplaas past the end of the tar road and the kloof starts to open out, where the road runs along the river. On both sides are the mountain peaks, seldom less than 300 m and often more than 700 m above the river. 20 km further along is Kleinpoort and then another 5 km the police post at Studtis where the Baviaanskloof Forest Reserve is situated.
Beyond Studtis the river gorge narrows and the road winds between tall peaks to Beacon’s Nek, where the kloof widens into the Verloren River Valley. Another 28 km brings you to the foot of the third and last pass, Nuwekloof. Although the pass is only 3 km.... The scenery is majestic, with steep krantzes flanking the narrow kloof and emerges onto the Karoo with a drive of 33 km to Willowmore.
You Will Need:
4x4 Vehicle, Camping equipment and your own beverages. If it is a cross border 4x4 tour then you will also need: passports for all in your party, ID documents, drivers license, insurance consent letter, bank consent letter, third party insurance (for most countries), and if needed - malaria tablets. Please also consult with your General Practitioner and advise them of the country you will be visiting, and follow the necessary malaria precautions and take all necessary medications. Please note that each country has different malaria precautions, some require you have the injections and others that you take the tablets etc.View Our Tours
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