KLEIN TAFELBERG 4X4

Go! Camp & Drive - - Weekend | Western Cape -

Drive Out named Klein Tafelberg one of its top 10 trails a few years ago and not much has changed here since then.You can still drive this post­card-pretty trail ev­ery Satur­day un­der the guid­ance of the farm owner, Stephen Burger. Stephen’s 4x4 trail is ideal for fam­i­lies and groups who want to spend a day driv­ing in na­ture. He doesn’t al­low things like pipe cars or highly mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles, he says, since this is more of a na­ture trail than an ob­sta­cle course to play on. There­fore the 20 km-long route through the bush is mostly a re­laxed, sandy twin-track through fyn­bos and unique rock for­ma­tions. It takes you high up a hill, with beau­ti­ful views over the Sand­veld be­tween Piket­berg and Elands­baai. It’s rem­i­nis­cent of the Ceder­berg’s rock for­ma­tions, but here in the Sand­veld you’re in potato coun­try. As you drive up the moun­tains, green, spill-point fed plan­ta­tions stand for kilo­me­tres on end to the hori­zon. Here and there you can make out the shrub-like plan­ta­tions typ­i­cal of rooi­bos. Stephen’s mar­ket is stan­dard ve­hi­cles, he says, but that doesn’t mean Klein Tafelberg doesn’t have a good chal­lenge or two. Only ve­hi­cles with low-range gear­boxes are al­lowed since there are steep rocky climbs with axle twisters and equally rocky de­scents along the way. And to­wards the end of the trail you’ll meet Heart­break Hill – a mean climb through thick sand. It re­quires a tricky bal­ance be­tween cor­rect tyre pres­sure, enough mo­men­tum, and ac­cu­rate driv­ing to get your ve­hi­cle over large sandy holes and a sharp turn up the hill. And if you over­cook it you might just dig in up to your chas­sis. Stephen gives each ve­hi­cle three chances to con­quer Heart­break Hill, but few driv­ers get it right the first time, he says. In fact, many 4x4 en­thu­si­asts re­turn to Klein Tafelberg be­cause this ob­sta­cle still haunts them. So make sure you take in a sug­ary drink at the Vul­stasie (fill­ing sta­tion) – a pit stop at a beau­ti­ful view­point – be­fore the fi­nal ob­sta­cle. Your body will prob­a­bly need it soon af­ter. When you’re done with the trail, you can re­lax in a very neat camp­site for the rest of the week­end. The stands are laid out on soft sand and there’s lots of shade, as well as a swimming pool to shake off the heat (it was 36°C dur­ing our visit… in die mid­dle of April!). There are also four neat, fully equipped self-cater­ing units. All you have to bring is bed­ding, tow­els and some­thing for the braai. There’s also a bar with DStv where you can pull in late af­ter­noon for the rugby be­fore light­ing your fire and set­tling in to en­joy the beau­ti­ful, cool Sand­veld evenings.

This is a ‘shiny car trail’. Peo­ple who drive their stan­dard 4x4s to work dur­ing the week can come and drive them here over the week­end.” Stephen Burger is the owner of Klein Tafelberg.

FOL­LOW THE LEADER. Some of Klein Tafelberg’s ob­sta­cles are steep, rocky climbs. But you’ll do them un­der the help­ful guid­ance of the farm owner, Stephen Burger, in one of his Landies.

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