KLEIN TAFELBERG 4X4
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.