This guest farm between De Doorns and Montagu is a popular getaway and 4x4 destination about two hours’ drive from Cape Town. When you turn right onto the R318 about 22km after De Doorns and head south in the direction of the farm, it’s pure Little Karoo around you. About 27 km further you turn left on a long, straight dirt road to the farm entrance, where the renosterbos stands thick everywhere. Leeuwenboschfontein looks like an oasis when you drive through the gate. A bright green lucerne field stretches across the property and the gardens and lawns around the chalets and campsites are equally green. Farm dams sparkle full of borehole water. The farm’s 4x4 trails start behind the campsite. There are two: Loop 1, leading up a large hill to a lookout point, and Loop 2, running in a circle over some smaller hills below the lookout point. Leeuwenboschfontein has something for everyone, but the owner, Johan Roux, caters mostly for standard vehicles and inexperienced off-road drivers.The trails were meticulously laid out by the previous owner, Jannie du Plessis, a well-known personality in 4x4 circles. Incidentally, he also complied with all of the requirements set out by the Department of Environmental Affairs, officially making this trail an environmentally friendly one. We drove Loop 1 in a standard Chevrolet Trailblazer with highway-terrain tyres and had no difficulty or damage. Most of this loop is a good twin track, and where the rocky hills get rough, Johan filled the worst holes with cement or put wiring over the loose rocks. Note, however, that you still need a low-range gearbox if you want to drive here, so things aren’t too easy. Loop 2 is also a lot more challenging than the first one and our Chev – with running boards and road tyres – wasn’t the right vehicle for Loop 2. This trail is not a car breaker
either, but it has more rocky obstacles where you really have to concentrate and choose your lines very carefully, says Johan. Obstacle names like Lion’s Balls should give you an idea of what things look like on Loop 2. Johan also had a sort of playpen bulldozed open near the campsite where you can tackle meaty ascents, descents and some mud. But our standard Chev was sufficient here too. Leeuwenboschfontein has been among Drive Out’s top trails in the past and André de Villiers from Safari 4x4 chose the farm as one of his top five Platinum destinations. So you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy the driving and all the rest if you head this way.
I want people with normal vehicles to be able to come here and drive through nature, enjoying the environment.” Johan Roux is the owner of Leeuwenboschfontein guest farm.
FUN WITHOUT BREAKING STUFF. The worst rocky hills on the main trail to this beautiful lookout point and braai area (above) are covered with wire (take a good look at the photo on the left) so you won’t slip.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. Apart from the trails, you can fish in this large dam (below left) and relax in a campsite, bush camps or a variety of chalets, for example the one below right.
DRIVING FOR DAYS. Leeuwenboschfontein has a lot of fun drives. There’s the relatively easy but picturesque Loop 1 (below), the tougher Loop 2, and this playpen in the sand (above).