LEEUWENBOSCHFONTEIN

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

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).

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