WEL­GELE­GEN 4X4

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

Wel­gele­gen 4x4 is sit­u­ated 10km from the north­ern sub­urb of Brack­en­fell, on the Bot­te­lary road in the di­rec­tion of Stel­len­bosch. Make sure you get a size­able bag of bil­tong from Die Vleiswinkel (31 Kruis Street, Brack­en­fell) on the way, be­cause Wel­gele­gen’s ob­sta­cles will burn your en­ergy quickly. The trail is about 9 km long, with ob­sta­cles up and down the Bot­te­lary hills.You start on a steep hill that could cause a rude axle twis­ter or two if you choose the wrong line, but you’ll soon see it’s a walk in the park com­pared to the rest. Your sec­ond chal­lenge is a se­ries of rocky steps that re­quire very good aim. This ob­sta­cle is not made for ve­hi­cles with low ground clear­ance or run­ning boards.You see lots of scars where a few cow­boys left some me­tal from their un­der­car­riage be­hind (let’s hope it’s mostly from rock slid­ers). From there, you go through a se­ries of sim­i­lar ob­sta­cles as well as dirt ditches where you can prac­tise driv­ing off cam­ber and get to know your ve­hi­cle’s di­men­sions and turn­ing cir­cle. Af­ter these chal­lenges it’s a good gravel road up one of the high­est Bot­te­lary hills, with beau­ti­ful views over Si­mons­berg in Stel­len­bosch and the colour­ful vine­yards typ­i­cal of the area. It’s an easy bit of driv­ing, un­like some of Wel­gele­gen’s other nail-bite ob­sta­cles, like Broke­back Moun­tain. These ob­sta­cles are only meant for mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles with tyres stand­ing more than 30 inches high. So there’s fun to be had by ev­ery 4x4 driver, whether you own a Jeep Ru­bi­con that looks like a mini mon­ster truck or a stock stan­dard For­tuner with noth­ing more than a set of all-ter­rain tyres. Wel­gele­gen is a work­ing fam­ily farm and you’re re­warded with beau­ti­ful views over the vine­yards, pro­tea bushes and fyn­bos wher­ever you drive.The farm is open seven days a week and you can drive the route any day you want, but you have to book ahead and also bring a min­i­mum of two other ve­hi­cles with you.

DRIVE, THEN CHILL. Wel­gele­gen 4x4 has some se­ri­ous ob­sta­cles, but this road to a look­out point is pretty easy. The camp­site, on this pho­to­graph, is ba­sic but spa­cious.

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