What you need to know

Go! Camp & Drive - - TRAIL GUIDE | LOUVAIN’S OX WAGON TRAIL -

4x4/Low range/Diff lock? Your ve­hi­cle should be a full-on 4x4 with low range, al­though a diff is not necessary.

Max­i­mum amount of ve­hi­cles al­lowed? 20 per group.

Do I get a map? Yes.

Will I scratch my ve­hi­cle? It’s un­likely but in places the trail does run through thick fyn­bos and ba­boons do break branches next to the road. Gar­den­ing sheers will come in handy.

Should I take a com­pres­sor? It’s not necessary.

Can I braai next to the road? No.

Can I turn around half­way? No, the trail can only be driven one way.

Will I see game? There are ba­boons, bush­buck, duik­ers, bush­pigs, ea­gles and fal­cons to see on the trail.

Is there cell­phone re­cep­tion? In some places, yes.

THE ROUTE

Best time to go? March to May. Dur­ing the sum­mer, late morn­ing, fog from the sea rolls over the trail and dur­ing win­ter the road on the north­ern slope is full of wet clay and you won’t man­age with road tyres.

Can I take my fam­ily? Yes.

For the day or for the week­end? The Old Voortrekker Pass will take you 2–3 hours to com­plete. So put at least a day aside if you live near the Garden Route, or make a week­end of it if you’re com­ing from far.

Are there ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties? Not on the route it­self, only at Lou­vain.

Di­rec­tions Lou­vain is 50 km west of Union­dale on the R62.

GPS S33.811671 E22.649402

What does it cost? R200 per ve­hi­cle.

Con­tact 083 287 6927 (Nico Bester)

FULL BLOOM. De­pend­ing on when you go there’ll be plenty of flora and fauna to spot along­side the trail. Try to drive it be­tween March and May.

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