What you need to know
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.
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.