It’s that time of year, the end is so near and yet so far away. Tempers flare up, weeks seem longer but you don’t want to take leave yet as you’re saving it all for December. What’s a man to do?
Rust de Winter Bundu trail
If you live in Johannesburg or Pretoria, the solution is simple. The Rust de Winter Bundu 4×4 Trail is situated halfway between Pretoria and Bela Bela, which means it’s easily within reach for a weekend excursion.
It’s 80km and takes two full days to complete and, while it’s a bit tricky in places, it’s also incredibly beautiful. Within the first kilometre you’ll feel as though you’ve been dropped in a remote location in the middle of Africa.
There are two ways you can go about this route. The first is a more intimate scenario, with just you and your family tagging along, the second with a group of likeminded individuals. The route requires that you know your vehicle extremely well, so if you’re taking a group of friends along, just makes sure they all know what they’re doing. Rust de Winter does offer driver training so don’t be too scared to attempt it if you’re a novice.
A typical weekend starts at the base camp on a Friday. The amenities are rustic but it has hot water and flushing toilets. What more do you need?
On the second day, the driving starts bright and early down Lover’s Lane. This particular obstacle is situated within a gorge surrounded by stunning trees. It is quite narrow and extremely wet so it’s a decent sample of what’s to come.
The rest of the way is mostly sharp rocks and dongas but since you are required to have a guide with you at all times, you should be able to complete it easily enough by simply following instructions. Rust