4x4 trail

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?

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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

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