Are you one of those adventurers who likes to tackle the road less travelled? The wide open landscapes of the Northern Cape province are perfect for off-road and 4×4 adventurers. If you want to test your driving skills across its mountainous terrain, deep ditches and dramatic dunes, this is the place to be.
The vast terrain of the Northern Cape – from mountains and dunes to never-ending flats – is often compared to a moonscape. While you may not experience zero gravity here, you will have some serious fun going on off-road adventures and exciting 4×4 trails.
The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, but also the least populated, meaning a lot of the land lies untouched. You’ll be amazed by the carpets of flowers, stretching as far as the eye can see, with jagged mountains in between that will put anyone’s driving skills to the ultimate test. It’s all worth it though with a mix of breathtaking scenery and roaming wildlife that will leave you in awe.
There are so many trails to choose from and some of them even offer the challenge of sand dunes.
The Best Off-Road Trails
- Egerton Trail
Have a go at this 50km-long trail, which explores sand, rocky hills and dongas.
- Nossob 4×4 Eco-Trail
This 200 km trail is in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, with challenging dune traverses.
- Witsand Trail
Here you can make a choice between two trails over dunes and mountains.
- Namaqua Trail
If it’s duration you’re after, tackle the Namaqua Trail, said to be the longest 4×4 route in the country.
- Richtersveld Route
Visit the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, or Riemvasmaak, with its three trail offerings. It covers 160km that vary from deep sand to extremely rough tracks, deep ditches to rocky plateaus – definitely not one for the novice!
- Augrabies National Park & Khamkirri
Experience the closest thing to driving on the moon, then on to Khamkirri, where the trails cater for varying abilities.
- Diamond Coast Trail
This trail along the West Coast will see you adding some sparkle to your trip with shipwrecks and diamond mines.
There’s also the Kalahari Trail in the Mier region and the robust Cobus se Gat Trail and the Toekoms Trail in the Namakwa District.
No matter which trail, or trails, you decide to go on, one thing is for sure – you’re in for a trip of a lifetime!