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4WD-Trail Burchell's Oxwagon 4WD-Trail

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Located in South Africa :: Western Cape (Klein Karoo)  :: De Vlugt
Category: Activity :: 4WD-Trail

This scenically beautiful trail through the Klein Karoo traces the route pioneered by botanist W J Burchell with an ox-wagon sled on 21 March 1814, while collecting samples for later study in London. It was discovered only at the end of 1998 when a fire exposed the original tracks. Spectacular scenic drives (including Prince Alfred's Pass), hiking, trout fishing and mountain biking. The route passes through changing scenery and that includes indigenous forest, steep rocky inclines and three river crossings, with clay, slate and sandstone surfaces along the way. The narrow 'tunnel' to Burchell's camp requires precision driving and some marshalling, especially for wider vehicles such as a Land Cruiser station wagon. (The occupants of each vehicle that reaches Burchell's campsite are asked to kill 10 exotic plants as a contribution to a superb area that is also home to the mountain leopard). Attractions along the way include diverse fauna and flora and the possibility of visiting rare rock paintings on guided tours when Katot is your warm and entertaining host. He recommends the use of at least two vehicles when the area is wet, and it can become treacherously slippery. When the going gets tough, just remember Burchell did it in an ox-wagon! Accommodation is available as camping with shower and flush toilet or mountain chalets. Bush camp with shower and flush toilet, De Vlugt Outeniqua Trout Lodge log cabins (4km) or 4x4 Info Centre in Oudtshoorn.(Information supplied by DriveOut Magazine).

Address :  Uniondale, 6460, Scenic Route 62, Western Cape, South Africa
Contact :  Katot Meyer
Tel :  +27(0)44 272 5114
Cell :  +27(0)72 199 1919
Email :  Click Here
Website :  Click Here

Rates and Payment
Fee/s :  R150 pv

Camping Swimming Pool
Accommodation, Restrooms

Trail Information
Number of Trails :  1
Trail Length :  20km
Driving Time :  6 Hours
Difficulty Grading :  3 - 4 Rating
General :  Low range gears are required to complete this trail
Vehicle needs good ground clearance
Trail Guides are available, but not obligatory
The trail has substantial shade
Drinking water is available
Environmentally friendly practices are in place

Travelling Information
Closest Town :  Uniondale

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