South Africa :: Eastern Cape
Category: Activity :: 4WD-Trail
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Drivers wishing to tackle this river crossing are advised to check the river conditions with the local ranger before attempting the trail. This is a grade 3 trail, there are sections that require a little extra attention. The trail, only accessible for 4x4s with low range, passes through a rich weave of terrains, between rivers and valleys, from mountainous forest to fynbos peaks and into the arid nama-karoo. The river bed is strewn with very large boulders which need to be carefully negotiated to ensure both you, your vehicle and the environment pass through unscarred. The trail can be easily completed within six hours.
Accommodation is available at Kabouga House or Mvubu campsite (camping only) on the Kabouga side. There are also conference facilities available. Kabouga House, is fully equipped self-catering, or Mvubu Bush camp, open area next to river with toilet, shower and braai facilities (fishing allowed at camp only) - contact Addo reception. Darlington Dam Fisherman's Cottages, fully equipped and self-catering, or camping at the dam.
There are various adventurous activities to engage in such as river rafting, the area is rich in fossils and Bushman's paintings, fishing, shark diving, elephant rides and hiking trails in the Suurberg Mountains and in the Woody Cape section. There are horse trails in the main camp and in the Suurberg Mountains as well as game viewing (self-drive or guided).
Please note that motorbikes are not allowed in National Parks, due to the wild animals.
|Address :||Eastern Cape, South Africa|
|Contact :||Addo Elephant Park Reception|
|Contact 2 :||Johannes Jaantjies|
|Tel :||+27(0)42 233 8600|
|Tel2 :||+27(0)84 812 0598|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Website :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Nothing|
Opening times: 06:00-18:30
|Fee/s :||R620 per vehicle per day, plus conservation fees per person.|
|Accommodation, Camping, Swimming Pool|
|Number of Trails :||3|
|Trail Length :||45km|
|Driving Time :||6 - 9 Hours|
|Difficulty Grading :||5 Rating|
|Management Agency :||National Park||Trail Access :||Public Access Allowed|
|Permit required :||YES|
|Permit Details :||None|
|Type of Trail :||Offroad - All vehicles|
|Type of Terrain :||The trail passes through a rich weave of terrains, between rivers and valleys, from mountainous forest to fynbos peaks and into the arid nama-karoo.|
|Comments :||The river bed by way of example, is strewn with very large boulders which need to be carefully negotiated to ensure both you, your vehicle and the environment pass through unscarred. Drivers wishing to tackle this river crossing are advised to check the river conditions with the local ranger before departure. No seasonal closure.|
Low range gears are required to complete this trail
Vehicle needs good ground clearance
The trail has substantial shade
Environmentally friendly practices are in place
|Closest Town :||Kirkwood|
The Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail between the Kabouga and Darlington areas of the Addo Elephant National Park provides breathtaking views and is rich in history. This route was the scene of fierce battles between the British and Boer troops during the Anglo-Boer war. Rock art paintings are found scattered throughout the area. The route travels through a variety of vegetation types, from riverine thicket, to afromontane forest, to fynbos on the peaks and into the arid Nama-Karoo of the Darlington area. This is strictly a 4x4 route and requires a vehicle with good ground clearance and low range. Bedrogfontein translates into Fraud Fountain. (Source: Mountain Passes South Africa).
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