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The scenery and views on the route are spectacular, particularly of the Sundays River, where you might even spot a hippo. It's a historic route, used by Boer Commandos and British soldiers during the South African (Boer) War.
It's also part of a national park and therefore rich with plant and animal life, conserved in its natural state. Look out for black rhino on the Darlington side of the route as you drive through the rhino camp. Located within the Addo Elephant Park, the Bedrogfontein Trail is a self drive, 45km route between Kabouga and Darlington - that can be driven in either direction.
Surrounded by mountains, this rugged and somewhat isolated section of the park presents its own unique set of game viewing opportunities and off-road challenges. 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.
By and large a grade 3 trail, there are sections that require a little extra attention. 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. Beautiful yellowwoods line the riverbeds you cross along the way as you wind through valleys to the mountain top. Addo allows you to experience and compare four different vegetation types: valley bush thicket, afromontane forest, grassland and mixed fynbos and succulent Karoo. For those interested in history: this route was the scene of fierce battles between the British and Afrikaner troops during the Anglo-Boer war.
It can be easily travelled within six hours.
Accommodation is available at Kabouga House or Mvubu campsite (camping only) on the Kabouga side. There is 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 (barbeque) 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).(Information supplied by DriveOut Magazine).
|Address :||Eastern Cape, South Africa|
|Contact :||Addo Elephant Park Reception|
|Tel :||+27(0)42 233 8600|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Website :||Click Here|
|Host Website :||Click Here|
|Fee/s :||Available on Request|
|Accommodation, Camping, Swimming Pool|
|Number of Trails :||3|
|Trail Length :||45km|
|Driving Time :||6 - 8 Hours|
|Difficulty Grading :||2 - 3 Rating|
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|
|Distance to Kirkwood :||15km|
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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