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South Africa :: Mpumalanga
Category: Activity :: 4WD-Trail
There are 2 trails, varying in length from 34 to 100km, and would take 6 - 8 hours to complete. Trails are suitable for a soft roader (a vehicle without low range), low range gears are required to complete the trails, vehicles need good ground clearance, trail guides are available, but not obligatory, rescue services are available, GPS waypoints are available, quad bikes are welcome, camping facilities and covered accommodation is available, food/catering is available or there is a shop with supplies.
Three hours' drive from Gauteng, near a little town called Volksrust, lies a gem of mother nature that is well worth exploring. It's a place that has been blessed with abundance. Where waterfalls flow with the changing of seasons and black eagles soar above your head. Here, you get the feeling somehow, that this is the way God intended it.
For man to be silenced in awe. Welcome to the world of Three Provinces. Situated on the farm Waterval, the Three Provinces Trail is aptly named. This is the place where three provinces actually meet. Here on top of Langkrans, a sheer cliff 2 253 m above sea level, is where KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Free State officially meet in a masterpiece of nature.
On the strength of that alone, Drive Out is tempted to say 'just pack your bags and go. You will not be disappointed.' And you won't be - but, as always with our Top 10, there is more. The Three Provinces Trail is located on the Natal Battlefields Route. To compliment this, Three Provinces offers an historical Route of their own. This route, the Roodedraai Battlefield Route, varies between 70 and 100 km and takes a full day to complete.
It takes you onto the adjoining farms, where the battles of Allemansnek, Karenplaats and the famous Amajuba took place. A guide vehicle and historical expert are available for this route and Drive Out recommends you go with the option. The Waterval farmhouse itself dates back to the 1800s, so the farm is steeped in history.
It's been in the Geldenhuys family since 1952 and Ronel is a mine of information and anecdotes on the region. Just one question could you keep you entertained for hours.
The other alternative is the Three Provinces Route. This one is approx 4 - 5 hours, 34 km long and is suitable for quads and off-road bikes as well. The focus of the trail is definitely scenic, but there are some interesting and challenging sections, where drivers need to keep their wits about them.
There are numerous side routes that can be taken from the main route. One of these is Helshoogte, a grade 5 incline with loose boulders and a stream running down the track, it has humbled many a driver, so be careful. Here a calm, experienced head and good knowledge of your vehicle is needed to negotiate the trail to the top. (In wet weather it's even worse - the conditions on the trail change drastically, making recovery gear essential.)
At the end of the day, Three Provinces is about the surroundings and country living. Accommodation options includes a farmhouse, guesthouse or campsite. Overnight accommodation is available in the two-bedroom farmhouse, which sleeps six and offers catering, or in one of two self-catering guesthouses, which sleep six and twenty respectively. The campsite at the foot of a cliff has hot water but no electricity.
The nearby Roodedraai Museum is well worth a visit. It exhibits relics of old country living and there is a children's pet farm nearby.(Information supplied by DriveOut Magazine).
|Address :||Vingerpolle, Mpumalanga, South Africa|
|Contact :||Ronel Geldenhuys|
|Contact 2 :||Herman Geldenhuys|
|Tel :||+27(0)17 735 5286|
|Cell :||+27(0)82 785 8002|
|Fax :||+27(0)86 657 6758|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Best Time to Visit :||All Year|
|Fee/s :||R130 pv|
|Accommodation, Camping, Shop|
|Notes on Activities:||(Some activities may be offered nearby).|
|Trail Length :||34 - 100km|
|Driving Time :||6 - 8 Hours|
|Difficulty Grading :||3 - 4 Rating|
Suitable for soft-roader - vehicle without low range
Low range gears are required to complete this trail
Vehicle needs good ground clearance
Trail Guides are available, but not obligatory
Rescue Services are available
GPS Waypoints are available
Environmentally friendly practices are in place
|Closest Town :||Volksrust|
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