Things To Do in CathcartFerndale 4x4 Trail
Where? +/- 20 km from Cathcart, Eastern Cape
When? Booking is essential.
How? Call +27 (0)82 784-4979
How much? Price on request
The Ferndale 4x4 Trails create a veritable playground for the adventurous. They are situated in the mountain ranges of South Africa, just outside the small Eastern Cape town of Cathcart, where the temperatures are extreme, the countryside untouched and the people warm and friendly. The Amathole Mountain Range is breathtaking in its beauty and scale, and makes for an idyllic backdrop to your 4x4 adventure.
The route comprises four different trails, which can be linked and connected by the drivers wanting to test their skills and vehicles. They are graded three to five, and can all be driven in either direction.
Although the Ferndale 4x4 Trails are open all year round, it should be noted that winters become extremely cold here, sometimes with snowfall. The trails take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to complete, as drivers are free to decide how they would like to tackle their route choices. They are made up of a variety of terrains; from rock and loose rock to boulders, water crossings and gravel.
These self-drive trails are varied enough to suit both experienced and inexperienced drivers. One of the trails, the Scenic Circle Route takes drivers through just shy of 19 kilometres of the highest peaks in the area, showcasing this part of the Eastern Cape to perfection. For those who are up for some adrenalin coursing through their veins, the Diff-Lock Alley and Wilder Route are both musts.
Along the way, the beautiful vegetation of the countryside can be enjoyed. This includes ancient cycads, beautiful aloes and plenty of gorgeous greenery. Other local activities that drivers and their friends or family can enjoy include game viewing, mountain biking, hiking, quad biking, fishing, canoeing or micro-lighting.
The trails of Ferndale must be booked ahead of time, which requires a minimum of two vehicles and a maximum of 20 vehicles.