Things To Do in BarbertonEbutsini 4x4 Trail
Where? Starting at the Ekulindeni Tourism Centre, Barberton, Mpumalanga
When? Permits for this route can be obtained from the Ebutsini Cultural Village.
How? Call +27 (0)17 884-0352
How much? Price on request
The Ebutsini 4x4 Trail is nestled between the Songimvelo Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga and the border of Swaziland, an independent kingdom bordered by South Africa. It is 55 kilometres from eManzana, and allows for some excellent sightseeing for visitors that appreciate the magnificence of the South African outdoors.
This trail is 30 kilometres long and has a grading of 2 to 3. As such, it usually takes between four and five hours to complete. It is a circular trail with an interesting terrain that combines stream crossings and muddy areas with rocky mountainous parts and gravel service roads. Although there are areas that will challenge drivers and the co-pilots, the Ebutsini 4x4 Trail is a self-drive course. For larger groups that would prefer some assistance, there are guides available with prior arrangement.
The picturesque 30 kilometre route at Ebutsini showcases incredible landscapes, some of which are best enjoyed from the viewpoints. There are a number of villages in the area, and drivers are able to witness the rural side of the life of many South Africans. These surrounds are also characterised by stunning vegetation, which is the natural habitat to many wildlife species, including a plethora of bird species.
Starting at the Ekulindeni Tourism Centre, the Ebutsini 4x4 Trail is a community initiative that is designed to uplift the community and promote job creation. So, by embarking on this 4x4 excursion, visitors not only have the opportunity to experience the loveliness of the South African countryside, but are also playing an integral role in the upward movement of the folk that have this as their home.
Because this trail is not particularly challenging, those looking to test their skills may prefer the obstacle course. However, this should not be attempted by anyone that is not an advanced driver with well-equipped 4x4 vehicles, complete with recovery equipment.