Buffalo Gorge: 4×4 and more

Buffalo Gorge is situated 36km north of Middelburg on the Groblersdal N11 road towards Loskopdam, meaning that it’s about two hours away from either Johannesburg or Pretoria, traffic gods willing.

Buffalo Gorge appeals to us because it has two 4×4 trails on the property, as well as a host of other activities such as horse-riding, abseiling, hiking, bird-watching, game-viewing, mountain-biking and more. So no matter what you preferred outdoor activity, this place should have it.

The longer 4×4 trail, referred to as the “Eco 4×4 Safari”, covers a distance of about 18km. The route offers an opportunity to explore the different eco-zones on the farm and visit the historical and ecological sites listed on the route directions, like the stunning views of the “Avontuur” valley and Selonsriver.

The Safari starts at the Base Camp and passes an old “Cattle Kraal”, one of the ruins on the farm. The 4×4-trail consists of everything from short mud sections, to rocky climbs and descents with marvellous scenery, and grass covered slopes.

Although rated as between a grade 2 and 3, seasonal changes could make the trail more challenging, especially when wet.

The second trail, namely the “Bobbejaanloop Playground,” is a more challenging river section consisting of 16 crossings of varying difficulty. You may require guiding to prevent vehicle damage.

As far as facilities are concerned, the rustic bush camp consists of a 14-man tent, four spacious six-man tents and 14 four-man dome tents (mattresses supplied) as well as 20 private cleared campsites for your own tents and caravans, with braai and water.

There is a fully equipped communal bush kitchen (Boskombuis), with fridge and freezer facilities.

Leisure Wheels has yet to visit Buffalo Gorge, but will do shortly. Look out for a review in the months to come.

Rates: the 4×4 trail costs R250 per vehicle, while camping starts at R75 pppn. For more information see www.buffalogorge.co.za, or contact Ryk Diepraam (013 245-1049; 083 528-9586; fax: 086 647-4074; [email protected])