The BosvarkS Diggers Hole 4×4 Trail, situated close to Cullinan east of Pretoria, is a brand new track. So new in fact, that sections of it are still under construction. We headed to the new trail to get a taste of what’s already on offer, and what’s on the menu for the future.
Michael van Dyk, previously of Wolwekloof 4×4 trail fame, has created a brand new trail, just outside the town of Cullinan, a proverbial rock’s throw from Pretoria. The new trail is a work in progress but there are plenty of 4×4 obstacles to test one’s driving skills and machinery. Even the massive 4×4 Muscle Trucks Toyota Hilux had a major workout on some of the tests. Driving the trail was a true man versus nature affair. Since most obstacles around the trail are relatively untested, we took things as they came. We would arrive at an obstacle, determine our line, and use everything at our disposal to conquer it. It was off-roading 101 at its best.
While this proved to be massive amounts of fun, the result was one tough challenge after the other. Even the training course, which we opted to do, challenged the Toyota Hilux. We even got uncomfortably close to getting embedded on one particularly challenging obstacle, where even the Hilux, with its 37-inch wheels, ran out of ground clearance. So there certainly are plenty of 4×4 challenges to be had at BosvarkS Diggers Hole. Besides the more imposing challenges, the training section (obviously) comprises some typical training-style obstacles where less-experienced crews can hone their skills before tackling the bigger challenges. There are even a few small dongas to navigate with great potential for dirty fun during the rainy season.
Since the track is still a work in progress at the time of writing, Van Dyk is looking at possibly closing down some of the more challenging obstacles. The good news for 4×4 adrenaline junkies is that there will, undoubtedly, still be plenty of ‘oh-my-goodness!’ obstacles to contend with, including a sand pit. Experienced 4×4 drivers can skip the training section altogether, and head straight for the adventure trail. It’s a windy and twisty tweespoor track that features plenty of natural obstacles. To make it even more interesting, it is divided into two sections: a green and red loop.
Anyone with a standard 4×4 with low-range can enjoy the green loop as it features reasonably straightforward obstacles with some climbs and a few ruts. The red route, though, should only be attempted with a combination of caution and preferably a vehicle with a rear-differential lock. We had the opportunity to sample a few of the more difficult obstacles on the latter section. One such obstacle is what trail operator Van Dyk calls the Daredevil Challenge. He plans to scatter similar obstacles across the length of the trail, giving adrenaline junkies the opportunity to push the envelope. The 4×4 Muscle Trucks Hilux completed the Daredevil Challenge, but it’s not quite suited to newbies, and certainly not to 4×4s without a rear differential lock or very good off-road traction control.
Another highlight was a steep and uneven climb over some loose sand. While it looks quite the modest obstacle when you inspect it, the slippery surface will likely catch out quite a few unwary drivers. There are also plans to establish an extreme route that will wind up a mountain and over some of the most difficult obstacles imaginable. Not every Joe Soap will be able to conquer it, though, since only vehicles of the heavily modified variety will be allowed to attempt this track. The BosvarkS Diggers Hole 4×4 Trail is not just about grinding and sweating behind the steering wheel. Drivers can stop and smell the proverbial roses at one of the picnic spots scattered around the trail. Here you can tan a tjop at the braai facilities that are provided and enjoy the spectacular views the area has on offer. After a tiring day on the trail, adventurers can pitch their tents at one of the 12 camping stands located at the base camp. We highly recommend this option. A lapa is available for functions. This trail offers a new playing field for Gauteng-based 4×4 enthusiasts. We dig it. If all of Van Dyk’s visions come to fruition, it may very well become a popular day-trip or weekend breakaway.
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Name BosvarkS Diggers Hole 4×4 Trail
GPS co-ordinates S25°39.068/ E28°25.352
Accommodation Camping facilities are available
Food Braai facilities are available
Difficulty level 1-4 for standard 4x4s
Vehicle required A standard 4×4 with low-range will likely be able to complete the course, but a rear-locking differential is recommended for the more difficult sections.
Self drive Yes.
Price Trail = R200 per vehicle/ Camping R150 per night for our people.
Contact Michael van Dyk: 083 409 8058 or [email protected]
Text and photos: Deon van der Walt