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Cape Town 4×4 Weekend Getaways


If you’re heading to Cape Town for a short time, it’s natural that you’ll want to see as many of the beautiful sights as possible, exploring as much of the region as you can in the time you’ve got. By embarking on a 4×4 weekend getaway, you’ll discover much more to this area than just the city, venturing into the wilderness and conquering some truly challenging off-road tracks.

Carel Pienaar agrees that seeing Cape Town and the surrounding area by 4×4 is the best way to sample the region. He says, “South Africa has some of the most varied and wonderful landscapes in the world, and the best way to see them is to drive through them! There is so much unspoilt beauty in this part of the world, you’ll be enchanted by what you find when you pick up a 4×4 rental in Cape Town.”

Here are some of the must-see sights for your Cape Town self-drive weekend:

  • Karoo National Park

If you’re looking for short but scenic routes which can be completed fairly quickly, head for Karoo National Park. There’s a short 20km route here which takes just 2-3 hours – or you can challenge yourself with the longer 85km route which takes up to 10 hours to complete. In this area you’ll find plentiful wildlife, from the bat-eared fox to the Steenbuck – especially if you’re daring enough to go at night!

  • Klein Tafelberg Trail

Situated just two and a half hours away from Cape Town, this adventurous 4×4 route will give you a rare glimpse of beautiful sandstone formations, as well as a number of incredible viewpoints that are great for panoramic pictures. You can camp overnight here safely, or finish the 20km in just a couple of hours.

  • Glen Oak Trail

Even closer to Cape Town is the Glen Oak Trail, located in the foothills of the Klein River Mountains. This trail is a short one – just 7km – but you’ll need to leave plenty of time to stop and marvel at the wondrous scenery, and snap some pictures while you’re there. There are some obstacles to overcome on the trail, all of which are colour-coded so you can gauge the difficulty level. Experience drivers could complete this trail in 3 hours, but those who are beginners, or prefer to savour the journey, can expect to be on the trail for up to 6.

  • Atlantis Dunes

This trail is around 45km away from Cape Town, and if you’re planning to visit, you’ll need to do a little planning in advance: the route requires a permit which you’ll need to obtain from the City Council in Cape Town during the week (the office isn’t open at weekends). Once you have your permit, you can enjoy a breath-taking day skidding all over the bleached white sand dunes here – and if you want to venture out of the car, you could try your hand at sandboarding!

That should be enough to fit into your Cape Town 4×4 weekend getaway. What are your must-see trails in the region? Let us know in the comments!

South Africa 4x4 Rentals - Cape Town
South Africa 4×4 Rentals – Cape Town


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