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MZNP: 4x4 Trails

Unread postby Bartman » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:23 pm

Hi all

With regards to the 4x4 trails in MZNP (and other parks), what 4x4 vehicle will be sufficient? Will a 4x4 SUV be ok or would it have to be a 4x4 bakkie with low range and higher ground clearance?

I have a Mitsubishi Outlander so need to know if I can venture on these trails?

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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby wanderw » Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:58 am

Hi Bartman
We did one of the 4x4 trails in MZNP in July 2009. Both the 4x4 trails were graded level1/level2 at that time(not a tough trail). We did not need low range on the trail we did. Also, there was a Subaru Forrester ahead of us, and this vehicle managed fine. I suggest that when you get to MZ, check with reception about the state of the trails.

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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby Bartman » Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:57 pm

Thanks Wanderw :D

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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:30 pm

Hi fellow East Londoner :D

I agree with Wanderw - the 4x4 trails I did in MZNP last year were the same.
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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby Bartman » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:19 pm

Well once again we had a lovely trip to MZ and Addo. We finally managed to find the buffalo, black rhino (x4) and cheetahs all in the space of 2 hours!!

I ventured on the Juries dam 4x4 trail and managed that ok. Coming down was a bit tricky as the rocks were quite loose.

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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:32 pm

Thanks for reporting back Bartman. We are planning to spend a couple of days at MZNP next week and I will be SO excited if I have the same sightings you had :dance:
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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby wanderw » Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:30 pm

We have just returned from MZNP and tried 2 of the 4x4 trails. The new trail - the Umngeni Loop - was quite steep in parts and there was one very steep rocky section where there was evidence that vehicles had got stuck(which made it worse for other vehicles following). SO used low range on this trail. We also did the Juriesdam trail, this one was relatively easy, but had a few steepish downhills.

Given that we have not done a lot of 4x4 trails, this is how we rated the trails:(1 = easiest)
Sonnenrust - 1(we tried this trail in July 2009)
Juriesdam - 2
Umngeni Loop - 3(in our opinion low range was needed)
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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby Bartman » Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:06 pm

Hi Wanderw

Thanks for the report back. When we were there I asked at reception and was advised not to attempt Umngeni loop due to the steep inclines. Have never attempted Sonnenrust. Is this route worth doing?

Was it nice and cold at MZNP :) ? Any good sightings?

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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby wanderw » Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:25 am

Hi Bartman

I believe Sonnenrust is worth doing. There is also a lovely view point on this trail. As far as animals go - we saw quite a lot of zebras and antelope, and birds. And we found the cheetahs where the end of the trail joined the Link road. :dance: We would definitely do this trail again, ran out of time this trip though! :wall:

MZNP was not as cold as July 2009 - at first! :wink: We had a lovely surprise our last morning, when it snowed in camp! It was great to be in the middle of snowflakes falling!(a light snowfall)

Sightings - We were very happy with these. :thumbs_up: We saw cheetah, buffalo and black rhino, as well as aardwolf. (I hope to post some pix once I get sorted)
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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby Bartman » Sun Jun 20, 2010 1:44 pm

Thanks Wanderw :dance: :D

My SO and I really love MZNP. I will give Sonnenrust loop a go next time.

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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby NickyG » Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:14 pm

So I doubt that I would be able to tackle this in my Chevvy Spark then ???
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(U think I'm joking.....Ive been thru' Baviaans Kloof twice in it...)

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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby Bartman » Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:49 pm

:funny: :funny: :funny:

I've seen worse things than that NickyG :D

What's the worst that could happen? get stuck and a rhino comes to help you push..

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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby NickyG » Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:39 pm

heheh a rhino is bigger than my car :P
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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby Haupie » Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:42 pm

the umgeni and juriesdam 4x4 trails are really good in MZNP. i dont think a chevy spark (or a normal sedan type for that mattter ) will make the routes. they are too steep and rocky in my view.

BUT... a very important thing to remember when visiting MZNP, is that you will not be able to see it all if you do not drive a 2x4 or 4x4. as my one mate said, you need diff lock to do it properly in MZNP
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Re: 4x4 trails

Unread postby NickyG » Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:31 pm

Havent done those yet, but I did take a drive around Darlington Dam area :)


As I said Ive been thru Baviaans, and Ive done teh Grootrivier pad from the Patensie-Rocklands turn off thru to Steyterleville. A guy with som mountain bikers in a pajero told me "Jy salli maak ni" I just said Ja Oom, and it was a lovely drive, apart from one place going up the bumpy mountain, my fat mate had to get out and direct me over teh boulders hehe
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