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Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail Kabouga to Darlington Dam

Unread postby karibaeve » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:48 pm

Hi, I am planning a five nighter in Addo Park and would love to attempt the "BEDROGFONTEIN" 4X4 TRAIL. :D I have been searching through the topics and different forums but need your help. i have a Nissan xtrail diesel , do you know the condition of the road recently? i am a bit hesitant to attempt it alone but i would hate to miss the opportunity as i believe it is a lovely trip.
Are there very bad areas where i might damage the vehicle or get stuck for a day or two :doh: :pray:
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Re: Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail Kabouga to Darlington Dam

Unread postby karibaeve » Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:18 pm

:huh: Is there anyone that has been on this trail that can help. thanks :hmz:
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Re: Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail Kabouga to Darlington Dam

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:05 pm

You will be able to do the 4x4 trail with any 4x4 vehicle or even a 4x2 vehicle as long as it has diff lock and provided the trail is not wet from rain.
The trail is grade 2-3 with an optional grade 5 river crossing. The river crossing should not be attempted on days when the Darlington Dam sluice gates have been opened but condtions can be checked with the ranger on duty.
Also note that the trail and the Kabouga section will be closed in the event of more than 5mm of rain as it becomes too slippery and dangerous.
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Re: Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail Kabouga to Darlington Dam

Unread postby jacquespienaar » Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:12 pm

We did it last year and it was a very nice experience. Planning on doing it again from Darlington to Kabouga this time. Just make sure you also have enough liquid refreshments(non-alcholic) as it can get very warm in that area. Your Nissan should do fine - just make sure you pick the correct line in the rocky sections. Enjoy it.

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Re: Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail Kabouga to Darlington Dam

Unread postby karibaeve » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:44 pm

Thank you JP. I am a bit desperate for feed back, so am gratefull .
i have heard the bush is not cut back and could get the vehicle scratched ! are there many serious rocky areas that could be a problem and how long did it take you.
I am really keen to do the trip, but don,t want it to turn out a flop, or have a six hour "shake about" or have to turn back.

Thanks again
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Re: Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail Kabouga to Darlington Dam

Unread postby jacquespienaar » Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:10 pm

Hi

I didn't get any scratches that I can remember and we did it in about 3 hrs. Go - you'll enjoy it!!! I think it was about 3 rocky sections.
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Re: Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail Kabouga to Darlington Dam

Unread postby karibaeve » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:14 pm

:D Thanks again. you have made up my mind, I will do it and post some pics.
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Re: Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail Kabouga to Darlington Dam

Unread postby J.J. » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:32 pm

It is really a beautifull scenic drive over the mountains. I think you must give yourself more than 3 hours to do the trip. 5- 6 Hours if you want to enjoy the scenery and take some photo's.

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Re: Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail Kabouga to Darlington Dam

Unread postby karibaeve » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:04 pm

:D Thank you very much for your inputs and photo's. We will soon be riding the Bedrogfontein Trail and will let you know how much we enjoyed it. :dance:
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Re: Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail Kabouga to Darlington Dam

Unread postby karibaeve » Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:41 am

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NOT FOR THE FEINT HEARTED.
Please only do this trail in a 4x4 with low range.Take it from me ,you can get into serious trouble, have a badly scratched vehicle.
Take spare wheels or puncture kits.
Let someone know that you are on the trail as there is no gate on the Darlington side. Travel only with another vehicle, don't do what i did and travel alone.
This is good advice.
What beautiful scenery but don't see it alone
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Re: Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail Kabouga to Darlington Dam

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:03 pm

It looks really beautiful. 8)

Thank you for that, Karibaeve :thumbs_up:
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Re: Addo 4x4 trail

Unread postby karibaeve » Wed May 11, 2011 8:34 pm

:shock: Has anyone done the Addo 4x4 trail lately, i would like to compare experiences :o
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Re: Addo 4x4 trail

Unread postby J.J. » Thu May 12, 2011 7:46 pm

It all depends on the vehicle you use...for my 4x4 Suzie...and my wife...it was a walk in the park. But, I agree that this is a definite 4x4 route where a low range gearbox is needed to protect you vehicle.
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