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4x4 Trail

The Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail between the Kabouga and Darlington areas of the park provides breathtaking views and is rich in history. This route was the scene of fierce battles between the British and Afrikaner troops during the Anglo-Boer war. Rock art paintings are found scattered throughout the area. The route travels through a variety of vegetation types, from riverine thicket, to afromontane forest, to fynbos on the peaks and into the arid nama-karoo of the Darlington area.

The route is only suitable for vehicles with 4x4 and low range facilities, both because of the terrain and to cause minimum impact on the environment. The 45km route is graded 2-3 and can be easily traveled within six hours.

The route is self-driven and can only be driven as a one-way, starting from Kabouga and ending at Darlington. Kabouga is situated about 40 km (one hour's drive) from the main park entrance, near the town of Kirkwood. Darlington is situated about 150 km (two hour's drive) from the main park entrance.

Accommodation is available in the form of camping at Mvubu campsite or at the Kabouga Cottage - both on the Kabouga side of the trail.

Cost: R550 per vehicle per day plus conservation fees per person.

  • Kabouga
    Mvubu camping (maximum of four people per site)
    R150.00 for the first two people
    R64.00 per additional person. R32 per additional child under 12

    Kabouga Cottage (sleeps six people)
    R600.00 for the first two people
    R260.00 per additional adult
    R130.00 per additional child under 12

NB: Bookings for the 4x4 Trail, Kabouga Cottage and Mvubu are to be done via Addo reception on Tel: +27 (0)42 2338619 or
Payment: at the Kabouga gate with cash or cheque only, as there are no card facilities available. Visitors are to provide their own firewood. Fishing is allowed at the Mvubu campsite and Darlington Dam.

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