4x4 off road trails in the Kruger Park

See areas of the Kruger Park, that are off the beaten track and that are not normally accessible to the average tourist.

A great opportunity to see animals, and experience a bush adventure as you pit your skills in your 4x4.

There is a daily limit of six vehicles per trail.

The trails are designed as unique adventure experiences to add value to your stay in the Kruger National Park.

Although not so much challenging, a 4x4 vehicle is essential to minimize environmental damage. Some of the trails have dongas or river beds to be negotiated while all can be treacherous in the wet season.

There are four adventure trails in the Kruger National Park

Madlabantu (Man-Eater) 42 km

Begins from Pretoriuskop

Pretoriuskop - Fayi Loop and winds southward towards, and then along, the Nsikazi River through Big 5 country. The northern part of the trail leads north from the Napi Road and loops past Mtshawu Dam before turning south to rejoin the Napi Road near Shabeni Koppie. The route is also traversed by a guided hiking trail, so don’t be disturbed should you accidentally meet trailists en route.

Mananga (Wilderness) 48 km

Begins 11 km from Satara

Traveling a short distance north before turning east into knob thorn / marula savannah. Here you can expect herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, and of course their predators –– including cheetah.

Nonokani (Drive Slowly) 62 km

Begins 14 km from Phalaborwa Gate

This route meanders southward through mopane / bushwillow woodlands to Reënvoël Dam, an ideal spot for breakfast if you make an early start. The route then continues towards and along the Olifants River where lunch can be eaten at any of the two viewpoints of the river itself. White rhino middens indicate the presence of these enormous animals in the area. Look out for the many pure-white rock outcrops in the rugged Olifants River Bushveld. The trail eventually ends once past Sable Dam.

Northern Plains 49 km

Begins 12 km north of the Babalala picnic site (Shingwedzi/Punda Maria)

Heads eastwards into mopane scrubveld, on sometimes slippery clays, before turning north through sandveld and into the baobab country of the Pafuri. The trail meets the main tar road at Baobab Hill. Roan antelope are likely to be seen on this route.