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4 X 4 Trails on the "Fountain Farms"
If you are an outdoors adventurer and enjoy nature in the company of family and friends, you are invited to break away to the Heartland of the Karoo with your 4X4 or trail motorcycle. There are three spectacular routes to choose from, in the Pearston District, that wind over mountain and valley across Hoeksfontein, Olievenfontein and Vlakfontein.
Finding us is easy. If you are coming to us from the Cradock or Port Elizabeth side, follow the N10 to Cookhouse and take the Somerset East turn off on the R63. Drive through Somerset East and on to Pearston. Drive into Pearston and turn right into the last street and take the “Coetzeesberg” gravel road. S 32°34. 222′ E 25° 07. 753′
If you approach from the Graaff Reinett side on the N9, take the Pearston turn off on the R63. Travel for 75km and drive into Pearston. Turn left into the first street and take the “Coetzeesberg” gravel road. S 32°34. 222′ E 25° 07. 753′
1. The time and distance is only an indication of the driving time of the route. It does not include time taken for viewing, meals and other activities.
2. Safety always comes first. Weather conditions can make roads impassable and dangerous.
3. Please respect nature and preserve the areas visited for those who will follow. Ideally you should leave only tracks and take only pictures.
4. There is a risk attached to this type of activity and all who participate, do so at their own risk.
4 X 4 Routes To Choose From
The route takes 5 to 6 hours to complete with a 4×4 vehicle and 3 to 4 hours with a trail motorcycle.
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Route 2: Olievenfontein
This route is completed in 3 to 4 hours with a 4×4 vehicle and takes about 2 hours with a trail motorcycle.
This is a less demanding route over a distance of 25km (15.5mi) across the farm of Jan Troskie. The trail winds through scrub and wild olive trees, up the side of the plateau, with a very steep ascent to the top where Olievenfontein is situated. The descent from the plateau follows a ravine along an old livestock trail to the farm Rockford.
Route 3: Vlakfontein
It takes 4 to 5 hours to complete this route with a 4×4 vehicle and about 2 to 3 hours with a trail motorcycle.
This route has very steep sections and covers a distance of about 30km (19mi) across the farms of Tjoeks van Niekerk. The circle starts at Langkloof, up a deep narrow valley where bushman drawings can be seen. This requires a short walk to the rockface of the mountain. From there the trail crosses steep sections of dolomite to the summit which affords spectacular views of the surrounding area. The summit also contains an area with a 4X4 obstacle course for those who want to know what their vehicles really are capable of. The return is along a narrow valley across Viljoenshoek.