An exclusive 4×4 ‘Forest Experience’ route through the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park awaits adventure lovers during the National Heritage weekend in September, with three routes to choose from.
SANParks Honorary Rangers Wilderness Region and the SANParks staff of the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park have organised the 4×4 trail excursions which will, for the first time, have access to certain areas in the national park not normally open to the public. The routes feature indigenous forests, fynbos and stunning mountain vistas.
The event takes place on September 23 and 24.
Access to the 4×4 Exhibition – to be held at the Wilderness Common, the starting area of the 4×4 excursion – is open to the public. Participation in the routes is strictly controlled and each route excursion is restricted in the number of vehicles which can participate. A trained Honorary Ranger guide will accompany the vehicles during the excursion.
There are three routes, one crossing the Voortrekker Pass, one going up to Windmeulnek and a third accessing the Goldfields region of the park. The routes, all graded between 1 and 3, will provide public access to roads that are under normal conditions closed to the public.
The routes will all depart from the Wilderness Common at staged intervals. The Common will also be the venue for a 4×4 Exhibition where leading manufacturers of 4×4 goods will exhibit their wares.
The plan by SANParks Honorary Rangers is to organise the 4×4 Forest Experience as an annual fund-raising event and an opportunity to showcase the magnificent natural features of the Garden Route National Park.