Did you know?
Quad bikes are known as All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) in other countries.
With its rugged terrain and wide open spaces, South Africa offers the perfect platform for the popular adventure sport of quad biking.
These tough four-wheelers are a fun way of getting out into the real countryside, away from traditional routes and crowds of visitors.
If you haven't tried it before, quad biking is an exciting, adrenalin-filled adventure that's not difficult to master. All that is required is a sense of balance and lust for life.
All quad bike adventure organisations provide basic instruction for beginners ahead of the ride. You'll be shown how to fit your helmet, control the bike and change gear (on larger bikes), avoid mistakes, as well as getting the best from your ride.
Quad biking adventures differ in terms of scenery and terrain. Whether it's the lure of the Drakensberg mountains or the appeal of the Eastern Cape's long, sandy beaches, or the Limpopo's Valley of the Elephants, the sheer variety of destinations is overwhelming.
Most quad bike outlets take into consideration varying levels of competence, and usually offer beginners', intermediate and advanced trails, so you're guaranteed to have a good time, novice and expert alike.
The fairly flat, desert-like Karoo and Namaqualand regions are a direct contrast to the Western Cape with its indigenous forests, gorges and winding roads. A particularly scenic region for four-wheelers is along the Garden Route from the Breede River to the Cape Whale coast.
The Free State province has trails which pass near the historic Vredefort Dome, while Gauteng has both nature trails and racing tracks for the enthusiast.
Since quad biking is an unfettered sport, it can be enjoyed by anyone just about anywhere. But remember that even though the bike ride is the primary experience, don't forget to take in the beauty of South Africa's natural splendour.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)11 786 0827
Tel: +27 (0)21 422 0388
Tel: + 27(0)13 737 8308
Best time to visit
Quad biking can be done all year round, but conditions can become dangerous following heavy rains.
What will it cost
Vehicle hire and trail fees differ from operator to operator. Make sure you obtain a full quote beforehand. Costs usually include the use of a helmet and fuel.
What to pack
Wear old outdoor clothes, jeans and trainers.