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QQuad bikes, or all-terrain vehicles, are a great mode of transport for doing sightseeing off the beaten track. They can take you further, faster than your feet can, and they can access places that ordinary road vehicles can’t. And they are super fun. If you are interested in touring in a different and exciting way, these quad-biking adventures might be just the thing for you...
Situated near Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State, the Clarens Xtreme quad-biking trails offer stunning views over the town of Clarens and the magical Maluti Mountains. Depending on your energy levels, you can choose between half-hour, one-hour or two-hour tours hosted by experienced guides that negotiate a variety of obstacles. Halfway through the ride, you will pause for drinks and your guide will share some historical information about the town. You also have the option to ride as a passenger on someone else’s bike if you don’t feel up for too much of a challenge.
Based in the northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, All Out Adventures offers 15km trails over varied terrain. You will traverse ‘Montusi Gorge’, ‘Rocky Pass’ and the ‘Waterfall Challenge’. Don’t be nervous, though, there is a test track where everyone gets some training before they depart for their ride. The experience includes a lesson on riding safely off-road, followed by an outride on purpose-built mountain trails. The whole experience lasts 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the group.
One of the biggest quad-bike tour operators in the country, Hazyview’s Induna Adventures offers one, two, and four-hour rides along hand-cut trials through indigenous bush and blue-gum plantations, and past spectacular waterfall lookout points. Induna Adventures is in Mpumalanga province and is only a 20-minute drive from the Kruger National Park. Trails are guided by professional guides. Children can join the trip as passengers. Don’t forget about the Kiddie Quad Track at the Adventure Center.
Kagga Kamma game farm is situated in the Swartruggens region of the Cederberg mountains in the Western Cape, and its quad-bike trails offer you the chance to cover rugged terrain that would otherwise be inaccessible—allowing you a unique nature and game-viewing experience. One-to-two-hour tours are arranged on request. Regrettably, no children under the age of 16 are allowed.
Situated on Ogieskraal farm just outside Melkbosstrand about 25km from Cape Town in the Western Cape, Melk ‘Bos’ 4x4 lives up to its name (‘bos’ is an Afrikaans slang word for mad). Here you can hire quad bikes and tackle several 4x4 tracks, or go for a ride on nearby dunes. Melk ‘Bos’ 4x4 also has camping facilities, children’s jumping castles, a pub, restaurant, archery and much more. Here, you can even book birthday parties, corporate events and year-end functions.
Nature Discovery’s quad-bike trails traverse nature reserves, state land and private properties. There is a two- to 2.5-hour trail for beginners; a 3.5-to four-hour trail for those who want a bit more of a challenge; and, for the serious quad-bike and nature enthusiast, a full-day tour or an all-inclusive two-day mountain expedition that involves about five hours of riding per day through the Western Cape’s famous fynbos, taking in spectacular sea views. All tours are led by registered guides. This company boasts one of the largest fleets of Quads in South Africa and have multiple venues and a selection of trails to ensure you have a fun-filled adventure.
With SA Forest Adventures in the Western Cape, you have the opportunity to ride through the vineyards of the Hamilton Russell and Southern Right wineries, and the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Experience amazing mountain vistas and pause at a vantage point lookout with views over the seaside town of Hermanus. These quad biking tours are ideal for beginners. Together with an introduction to our spectacular environment, the quad bike tours are safe and easy, giving extra time to explore the special floriculture and mountain scenery.
The Segwati trails traverse some wild and rugged Witwatersberg mountain terrain with views over both the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and the Magaliesberg mountains. Segwati Quad Trails offers a unique game-viewing experience only a 40-minute drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng. Rated as one of the best Safari Quad bike trails in the country, Segwati offers a Unique quad biking experience filled with adventure and unforgettable game viewing.
Soweto Outdoor Adventures will take you on a quad-biking trail through the dusty back roads of Soweto, Gauteng, along the famous Vilakazi Street (where both Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela lived) and past the iconic Orlando Towers. There are a variety of packages to suit all energy levels, time constraints and skill levels.
Tackle Downhill Adventures’ 4x4 tracks on a quad bike, or go for a ride through the Western Cape’s Atlantis Dunes Reserve for a unique and scenic off-road soft-sand riding experience. Downhill Adventures also offers a full-day sandboarding and quad-biking combo package.