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Attakwaskloof 4×4 Trail, Mossel Bay, Garden Route

Attakwaskloof 4x4 Trail, Mossel Bay, Garden Route

Please Note: This pass is currently closed.

The Attaquas 4×4 Trail is one of the great historical gravel passes and is located in the Outeniqua Mountains, North of Mossel Bay. The pass was completed in 1869 and used to be the main route for Ox Wagons travelling between Mossel Bay and Cape Town. It has since been replaced by a more convenient, tarred pass (Robinson Pass).

The Attaquas Trail is now used mostly by die hard 4×4 enthusiasts and a few local farmers. The trail is 20km long and takes about 3 hours to complete. A low range, high clearance 4×4 vehicle is required.

A permit is required to drive this route and there are locked gates. Keys are obtained on the issue of your permit at the start point, which is the Bonniedale Farm.

Note – this route can only be driven in one direction (West to East).

The route forms part of the Oxwagon trails that can be completed as a tour over 4 days. See the map below and the article on the Ox Wagon Trail, Heidelberg, Garden Route


3 hours

Getting Around

Self Guided


Free, but a permit is required.


3 – 4

Getting There

Follow the R328 from the N2 near Mossel Bay towards Oudtshoorn and take the turn-off at the school opposite the Ruiterbos shop onto the Haelkraal Road. Travel for 8km on a gravel road and turn right after the Bonniedale sign for a further 18km to the farm.


Bonniedale Farm | Nico & Danette Hesterman  Tel: +27 (0) 44 874 2160 Website | Email

Map of the Oxwagon Routes

Map of Oxwagon Routes

More info on the town of Knysna More info on the Garden Route area

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