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Biedouw 4×4 Route, Biedouw Valley, Cederberg

Western Cape 2 Biedouw RouteThe Biedouw 4×4 Route is best known for its spectacular scenery and is not a very demanding trail. There are some places where rock and sand need to be negotiated, but the risk of vehicle damage is minimal.

This makes it an ideal trail for a family outing. Rock pools and waterfalls, bushman paintings and awe-inspiring views of Sneeukop and Krakadouw Peak are just some of the highlights of a great day out in the Cederberg.

Remember to pack a picnic basket and swimming costumes.

The way there: From Wupperthal in the Cederberg, head north for 15 km into the Biedouw Valley. From Clanwilliam, continue over the Pakhuis Pass for 40 km and turn right onto the R364 (Wuppertal) to the route.

Biedouw Valley 4x4 TrailThe 4×4 route starts not far from the Lubbe’s Mertenhof farmhouse, and immediately offers a steep, rocky path up into the hills, with a less steep alternative route. Soon after the rock-strewn ascent the road turns into soft, beach-like white sand that offers new challenges as the angle of the road increases, but again an alternative route provides easier passage.

The route is well marked. After the sandy section the road becomes gravel again, and winds its way through the hills to the picnic spot at the rock pools in the Biedouw River, which also supplies water to the farm via a pipeline — enough for irrigation and general use.

The route joins the main road, but a couple of hundred metres farther on you turn off again on a route up the mountain to a lookout point with stunning views over Sneeukop, Klein Tafelberg and Krakadouw.

Accommodation: There’s a self-catering farmhouse sleeping eight from R200 a person a night and shady camping on grass with ablutions (from R50 a person a night). Contact: Barry and Mariette Lubbe tel 027-482-2845.

Read Getaway Magazine’s Full Article on South Africa’s best 4×4 Trails

More info on the town of Biedouw Valley More info on the Cederberg Region area

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