• Klein Tafelberg is an off-road course some hours North of Cape Town.
• The course is demanding on both man and machine.
• Klein Tafelberg consists of loose sand and rocky sections.
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The guys and girls at 'Off the Beaten Track' recently tackled an off-road course some two hours outside Cape Town. The Klein Tafelberg 4x4 course is situated between Redelinghuys and Arora in the Western Cape's Sandveld region. Getting there is not too much of an issue, either. Once in Piketberg along the N7, drive through the town and join the R366. Continue with the road until you reach Redelinghuys. Turn left off the R366, drive through the town, after which Klein Tafelberg will appear on your left after about 9km.
Given the distance to the venue from Cape Town, the group of off-roaders opted to spend the entire weekend at the venue. This allowed them to settle in the Friday evening before a day's adventure awaits them.
Gershwin Williams, 'Off the Beaten Track' founder, says that you must deflate your tyres when you enter the property gate. 1.0 bar, he says, should be fine, but the loose sand on the track might force some vehicles to complete th course with a 0.8 bar tyre pressure.
One of the first obstacles at Klein Tafelberg is 'Milkshake Hill'. Consisting of loose sand, the track snakes upwards but will put your 4x4's suspension to the test. Williams filmed the experience from inside his Mitsubishi Pajero, and his family was shaken about as he traversed up the challenging track. Williams says that as you near the top of Klein Tafelberg, the temperature increases, but it's an experience you must go through to get the maximum value out of your trip. And at the top of the mountain, two eagles have made the rocky conditions their home.
Klein Tafelberg is one of the most celebrated off-road courses in South Africa and a definite must-visit if you want to test both your and your vehicle's limits. One thing seems certain, though, the trail looks thrilling!