Three Provinces 4×4 Adventures

Three-Provinces

101 Roetegids | 2010

Drie Provinsies-4×4-avonture

Skaars drie uur se ry van Gauteng af en bo-op Langkrans, ’n loodregte krans 2 253 m bo seespieël, is die plek waar KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga en die Vrystaat bymekaarkom.
Die Drie Provinsie-avontuurroete is net hier geleë, op die plaas Waterval naby Volksrust. Dis deel van die Natalse slagveldroete en bestaan uit die 34 km lange Drie Provinsies-roete, die 8 km lange Wildkamp-roete en die Bobbejaankransroete van 5 km.
Dit sal ’n volle dag neem om dié natuurroetes te ry, wat interessante en uitdagen¬de dele het waarop bestuurders moet wakker wees. Een só ’n deel is Helshoogte, ’n steil graad 5-opdraande met los rotse en ’n stroom wat teen die spoor afvloei. Dié deel het al meer as een bestuurder ore aangesit; ry dus versigtig.
Jy moet kalm en ervare wees, en jou voertuig goed ken om hierdie deel tot bo baas te raak. As dit nat is, is herwinningstoerusting noodsaaklik.
Die begeleide Roodedraai-slagveldroete word ook deur Drie Provinsies bedryf, en jy kan gerus tyd hiervoor opsysit. Dit moet vooraf bespreek word, wissel van 70-90 km en duur ’n volle dag om af te lê. Op aangrensende plase sal jy kan sien waar die veldslae van Allemansnek, Karenplaats en Amajuba plaasgevind het. ’n Gidsvoertuig en geskiedeniskenner is beskikbaar. Die omgewing is ryk aan geskiedenis en die Waterval-
plaashuis dateer van die 1800’s. Die Geldenhuys-familie besit dit al sedert 1952, en Ronel kan jou baie stories van die omgewing vertel.

Wat jy moet weet

Blyplek:
In die plaashuis is twee slaapkamers waarin 6 mense kan slaap, en etes word voorsien. Daar is ook twee selfsorggastehuise waarin onderskeidelik 6 en 20 mense kan slaap, en twee berghouthutte waarin 4 mense in elk kan slaap. Die kampplek aan die voet van ’n krans het warm water, maar nie krag nie.

Wat nog?

Besoek die Roodedraai-museum, met oorblyfsels van ’n vergange plattelandse leefwyse. Daar is ook ’n troeteldierplaas in die omgewing.

Kontak:
Herman en Ronel
082 785 8002;
017 735 5286;
3provinsies4x4@xsinet.co.za;
www.theview45.co.za

Naaste dorp: Volksrust (13 km)

Beste tyd om te gaan: Heeljaar

Roeteafstande: 5 km, 8 km, 34 km of 70-90 km

Hoe lank gaan ek ry? Minstens ’n volle dag

GPS: S27.40849 E29.75269


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Nearest town Volksrust (13 km)
Contact Herman and Ronel
Tel 017 735 5286
Cell 082 785 8002
Email 3provinsies4x4@xsinet.co.za
Best time of year All year
Maximum vehicles 30
Route distance 2 options: 34km (6 hours) or 70 -100km (6 – 8 hours)
GPS Points S27 24 30.5 E29 45 09.8

Three hours’ drive from Gauteng, near a little town called Volksrust, lies a gem of mother nature that is well worth exploring. It’s a place that has been blessed with abundance. Where waterfalls flow with the changing of seasons and black eagles soar above your head… Where you cannot help but be awed to silence. Welcome to the world of Three Provinces.

   

Situated on the farm Waterval, the Three Provinces Trail is aptly named. This is the place where three provinces actually meet. Here on top of Langkrans, a sheer cliff 2 253 m above sea level, is where KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Free State officially meet in a masterpiece of nature.
On the strength of that alone, Drive Out is tempted to say “just pack your bags and go. You will not be disappointed.” And you won’t be – but, as always with our Top 10, there is more…

The Three Provinces Trail is located on the Natal Battlefields Route. To compliment this, Three Provinces offers an historical route of their own. This route, the Roodedraai Battlefield Route, varies between 70 and 100km and takes a full day to complete. It takes you onto the adjoining farms, where the battles of Allemansnek, Karenplaats and the famous Amajuba took place. A guide vehicle and historical expert are available for this route and Drive Out recommends you go with the option.
The Waterval farmhouse itself dates back to the 1800s, so the farm is steeped in history. It’s been in the Geldenhuys family since 1952 and Ronel is a mine of information and anecdotes on the region. Just one question could you keep you entertained for hours.

The other alternative is the Three Provinces Route.
This one is approx 4 – 5 hours, 34 km long and is suitable for quads and off-road bikes as well. The focus of the trail is definitely scenic, but there are some interesting and challenging sections, where drivers need to keep their
wits about them.

There are numerous side routes that can be taken from the main route. One of these is Helshoogte, a grade 5 incline with loose boulders and a stream runnning down the track, it has humbled many a driver, so be careful.
Here a calm, experienced head and good knowledge of your vehicle is needed to negotiate the trail to the top. (In wet weather it’s even worse – the conditions on the trail change drastically, making recovery gear essential.)

At the end of the day, Three Provinces is about the surroundings and country living. To compliment this, Ronel serves farmhouse style meals in the farm’s spacious living room. A welcome delight at the end of a day of sensory indulgence. The choice is yours though – so use it wisely.

You can either stay in the two-bedroomed farmhouse, which sleeps 6 and be catered for, or choose the Waterval or Sanbanani Guest House, which sleeps 6 and 20 respectively and are self-catering.

That’s not to exclude the campsite, if camping is more your thing. The site is set at the foot of the cliff. It boasts hot water but no electricity.

Just a closing note: at Three Provinces the kids are not forgotten – there is a host of other activities on offer for them including horse-riding and clay pigeon shooting.

WHY GO THERE?

  • It is a real driver’s trail with interesting challenges all the way along
  • There’s a real commitment from the owners to making it an eco-friendly and family-orientated venue
  • The campsite is a wonderful place to spend a weekend and the new swimming pool is perfect for whiling away the hot hours around the middle of the day

WHERE TO STAY

There are plenty of options available on Three Provinces itself. For booking details contact Ronel or Herman on 017 735 5286.

WHAT ELSE?

The nearby Roodedraai Museum is well worth a vist. It exhibits relics of old country living and there is a children’s pet farm nearby.