One of KZN’s most popular 4x4 trails with ample to do for the whole family, whether you’re having a weekend away, or a fun day out.
There aren’t many 4x4 trails in South Africa that offer so much rock and water in one location. The trail boasts several rivers and streams in which you can safely test your water-crossing abilities, as well as a host of naturally weathered 4x4 tracks that are rocky, slippery, and covered in cross axles. You’ll also find a large variety of tight tracks that criss-cross one another through a sandy play pen. There are several white-knuckle hill ascents and descents closer to the trail’s campsite and picnic area, as well as pools of mud and a few man-made obstacles – great to warm up on before hitting the trail proper.
The trail can be found in Shongweni Valley, Outer West Durban, KZN.
Killarney 4x4 is open seven days a week, and all year round. Gates open at 08h00 and close at 18h00.
The trail caters for a wide variety of vehicle types, and various driver experience levels. The rocky mountain routes, however, demand a certain degree of driver confidence and a vehicle that sports at least 220mm of ground clearance. A rear diff-lock may also be advisable. (At the very least, you’ll have to pack some rocks.) The trail also features a few heavily eroded ruts, so don’t become complacent or forget to watch where you’re going.
Travelling from Durban: follow the N3 to the Hillcrest / Assagay / Shongweni off-ramp. Turn left into Kassier road towards Shongweni. Follow the road into Shongweni valley for approximately 12.5km. Shortly after passing the Stone Haven Castle, turn right into Bushbuck Road where you’ll see the first Killarney 4x4 signboard. Follow these signs until you arrive at the Killarney 4x4 picnic area.
There are multiple routes on offer, so distances may vary.
Mostly a grade-3, however, parts of the trail may touch on a 4 or 5.
Hillcrest, approximately 20 minutes’ drive.
4x4, 4x2 vehicle entrance fee: R80
Passenger vehicle entrance fee: R40
Off-road bikes & other: R50
Adults’ entrance fee: R30
Children’s entrance fee: R15 (Ages 5 – 15 years)
Adult per person per night: R80
Children per night: R40
(Ages 5 – 15 years)
Estelle du Preez on 083 229 3462, or (031) 769 2427, or visit www.killarney4x4.co.za