In the north-east corner of the balmy South African province of KwaZulu-Natal are the gorgeous Ndumo Game Reserve and the Tembe Elephant National Park.

Thanks to their unique positioning and natural bounty, these reserves have a fantastic variety of plant and animal life and are spectacular treasures for the nature-lovers amongst South Africa’s tourists. This is the essence of Africa and can be enjoyed along with the adventure and excitement of a 4×4 trail.

The routes through these reserves are not guided and can be tackled sans a guide quite easily, albeit a bit of a challenge in places. The Ndumo trail showcases some fantastic fauna and flora, including crocodiles and hippos. Drivers and their passengers should keep an eye out for these and many more species, including hundreds of types of birds.

The landscape includes grassy plains, dense forests, floodplains, and dense thorny areas. The Tembe Elephant Reserve, 20 kilometers from Ndumo, is wild and untamed; with sandy tracks and scrubby bushveld. It is home to lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalos. These make for fantastically exciting finds for those who keep alert and watch the bushveld.

While the terrain in both destinations is fairly flat, the different types of earth and countryside provide plenty of opportunities to test the skills of the driver and to have loads of fun.

In addition to these 4×4 trails, visitors to the reserves can go bird watching or on formal game drives. There are also guided day walks, on which experienced rangers will point out interesting finds and answer the questions of visitors.×4-trails/