Those 4x4 enthusiasts looking for an exciting and rewarding challenge will find the ideal playground in the area surrounding Afriski. The Maluti Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for a wide variety of trails and Afriski is the perfect home base. There are a variety of 4x4 routes to be explored in the area with the trails offering both half and full days’ trips. Among the many trails is the one to Katse Dam and this provides an excellent opening route with the added incentive of a guided tour of the dam wall and its infrastructure.

Guests can follow the dirt road all the way to the dam wall where they will join the tar.

Another popular route takes the Koa Mine road, taking the LDMT mine turn off and on to Solani Falls Village. There is a dead-end to the road but this is a scenic setting for a picnic lunch or braai.

The old road that goes from Mapopaleng to Katse Dam is an option. It is relatively easy going for about 75% of the trip but the rest of the journey is for 4x4 vehicles only and provides a daunting challenge for experienced drivers. It is a long trip (280km), and a full day, but drivers would meet up with the tar road at Katse Dam and return to Afriski via Lejone.

Those looking for a half-day trip can follow the old road down to the Mapoka Camp site and then to Chalets in the Sky. This is an excellent 4x4 route and there are several rewarding river crossings.

The following 4x4 tracks are available to explore:
  • Escarpment Easy Green Route
  • Mont Aux Sources Route
  • *Combining “escarpment easy green” with “Mount Aux Sources” to form 1 trail (guests can decide to do just one part or the other)
  • Towers Route – guests can choose to do it on their own, or to return from Mt Aux Sources via the Towers Trail
  • Chalets in the Sky Route – these are many routes combined to form one trail (guests can opt for shorter route, or to travel all the way to Mokhotlong)
  • Katse dam via Mapoleng Route – this is a long drive, according to Mapsource approximately 8 hours, and guests are sure to stop and take photos, so will take longer to drive it.
  • Letsele Pass Route