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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.