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The Attakwaskloof 4 x 4 Trail is situated between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. The trail was completed in 1869 and used to be the main route for ox wagons travelling to Cape Town. It is one of the great historical passes and was replaced by the more convenient tarred Robinson Pass.

The Trail is now used mostly by die hard 4 x 4 enthusiasts and a few local farmers. A low range, high clearance 4 x 4 vehicle is required for this 20 km trail that follows the northern side of the Robertson Pass. It is graded between 3 and 4 and will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

The route can only be driven in one direction and begins at the Bonniedale Farm. This route forms part of the four-day Ox Wagon Trails Tour. Adding character to the trail are a few historical buildings along the way. This combined with the natural beauty and scenic viewpoints, makes the trail a fun and exciting adventure for the outdoor enthusiasts.

Thing to do and see

  • Viewpoint
  • Swimming hole
  • Old historical buildings
  • Camping Hut
  • Outeniqua Mountains


Admission is free, however a permit is required and there are locked gates at the start of the trail. The keys and your permits can be obtained from the starting point at Bonniedale Farm.

How to Get There

Take the N2 from Mossel Bay or George to the R328. On the R328 take the turn-off at the school to Haelkraal Road, opposite the Ruiterbos shop. Travel for 8 km on a gravel road and turn right after the Bonniedale sign for a further 18 km to the Farm.


Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 32˚C with high rainfall in March and October/November.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 20˚C with light rainfall in June and July.


Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport, 50 km from Mossel Bay and 56 km from Oudtshoorn. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports. 

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