"The trails are well thought out to have minimum impact on the environment while still providing an interesting and challenging drive." Andrew Nunnely – editor – DRIVE OUT MAGAZINE.
Voted by DRIVE OUT as a Superior Destination and one of the top ten trails in South Africa, Gecko Rock offers a technical challenge that traverses changing terrain in an untouched environment. The hand-built trail took 18 months to complete, and some nine years later stands as testimony to the environmental success of a well-planned route.
Whilst there is always the option of having us guide your group, we do allow experienced groups to be lead by their own guide. The total number of vehicles on the route at any one time is limited to 15. There are various spots to stop and get out for a refreshment, and a magnificent viewpoint where lunch can be enjoyed.
The main route is known as the Seattle Trail in honour of a wise Red Indian Chief who had the following to say:
"The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life: he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself".
A second days driving is situated on the southern side of Gecko Rock. Known as the ‘Boyz to Men’ route (and still to be fully completed) this offers a more challenging but less interesting drive than Seattle. Prices quoted for 4x4 include both routes.
R250.00 to drive the 4x4 Trail (Discounts negotiated for groups of 8 vehicles or more).
4x2 and ‘soft-roader’
There are a number of roads around the reserve which are ideal for these vehicles. A challenging and scenic drive that can be completed in 4x2 is the Bothashoek route. Circular (starting and ending at de Wet’s Rus campsite), this route of about 12 km will take an hour to complete.
4x4 Driver training
4x4 owners wishing to learn more about their vehicle’s capabilities can book a driver training course ranging from introductory to advanced. Course content can be modified on request to accommodate a specific emphasis – for example – overland, sand, recovery etc.