Embarking on 4 x 4 Tours in South Africa
South Africa’s vast landscapes are an off-road explorer’s paradise. Reaching some of the most beautiful spots in South Africa often requires you to have an off-road vehicle and some crafty driving skills for an enjoyable 4×4 tour. This does not mean you need to necessarily be excluded from experiencing these incredible trails if you do not have either. You can hire a 4×4 and even hire a seasoned driver to drive and navigate you through your 4×4 tour.
Here is a helpful tip. If you are attempting some exciting 4×4 trails on your own, a good rule is to walk across the obstacle before you attempt to drive over or through it. When traction is marginal, such as on undulating, steep climbs, or tricky, lumpy descents, tyre pressure should be reduced. Momentum remains the single most important aspect when driving in sand. Engage the vehicle’s four-wheel drive, even when you do not anticipate that you will need it. Wheel slip and tyre wear will be reduced, vehicle control will be better, and fuel consumption will be lower.
On extremely soft sand, tyre pressures can be significantly reduced. However, do not drop the tyre pressure too much, as the chances increase of the tyre coming off the rim. Steer cautiously, and drive slowly over soft sand. Some tyres will not permit you too low a pressure, as the bead design will not keep the tyre on the rim. Verify this before you attempt to drop the pressure.
Driving Through Water
When driving through water on a 4×4 tour, low speed is essential. Low-range second gear is often recommended for most wading conditions. Enter the water slowly and avoid creating a splash that might wet electrical components. Drive at a speed that creates a clean bow wave. When driving through deep water, a snorkel is the ultimate engine protection.
If you need to cross a ridge, stay at a right angle to it and pass both wheels on each axle over the obstacle at the same time. Crossing it at an angel could result in a wheel lifting off the ground, and this leads to loss of traction on that axle – something you definitely do not want happening.
Explore Southern Africa with 4 x 4 Rental from Ivory 4 x 4 Hire
We are more than just a 4×4 rental company. As a privately owned business bringing our passion for 4×4 tours to the mainstream, we welcome local and international clients alike who would like to explore Southern Africa by 4×4. Regardless of your level of off-road travel and driving experience, you can enjoy exploring South Africa up close and personally with a 4×4.
With our knowledge, skills, and equipment, you have all you need to make your 4×4 holiday a trip to remember. Whether you are in the driver’s seat, or using one of our skilled drivers to navigate you through your adventure, join us for an unforgettable getaway in the heart of South Africa, with all its beautiful vistas. We look forward to helping you realise all your dream 4×4 tours in a safe and enjoyable way as we take care of all the details.