The majestic working farm, ‘Meadows’, which lies on the picturesque Elands River about 60km east of Port Elizabeth, harvests honey from beehives in the fynbos while also milking a herd of 30 cows. Eight years ago, it was these cows that created the ‘4x4’ trail by finding paths of least resistance while looking for food. The cows explored up and down the mountains, along river beds and dense indigenous forests.
The farm’s owner, Donovan Whitehead, noted these tracks and decided that he would carefully clear a wider path behind his cattle to make space for the larger mechanical beast that we are driving today. What is notable is that the Meadows 4x4 trail (for the most part) follows natural contours in the terrain, avoiding the negative environmental impact a dozer would have inflicted. This making for one of the most epic 4x4 trails and a great adventure for thrill seekers.
- A beautiful chalet, with four bedrooms looking over the Elands River. Sleeps 10 people in four rooms at R200 per person per night.
- Camping facilities cost R60 per person per night, and include showers, toilets, running water and battery-powered LED lights. There is no 220V electricity.
- R200 per vehicle. All occupants are included in the price.
- Braai kit
- Swimming costume
- Some Cash to purchase honey produced on the farm, or to indulge in a few beers at the well-stocked bar
- Fishing rods – there is bass in the dam, and a river to fish in