Our camp site is proclaimed as a Bird Sanctuary

Acacia = From the Greek word akis meaning point or thorn.

Regulations regarding your camp set-up ensures that the complete Rust de Winter atmosphere remains as close to nature as possible without the clutter of fences and unsightly stock piles of camping equipment.

Always bring along fresh drinking water!

Visitors Rates: 
Members - R60.00 per person per day
Non Members - R80.00 per person per day


Rust de Winter is the official camp site of the 4X4ATV Club

GPS Co-ordinates: S25 11 54.0 E28 34 32.0 

Situated around 100km north of Pretoria, the members have an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy time, off-road style, in nature. The 26,97ha camp site is situated on the banks of the Elands River and it is believed that, on our very own camp site, you will find the biggest "Apiesdoring" trees in the southern hemisphere. Some of these trees are over 300 years old. 

This site caters for an average of 160 permanent stands and about 200 casual sites available for day visitors. A touch of luxury is provided by 7 ablution facilities and 12 water tanks fed through a bore hole or pumped from the river system depending on the time of year and water level in the river. (Please note however that this water is not fit for drinking - you are urged to bring along fresh drinking water when visiting the camp). Regular functions are hosted under the 4 lapa's on the site. 

Across the road from the camp site we have access to what is known as the Gymkhana. Here our members have the opportunity to test their own as well as their vehicle's capabilities in a true off-road environment. These obstacles have been set up and are maintained by officials specifically for the purpose of enjoyment without damaging existing fauna and flora. The farms around Rust de Winter are privately owned and driving around on these dirt roads are strictly controlled and guided by the committee. We do however cater for this requirement through our Rust de Winter Bundu Trail where participants are taken into a mountainous area where guided access have been approved by the land owners.

Should you be interested in Bird Watching, Hiking or a Self Drive Game Drive only 2km from the camp site, contact Dave Howcroft.

The Rust de Winter camp site provides a cheaper option during holiday periods. A lot of our events are based at the camp site and normally additional events are held during holiday periods, ensuring that our members never get tired or bored when visiting Rust de Winter. Even the children are quite happy to spend the day at the swimming pool and sliding tube, providing parents with some deserved time off. They are free to explore nature within the camp fences. The emphasis on family participation is real and on big events such as the annual Toyota Rust de Winter Jamboree, the committee provides special entertainment for the children.

To become eligible for a stand at Rust de Winter you have to be an active member of the 4X4ATV Club for no less than 1 year, and under a probation period for the second year.  Being "active" requires you to regularly attend monthly meetings and social events. Your continued involvement in our Clubs activities is required - you have to attend at least 6 monthly meetings and visit your camp site on a regular basis, not only for the sheer enjoyment of nature but also to ensure that your site is well maintained. You also have to be available to help in the camp where required, this would go a long way for the motivation of your stand. Should you meet this requirement, please contact Rina Stander on 082 990 4364. There are limited stands available right now! Permanent stand fees are currently R3000.00 per year. There are no additional charges for camping. Rust de Winter fees are payable before the end of May each year.




1.    RATING

This trail is rated between a *** to  **** route.   
(Refer the bottom of this page for an analysis on this rating.)


A 4X4 trail starting in basic bushveld with sandy tracks. Trail winds through fairy tale gorges and valleys steadily climbing up hilly and mountain passes on typical rocky mountain trails to the overnight camp. Encounter various obstacles on the way up and cross several mountain streams on the route which will test your driving skills and train the newcomers to this very pleasant sport under expert guidance from your guides.

Overnight stop on the highest outcrop in the area overlooking beautiful valleys where participants must provide their own camping equipment. Enjoy the beauty of a bushveld sunset around a provided log fire. Spend an evening with friends and new acquaintances whilst cooking your evening meal on supplied braai facilities. The convoy leaves the next morning after breakfast following a different route down the valleys, again crossing streams before arriving back at the 4x4ATV Camp site around noon, where certificates are issued by the Trial Master to all drivers who completed the trail. The total distance of the trail is approximately 80km.


The trail is situated halfway to Warmbaths to the north of Pretoria, east of the highway between Rust de Winter dam and Moloto. The trail starts from the camping area of the 4x4ATV Club at Rust de Winter. The easiest way to get to the camp is to use the highway from Pretoria to Warmbaths. Use the Hammanskraal / Boekenhout off-ramp turning right across the highway and travel east. Just after crossing the highway take next tar road left going north. At following T-junction turn right going east. Pass the Rust de Winter dam road sign still going east and continue straight through the next tar cross roads. Pass a small settlement with stores and big Apiesdoring trees in the background and cross the Elands River bridge. Turn right just after the river into the camping area of the 4x4ATV Club. The camping area is approximately 100km from Pretoria.


Drivers should preferably know their vehicles and have some off-road experience. The trail is not dangerous if drivers follow the advise of the tour guides. When obstacles or difficult terrain is covered, officials will guide drivers as and when required. Drivers will definitely learn more about what their vehicles are capable of and gain valuable experience on this trail.


Two days. Trail starts from Rust de Winter camp at 10h00 on the Saturday and participants will be back in camp by 14h00 on the Sunday.


Participants will experience typical un-spoilt bushveld scenery and see game and birds while traveling over sometimes difficult terrain. In the summer months the valleys are covered in a green expanse of beauty which will long be remembered. Trail proceeds through the famous 'lovers lane' which is a water formed gorge through alluvial rock covered in evergreen trees that form a continual leaf tunnel and shade. Trees along the trail are identified with National Parks signage and numbering. In season streams are filled with crystal clear water to add to the beauty of the area. The crossing of this and the pleasure of the trail as a whole, again highlights to the driver why he purchased a 4X4.


The starting and end point is from the 4x4ATV Club's official camp site at Rust de Winter which have proper ablution facilities with hot water showers. Participants are welcome to extend their stay before or after the trail at a nominal fee of R60.00 per person per day. (Non-members pay R80.00 per person per day.) Please note however that the Friday night before the Bundu leaves camp, is free of charge. The facilities at the overnight camp on the mountain are very basic. There are flush toilets and Bush showers with a view to die for. Participants must take their own drinking and shower water to use in provided showers.


Trails can be booked from January to May and August to December. Club events hosted at Rust de Winter will receive preference - please confirm availability. A minimum of 10 to a maximum of 15 vehicles are required.

9. What to bring along

1. 5 litres of drinking water per person
2. Own camping equipment (tent, sleeping bags, mattress, refreshments)
3. Own recovery equipment
4. Own Braai Grid (Flip over grid)
5. Sunday morning breakfast
6. Please remove running boards and excaliburs.



Suitable for the absolute beginner.
** A little experience required or accompanied by someone with experience.
*** Experience need not be vast but the basics must be there. Basic de-bogging equipment must be carried.
**** Know your vehicle in terms of driving, fixing and getting it unstuck.
***** Several years of experience in all aspects of off-roading as well as traveling with a second vehicle is mandatory.

Please note that the Jeep Cherokee Sport and Suzuki Jimny in standard form will not be allowed on the Trail as these vehicles do not have sufficient clearances all round.

Peter Claasen:
Cell: 082 558 6184
Office Tel: 012 379 1715
Office Fax: 086 612 5652

Rina Stander: 
Cell: 082 990-4364
Office Tel: 012 379 1715 
Office Fax: 086 612 5652

BUNDU Fee for Members: R650
BUNDU Fee for Non-members: R750





To follow the trend in the 4x4 community, the 4X4ATV Club has decided to present training weekends where you can learn basic skills in 4x4-ing, off-road techniques and vehicle recovery. The course covers all the aspects as required by SAQA Units of Standard 254135, depicted by government and industry.   

Current scheduled dates for training weekends: 
12 & 13 May 2018

It is interesting to note that the Unit of Standards has eventually been finalised and that the Gymkhana facilities at Rust de Winter has been registered as an Accredited Training Facility. Courses will be presented over a two day period, from 08h00 to 17h00. 

What to bring along:

Camping equipment for Friday and Saturday overninght

Lunch and refreshments for the two days

Depending on the weather, warm clothes

Supper for Friday night

Saturday night you will receive a braai pack - fire and braai grill will be provided - please bring your own side dish

Chairs and cutlery / crockery 

A note book and pen

Water and cold drink for the two days

Two certified copies of your ID document
Two certified copies of your drivers license


Your own 4x4 vehicle with low range

Please remove drop plates

Remove excaliburs if possible

Ensure your vehicle has propper recovery points in the front and rear


Members: R1050.00
Non Members: R1550.00
At least one person older than 18 per vehicle

Costs include:

Hand books and Certificates
Braai Packs for Saturday night
Free camping at Rust de Winter
Coffee, tea and rusks in the morning
DCC License Card


Program for Saturday: Program for Sunday:
08h00 - 08h30 : Registration
08h30 - 12h00 : Presentation at the Lapa
12h00 - 12h30 : Lunch (not provided)
12h30 - 18h00 : Practical - Mountain Driving & Gymkhana
18h00 - ... Braai and camp fire discussions
07h00 - 08h00 : Coffee, tea and rusks
08h00 - 08h30 : Written Test
08h30 - 13h00 : Recovery Equipment and practical use in Gymkhana
13h00 - 13h30 : Lunch (not provided)
13h30 - 16h30 : Student evaluation and feedback
16h45 - 17h00 : Certifcates and completion
Contact Peter Claasen  on 082 558 6184 for inquiries. 
Contact Rina Stander on 082 990 4364 to make your reservation.


0.0 5.0

From Pretoria, follow N1 Highway, North
ZERO ODO at the Zambezi offramp

5.0 3.0
[S25 38 21.6 E28 16 32.7]

Pumalani Toll Gate
Ignore all offramps up to 32.0km

8.0 24.0
[S25 36 59.7 E28 16 37.1]

Petro Port - Last chance for re-fuel  
There is a shop at RdW but they do not
always have fuel in stock...

32.0 0.1
[S25 24 12.5 E28 17 48.9] 

Take the offramp to
Hammanskraal / Boekenhoutskloof
Toll Gate Hammanskraal

32.1 0.3

Turn right and cross over N1 Highway

32.4 1.0
[S25 24 07.9 E28 18 03.2]

Turn left to Rust de Winter just before gravel road starts -
Hammanskraal area

33.4 27.0  You will now enter
the Dinokeng Reserve

Enjoy your game drive 
and keep to speed restrictions

60.4 14.0
[S25 13 10.0 E28 26 43.7]

T-Junction - Turn right towards Rust de Winter
Ignore all turn offs for 14km
(Including the turn off to the Rust de Winter Dam)

74.4 0.1   
[S25 11 51.5 E28 34 29.8]

Please note the speed limit -  
this is a dangerous turn to the right

just before a single crossing bridge

74.5 0.3
[S25 11 54.0 E28 34 32.0]

Entrance to 4X4ATV Camp on your right hand side
Turn right and follow the gravel road up to our Reception Office   




Your Vehicle Spares:

This list is basic and you should consult your owners manual for additional spares and tools you might require for your specific brand / model of vehicle. Try to get more information on the terrain you might encounter to make provision in terms of your recovery equipent (rock, sand, wet, etc.)

Tyre pump
Tyre pressure gauge
Tyre repair kit
Spare tube
Q20 or equivalent water displacement oil
Hydraulic fluid
Gear oil / grease
Engine oil
Quick set epoxy glue
Insulation tape
Duct tape
Locktite tread fastener
Spark plugs
Electrick wire
Hose clamps of various sizes
Radiator cap
Radiator stop leak
Fuel hose
Jumper cables
Hand cleaner
Fan belt
Binding wire (clothes hanger wire)
Various nuts and bolts
U joints
Fire extinguisher
Flash light
Heavy duty plastick bags
Cable ties

Your Vehicle Recovery and Tools:

Winch kit - including spraps, tree protector, snatch block and shackles
Leather gloves
Hi-lift jack
Jacking plate
5m Chain
Danforth boat anchor (for soft sand)
Heavy duty hammer
Bow shacles

Socket set and ratchet
Set of spanners
Power bar
Tyre levers
Set of screw drivers
Monkey wrench
Pliers - flat and long nose
Side cutter

Always take along a can with fresh drinking water - no matter where your adventure leads or where you might get bogged down or stranded, you will always need fresh drinking water!

Should you be towing your caravan / trailer to your destination, also ensure that you have basic spares for it.

Basic must-have list of Camping Equipment:

Tent and poles
Mattresses (if air mattess, include repair kit)
Sleeping bags
Matches / Lighter
Paper plates
Paper towel
Gas bottle - ensure they are full if long stay
Gas bottle key - if possible, attach to bottle with string
Cutlery (don't forget the can opener, egg lifter, wooden spoon and cutting knife)
Mugs and glasses (glass or plastic)
Folding table and chairs
Wash-up basin (dish wash liquid and cloths)
Cutting board
Frying pan and cooking pots
Insect repellent
Toilet paper
Torch and spare batteries
Light and electrical extention cord
Candles and / or Lamps for venue without electricity
Garbage bags
Tie downs or rope
Shade canvas or Gazebo

First Aid:

This list is basic and does not include prescription medication - Please use this as an advisory list only! Brands listed are for ease of reference only. Should you be visiting remote areas for a long period, please consult with your physician - they are more that willing to advise and can give presciptions for additional medication you might require (such as a wide spectrum anti-biotic).

First Aid Book
Straight splints
Latex gloves
Wound dressings - large and small
Adheasive strips, plasters and streri-strips (anti allergic if required)
Roll elastic adhesive 25cm x 3m or what is available
Conforming and triangular bandages - wide and narrow
A card of safety pins
Butterfly closures (to use instead of stitches)
Disinfectant (Detol or Savlon)
Pain tablets (Panado or as per your preference)
Dehydration mix (Rehydrat)
Antihistamine tablets
Anti nausia tablets (Valoid)
Anti-diarrhea tablets (Imodium)
Anti-septic ointment (Betadine)
Anti-heartburn (Eno or Rennies)
Calamine lotion
Sun screen
Lip ice
Water purification tablets
Disposable razor
Cotton wool
Sterile gauze
Swabs for cleaning wounds
CPR mouth pieces
Burn dressing
Eye bath (medium) and eye pad
Eye drops
Rescue blanket

Should you be visiting remote areas, it is adviseable to read up about snakes, scorpions, spiders and ticks and make print-outs to take along should you need to treat bites without medical assistance.
Be aware of your envoronment and pack away items that might potetially lure un-invited "guests" during the night.
Always remain aware of nature and treat it with respect
 - leave it to be as wild as you found it.

Meals - Make notes of basic menus with easy-to-find or easy-to-take-along ingredients. Take time to find easy-to-make recipe ideas and get everyone involved by delegating some meal times to family or friends in the group. Should you cross any borders, take note of legislation regarding the transport of meat / dairy or poultry products for the areas you are visiting - some countries are strict and may confiscate your stock at borders or check points. On some items such as alcoholic beverages there might also be limits to the quantity of stock you may take along.

If your destination leads you across borders, ensure that all your travelling documents are in place - passports, visa's, vehicle insurances, etc. Determine what will be required at border crossings and the fees that will be payable for items such as road taxes or permits. Proof of your booking at your destination might also be required. Make sure your driver and vehicle licenses are up-to-date (also applicable to whatever you might be towing). Allow for extra driving time when you visit remote areas - the distances are not always covered in expected times. Just a note from experience... don't be in a hurry... 
Africa has it's own time...

Camp Logistics - Involve fellow campers by assigning tasks such as making fire, packing vehicles, building the kitchen area, cleaning up, etc...

Everyone deserves the time off and everyone should get it... TIME OFF...