Join Sethuthu Tours For The Ride Of Your Life
Sethuthuthu Tours is a scenic place with historical value. Our tours offer education combined with fun and excitement!!
Sethuthuthu Tours and SafarisThe word “Sethuthuthu” means motor bike in the Sesotho Language. The idea of these Tours on Quad Bikes (ATV’s, All Terrain Vehicles) was born when a couple of farmers, owners of scenic places, some with historical value, got together and decided to open up their farms to the public for tourism purposes. The tours are presented in a Conservancy area and a National Park. All Tours will be accompanied by guides who will supply as much information as possible on the areas being travelled through. Tours are conducted by qualified registered guides in possession of NQF2 to NQF4 to FGASA Certificates. We also carry passenger liability insurance.
Vital Information: If you suffer from allergies, please bring your own medication (hay fever and bee stings).
Our trips are from one hour, to two and three hours, to half day (four hours) and five hours.
Shorter trips are ideal for families with smaller children. Ideal for conferences and team building.
You will need cool tops, shorts or jeans, hiking boots, takkies, windbreaker or raincoat, hat.
All tours subject to minimum two bikes.
Prices may be changed without prior notice. Experience is required to handle the ATV's. No driver's license required. You must be 18 years and older.
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Sethuthuthu Tours and Safaris
The word “Sethuthuthu” means motor bike in the Sesotho Language. The idea of these Tours on Quad Bikes (ATV’s, All Terrain Vehicles) was born when a couple of farmers, owners of scenic places, some with historical value, got together and decided to open up their farms to the public for tourism purposes. The tours are presented in a Conservancy area and a National Park.
All Tours will be accompanied by guides who will supply as much information as possible on the areas being travelled through. Tours are conducted by qualified registered guides in possession of NQF2 to NQF4 to FGASA Certificates.
We also carry passenger liability insurance.
The tours are for nature lovers, and not for those who want to speed over obstacles at a flying pace.
On the tour, you will travel slowly as the area is so beautiful with much to see. You have an obstacle course where you will be instructed on how to handle your ATV on steep declines and uphills. You are in nature, so you will learn about indigenous plants and their value to the old pioneers who were in this area in the 1830’s. You will also learn about the sandstone formations and learn some geology!
Come and enjoy a ride through our own Fairy Forest or Garden Route with its Kgotla “place of gathering” along the trail. An exciting way to cross a mountain and streams over stone bridges. The thrill of a stairway to heaven. The Washing Machine and Victoria Falls! Ascending Mount Ararat is included in the longer trips with views over the Eastern Free State.
Quad Bike Tours in Clarens
Sethuthuthu Tours is geared to deliver expert service that thrills your adventurous side and satisfies your thirst for learning about our cultural surroundings and Highlands.
We cater from couples rides to large groups of 12 riders at a time.
Quad Tours that cater for your needs
Sethuthuthu Tours is located on Boshoek farm with a scenic view and historical value.
ATV (Quad) tours are offered in the Rooiberge Conservancy area, bordering Clarens where the farm is situated.
ATV (Quad) tours are offered in the Rooiberge Conservancy area, bordering Clarens where the farms are situated.
Visitors are introduced to geology, anthropology, history and fauna & flora of the Eastern Free State. These tours offer education combined with fun and excitement!!!
They only make use of qualified, registered guides and they carry passenger liability. These tours are ideal for nature lovers and families are welcome. Children are welcome to share a bike with an adult not exceeding 180kg combined weight. These tours are also suitable for team-building or groups of up to 12 people per tour. There are many different tours to choose from, ranging from 2 hour morning, afternoon and sundowner tours to 4 hour tour rides. Snacks and drinks are provided on our Sundowner tour.
Below we show how Niel van Schalkwyk, our veteran guide, explains the operational instructions on the quad bikes in detail ensuring your safety at all time.
Enjoy the crisp fresh air with a morning ride.
Arrival Time – 8h30
Depart – 9h00 Sharp
Duration – 2 Hours
R550 pp / R800 Sharing
Max 180kg combined
Bask in the beautiful afternoon sun and finish it off with a spectacular sunset over the Western ranges. Snacks and light beverages supplied.
Arrival Time – 14h30
Depart – 15h00
Duration – 3 Hours
R 700 pp
Half Day Ride
An intense ride along to the Anglo Boer Horse Hospital located under an overhang “Holkrans”
Bookings are essential for departure arrangements
Language Preferance – Ons praat Afrikaans, Re bouwa Sesotho, Wir sprechen Deutsch, We speak English
Indemnity – Before a ride may take place, you are required to sign an indemnity form. No person will be allowed to take part in any activity until the indemnity is signed and accepted.
Damage to Quads & Terrain – Adhering to the regulations of the quads and the terrain is compulsary. We do not condone spinning, speeding nor irresponsible driving. We reserve the right to stop the tour due to mistreatment of our equipment or if the guide feels that you are not fit to ride a quad bike. All activities are at own risk. By taking part in our tours, you forfeit all rights and reservations.
Safety Equipment – The law in South Africa states that it is a necessity to wear a crash helmet. Helmets will be provided to you but the choice is entirely yours. Please wear hiking boots or outdoor shoes with long pants. Winter rides are quite cool, so remember to bring a jacket with.
Quad bike trails can take you into the mountains, along the shores and even into the bush. If you are into adventure sports, adrenalin rushes and fun then quad biking is for you. Also known as All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s), these 4 wheelers are tough and versatile and ideal for exploring the countryside or pitting your riding skills against whatever mother earth has to offer.
With its wide variety of different topographies and vegetation, quad biking in South Africa offers a great range of experiences for quad biking, irrespective if you are a beginner or a seasoned pro. There are a growing number of places for quad bike hire. Quad biking in South Africa provides some tough and challenging terrain as well as milder environments for quad biking for kids of all ages.
A word on Quad Biking:
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.” – Hellen Keller
“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
If you are going to look for quad bike hire then you need to do some research and make sure you’ll be properly equipped with at least a helmet, gloves and a pair of good quality boots. This will make quad bike riding more pleasant and safer.
Quad biking in South Africa offers a variety of machines that vary in size both physically and from an engine capacity point of view and one should ensure that you are comfortable with both aspects before embarking on your quad bike adventure.
There were some fatalities in the early days of quad biking, largely due to rider ignorance and inexperience. Quad biking in NZ is an adventure sport that provides equipment that is relatively easy to operate on a smooth, flat surface, but need skill and training when being ridden in more challenging conditions. The following web site has an excellent short video clip on all aspects of quad bike hire safety and is definitely worth watching if you are considering getting involved with this adventure sport. Pay particular attention when looking for quad biking for kids. They often have a gung-ho approach and don’t realise the limits of their abilities and the power of the machines. Quad bike hire needs to be undertaken with caution when over enthusiastic teenagers are involved. Also, remember not only to look after yourself but also the environment. Quad bike riding is lots of fun but can cause irreparable damage to the environment so enjoy your quad adventure while being environmentally responsible.
Quad bike trails, quad adventures and quad bike riding offers many challenges and diverse uses: Recreation
Sport – Racing
Agriculture – Farming
The first quad bike ATVs were made during the 1950s. These early models had six wheels instead of four. Honda made the first three-wheeled ATV in 1970, and were famously portrayed in the James Bond movie, “Diamonds Are Forever”. Dubbed the US90 and, later, the ATC90, it was designed purely for recreational use. It featured large balloon tires instead of a mechanical suspension. By the early 1980s, suspension and lower-profile tires were introduced. The 1982 Honda ATC200E Big Red was a landmark model. It featured both suspension and racks, making it the first utility three-wheeled ATV. The ability to go anywhere on terrain that most other vehicles could not cross soon made them popular with US and Canadian hunters, and those just looking for a good trail ride or outdoor adventure. Soon other manufacturers introduced their own models.
Sport models were also developed by Honda, which had a virtual monopoly on the market, due to effective patents on design and engine placement. The 1981 ATC250R was the first high-performance three-wheeler, featuring full suspension, a 248-cubic-centimetre two-stroke motor, a five-speed transmission with a manual clutch and a front disc brake. For the sporting trail rider, the 1983 ATC200X was another landmark machine. It has an easy-to-handle 192-cubic-centimetre four-stroke that was ideal for new participants in the sport.
Suzuki was a leader in the development of 4-wheeled ATVs quad bikes. It sold the first ATV, the 1983 QuadRunner LT125, which was a recreational machine for beginners.
In 1985, Suzuki introduced to the industry the first high-performance 4-wheel ATV, the Suzuki LT250R QuadRacer. This machine was in production for the 1985-1992 model years. During its run, it underwent three major engineering makeovers. However, the major core features were retained. These were: a sophisticated long-travel suspension, a liquid-cooled two-stroke motor and a fully manual 5-speed transmission for 85-86 models and a 6-speed transmission for the 88-92 models. It was a machine exclusively designed for racing by highly skilled riders. Honda responded a year later with the FourTrax TRX250R-a machine that has not been replicated. Kawasaki responded with its Tecate-4 250. In 1987, Yamaha introduced a different type of high-performance machine, the Banshee 350, which featured a twin-cylinder liquid-cooled two-stroke motor from the RD350LC street motorcycle. Heavier and more difficult to ride in the dirt than the 250s, the Banshee became a popular machine with sand dune riders thanks to its unique power delivery. The Banshee remains hugely popular, but 2006 is the last year it will be available in the U.S. (due to EPA emissions regulations). In Canada, however, the Banshee will be back for the 2007 model year, still featuring the same parallel-twin, 350cc, two-stroke engine that made the machine famous.
At the same time, development of utility ATV quad bikes was rapidly escalating. The 1986 Honda FourTrax TRX350 4×4 ushered in the era of four-wheel-drive ATVs. Other manufacturers quickly followed suit, and 4x4s have remained the most popular type of ATV. These machines are popular with hunters, farmers, ranchers and workers at construction sites.
Safety issues with 3-wheel ATVs caused all manufacturers to switch to 4-wheeled models in the late ’80s, and 3-wheel models ended production in 1987, due to consent decrees between the major manufacturers and the Consumer Product Safety Commission — the result of legal battles over safety issues among consumer groups, the manufacturers and CPSC. The lighter weight of the 3-wheel models made them popular with some expert riders. Cornering is more challenging than with a 4-wheeled machine because leaning into the turn is even more important. Operators may roll over if caution isn’t used. The front end of 3-wheelers obviously has a single wheel making it lighter, and flipping backwards is a potential hazard, especially when climbing hills. Rollovers may also occur when traveling down a steep incline. The consent decrees expired in 1997, allowing manufacturers to once again make and market 3-wheel models, though there are very few marketed today.
Models continue today to be divided into the sport and utility markets. Sport models are generally small, light, two-wheel drive vehicles which accelerate quickly, have a manual transmission, and run at speeds up to 90 miles per hour (120 km/h). Utility models are generally bigger four-wheel drive vehicles with a maximum speed of up to 65 miles per hour (104 km/h). They have the ability to haul small loads on attached racks or small dump beds. They may also tow small trailers. Due to the different weights, each has advantages on different types of terrain.
Six-wheel models often have a small dump bed, with an extra set of wheels at the back to increase the payload capacity. They can be either 4-wheel drive (back wheels driving only), or 6-wheel drive.
There are also 6 and 8-wheel models where the rider sits inside, known as AATVs (amphibious all-terrain vehicles). These vehicles may float and are designed to go through swamps as well as dry land. These were around in the United States long before 4 and 3-wheeled vehicles were introduced (by Honda and other Japanese companies). Current brands of these machines include Argo and MAX. They consist of a fiberglass or hard plastic “tub” with low pressure (around 3 PSI) tires and use a skid-steer steering setup. Though not as fast as other ATVs, they can be operated with precision at slow speeds, and, of course, have the ability to float. The spinning action of the tires is enough to propel the vehicle through the water, albeit slowly. Outboard motors can be added for extended water use. Technically, these AATVs are not true ATVs by the ANSI definition of an all-terrain vehicle. Often, they have steering wheels or control sticks rather than motorcycle-type handle bars and are intended for more than a single rider, in contrast to ATVs that meet the ANSI definition. At the end of the day, no matter which machine you prefer quad bike riding is a great adventure sport.
Nearest town(s): Clarens
Boshoek Farm Clarens, Free State
5 km from Clarens out on the Bethlehem road. Follow our sign boards.
S 28° 28' 50.027'' E 28° 25' 49.525''