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Welsh Safaris

Wales is a land of mountains and valleys, streams and waterfalls, where over 80% of the country is devoted to agriculture. The first Land Rover was designed by Maurice Wilks in 1947 in Anglesey, an island off the north-west coast of Wales. When it was launched the following year, Llandovery in the south of the country was the place chosen for the initial road-test, giving Wales an important place in the history and culture of off-roading. If you choose one of our Welsh Safaris, you can be assured that with this pedigree, the off-roading conditions will not disappoint.

We offer these trips from March to September and duration ranges from a weekend up to a week, depending on your requirements.

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Let the adventure begin..

The expedition starts as soon as you arrive at the specially selected campsite. It gives everyone a chance to get to know each other before we set off on our adventure the next morning. We do ask that you have some previous off-roading experience and we keep to a maximum of 3 vehicles, in addition to our lead vehicle.

Our staff have many years of 4x4 experience and can also offer a wealth of advice on vehicle preparation and kit lists. So if you are after a new environment in which to explore with your 4x4 or maybe you are an existing overlander wanting to “shakedown” your vehicle and kit prior to a more adventurous trip, we can help.

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Our well-researched routes throughout Wales cross numerous fords, creep along trails clinging to the side of steep hills and traverse narrow lanes flanked by ancient woodlands in remote locations.

On the various trips we organise, we take in all that this beautiful country has to offer - the Brecon Beacons in the south, the Cambrian Mountains in mid Wales and Snowdonia in the north-west. The north arguably offers the most technically challenging conditions and will be a delight to those of you wishing to test your skills along the twisting mountain trails. If you have the energy, you may wish to combine your off-roading with an energetic trek on foot up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at 1,085m. It does have a variety of treks available, some more taxing than others.

In mid Wales, the Strata Florida is regarded by many as providing the best off-roading in the UK. The undulating route passes through open countryside and dense forest, with nine river crossings, providing some challenging off-roading conditions and spectacular scenery. There are also the imposing remains of a 12th century Cistercian abbey which are well worth a look.

In the south, you may want to try the Gap Road, one of the highest routes in England and Wales. It passes through the National Park and over the Brecon Beacon mountain range. Our guide will be on hand to capture the moment on film, providing you with a fantastic record of the expedition to take home.

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There will be plenty of time to take in some of the tourist activities which make Wales special.

Many of you will be familiar with the Italianate village Portmeirion, constructed between 1925 and 1975 and which was the setting for the cult 1960s TV series The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan. It is now home to Festival No. 6 an annual arts and music festival, named after McGoohan’s character.

Wales has many man-made reservoirs, providing ample opportunity for various water sports such as fishing and sailing. Pistyll Rhaeadr in Powys is a striking waterfall falling 73m in three stages. It is counted as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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Where to stay

You are welcome to stay in your own tent, or we can supply a nine-man Tipi which houses a welcoming log-burning stove, together with reindeer skins to keep you extra snug if necessary throughout the night. To find out how to hire this, give us a call.

We also provide a portable camping toilet which collects waste in a biodegradable bag that can be dis-posed of. Sometimes it can be well worth foregoing some modern creature comforts to revel in the wild beauty of isolated camping locations!

Please contact us if you would like further information on this Mudrut adventure!