A muddy Magoebaskloof Trailblazer Adventure

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“Stick your nose in it, stick your nose in it,” came the words over the walkie-talkie from one of the instructors during the Chevrolet Trailblazer Adventure at a 4×4 obstacle course in Magoebaskloof’s George’s Valley.

Your nose?

Ahhh! The car’s nose. Got it! But where should you stick what now?


A Trailblazer Adventure in Magoebaskloof

In George’s Valley, situated on the R528 between Haenertsburg and Tzaneen, a lush green forest face greeted us; the rivers and waterfalls harmonically chanted a welcome song while the sky-high bluegum trees kept a watchful eye over the muddy terrain.

We left Magoebaskloof Hotel and started our off-road journey from the Hub, the heart and soul of the 4×4 community in the area where the trails and obstacles were put together by a group of passionate farmers. Every year, usually around June, there is a 4×4 event in the valley that is open to the whole family with guest performances, music, food, refreshments and a kiddies play area while the more serious drivers have the chance to test their vehicles over a number of obstacles that traverse through points of interest in the area with historic stops and tracks that wind through the valley’s unsurpassed scenery.

“Brown is the colour of adrenaline,” Grant McCleery, a renowned instructor and racing driver, concluded as he briefed us at the Hub in George’s Valley.

Brown is the colour of adrenaline…

…it echoed in my head as I walked back to an already-semi-brown red Chevrolet Trailblazer.

“Stick your nose in it, stick your nose in it,” came the words over the walkie-talkie from one of the instructors during the Chevrolet #TrailblazerAdventure at a 4×4 obstacle course in Magoebaskloof’s Georges Valley.

Your nose?

Ahhh! The car’s nose. Got it! But where should you stick what now?

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Chevrolet Trailblazer

The off-road lingo made me chuckle in the back of the Trailblazer as the driver – the technical editor of Car Magazine, Nicol Louw – effortlessly yet skillfully manoeuvred the Chevrolet’s wheels over the muddy terrain.

Deep within the Limpopo province the land of silver mist has lifted its breath of grey and blue skies appeared, complimenting the valley’s green; pink and white lilies were lined up next to the road, the sound of the Knysna Louries filled the forest-sphere, mango trees promised something sweet while another hill whispered citrus secrets and avo treats.

“Look, waterfall,” we announced every now and then as streams painted the mountains in white liquid.

And then another voice exclaimed a “wow” as the Limpopo scenery jumped out around corners to brag and gently steer our eyes in the direction of her landscapes.

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The Trailblazer Adventure continued from mud splash to obstacle to a bit of nose-sticking and another mud splash while the car did all the off-road thinking; no gear changes, no calculated risks assessments or an encyclopedia of skills… the capability of the car is wrapped up in the click of a button and it’s all about going “as slow as possible, as fast as necessary,” according to the voice behind the walkie-talkie.

Button, click, voila.

Mud, mountains and more.

Button click voila.

Adventure, adrenaline and a world of fun… as slow as possible as fast as necessary.


Features of the Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8D 4×4 LTZ Automatic

As an oestrogen-laden-muddy-terrain-enthusiast with absolute zero off-road skills or knowledge, this Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8D 4×4 LTZ Automatic is a godsend.

Don’t ask me to talk about the torque; I don’t know these fancy technical and mechanical car terms… that’s why there are car magazines and model overviews available to read.

All I know is that I’ve overheard that the 2.8 Trailblazer delivers 500 Newton meters of torque at a low 2000 rpm and while I talked to my father – someone who is quite clued up about cars – his eyes stretched to the size of golf balls when he heard about the 500 Isaac Newtons.

I assume the torque’s Newton meters and Isaac Newton’s law of gravity are kind of the same thing?

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Chevrolet Trailblazer
Chevrolet Trailblazer

But my lack of knowledge still allowed me to find a number of things that I really enjoyed about the Chevrolet Trailblazer.


For someone from the Eastern Cape who crawls into the foetal position – even in the passenger seat – when it comes to Johannesburg’s spaghetti road, the GPS on the dashboard is a necessity.

Steering Wheel and Seat Adjustment

I’m short and can usually barely see over the bonnet of a car, but with the steering wheel adjustment and seat adjustment I could see over the bonnet.


This 7-seater car is fit for the heavy-packer, the big family and the lets-pack-all-our-sports-equipment people. Spacious, so spacious…if you flatten those seats it won’t even be necessary to pitch a tent.

Rear Vision Camera

Let’s just say that seeing what is behind you on a live feed when you reverse should be mandatory for all cars.

Beep-beep Safety

The radar sensors around the vehicle give warning signs whenever you get too close to something; while there are alerts like “Forward Collision Alert” the best safety feature is most probably the “Side Blind Zone Alert” that lights up the corner of your side mirror when another vehicle ventures into your blind zones.

Tyre pressure Monitoring System.

Gone are the days of wondering whether or not your tyres need some more air juice or not. The system checks the pressure and will warn you when your tyres are over- or under-inflated.


There is nothing worse than sitting in the back seat and slowly but surely melting into a puddle of summer because it’s a hot day and the aircon only cools the front down. The Trailblazer provides aircon for all 7 zones. Hello Antarctica! Yes, please!


When we made a stop in Dullstroom – en route to Magoebaskloof – I noticed that some cars had mirrors on the back of the side mirrors. Perfect for those ladies who quickly want to do a make-up check.

Button. Click. Voila.

That’s how easy it is to do a bit of off-road driving. If you are not an experienced 4×4 driver then this button-click-thing is extremely helpful.


7-inch colour touchscreen? Bluetooth? USB port? Hands free calling? Yes, yes, yes and yes. Turn up the volume.

Want to know more about the Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8D 4×4 LTZ Automatic? Click here.

I was hosted by General Motors SA on the Chevrolet #TrailblazerAdventure. As always, all opinions are my own (and that includes my lack of motor knowledge).

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