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    I have been watching 4WD Action and many of the iconic Australian trails follow old telegraph and or current power-lines. In Zambia, the bikers would often ride from Lusaka to Ndola and other locations following the power-line service trails.

    Is this possible in SA?

    And if so, who owns the land and is there a map of power-lines available from somewhere?
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    Before ESKOM became ESKOM, it was possible. Early to mid 80s. Used to ride enduro bikes from Pretoria to Delmas and then onwards to Bronkies on the power line roads.

    Now, unless the power lines go through community land, no, there are no longer dedicated service roads. And as for telephone roads: general practice for SAP&T was to put lines up next to existing roads, even if it meant a longer line run. P&T would only deviate from this when taking the Last Mile line over private land from a junction box.
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    Default Re: Power-line Service Trails

    I know the Eskom and Telkom guys have their own locks on the chains at gates on my friend's farm near Caledon. There are very little dedicated roads, they use the farm road network.
    But we did a Bikepacking trip recently where we used a lot of the Railway service roads, but you need to get permission from the farmers on the respective that the road runs on.

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    Hi Estee

    Unfortunately not .....

    All land in South Africa belongs to someone (private, business, local authority, government, etc) and you cannot access it without the owner's permission - unlike many overseas countries were the citizens have fairly unrestricted access to government land.

    When bulk services (power lines, telephone, water pipelines, reservoirs, etc) are installed, a servitude is normally registered. The land still belongs to the original owner, but the service authority now has a right of access to maintain and repair their installation. In many cases the service authority does not have free/unrestricted access either and have to give the property owner advance notification of their intention to enter onto the land.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Snyman View Post
    Hi Estee

    Unfortunately not .....

    All land in South Africa belongs to someone (private, business, local authority, government, etc) and you cannot access it without the owner's permission - unlike many overseas countries were the citizens have fairly unrestricted access to government land.

    When bulk services (power lines, telephone, water pipelines, reservoirs, etc) are installed, a servitude is normally registered. The land still belongs to the original owner, but the service authority now has a right of access to maintain and repair their installation. In many cases the service authority does not have free/unrestricted access either and have to give the property owner advance notification of their intention to enter onto the land.

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    Thanks for this, that explains it. Pity though, there might have been some interesting routes along some of these
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    Thanks for the replies guys
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    Unfortunately as others have mentioned, Land is a pretty locked down thing in SA, so no access. There are some great trails up to high sites and so on, which are often on public/state land, and we used to drive these quiet often (we never asked permission, but no one ever said anything either) but no days they lock them pretty well.

    there are a lot of railway service roads that you can get access to, and do some nice trips along, but usually flat and very little in terms of real 4x4, except some mud here and there after the rains.

    The other her ones that are reasonably easy to access, is the forestry roads in the eastern transvaal. This mostly belongs to or is managed by the timber companies, but they normally arenít too funny about giving you access if you ask at the local forestry station. They will normally point out where you canít go, and leave it at that. Have done a few awesome mtb and adventure bike trips like that, and added nice detours to holiday trips in the 4x4s as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPiet View Post
    The other her ones that are reasonably easy to access, is the forestry roads in the eastern transvaal. This mostly belongs to or is managed by the timber companies, but they normally arenít too funny about giving you access if you ask at the local forestry station. They will normally point out where you canít go, and leave it at that. Have done a few awesome mtb and adventure bike trips like that, and added nice detours to holiday trips in the 4x4s as well
    Yep, SAPPI will allow some public access. Around Piet Retief there is also very little control of forestry roads.
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    Long process but better than buck shot in one's butt. Plan your route then phone that district's munic and see if they will give you the land owners ph numbers, then arrange with the land owners to gain access to the chosen routes.
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