Accredited Mitsubishi Off-Road Training Academy

Your off-roader is the ultimate adventure vehicle, so make sure you don't just drive it on tarmac! Try venturing down the road less-travelled. We have designed a course which covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of off-roading and at the same time teach you about the conservation of both the fauna and flora surrounding us.

I loved every minute of the training course!.

The course has been specifically tailored for Southern African conditions. It was developed by Protea in response to off-roaders wanting to maximise their enjoyment whilst off-roading on a wide variety of terrain and varying conditions. The training is interactive and takes place in the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve on natural terrain typically found in Southern Africa. We boast some of the most dramatic and rugged wilderness areas in Gauteng, which makes it a perfect environment to learn more about your vehicle and its amazing capabilities.

Our off-road 4x4 training course is designed to help you practice with others so that you can improve your off-road driving skills. We offer one-day intensive driver training course for all Mitsubishi vehicles.

It is an adventurous and fun day out for you and your family to enjoy with interaction between the family and loads of fun. Off-roading is about the family and the joy it brings, the understanding and appreciation of negotiating the road less-travelled. The course is suitable for all types of off-road vehicles including 4x4’s, 4x2’s and also soft-roaders (S-AWC/AWD, vehicles without low range).

Certificate of Competency: An intensive 4x4 off-road driver training course involving the following topics:

- Basic recovery techniques and applications
- Vehicle dynamics and accessories
- Safety aspects of off-roading in Southern Africa
- Bush safety and awareness procedures
- Convoy procedure and bush driving etiquette
- Theory and pratical experience on ascending, descending, ditches, ridges, slopes, mud, water, stream crossing, rocks, sand and the best way to conquer difficult terrain.
- Tyre selection and tyre pressures
- Operation of the Super Select II 4WD systems, Hill Descent, Electronic Terrain Response, ASTC, and the Read Diff Lock
- Eco friendly off-roading driving techniques
- Focus on eco-sensitive driving
- Operation of the S-AWC/AWD System, traction control and terrain response

Be prepared. If you’re a new or a old hand to 4x4’s and off-roading or have recently bought your 4x4, boost your confidence and abilities with a tailor made 4x4/4x2/soft roader driver training course. Our courses is focused on having as little impact on the environment as possible by making use of good 4x4 principals.

Our unique off-road training facility is designed for you to get to know your vehicle in a comfortable, safe, controlled, and eco-friendly environment.
Get your travel plans in order. We have a host of unspoilt dream destinations lined up just for you. Ranging from fully catered weekend getaway tours to cross border camping safari tours.

4x4 Groete,
Jannie Rykaart

+27 (0)83 268 0566 |


Client Comments

Dear Jannie

Having just attended the training course today, allow me to commend you for the professional and courteous manner displayed, not only by yourself, but your able assistant.

I now truly appreciate the real qualities and capabilities of my new Pajero Sport.

I would not in earnest doubt in recommending you for the expertise demonstrated today.

Sincerely hope you will continue being an invaluable asset to my 4x4 experience!!

Kind regards


Beste Jannie,
Baie dankie vir jou epos met al die nuttige inligting.
Dit was werklik ‘n baie aangename ervaring met jou as gids en instrukteur. Marna het dit ook baie geniet. Dis nie die eerste vir ons van sulke belewenisse nie en ek kan dus met eerlikheid ons waardering uitspreek dat julle dit uitmuntend doen – in alle opsigte.
Jy kan dus met vrymoedigheid my boodskap en dank aan Mitsubishi handelaars (ook Christo by East Rand) oordra – om die 4X4 orientering saam met jou te doen is aan te beveel.
Ek en Marna hoop om gou kans te kry om van jou safari’s mee te maak.
Hou ons asb op jou verspreidingslys vir enige nuwe nuus van Protea 4X4.


I’m writing this email as I feel as South Africans we generally don’t take the time to acknowledge the good and only complain about the bad experiences.

I spent 6 nights at Hole-in-the-wall in the Eastern Cape last week and besides my training course in June this year, was the first time I needed to use the 4x4 capabilities of the Pajero I bought from Mitsubishi Sandown earlier this year.
We hit some fishing spots from Hole-in-the-wall, up towards Coffee Bay and even up to Mthatha River Mouth. Due to rains earlier in the week, large parts of the “road” had been washed away and were either massive dongas or huge water puddles (with some axle twisters as well) that we had to drive through. A friend of mine’s heart was in his mouth when going through these spots and kept on asking why I’m so cool and calm. I told him that the 4x4 training that I went through with Protea 4x4, not only equipped with me the knowledge to navigate safely, but also gave me the assurance that the vehicle was more than capable of easily going through what-ever we encountered. In fact, the 4x4 track in the Cradle was worse than what I experienced in the Eastern Cape.

A huge thank you to Protea 4x4 for the training provided and a huge thank you to Mitsubishi on not only making excellent vehicles, but for also throwing in the 4x4 course with the purchase.

Protea 4x4 and Mitsubishi Pajero now have a brand ambassador!


Baie dankie vir 'n puik ervaring gister.

Jy is 'n wonderlike instrukteur en as jy my in die oggend vertel het wat my Triton in die middag sou doen sou ek jou nie glo nie.
Die kursus maak werklik 'n mens se oë oop vir dit waartoe Mitsubishi voertuie in staat is en gee 'n mens soveel vertroue in die voertuig.

Ek moet bieg dat dit wat ons vermag het eerder aan die voertuie se vermoë toegeskryf kan word as aan die bestuurder se vermoë, maar ek sal nog leer.
Dankie weereens vir 'n baie aangename ervaring en ek glo ons sal mekaar in die toekoms weer sien.