Accredited Mitsubishi 4x2 & 4x4 Offroad Training courses

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 (vehicles without low range).

Topics covered

- Techniques for negotiating various terrain
- Basic recovery 
- Guiding through obstacles
- Gear and line selection
- How to enjoy nature and preserve it
- Bush knowledge
- Vehicle dynamics and accessories
- Safety aspects of off-roading
- Convoy procedure
- Tyre selection

Jannie Rykaart :

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.

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
Zukile Nomvete, HR60ZZGP


Alan Bennett

Hi Jannie,
Thanks so much for the attached documents especially the 4X4 guidelines. The document is exceptionally detailed and ideal to have as a reference document.

The theoretical part of the course, especially for the Pajero Sport, seemed very complicated but once it was put into practice and with your advice on the trail it became much less daunting.
It was essential to go on the course as the Pajero Sport has so many features it would not have been possible to master them without attending the course.
The course was professionally organised and worth while attending and overall a very enjoyable day.
Kind Regards,
Alan Bennett

Trix Serfontein

Hallo Jannie

Moet jou eers vertel:  Ek en Kobus Wienand het verlede week Lesotho besoek.  Maandagaand by Underberg oornag en die volgende dag die Sani Pass aangedurf.  Kobus het vir MY die wiel gegee en EK het bestuur TOT by die hoogste pub in Africa!!!  Wat ‘n ondervinding!!  Dankie vir elke ietsie wat jy vir ons geleer het.  Dit was goud werd!!  Van daar af is ons per ongemerkte weg deur na Katse Dam.  Dit was erger as die pas alhoewel dit meer gelyk was:  9 ure aan minder as 200 km gery.  Daar het ons teerpad gevat Caledon grenspos toe. 
Dit was wonderlik!!
En ons het die 9de amptelik in die huwelik getree!!

Baie groete!

Hendrik en Franci Strümpfer,

Jannie, baie dankie vir 'n heerlike en leersame dag. Die kombinasie van die wildreservaat en 4x4 bestuur is mos waaroor hierdie voertuie gaan! Ek het voorheen ook 'n Pajero gery, maar nooit die voorreg gehad om 'n soortgelyke geleentheid by te woon nie. Ek is so dankbaar dat ek hierdie keer wel die geleentheid gehad, en gebruik het. Ek dink mens mis net te veel van jou voertuig se moontlikhede indien jy nie so 'n 4x4 geleentheid bywoon nie. Baie dankie weereens! Ons het teruggekeer na SA op 1 Des 2017 na 4 jaar in Noorweë en is opnuut entosiasties oor ons land en sy moontlikhede!


Dear Jannie, Just a note to thank you for the most informative day yesterday. I learnt a lot about my own car, and whilst I am not at retirement age yet to take advantage of your trips, we certainly may look at some of your shorter trips, and I have no doubt that I am going to have some questions for you once I put your theory into practice. Kind Regards, MARK YAMMIN

Brahm Hattingh (FB) -

We had an amazing day at Protea 4x4 last Sunday. Learned much more than expected, more fun than anticipated and greater appreciation for our Pajero Sport than before. Jannie is excellent and the facilities comfortable.


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.

Gary Peter

Hi. Just want to thank you for such an amaising experience. Jannie you have a wealth of knowledge and experience and the course was done in such a professional manner. We had such an awsome day. I got to know so much about my vehicle and have gained a lot of confidance. I will definatley be booking to go on one of your trips. I'll recommend the course to everyone I know with a 4x4.I'm also sending misubishi an email to compliment them on their association with you. I did the Ford 4x4 course 3 years ago when I got my ranger and I can tell you they aren't 10% of what you offer and gave us. What you have forgotten they still have to learn. Again thanks for an amaising experience.

Zia Cassim

I just wanted to thank you and your team for a fantastic day on Sunday. It was amazing to see just what these vehicles are capable of and was great to learn how to make the most of the vehicle. I will definitely be recommending your course to friends and family. It was fun, informative, overwhelming at times but most of all, it was unforgettable. Thanks again.

Ludwyn Lortan -

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!

Paul Potgieter

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.

Paul Potgieter
082 857 4081


Weereens baie dankie vir die kursus wat jy Sondag aangebied het. Ek en Sorita het dit regtig baie geniet en sal dit vir enigeen aanbeveel! Ek het nou heelwat meer selfvertroue gekry om my Triton op rowwe terrein te bestuur.


Dankie dit was 'n lekker dag en alhoewel ek al 4x4 blootstelling gehad het het ek tog baie geleer veral wat op my voertuig spesifiek van toepassing was.

Johan Marais and Family

I would like to thank you for a wonderful opportunity to went on your Off-Road Training Course with Protea Eco-Adventures! From the date we made the booking upon to arrival at the Lodge, the full explanation in the class room upto the training area – Everything was so professional, very well planned and a day with lots of fun. We leant so much and obtain respect for our vehicle for what they are capable off. Mitsubishi and Protea Eco-Adventures are the best!!!!!!!.