“Die Ark” 4×4 trail is tucked away between the wheat fields of the Swartland, on the active farm Hooggeleë belonging to Teubes & Bregda Mostert, close to Koringberg which has a population of approximately 5000 people. The farm has changed its name from Hooggeleë to Die Ark in recent years and still carries that name today. Koringberg was established in the early 1900’s due to the fast-growing wheat industry of the Swartland and businesses like blacksmiths and wagon makers were some of the first to establish themselves in Koringberg. The Swartland is also known for its renosterbos that can still be seen on the mountain and neighbouring places like Darling and Tygerberg Hill Nature Reserve. When looking down from the mountain the many termite circles can be seen in the surrounding fields. These termite circles were also the reason why Tygerberg Hills in Cape Town was first named Leopard Hills due to all the spots on the hills before being changed to Tygerberg Hills. Depending on rainfall in the area good annual and perennial flowers can be seen in spring. Die Ark also offers camping facilities, at Wayne’s Camp on the farm, with all basic facilities.
The 4×4 trail is a circular route and was initially built to give access for the Vodacom and numerous other radio towers to be erected on the mountain. There are two sets of radio towers on the mountain, each with a beautiful view over the surrounding wheat fields and termite circles below. The 4×4 trail to the summit is fairly easy and suitable for all levels of experience. En-route there are several places where you will negotiate obstacles requiring your full attention. Reaching the top of Koringberg there is a lapa and toilet that can be used. The descent is a lot more challenging than the ascent. At the start of the descent there are deep ruts that need to be negotiated, followed by nine switchbacks with very sharp three-point (hairpin) turns while descending at a fast rate and encountering steep gradients for long sections at a time. It is advisable to stop and enjoy the breath-taking views while descending so that your full attention is on your driving during the descent.
The campsite offers 4 x showers and 4 x toilets (unisex) with a solar geyser with electrical back up. You can run a long lead from ablution if you want power at your campsite. Milk shed room – sleeps up to 9 people (single beds) – make use of camp ablutions.
Rooms 1 & 2 & 3 – sleep 3 people each (single beds) – make use of camp ablutions.
Wenteltrap self-catering unit- sleeps 4 (own ablutions) away from campsite & lapa.
Own bedding is required for the rooms.
There is an enclosed lapa with a braai at the campsite.
DATE: Friday 19 July 2019
PLACE: Die Ark campsite (S33.05066 E18.69556)
TIME: Any time after 2pm in the afternoon.
Friday: Arrive at campsite any time after 2pm. We will have a communal braai in the evening in the undercover lapa.
Saturday: Have breakfast, then a briefing, before we depart for the route at 9:30am.
Remember to pack a lunch which we will have at the lapa on top of the mountain.
Sunday: leave for home at your own leisure.
BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS:
In order to secure a spot and assist with logistical arrangements please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by latest 6 July 2019, pay the R300.00 deposit or the full price if you like (the rates are given below).
EFT Reference: your name – Die Ark
Please note that your name will only be placed on the “confirmed members” list after your non-refundable payment has been received.
We can only accommodate 12 vehicles on this trip.
Trail: R100 per vehicle
Camping: R100 pp/pn
Room 1: R200 pp/pn (own bedding)
Room 2: R200 pp/pn (own bedding)
Room 3: R200 pp/pn (own bedding)
Wenteltrap self-catering unit (sleeps 4): R200 pp/pn
Milk shed room (sleeps 9): R150 pp/pn (own bedding)
The RSE (Riviersonderend) farm has opened its doors to all who enjoy the outdoors.
Two circular routes meander in the foothills of the mountains facing sheer rock faces and rocky outcrops with rain forest in places. There’s something for everyone including 4×2’ers.
A campsite with ablution facilities is available. If required, a comfortable self-catering cottage that sleeps 6 people is situated in between fynbos with plenty of bird life and small buck.
The trail starts at the foot of the Riviersonderend mountain range and winds up and over fynbos covered foothills and beautiful mountain streams. A second trail is also available for a more strenuous adventure.
*This is NOT a 4WDC (WC) event*
This is published as it may be of interest to you.
The 2019 ARCH NSRI Adventure Day in the Koeberg Nature Reserve takes place on Saturday 07 September 2019. The 4×4 tour of the reserve is an annual event and the only time that the public can tour the reserve in their own 4×4 vehicle. This is a NSRI Melkbosstrand fund-raising event.
Further information will be provided in August.
Jakkalskloof is situated just outside the town of Redelinghuys, 190 km from Cape Town. Hidden between the hills of the Sandveld, it forms part of the greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor. Visitors have the option of two circular trails. The sandy and rocky trails, made initially to root out alien Rooikrans trees, are scenic but challenging and should take 4-6 hours to complete. The first is 14 km and is a good test of your sand-driving skills – Perfect for beginners.
The 4×4 trail climbs gradually and without much incident from the homestead. The trouble starts, however, when a little valley is entered. A few steep ascents without bypasses can be tricky. Diff lock is essential for most challenges, and deflated tyres (to as low as 0.7 bar) are the only way out for vehicles without diff lock.
The lookout point near the end is the ideal place to stop for a break and enjoy the views in the direction of Piketberg.
The second trail is 4 km but should keep you busy for up to two hours. This trail should not be done solo, and it is recommended that at least one vehicle has a diff lock for potential recovery exercises. The rocky sections are technical and good ground clearance is essential. From the higher part of the trail, one has a view over the circular potato fields for which the Sandveld is renowned, and the Atlantic Ocean is visible on a clear day. Both drives can easily be done in one day. A second day could be spent exploring the Bushman paintings, watching game along the Castle Hiking Trail, or just relaxing by the swimming pool.
The planning and organising of a trip to the Baviaanskloof during April / May next year (2020) has begun. This allows ample time for members to plan well in advance. Please read this notification and indicate your interest to take part.
The dates that have been selected cover two consecutive long weekends from Saturday 25th April to Sunday 3rd May 2020. Only three working days leave are required to have a 9-day long trip! The total travelling distance for this trip is estimated to be 1600 km.