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Feb
2
Sun
Atlantis Outing @ Atlantis Dunes
Feb 2 @ 08:30 – 16:00


Please come and join your fellow club members for an outing to the big sand pit

RENDEZVOUS PLACE:
DATE    :  2 Feb 2020
TIME    :  08h30
PLACE:  NEW entrance to Atlantis dunes from R307 (-33.598695, 18.450121)

PROGRAM:
We will meet at the first entrance, adjust the tyre pressures and start the new year with playing in the sand. For the new members and those who have new cars, please join us to learn how to do the sand driving thing. Please bring a picnic basket with eats and refreshments for the day.

COST:
Permits are now R200.00 per vehicle. The required permit can be bought on the day at the new Offices at the 1st gate. Bring cash or card.

RSVP:
In order to ensure a spot on this outing, RSVP to outings@4wd-wc.co.za not later than 31 Jan 2020.

GENERAL:

  • Always consider the possibility of rain. Pack clothing accordingly.
  • Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
  • Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block on hand.
  • Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.
  • No pets allowed

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS:

  • All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition.
  • Always have your spare keys with you.
  • Recovery points fitted to the front and rear on your vehicle are a prerequisite.
  • Your own kinetic recovery strap/rope and 2 x shackles.
  • A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge will be required to deflate/inflate tyres.
  • Carry a fire extinguisher, which is easily accessible in the event of an emergency.
  • Always carry your personal medical kit.

TWO WAY RADIOS:
Communication between participating vehicles on any 4×4 excursion is a must on our club outings.  It ensures the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on a 4×4 trail, where drivers can communicate with one another regarding their location and situation, not to mention the interesting information that is shared with participants.  The fun part is the many interesting stories that are shared among participants. 

We use the ORRA Channels on VHF. If you do not have a radio one can be hired from the club.  Contact Jimmy Niemann:  radio@4wd-wc.co.za

Should you be hiring a radio, please ensure that your lighter socket is working.  If you intend running more than one item from the lighter socket, ensure to have a double adapter handy as well as spare fuse for this excursion.

WRITE UP:
Somebody from the group will be requested to write article for newsletter.

ENQUIRIES:
Gerard Buitenhuis
0837573478

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS:
Please book with outings@4wd-wc.co.za
All bookings must be confirmed by 31 January 2020.
The permit is purchased on the day.

Feb
8
Sat
February Noggin @ Mountain Breeze Caravan Park
Feb 8 @ 15:00 – Feb 9 @ 16:00


Please come and join us at Mountain Breeze Caravan Park for a “Garage” Sale.  This is an opportunity to get rid of all that extra equipment that is cluttering your garages, and to share that redundant equipment with other club members who may be looking for some stuff.
For those members looking to buy some equipment come and have a look at the garage sale and maybe, just maybe, what you are looking for is available for sale by some of the other members.
Payment for goods must be made in cash on the evening or by arrangement with the seller for EFT’s.  The club will not be responsible for any of the goods on sale.

Arrangements are made for a campsite for members to sleep over that evening. (clean ablutions are close by)
On Sunday morning prepare and enjoy breakfast and depart home at your leisure.          

WHAT TO BRING

  • Your family and friends
  • Camping & 4×4 goods to sell
  • Food, drinks, braai utensils, etc.
  • Camping gear etc., if you want to sleep over
  • Whatever you require to prepare a nice breakfast should you stay over

VENUE
Mountain Breeze Caravan Park, off the R44 (between Somerset West and Stellenbosch)  Co-ordinates: -33.987846, 18.829233

Costs:
Payable on the day: R30 per day visitor & R117 per person staying overnight

RSVP
RSVP to outings@4wd-wc.co.za by no later than Friday 31 January 2020.

Feb
14
Fri
Klein Tafelberg 4×4 @ Klein Tafelberg
Feb 14 @ 17:00 – Feb 16 @ 18:00


RENDEZVOUS PLACE:
DATE  : Friday 14 February 20120
TIME  : 15:30
PLACE: Wimpy @ ENGEN garage in Malmesbury on the R302 – S33.46455  E18.72888 Or join us at Klein Tafelberg 4×4 in the course of the afternoon/early evening.  The turn off to Klein Tafelberg trail is at S32.54796 E18.46615 

PROGRAM
We will meet in Malmesbury and travel the 126 km via Piketberg and Aurora to the venue where we should arrive around 18:00.
On Friday evening we will have a communal braai while you unwind and arm yourself for the sand and rock challenges of Saturday morning.
On Saturday we will have our route briefing at 08:30 and depart on the route at 09:00.
More detail about some special arrangements we may have in store for you to follow.
RSVP
In order to ensure a spot and assist with logistical arrangements please RSVP by 24 January 2020.

GENERAL
Always consider the possibility of rain. Pack clothing accordingly.
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block on hand.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.
No pets allowed

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS
All vehicles must be in a sound mechanical condition.
Always bring your spare keys with you.
Recovery points fitted to the front and rear on your vehicle are a prerequisite.
Your own Kinetic/recovery strap and 2 x shackles.
A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge will be required to deflate/inflate tyres.
Carry a fire extinguisher, which is easily accessible in the event of an emergency.
Always carry your personal medical kit. Pack where accessible.
All other recovery equipment must be supplied.

TWO WAY RADIOS: (VHF only)
Communication between participating vehicles on any 4×4 excursion is important for many reasons.  It eases the job of the outings leader to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on a 4×4 trail.  In addition drivers can communicate with one another regarding their location and situation, and share interesting information with the fellow participants. 
PLEASE make sure that you have a working vhf radio with the ORRA channels available.
A VHF two-way radio programmed with the ORRA channels can be rented from the club.  Contact Jimmy Niemann well in advance please  on radio@4wd-wc.co.za  in this regard.

COST
Chalets: Please consult website: http://www.kleintafelberg4x4.co.za/
Campsites: R200 per vehicle per night for 2 people  == Subject to confirmation
R25 per extra person per night

Route:  R250 per vehicle
Pay into club account with KT – Surname and name as reference

WRITE UP
Somebody from the group will be requested to write an article for our newsletter.

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS
Please book with Elna Buitenhuis (outings@4wd-wc.co.za).
All bookings must be confirmed and paid for by 24 JANUARY 2020.
More detail to follow.

Mar
6
Fri
Club AGM 2020
Mar 6 @ 19:00

Club Members
Please save the date!  More detail to follow.

Mar
9
Mon
Extended Outing NAMIB DESERT TRIP March 2020
Mar 9 @ 08:00 – Mar 13 @ 16:00

This is an invitation to our Club members to join Johann Marais on a trip into the Namib Desert next year.
WHEN: 
From 9-13 March 2020.
Ideally you should be two persons per vehicle.
In an attempt to make this as affordable as possible this bucket list trip for any 4×4 driver will:

  • We shall depart Cape Town Saturday 7 March 2020, sleep over one night en route and arrive Luderitz on Sunday 8 March 2020
  • In Luderitz we’ll overnight at Obelix or Kratz Platz from where…..
  • We shall depart into the concession area on the Monday morning
  • We shall visit some of the ship wrecks on the Namibian coast line, explore Saddle Hill, Mercury Island, Sylvia Hill and the Devil’s Workshop with its infamous dunes
  • During the 5 days/4 nights we will do a circular trip into the Namib desert and eventually emerge again close to Luderitz on Friday around lunch time
  • Participants will stay in Luderitz on Friday evening 13 March 2020 and go their own way on Saturday 14 March 2020.
    The Western Cape group will leave Luderitz on the morning of 14 March 2020.
  • We should be back in the Cape by Sunday around 15:00.

It will be a catered trip which means that all food [breakfast, lunch & dinner] coffee, tea will be provided and served by the tour operator.

COST: 
The operator’s fee, the reserve fees and the concession monies payable to the community as well as the catering are included in the N$8900 / person payable to the tour operator.

OTHER:
You need to take your own supply of drinks, at least 60 litres of water and carry sufficient fuel to be able to travel 650 km in sand
Please liaise with Johann Marais 0827711880  or  johann@johannmarais.co.za
and commit for an outing of note. Time is of the essence. March is a popular time to visit the desert and we need to secure our booking to ensure an exclusive club outing.

Mar
14
Sat
The Riviersondered 4×4 trails @ The Riviersondered 4x4 trails
Mar 14 @ 08:00 – Mar 15 @ 17:00

RENDEZVOUS:
DATE:  Saturday 14 March 2020
PLACE:  BP Garage on the N2 after the Somerset-West/Strand bridge on your left
TIME:  8h00 to leave at 8h30 

PROGRAM:
Saturday 14 March 2020: We will meet at the BP Garage and drive past Caledon, turn off on to a gravel road to the farm (distance approx. 120km).   After arriving at the Kromrivier Farm, we will set up camp and start driving the 4×4 routes.

Sunday 15 March 2020:  Have breakfast and leave for home at your leisure.

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS:
In order to secure a spot and assist with logistical arrangements, RSVP to outings@4wd-wc.co.za by latest 21 February 2020, indicating your preferred choice of accommodation.

COST:
Camping: R80 per person per night
4×4 Routes:    R200.00 per vehicle
A deposit of R200 is payable by 21 February 2020.

EFT Reference “your name – RSE 4×4
Please note that your name will only be placed on the “confirmed members” list after your non-refundable deposit has been received.

 OUTINGS ORGANISER:
Please contact Henri du Toit for any enquiries
Cell 082 820 1219 or  Email: Henri.dutoit@hotmail.co.za

GENERAL: 

  • Bring your own toilet paper.
  • Pack clothing accordingly as it can be cold during the evenings
  • Always consider the possibility of rain
  • Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots
  • Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block on hand
  • Bring all eat and drink for the weekend
  • Please bring one big bag of wood.
  • No pets allowed

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS: 

  • All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition
  • All vehicles to have low range and preferably a diff lock or traction control.
  • Always have your spare keys with you
  • Recovery points fitted to the front and rear on your vehicle are a prerequisite
  • Your own Kinetic/recovery strap and 2 x shackles
  • A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge may be required to deflate/inflate tyres
  • Carry a fire extinguisher, which is easily accessible in the event of an emergency
  • Always carry your personal medical kit
  • All recovery equipment must be supplied

TWO WAY RADIOS:
Communication between participating vehicles on any 4×4 excursion is important for many reasons.  It ensures the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on a 4×4 trail, where drivers can communicate with one another regarding their location and situation, not to mention the interesting information that is shared with participants.

A VHF two-way radio programmed with the ORRA channels can be rented from the club.  Contact Jimmy Niemann radio@4wd-wc.co.za in this regard, well in advance please.

WRITE UP:
Somebody from the group will be requested to write a short trip report for the website and our facebook page, and please add some pictures.

We hope to see many club members on this outing.

Apr
25
Sat
BAVIAANSKLOOF TRIP
Apr 25 @ 07:54 – May 3 @ 08:54

General

The planning and organising of the Baviaanskloof trip has reached its final stages.  With 3 spots being available there is still an opportunity for members to be part of this exciting “Baviaanskloof trip”.  The period over which the Baviaanskloof trip will take place has been selected to cover two consecutive long weekends in April and May 2020.  Only three days of vacation leave are required for a trip of eight days.

Travelling with a trailer could be a challenge due to the narrow road over the Baviaanskloof passes.  Some of the campsites are also difficult to negotiate with a trailer. All members are therefore requested to only make use of rooftop or ground tents. 

The Route

The program for the trip will cover the following: 

Baviaanskloof Saturday 25 April – Sunday 3 May 2020

Date Accommodation To note
Day 1
25- 26 April
Tonnelkop campsite
(S33.52392 E22.48509)
Cost: camping R115 per person
Deposit: 50% required
Departure Venue to be advised.
On Day 2: from Tonnelkop we will drive to Willowmore and enter the Baviaanskloof.
Day 2
26-27 April
Uitspan Camping
Campsite 8
Cost: camping R125 per person
(S33.51474 E23.70448)
Full camping fees payable on booking
From Willowmore we will travel over the Nuwekloof Pass. 
Day 3
27-28 April
Bokloof camping
(S33.52051 E23.91256
Cost: camping R80 per person
Full camping fees payable
Set up camp and drive the Uitslag 4×4 route R100 pv to be paid to the owner.
Day 4 & 5
28/29/30 April
Doringkloof camping
Cost: camping R180 per person for 2 nights
Deposit 50%
(S33.57197 E24.08755)
Good ablution facilities with hot showers camping on green lawn next to a dam.  Here we relax and try the 4×4 routes, 4 in total at a cost of R100 per vehicle – (to be paid to the owner)
Day 6
30 April –
1 May
Rooihoek
(S33.666154 E24.407991)
Or
(S33.66574 E24.40810)
Campsite cost R384 for 6 persons per campsite
Conservation fee R46 per person per dayNB Bookings only open from 1 February 2020
This rustic eco camp with eco toilets is situated in the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve.  
Baboons and wild animals could pose a risk and we will have to be attentive.  We should be able to swim in the Kouga River weather permitting.
In the area –
•    Poortjies waterfall walk
•    Combrink Pass lookout point
•    Grasnek lookout point
•    Smitskraal picnic area
•    Bergplaas Plateau lookout
Day 7
1-2 May
Bruintjieskraal
(S33.70550 E24.60995)
Cost: Camping R80 per person
Well-appointed ablutions
Own drink water should be in supply at this stage
Fishing, Hiking etc.
Day 8
2-3 MayDay 9  back home
Paradise 4×4 Camping
Cost: Camping R150 per person
(S34.00777 E22.66898)NB All fees payable to the owner in cash
Relax on the beach
4×4 track – 9 km sand and dunes – Grade 2-3
Time 3-5 hours
Cost R250 (to be paid directly to the owner)Last night of camping on the beach to recharge for the return journey

RENDEZVOUS:
DATE: Saturday 25 April 2020
PLACE: To be confirmed
TIME: 8h00 to depart at 8h30

NB REQUEST
Please send any proposals and advice that could assist with the planning of this trip to the organiser.  It will be appreciated.

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS:
Club Members who wish to join the Baviaanskloof trip are requested to confirm your attendance to outings@4wd-wc.co.za by 24 January 2020. Please indicate how many people will be traveling in your vehicle.

COST:
Detailed information will be sent to every member individually on the camping fees payable after receiving your confirmation.  All accommodation to be booked and paid in advance to secure campsites.  

OUTING ORGANISER:
For more information and enquiries please contact Henri du Toit (082 820 1219 or Henri.dutoit@hotmail.co.za).

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS: 

  • All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition
  • Can only accommodate vehicles with LOW RANGE and good ground clearance
  • Always have your spare keys with you
  • Recovery points fitted to the front and rear on your vehicle are a prerequisite
  • Your own Kinetic/recovery strap and 2 x shackles
  • A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge may be required to deflate/inflate tyres
  • Carry a fire extinguisher, which is easily accessible in the event of an emergency
  • Always carry your personal medical kit
  • All other recovery equipment must be supplied
  • Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles

GENERAL

  • Bring along sufficient drinking water. The water provided at the campsites is not always safe to drink.
  • It is advisable to bring along sufficient toilet paper.
  • No pets allowed.

TWO WAY RADIOS:
Communication between participating vehicles on any 4×4 excursion is important for many reasons.  It ensures the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on a 4×4 trail, where drivers can communicate with one another regarding their location and situation, not to mention the interesting information that is shared with participants.

A VHF two-way radio programmed with the ORRA channels can be rented from the club.  Contact Jimmy Niemann radio@4wd-wc.co.za in this regard, well in advance please.

WRITE UP:
Somebody from the group will be requested to write a short trip report for the website and our Facebook page, and please add some pictures.