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Aug
31
Fri
Weekend Outing to Boegoeberg 4×4 @ Boeboeberg 4x4
Aug 31 @ 18:00 – Sep 2 @ 14:00

31 August – 2 September 2018

Come and join your fellow club members for an outing to BOEGOEBERG 4×4, one of the more popular off-roading destinations in the Western Cape, not more than 2.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town.

The Boegoeberg 4×4 trail is situated on the farm “Lambertshoek”, in the “Engelsman se Berge”, overlooking Graafwater, Elands Bay, Lambert’s Bay and Clanwilliam. Trail owner Sybrie de Beer has been committed from the start to making Boegoeberg 4×4 an eco-friendly, excellently maintained, affordable, family orientated venue. ensuring maximum pleasure for the whole family, with the minimum impact on the environment.
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Boegoeberg has attained a well-deserved “Top Ten” status in the Drive Out magazine on numerous occasions. The ever-growing camp, with additional top ablutions, offers enough shade with grass underfoot, power and water points throughout the camp, a huge sandstone swimming pool, a family friendly lapa with two indoor braais, a large communal open air outdoor braai and a kiosk.

The farm is also home to the largest hand-crafted Sandstone Mine in South Africa, where sandstone building blocks are still handcrafted to perfection. Other sources of income are Rooibos tea, which is well-known to the area and buchu, which is harvested annually high up in the mountains. The need to get to the buchu, to harvest and transport the harvest down to the farm below, is how the many mountain tracks originated.
The old donkey wagon trails, transporting the buchu, have been transformed into a well-planned and well-maintained very popular 4×4 trail, climbing high into the “Engelsman se Berge” to the “Platklip Viewpoint” where a panoramic view awaits all.  The panoramic view includes looking down on the white dunes of the Lambert’s Bay 4×4 trail, the pointy mountain at Elands Bay, the many potatoes circles of the Sandveld and many other well-known landmarks in the Cederberg Mountains and surrounding area. During the wet rainy season this section of the trail can become impossible to drive. On the way down to the camp you will encounter a long rocky descent. Here it is very important to follow the correct descending procedures, irrespective of whether you drive a manual or automatic vehicle. The rocky descent is followed by a steep technical, challenging, tricky ascent. Having negotiated this last serious obstacle for the day we will make our way back to the camp where well-deserved leisure time will be enjoyed by all. The mountain section is popular because it will keep drivers alert throughout the route, with enough photo opportunities for passengers.

 

The latest addition to the trail is the route in a riverbed on the farm, also known as “The Canyon”. This section was not constructed but was formed naturally when heavy rains and floods washed away a vineyard. The popularity of this section is due to the numerous escape routes taking you to safety. Here it is suggested that all drivers first walk the obstacle before driving it. This last route, the canyon, is optional as it can be quite technical.

RENDEZVOUS PLACE:
DATE:       Friday, 31 August
TIME:       Friday afternoon
PLACE:   Boegoeberg camp site (S32.28704 E18.75455)

PROGRAM:
Friday: We will meet at Boegoeberg camp site. Relax and have a communal braai.

Saturday: We will leave for the Old Ox Wagon trail (Mountain trail) at 9:30. The trail will take us about 5 to 6 hours to complete. Remember to take along lunch and refreshments.

Sunday: For those who want to can do the canyon route and play in the sand. This is more like an obstacle course and will take about 2 to 2.5 hours. After that, at about 12:00, we will leave for home via some gravel back roads to Piketberg where we will say our goodbyes.

RSVP:
In order to ensure a spot and assist with logistical arrangements, please RSVP to outings@4wd-wc.co.za by latest Tuesday, 31 July 2018.
Please pay your non-refundable deposit of R600 into the club account with “BOEG”, your Name and Surname by latest this date.
The final outstanding fee will be calculated once the group has been finalised.
Please note that your name will only be placed on the “confirmed members” list after your non-refundable deposit has been received.
We can only accommodate 12 vehicles on this outing.

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.
• Can only accommodate vehicles with LOW RANGE
• 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 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 (recommended): (VHF Only)
Communication between participating vehicles on any 4×4 excursion is important for many reasons. It contributes towards the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on a 4×4 trail, where drivers can communicate with one another as regards to their location and situation not to mention the interesting information that is shared with participants.
For those who have not got a VHF Radio with the ORRA Channels the Club has radios available for hire. Contact Jimmy Niemann radio@4wd-wc.co.za in this regard, well in advance please.

COST:
Routes:      R200 per vehicle for all routes.
Camping:  R200 per vehicle per night.
Rooms:      R300 per night. The rooms at the campsite consists of a double bed and a single bed in the room with a communal kitchen and ablutions to be shared with campers.
Wood:      The club will subsidise one bag of firewood per vehicle per night.

OUTINGS ORGANISER:
Please contact Denis Vertenten for any enquiries on 083 458 3567 or denisv@telkomsa.net

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

We hope to see many Club Members on this outing.

Your Committee

Sep
22
Sat
Long Weekend Outing to Witsand @ Witsand
Sep 22 – Sep 24 all-day

Join your fellow club members for an outing to Witsand and do a nice sand route, the Westfield 4×4 route.

Witsand is situated on the east bank of Breede River with Infanta on the other side of the river.
We will be camping at the Witsand municipal camping grounds for two nights and use it as our base for the weekend. Here we will be having our communal braais and fun filled evenings.
There are two camp sites in Witsand, one on the sea front and one a bit further back but still in walking distance of the sea. We will be staying at the one further back as it is more protected from the wind.
The camp site is grassed and each has an electrical point as well as shared water taps with safe drinking water. Unfortunately, there are not too many trees. There are two ablution facilities, a big one in the centre of the camp site and a smaller one at the back. Both ablutions are basic but very clean with plenty of hot water.
Please make sure that you are self-sufficient for the weekend with eat and drink. There is a shop in town, if you forgot to bring something from home.

Westfield 4×4 Route:
This is a route with dunes and of course lots of sand. It is a guided route so hopefully we won’t get lost. The route is situated about 3 km outside Witsand and stretches all the way down to the sea. The first part of the route is just basic sand driving, but then the fun starts with some nice big dunes and a place called the amphitheatre where we will to see whether everyone will make it to the top.
The route is about 8km long but that depends on the guide on the day, sometimes longer depending on time. There are no toilet facilities on the route.

RENDEZVOUS PLACE:
DATE:     Saturday, 22 September 2018
TIME:     09h00
PLACE: Perigrine Padstal, parking area (On the N2 on the way to Botrivier)

PROGRAM:
Saturday: We will meet at Peregrine Farm Stall, do some formalities and maybe have a coffee. We will depart from here to Witsand on the N2 past Caledon and on to Bredasdorp. We will cross the Breede River at Malgas with the hand operated pont / ferry. Arrive at camp, set up and enjoy the rest of the day with a communal braai that evening.

Sunday: We will leave at 09h00 to meet our guide for a fun day in the sand.
Enjoy the day in the dunes, return to camp and spend the rest of the day at leisure with a communal braai the evening. Take a picnic / snacks for the day.

Monday: After breakfast, pack and leave in your own time and travel home via some of the back roads.

COST:
Camping: R205 per night per site. Can accommodate 6 people per site.
Route:       R350 per car. This includes the guide for the dune route and the Lapa afterwards.

WHAT TO BRING:
Please make sure that you bring all eat and drink plus snacks. We are camping, so all that is needed to make your camping pleasant for the weekend.

RSVP:
In order to ensure a spot and assist with logistical arrangements please RSVP by 31 July 2018.

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:
• Low Range is required.
• All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition.
• Always have your spare keys with you.
• Recovery points. Make sure that you have some recovery equipment with you (your own Kinetic/recovery strap and 2 x shackles, etc).
• 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.

TWO WAY RADIOS: (VHF Only)
Communication between participating vehicles on any 4×4 excursion is important for many reasons. It contributes towards the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on a 4×4 trail, where drivers can communicate with one another as regards to 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.
For those who have not got a VHF Radio with the ORRA Channels the Club has radios available for hire. 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 include some pictures.

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS:
Please book with Gerard Buitenhuis (outings@4wd-wc.co.za) 083 757 3478
All bookings must be confirmed and paid for by 31 JULY 2018.
EFT Reference “your name – Witsand”
Please note that your name will only be placed on the “confirmed members” list after your non-refundable payment has been received.

Nov
9
Fri
Year End Function 2018 – Leeuwenboschfontein @ Leeuwenboschfontein Guest Farm
Nov 9 – Nov 11 all-day

Please come and join your club for the 2018 Year End Function at Leeuwenboschfontein.

After evaluating different venues, the committee has decided on Leeuwenboschfontein for the 2018 Year End Function. This venue is about two hours’ drive from Cape Town and we wish to get as many members possible to attend and celebrate another successful year of our club. As in the past, this event will be partially sponsored by the club.
Leeuwenboschfontein is set in a valley that speaks to your senses, against the unique landscapes of succulents and Renosterbos, bordered by breath-taking mountains of the Klein Karoo.

CAMPING AND OTHER ACCOMMODATION:

There is an attractive camp site and a variety of other accommodation available for those who don’t feel like pitching a tent. The owners have taken great care not to over commercialize the facilities, creating a welcoming farm style atmosphere. The extensive property offers a variety of activities. It is an ideal destination for hikers, campers, mountain bikers, 4×4 touring groups, stargazers, freshwater fishermen, birdwatchers and weekenders.
The camp site is situated under willow trees next to a dam. Each individual campsite is equipped with water, electricity and a light point as well as a work surface/table. Other facilities include hot water, cloakrooms, toilets, a bathroom with a bath and shower and a camping kitchen. Please visit the website for more information regarding other accommodation (please note that the prices on the website are outdated).
http://leeuwenboschfontein.co.za/accommodation/

4×4 TRAIL:

The 20 km mountain trail starts at the main house from where it winds through typical renosterveld, descending through some ditches and climbing over small inclines. This section is somewhat technical with some low-range climbing along a well maintained track and reaching the summit at 1,400 meter above sea level. At the highest part of the trail a special vantage point awaits you. Enjoy 360 Degree views from within this shelter, surrounded by the luxury of a built-in working surface for preparing a meal, sufficient seating and a cosy central fire place.
From there the road descends down the mountain to complete the circular route. Two very steep declines await you on this section of the trail. The majority of the trail is a 3 rating, with some obstacles hovering around the 4 mark. The 4×4 trail has earned several accolades as well as being one of Go! Drive Out’s Top Ten Trails.

“The most difficult section of the trail is not named Lion’s Balls for nothing. Careful navigation, a good line and tons of guts will see you through, but like playing with the proverbial lion’s crown jewels, it needs to be tackles with finesse.” – Drive Out

PROGRAM:

• Friday evening: Communal Noggin braai. Braai drums and wood will be provided. Please be self-sufficient with food and drinks for Friday evening.
• Saturday: Relax at the campsite or drive the 4×4 trail.
• 4×4 trail: Convoy to leave campsite at 9:30 to register and pay at the office. Leader to be appointed from the group.
• Saturday evening: Dinner will be served at the Shed at 19:30.
• Sunday: Relax at the campsite and pack up on your own time.

COST:

1. Camping: R100 per person per night (Member to pay, book with club)
2. Chalets: R500 for two persons per night (Member to pay, book with club)
3. Other Accommodation: please book directly with Hermien at LBF (lbf@r62mail.co.za)
4. Venue fee: R30 per person (Member to pay)
5. Wood for Friday evening Braai (Club to pay)
6. Saturday evening dinner: R200 per person (Club to pay)
7. Drinks for Saturday evening: Club to provide 1 bottle of red wine, 1 bottle of white wine and juice per table. You are welcome to bring your own drinks as the venue does not provide drinks.
8. 4×4 Trail: R120 to the viewpoint and down via the circular route. Please bring cash for this, payable with registration at the office.

RSVP:

Please make sure you diarize this date: 9 – 11 November 2018
• In order to secure a spot, please RSVP to Elna Buitenhuis at office@4wd-wc.co.za by no later than Friday, 19 October 2018 and please pay R230 per person (when you RSVP) into the club account with “YEF18”, your Name and Surname by no later than 19 October 2018. The earlier members book and pay, the easier it will be to finalize formalities with the venue owners.
Please note that your name will only be placed on the “confirmed members” list after your non-refundable payment has been received.

Frequently Asked Questions:

• Are children and friends welcome? Yes, most welcome, but the club contribution extends to members (main and spouse) only. Guests will also have to pay the total cost plus a guest fee of R50 per person.
• When do we have to confirm? Please book and pay as soon as possible, please we need numbers to make this a huge club Year End Function. This is definitely a highlight on the Four Wheel Drive Club Calendar.

LOCTION: Leeuwenboschfontein Guest Farm, Between Worcester, Touwsrivier and Montagu (about 185km from Cape Town)
GPS: S33.56782, E19.98295 [South 33° 34′ 00 / East 19° 59′ 08]

We hope to see many Club Members at this function.
Your Committee

Feb
8
Fri
Marcuskraal 4×4 Weekend Outing @ Marcuskraal 4x4
Feb 8 @ 18:00 – Feb 10 @ 14:00

Come and join your club on an outing to Marcuskraal 4×4.

Marcuskraal 4×4 and Camp Site is situated 20km north of Citrusdal just off the N7 and is approximately 2 hours’ (190 km) drive from Cape Town. The farm’s location makes it ideal for visitors from Cape Town who want to escape the city, but do not want to spend most of their weekend traveling to their destination.

With 4×4 trails winding through mountain fynbos and revealing spectacular views of the rugged Cedarberg Mountains, Marcuskraal offers an unsurpassed experience for nature lovers and 4×4 enthusiasts. The routes offer a wide range of driving conditions, from thick sand and loose rock to steep rocky inclines.

 

Campsite:

The newly established camp site offers lawn covered terraces, an abundance of trees providing shade and exceptionally neat and clean bathroom facilities. A pool offers respite from the heat during the day. All camp sites are equipped with electrical connections and communal water taps.

Trail:

With a 4×4 trail winding through mountain fynbos and revealing spectacular views of the rugged Cedarberg Mountains, Marcuskraal offers an unsurpassed experience for nature lovers and 4×4 enthusiasts. While most of the trails are suitable for novice 4×4 drivers, there are more challenging obstacles that will leave even die-hard 4×4 enthusiasts with a sense of accomplishment upon completion.

The route leads drivers to the summit of the Osberg Mountain with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. On a clear day it is possible to see the Atlantic Ocean in the distance from the summit. Approximately in the middle of the route is a bush camp with braai facilities and running water where visitors can rest and braai before continuing towards Dwarsrug.

The summit of Dwarsrug rewards visitors with spectacular views down a sheer cliff of the orchards, farm house and camp site in the valley far below. A short drive takes visitors back to the camp site. The 24 km route takes approximately 4 hours to complete, excluding stopping time.

RENDEZVOUS:

DATE:    Friday, 8 February 2019
PLACE: Marcuskraal campsite (S 32° 26.383’ E 18° 56.551’)
TIME:    Any time after 14:00

PROGRAM:

Friday: Arrive at campsite any time after 14:00; we will have a communal braai in the evening.

Saturday: Have breakfast, then a briefing, before we depart for route at 9:30, remember lunch which we will have at the bush camp, you can have a quick braai if you like. After we return from the trail we will have a communal braai.
Sunday: Leave for home at your own leisure.

COST SUMMARY:

Route:         R250 per vehicle
Campsite: R130 per person per night
Chalets:     1 x room with en-suite R1,200 per night 2 people
                       2 x rooms with en-suite R1,500 per night 3 people
                       2 x rooms with en-suite R1,700 per night 4 people

NB: If you intend booking a chalet please indicate before January 2019 as they are very popular.

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS:

In order to secure a spot and assist with logistical arrangements please RSVP to Elna Buitenhuis on outings@4wd-wc.co.za by latest 20 January 2019, and pay the R520 camping fee.
EFT Reference “your name – Marcus”
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.

OUTINGS ORGANISER:

Please contact Denis Vertenten for any enquiries on denisv@telkomsa.net or 083 458 3567.

GENERAL:

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
Please bring own refuse bags for your litter as we need to take all litter with us
Bring all eat and drink for the weekend
Please bring one big bag of wood
No pets or firearms allowed

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS:
All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition
Can only accommodate vehicles with LOW RANGE
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 and any other recovery equipment
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
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles

TWO WAY RADIOS (required, VHF only):

Communication between participating vehicles on any 4×4 excursion is important for many reasons. It benefits 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.
For those who have not got a VHF Radio with the ORRA Channels the Club has radios available for hire. Contact Jimmy Niemann radio@4wd-wc.co.za in this regard, well in advance please. Should you be hiring a radio, please ensure that your lighter socket is working.

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.

 

Hope to see many club members on this outing.