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.
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.
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.
DATE: Friday, 8 February 2019
PLACE: Marcuskraal campsite (S 32° 26.383’ E 18° 56.551’)
TIME: Any time after 14:00
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Please contact Denis Vertenten for any enquiries on email@example.com or 083 458 3567.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in this regard, well in advance please. Should you be hiring a radio, please ensure that your lighter socket is working.
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.
What is it and what’s the concept?
It’s not a race, it’s not a rally, and it’s not a GPS event (however, you will need a GPS) … but there will be a winner, or winners? Teams will drive along a mystery route in this unique 5-day, 4-night challenge. You will receive your first clues after 12pm on the first day of the event (Thursday, 18 Apr) while you are still at home or at work. This will direct you to the to the first evening’s rendezvous /stay over. You have to be there no later than 19h30 on that Thursday evening for the briefing and of course the traditional club communal braai. The following morning a new clue will tell you where you need to go. It could be in any form or shape.
You have to enter in a 2 persons’ team, you need a team name, and you need to decide on the driver and the co-driver for the event. Some challenges might have to be done by the co-driver — who knows? Anything can happen. You will earn or loose points as you progress.
Each team will have to travel about 2 to 3 hours per day, set up camp and then you might have to do a grade 1 up to grade 3 trail before having a cold one.
You need to be totally self-sufficient. There may be hot showers and electricity, or maybe only at some camp sites. The mystery continues ….
Prizes are awarded at the end of the challenge. The main prize or 1st place if you like will be judged on a number of factors including how hopeless – hold on – we make this up as we go along …
The fun will start early evening on the 18 April and we return late afternoon on the 22 April. You might have to take an hour or 2 off from work on the 18th as you might have to travel about 2 hours from Cape Town.
Who is this challenge aimed at?
We want the deserving to join us, legends who will be remembered for their awesomeness, and ability to go with whatever comes their way, and above all, those able to create smiles and vibes out of thin air!
How much will it cost?
Trying to work out a budget for this adventure is not as easy as predicting a Zimbabwean general election. In fact there are tons of things worth taking into account while planning. So – we will have a better idea a bit closer to the time, but will be limited to camping fees, route fees (if applicable) and an estimate on how many kilometres we plan to travel. How thirsty is your vehicle? You do the maths!
Is it open to all?
No, it’s only open to club members, AND … This is a limited entry event, which means only 10 vehicles get to experience this event.
What about fuel?
We will try and plan to pass a fuel station, not necessarily every day, but you need to be able to do about 450km between re-fuelling, just in case. Jerry cans here I come!
What about food and sleeping?
This trip is not about creature comforts but it will be an amazing experience. We camp each night of the challenge; therefore, you will need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag and whatever you require or can pack. Some nights might be in luxury campsites and the next in a bush camp.
You will have to be fully self-sufficient and carry enough food, water, drinks and whatever your dietary needs might be. We will have a braai fire every night. Who will provide the wood is still a mystery or it might be part of the challenge.
More details to follow in the near future.
Please indicate if you are interested in this event by RSVP to Elna at email@example.com with your initials surname and Mystery (e.g. FA Stander Mystery) by latest 15 October 2018
Remember there are only 10 places, so first come first served.