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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visit the website for more information regarding other accommodation (please note that the prices on the website are outdated).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

Nov
30
Fri
Scheppie Saus Weekend Outing @ Scheppie Saus
Nov 30 @ 14:00 – Dec 2 @ 14:00

This is an invite to join Gary and Sarah as they host their first event for club members. What you can expect is a weekend of rest and relaxation at Scheppie Saus. The idea of this trip is to simply rest and enjoy each other’s company after a long year at work, perhaps with loads of fun being had in the swimming pool under the huge oaks.

There will not be any trail driving but Gary is prepared to take anyone who is still learning their car’s capabilities to go out on a training drive on the first part of the trail where we can practice some driving skills at the various easy obstacles. We will encourage Gerard to help us with some pointers. This could be a lot of fun where obstacles can be done repeatedly if you don’t get it right the first time round until you happy with what you achieve.

Settled between the beautiful mountains of Moutonshoek near Piketberg, Scheppie Saus offers unmatched beauty and tranquility.

Facilities for guests include scenic hikes, swimming in the rock pools, 4×4 routes or just relaxing in the tranquil surroundings.

For accommodation, there is a choice between camping and rustic self-catering wooden cabins.

PROGRAM:

We will have a communal braai on Friday evening and on Saturday evening so please bring a bag of wood per car with a mobile braai, if you have, as it makes life easier when braaing your meat. On Saturday we will have breakfast and get ready, for those who wish, to go on a training drive at 10h00. This will take us to about 14h00 when we will be back at our campsite.

RENDEZVOUS:
DATE:      Friday, 30 November 2018
PLACE: Scheppie Saus campsite (S 32.74518 E 18.73394)
TIME:     14h00 onwards
ROUTE: Travel on the N7 to towards Piketberg, turn left on to the R355 and follow the road for 40km in the direction direction of Elandsbaai. Take the Moutonshoek turn off to the left, then 14km gravel road to the farm.

COST SUMMARY:
Camping:          R100 per person per night.
Cabins:              R550 per night. A cabin sleeps four.
Cottages:         R650 per night, each sleeping 2.
Trail training: R100 per vehicle.

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 9 November 2018, and please pay the camping fee.

EFT Reference “Scheppie your name”
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 15 vehicles on this trip.

OUTINGS ORGANISER:

Please contact Gary Terblanche for any enquiries on garymt@mweb.co.za or 083 544 8574.

WHAT TO BRING:
Please come prepared as the closest town is 40km away.
Make sure that you bring:

  • Enough to eat and drink for the weekend.
  • There is NO electricity at the camp sites, so please bring lights and cool boxes to keep drink and food cold.
  • Braai, braai grid and a bag of braai wood.
  • Camping chairs.
  • “Moerse” sense of humour.
  • One BIG bag of wood per vehicle.

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 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 the 4×4 training 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 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. 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.

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.

Apr
18
Thu
Mystery Tour Easter Weekend 2019
Apr 18 – Apr 22 all-day

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 …

When?
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 outings@4wd-wc.co.za 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.

For more information, please contact myself, Frans Stander at 079 697 1675, vice@4wd-wc.co.za or Schalk Louw at chairman@4wd-wc.co.za