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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.