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Aug
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Highlanders Campsite – Long Weekend Outing @ Highlanders Campsite
Aug 9 @ 09:00 – Aug 12 @ 12:00

Thu 9 – Sun 12 August 2018

Come and join your club on an outing to the Highlanders Campsite on the West Coast, near Trawal.
Thursday (9th) is Woman’s Day, thanks to the women in our lives. Most of us will need to take a day off on the Friday. We trust that we’ll have great winter rain and it’ll be an awesome wild flower season!

It is vital to read this write-up carefully because there are several choices that require pre-booking, and therefore your commitment.

About Highlanders Campsite & Lodge: S31.90091 E18.65062 [31S 54′ 02.4″] [18E 39′ 02.1″]

Link to their website: www.higlanderssa.co.za

It’s approximately 270km from Cape Town along the Cape / Namibia N7 Route, past Clanwilliam near the settlement of Trawal.

Highlanders Campsite & Lodge is conveniently situated in the scenic region of Namaqualand on the Cape/Namibia N7 Route and is the perfect stopover. It is nestled among the wine farms on the Olifants river, at the foot of the Cedarberg mountain range in the Klawer wine region. The setting is simply stunning!

The owner Sparky, has a mass of experience in the hospitality trade as an ex-overland truck driver/guide. He has put this knowledge to good use in his design of the camp, ensuring all camping needs are met.
The campsites are in a beautiful setting surrounded by vineyards on a working wine farm.

4×4 TRAIL:
Bergkraal 4×4 – which is between Klawer and Vredendal, roughly 70km from the campsite. Entrance fee: R150,00 per vehicle minimum of 5 vehicles and they will provide a guide. This option has a rock route and a sand route.

The Bergkraal 4×4 route will test both vehicles and drivers to the maximum! Steep inclines and descents; through and over dongas; big rocks and sand will be encountered on the 54km route. There is a Braai at the halfway point where there is a “foofy slide” and bushman paintings to be seen. The route should take 8hrs to complete.

ACCOMMODATION:
Highlanders is set on 3 levels therefore giving campers plenty of space between each of the 5 individual camp areas. Each camp has a ‘braai’ pit, sink unit & power. There is a 12 roomed (en suite & aircon) Lodge. The mountain views are stunning from the solar-powered hot showers.

Although the campsites are covered with a thick carpet of lawn, the trees are still too small to provide shade. The well maintained ablution facility has several showers and toilets and a wash up area. Next to the bar and entertainment centre is a braai area and a swimming pool.

RENDEZVOUS:
DATE:     Thursday 9th August 2018
PLACE: Kardoesie about 150 km from Cape Town. (about 1.5hrs or so from Cape Town)
TIME:     9am – We will wait for 15min. Please let us know if you aren’t meeting us here

PROGRAM:
Thursday:

  • Meet at Kardoesie at 9am for a breakfast stop. Please indicate if you are joining us for this because we will pre-book at the venue. We should leave there an hour later. From there we move on to Highland Campsite – roughly 170km further!
  • There are some optional routes to arrive at our campsite. We will discuss this over breakfast.
  • On arrival we’ll set up camp or move into a chalet. We’ll chill out for the rest of the day and prepare for a communal braai.
  • 16:30 we will attend a wine tasting for those who have booked for this event. R 90.00 per person. This will be at the pub area.

Friday:

  • Early start! Depart campsite 7:45 to get to Bergkraal by 8:30 (about 70km)
    Bergkraal 4×4 Route. Entry fee per vehicle is R150.00. Depart around 8:30 – 9:00.
  • It is a full day route with a BRING EN BRAAI or PICNIC at the half way mark. Firewood will be supplied. There is also a 300m zipline at the half way mark that runs on request.
  • Suggest that we consider a boerie roll or picnic.
  • Prepare for a communal braai.

Saturday:

  • Relaxed start – Prepare own breakfast before the day starts.
  • There are several alternatives: (Optional – cost depends on what activity is decided on)
    • A backroads drive in the area to see flowers.
    • A backroad drive to Lambertsbay; lunch at Isabellas in the harbour; leisurely drive back to our campsite.
    • Visit some of the Wine Cellars in the area. Klawer; Voorsorg; Vredendal; Lutzville.
  • Potjiekos Competition: Wow us with your potjie special!! We will also be judging the setup and décor! Get dressed for the occasion! There are prizes to be won!
    • Competition Rules:
      • Make sufficient just for your own consumption. Judges only require a small taster.
      • To add another dimension choose a theme and, to make it interesting, create the atmosphere of your theme by adding décor and even dress. The key is innovation and “gees”! HAVE FUN!!!
      • We will be judging the following:
        • Flavour – does it confirm the theme.
        • Theme – innovation and does it follow the theme.
    • 1st Prize – R 200.00 Runner up – R 100.00

Sunday:

  • Pack up and leave in your own time.

RSVP:

In order to secure a spot, RSVP to outings@4wd-wc.co.za by Monday, 30 April 2018.
Only 12 vehicles can be accommodated on this trip.

COST:

The venue is offering a Wine Tasting of a selection of 6 wines with cheeses. The tasting lasts 1,5hours approximately. This will cost R90.00 per person. Please indicate if you wish to participate.
Please also indicate if you are going to camp or staying in a chalet so that we can book it accordingly.

Camping:  R 100.00 per person per night.
Chalets:    R 650.00 for a double room – (i.e. R 325.00 / person sharing)
R 500.00 for a single room – (i.e. 1 person not sharing)
All rooms have aircon, linen and towels.
Wood:   R 30.00 per bundle of 15 pieces of Rooikrans (club will sponsor 1 bundle per vehicle per night).
Route:   R 150.00 per vehicle

Please pay a deposit of 50% of your full cost into the club account with “HCS”, your Name and Surname. 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.

OUTINGS ORGANISER:
Please contact George Purchase for any enquiries on 078 893 7661 or outings@4wd-wc.co.za

GENERAL:
 This is a late Winter/almost Spring Trip
 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
 At the campsite there are taps that are marked as drinkable of not.
 There is electricity available
 Please bring own refuse bags
 No pets allowed
 Bring all eat and drink for the weekend. This to include snacks for on the trail
 There is a swimming pool for the brave ones!

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 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. Pack where accessible
 All other recovery equipment must be supplied

TWO WAY RADIOS (recommended):
 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.

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.

Bergkraal 4×4

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