The Namaqua National Park was proclaimed on 29 June 2002 for the purpose of conserving the rich diversity of succulent plants. The park falls within the winter rainfall region of South Africa. Rainfall is associated with cold fronts in winter and is not only predictable but more reliable than other arid regions. The park covers an altitudinal range from sea level (western boundary) to 948m on the eastern boundary. The area between the Groen and Spoeg Rivers include a 60km stretch of coastal line and 30km inland of coastal plain sandy material of aeolian origin.
The Spoegrivier Caves are part of the Namaqua National Park. These caves are of archaeological importance as they contain the earliest evidence of sheep in South Africa. The bones found date back about 2 000 years. The National Monuments Act protects this site therefore no camping, fires, digging or vehicles are permitted in the caves.
Verlorenvlei is a long estuary stretching between the village of Elands Bay and Redelinghuys, some 25 kilometres south of Lambert’s Bay on the Cape West Coast. Verlorenvlei is not only one of the largest lakes but one of the few coastal freshwater lakes that is at once one of the most important estuarine systems in the Western Cape, and one of the largest natural wetlands on the Cape West Coast. It is a significant coastal lake, in other words, supporting over a thousand wading birds, and providing a nest and a rest of over 75 species of water birds. It supports over 5,000 birds most of the time, and occasionally as many as 20,000.
Friday 30 March 2018
Shell garage in Van Rhynsdorp
08H30 – sign the attendance register and convoy briefing (please consider your fellow campers and be on time)
Thursday (optional but recommended)
Leave on your own time and camp the evening at Van Rhynsdorp Caravan Park. You can eat dinner at the ZAR restaurant on the premises, highly recommendable. Please make sure that your vehicle is filled up with fuel before you set up camp.
We will depart from the Shell garage and travel with the N7 north to Garies. Here you need to top-up your fuel and deflate tyres for gravel road travel. After about 4 kms on the tar road, we will turn west on the gravel towards Hondeklipbay. We will stop at the Aristea Shipwreck in Hondeklipbay for lunch. Please pack accordingly. After that we will enter the park, pay our conservation fees and deflate tyres for sand driving. We will make a quick stop at the Spoegrivier caves on our route to the Boulderbay camp site where we will set up camp for two nights. We will light the fires and have a communal braai at sundowner time.
Relax at the camp, enjoy the beach or you can go for a drive on your own. We will light the fires and have a communal braai at sundowner time.
We will break camp and depart at 9H00. We will follow the sand roads as close as possible to the beach until we exit the park at Groenrivier. From here we will travel on the gravel/sand roads until we reach Lutzville. You can fill up your fuel at Lutzville and inflate tyres for gravel road travel. We will travel from Lutzville via a short section of tar road followed by gravel roads via Doringbay and Lambertsbay to Vensterklip on the Verlorenvlei. We will set up camp and have dinner in The Tin Kitchen restaurant (will need to confirm this with the final group). The trip officially ends here.
You can leave at your own time and travel via Piketberg and the N7 or via Velddrift and the R27 to your home.
In order to secure a spot, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by latest Friday 2 March 2018, pay your R330 camping deposit and also confirm if you are going to camp in Van Rhynsdorp so that we can book a spot for you.
We can only accommodate 12 vehicles on this trip.
R220 per site (optional but recommended, payable at the camp)
R300 (for 2 nights)
R90 per person
R80 per person payable in cash (free for Wild Card holders)
Please pay the non-refundable deposit of R330 into the club account with Westcoast, your Name and Surname before 2 March 2018 to secure your spot. Final amount will be confirmed closer to the time.
From Garies to Lutzville, about 350km of sand and gravel roads.
Please contact Schalk Louw for any enquiries (082 806 0420 or email@example.com).
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
No showering facilities at Boulderbay, only enviro toilets
No water or electricity at Boulderbay
Please bring own refuse bags for your litter as we need to take all litter with us
Wind shield if you have one
Bring all eat and drink for the weekend
Two big bags of wood and one bag of charcoal per vehicle (bring more wood if you can)
No pets or firearms allowed in the park
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
All other recovery equipment must be supplied
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles
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 as regards to their location and situation not to mention the interesting information that is shared with participants.
We recommend that all 4×4 vehicles that don’t have a VHF two-way radio, to HIRE one from our club. Contact Jimmy Niemann firstname.lastname@example.org in this regard, well in advance please.
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.