Long Weekend Outing to Witsand

22/09/2018 – 24/09/2018 all-day
Gerard Buitenhuis

Join your fellow club members for an outing to Witsand and do a nice sand route, the Westfield 4×4 route.

Witsand is situated on the east bank of Breede River with Infanta on the other side of the river.
We will be camping at the Witsand municipal camping grounds for two nights and use it as our base for the weekend. Here we will be having our communal braais and fun filled evenings.
There are two camp sites in Witsand, one on the sea front and one a bit further back but still in walking distance of the sea. We will be staying at the one further back as it is more protected from the wind.
The camp site is grassed and each has an electrical point as well as shared water taps with safe drinking water. Unfortunately, there are not too many trees. There are two ablution facilities, a big one in the centre of the camp site and a smaller one at the back. Both ablutions are basic but very clean with plenty of hot water.
Please make sure that you are self-sufficient for the weekend with eat and drink. There is a shop in town, if you forgot to bring something from home.

Westfield 4×4 Route:
This is a route with dunes and of course lots of sand. It is a guided route so hopefully we won’t get lost. The route is situated about 3 km outside Witsand and stretches all the way down to the sea. The first part of the route is just basic sand driving, but then the fun starts with some nice big dunes and a place called the amphitheatre where we will to see whether everyone will make it to the top.
The route is about 8km long but that depends on the guide on the day, sometimes longer depending on time. There are no toilet facilities on the route.

DATE:     Saturday, 22 September 2018
TIME:     09h00
PLACE: Perigrine Padstal, parking area (On the N2 on the way to Botrivier)

Saturday: We will meet at Peregrine Farm Stall, do some formalities and maybe have a coffee. We will depart from here to Witsand on the N2 past Caledon and on to Bredasdorp. We will cross the Breede River at Malgas with the hand operated pont / ferry. Arrive at camp, set up and enjoy the rest of the day with a communal braai that evening.

Sunday: We will leave at 09h00 to meet our guide for a fun day in the sand.
Enjoy the day in the dunes, return to camp and spend the rest of the day at leisure with a communal braai the evening. Take a picnic / snacks for the day.

Monday: After breakfast, pack and leave in your own time and travel home via some of the back roads.

Camping: R205 per night per site. Can accommodate 6 people per site.
Route:       R350 per car. This includes the guide for the dune route and the Lapa afterwards.

Please make sure that you bring all eat and drink plus snacks. We are camping, so all that is needed to make your camping pleasant for the weekend.

In order to ensure a spot and assist with logistical arrangements please RSVP by 31 July 2018.

• 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

• Low Range is required.
• All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition.
• Always have your spare keys with you.
• Recovery points. Make sure that you have some recovery equipment with you (your own Kinetic/recovery strap and 2 x shackles, etc).
• 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.

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. 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.

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.

Please book with Gerard Buitenhuis (outings@4wd-wc.co.za) 083 757 3478
All bookings must be confirmed and paid for by 31 JULY 2018.
EFT Reference “your name – Witsand”
Please note that your name will only be placed on the “confirmed members” list after your non-refundable payment has been received.

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