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.
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.
DATE: Friday, 31 August
TIME: Friday afternoon
PLACE: Boegoeberg camp site (S32.28704 E18.75455)
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.
In order to ensure a spot and assist with logistical arrangements, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
• 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
• 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 email@example.com in this regard, well in advance please.
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.
Please contact Denis Vertenten for any enquiries on 083 458 3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.