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32° LATITUDE SOUTH

 

FROM LAMBERT’S BAY ON THE WEST COAST
TO COFFEE BAY IN THE TRANSKEI

 

05 – 11 MARCH 2017

 

WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO DRIVE AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THE IMAGINARY LINE OF 32° LATITUDE SOUTH FROM WEST TO EAST

The imaginary lines running from pole to pole are called Meridians or lines of longitude. The zero Meridian is called the Greenwich Meridian and it runs through the Greenwich observatory near London.  The lines of latitude run from 0° to 180° East and 0° to 180° West.  The lines of latitude run east west or west east around the globe, the equator as 0° (Zero degrees). The South Pole is 90° South and the North Pole 90° North.  These longitude and latitude lines are used in navigation to accurately calculate your position on earth.   

This year we are planning to drive along the 32° Latitude South through South Africa from the West Coast to the East Coast.  Our expedition will start just north of Lambert’s Bay on the West Coast and will end just south of Coffee Bay in the Transkei on the East Coast.  As it is not possible to drive exactly on 32° Latitude South we will endeavour to stay as close as possible to that imaginary line of latitude, adding to the mystery of the expedition.  This is only one of the many factors making this expedition so popular.

Take a map of South Africa and follow the 32° line of latitude South from west to east and you will see that it takes you through many interesting areas and small towns not normally travelled through or visited, not to mention the many towns and places in the Eastern Cape and the Transkei.  Our 4x4 encounters en-route will be determined by the elements and the weather as well as the routes we choose to follow to our final destination on the East Coast of the Transkei.  One of our goals will be to light our evening campfire on the 32° line of latitude south and camp in close proximity to this line. How we are going to achieve this will be one of the challenges we will encounter en-route, adding flavour and excitement to this expedition. The farmers en-route have been very helpful and accommodating in the past, allowing us to set camp in dry dams, under protected rock overhangs, next to rivers or some unusual places on the farms. Some farmers are very interested in what we are doing while others think we are crazy wanting to camp in the middle of nowhere. A further point of adventure of the unknown will be the fact that no advanced bookings for this expedition will or can be made as we do not know how far we plan to and can travel each day.  Therefore I suggest we must all be self-sufficient for this expedition, meaning food and water as well as wood. Looking at the map of South Africa there will be sufficient stops en-route to replenish food, water wood and fuel supplies. A good map of the approximate route we are planning to drive will make your expedition a lot more exiting.  A GPS with T4A loaded will be a great benefit but definitely not a prerequisite for this expedition.

To add a further flavour to this expedition we will collect water from the Atlantic Ocean in a calabash at the start of our expedition on the West Coast and transport it all the way to our end destination on the East Coast of the Transkei.  On our arrival at our end destination we will deposit the water into the Indian Ocean as a symbol of the completion of our trip. Avoid disappointment and book soonest to be part of this exiting expedition.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
 

All information supplied is given in good faith by Cederberg 4x4 and compiled from the latest information available at the time.  The activities, as indicated, are subject to change without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Cederberg 4x4 or the guide.

Vehicles : Only vehicles with low range capabilities can be accommodated.
Trailers  : Off-Road caravans and off-road trailers can be accommodated on this excursion.
Guide     : Coenie Moll.

 

RENDEZVOUS

 

PLACE : LAMBERT’S BAY CARAVAN PARK.

DATE   : SATURDAY 4 MARCH 2017.

TIME   : Arrive before or latest 10h00.  Respect your fellow participants and be on time.

 

Suggestion: Consider arriving on Friday and enjoy a relaxing evening at Lambert’s Bay Caravan Park.

 

AGENDA


We have arranged optional accommodation at the Lambert’s Bay caravan park for the Friday evening. Before we depart to the official start of this adventure we may consider enjoying something to eat at one of the many seafood eateries. The official formalities of collecting the traditional water on the beach at 32° Latitude South, where the Atlantic Ocean and land meet, will take place on Saturday 4 March 2017. After the formalities we will set camp less than a kilometre away. As we are not making any advanced bookings for our overnight stops en-route this adds to the adventure of exploring the unknown. We will endeavour to reach our overnight stops early enough each day, giving participants the opportunity to set camp at leisure, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and recap on the highlights of the day’s activities. One of our main goals on this expedition will be is follow the imaginary line of 32° Latitude South as close as possible, ensuring the shortest route from the West to East. We will try to light our evening communal camp fire on the imaginary line we are following.    Our departure times each day as well as stops en-route will be influenced by many factors we will encounter along the road, making the expedition even more of an adventure into the unknown. Sufficient stops will be made during each day, ensuring a relaxed and enjoyable expedition. The expedition will finish at 32° Latitude South on the East Coast in the Transkei, giving us enough time to return to Cape Town or other home destinations by Sunday 12 March 2017. Your return journey can be done on an individual basis or in small groups.

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE


Refuel your vehicle in Lambert’s Bay prior to the rendezvous. Sufficient fuel stops will be made en-route eliminating the necessity to carry additional fuel, although many outside elements may have an influence on the route and distance we travel.  An additional jerry can of fuel will give you peace of mind if you do not have a long-range fuel tank.

 

CATERING


Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for all meals for the duration of the trip.  We should be able to replenish certain supplies en-route but it cannot be guaranteed.

 

ACCOMMODATION


As this expedition is offered as a camping expedition, everyone must be equipped accordingly.

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


We will endeavour to set camp at least every second night where ablution facilities are available.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION


WATER can be replenished en-route.
WATER - It is always advisable to carry sufficient safe clean drinking water.
WOOD – Please ensure that each vehicle carry a minimum of 2 x bags of wood at all times.
WOOD will be replenished en-route.
ICE – We suggest that you replenish ice wherever possible if you enjoy using ice in your drinks.
GARBAGE – What we take in we bring out.
Garbage disposal stops will be made en-route.
Electricity cannot be guaranteed at the campsites. Never leave your electrical extension lead at home.
A communal braai on 32° Latitude South will be determined at each campsite.
Only one fire permitted for the group
Consider bringing a portable braai to be used in the communal braai area.
Remember braai grid, braai stand, and tongs, eating utensils, table, chairs, tent and poles.
The days could be warm and the nights cold.  Pack clothing accordingly.
Advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block on hand.
Advisable to always have a sun umbrella or awning on hand as shade cannot be guaranteed.
No electric kettles to be used on trips as most camps have limited electricity.
No generators permitted on trips.

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS


All vehicles and Off-Road Caravans & Trailers must be in sound mechanical condition.
Always have your spare keys for your vehicle 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 will be advisable.
A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge will be required to deflate/inflate tyres. Pack where accessible.  
Carry a fire extinguisher, which is easily accessible in the event of an emergency.   
Always carry your personal medical kit. Pack where accessible.

 

29 MHz RADIOS

 

Communication between participating vehicles on any 4x4 excursion is important for many reasons.  It ensures the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on a 4x4 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 suggest all 4x4 vehicles that don’t have a 29MHz two-way radio, hire one from us at a nominal fee of
R400-00 for this excursion.

 

Should you be hiring a 29MHz radio, please ensure that your lighter socket is working.  If you intend running more than one item from the lighter socket, be sure to have double adapter handy as well as spare fuses for this excursion.

 

Should you wish to make a once-off investment and purchase a 29MHz radio, we have negotiated a special deal for all Cederberg 4x4 participants.  For more information, contact Marina on 021 913 4632.

 

NB:  If your vehicle is fitted with a 29MHz radio, please make sure that channels 1, 14 and 23 are open and working for this excursion.  

 

INCLUDED

 

Cederberg 4x4 facilitating and coordinating fee.
Cederberg 4x4 guide fee.

 

EXCLUDED

 

Any camp fees that we may encounter en-route.
Any additional activities you may wish to partake in.

 

COST

 

R2950-00 per vehicle.

R400-00 radio hire, should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29 MHz radio.

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS

 

Should you wish to join us on this excursion, please contact Marina immediately to obtain the booking form for this excursion.

 

. We can only accommodate a maximum of 12 vehicles on this excursion. 
. All Cederberg 4x4 excursions are subject to a minimum of 6 vehicles.
. All bookings are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
. Your booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of your completed and signed booking form.
. A R1500-00 deposit is required upon booking.
. Should you intend being part of this tour but cannot pay the deposit now, please contact the office in this  regard to make alternative arrangements.
. The balance is payable on or before Monday 20 February 2017.
. Your completed and signed booking form binds you to all conditions on page one and two of the booking form.
. Should you wish to cancel or withdraw after booking for this trip, you will be required to find other people to take your place before any refunds will be considered.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  NO PETS ARE ALLOWED.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MARINA on 021 913 4632

 

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