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OXWAGEN, BONNIEDALE GUEST FARM AND BAVIAANSKLOOF

 

17 – 23 DECEMBER 2017

 

COME ENJOY A PRE-CHRISTMAS, OVER-LANDING ADVENTURE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

 

This over-landing adventure is my personal favorite as it starts two days after the builder’s holiday, therefore giving enough time to arrange finer details for the trip and Christmas. The bonus is you will be back in time for Christmas if you so choose.
 
This pre-Christmas over-landing adventure will start at Heidelberg on the N2 and end close to the town of Patensie. During this adventure we will be driving sections of the Oxwagen trail from Heidelberg to Bonniedale guest farm. At Bonniedale guest farm you will have the option of driving one or as many trails you choose to drive at set cost that can be paid directly to the owner. See cost below. This gives you the flexibility to decide on the morning in question if you’re going to relax at the camp or drive the 4x4 trails. En-route to Oudshoorn we will endeavor to drive as many off-the-beaten-tracks as possible. Here enough time will be on hand to replenish fuel and food supplies. 

 

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Our next destination is the well-known Baviaanskloof, which we will drive from Willowmore to Patensie. This relaxing 7 days and six nights adventure will take us along many back roads, experiencing beautiful places before ending at Bruintjieskraal. This pre-Christmas over-landing adventure will expose you to some of the well-hidden gems in the Western and Eastern Cape.

 

The top class campsites we will be visiting include green, level lawns, hot showers, flush toilets, water and electricity. All the campsites that we will be utilizing have plenty of activities to keep you and the family busy. Some of the activities you will encounter are river or dam fishing, various hiking opportunities, swimming and 4x4 trails. The bonus is that most of these activities are all in line of sight from your camp, therefore giving the adults plenty of time to catch up on some well deserved rest while keeping an eye on the children.

 

The reason I have decided to put this agenda together and facilitate this overland adventure with you is due to the fact that I have done this exact trip many times over the last couple of years with friends or family. Being an electrical contractor and electrician by trade, I am bound to take leave during the builders’ holidays in December and January and know how important it is to utilize these couple of weeks to the optimum. Here is an opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and fellow Cederbergers. 

 

Bend your friends’ ears with all this information and make sure they join you on this trip.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

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

 

Vehicles : Only vehicles with low range capabilities can be accommodated.
Trailers  : Off-Road Caravans & Trailers CAN be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading : The grading is between 1 – 3 for the trails and gravel roads we will be driving.
Nearest Town : Heidelberg, Oudtshoorn, Willowmore and Patensie.
Guide    : Richard, Ethelia and Jake White.

 

RENDEZVOUS

 

PLACE:  WIMPY in Heidelberg on the N2.

DATE  :  SUNDAY, 17 DECEMBER 2017.

TIME   :  10h00 SHARP.   PLEASE RESPECT YOUR FELLOW PARTICIPANTS AND BE ON TIME

 

SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2017 (Bonniedale)

 

10h00 – Briefing on activities for the day.
10h30 – Depart for Bonniedale guest farm via many back roads 
15h00 - Arrive at Bonniedale guest farm campsite. Set up camp for 2 nights
18h00 - Communal braai.

 

MONDAY 18 DECEMBER 2017 (Bonniedale)


Optional activities – Enjoy a well deserved break and spend a relaxing day at the camp. Alternatively you have the option of driving any of the 4x4 trails at Bonniedale guest farm. The trail fees can be paid directly to the farmer. See cost below.

 

TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2017 (Doringkloof)


08h00 - Breakfast at camp, break up camp.
09h00 - Briefing on days activities.
09h15 - Drive back roads to Oudtshoorn.
           - Arrive in Oudtshoorn where we can replenish supplies.
           - Depart from Oudtshoorn and head for the Baviaanskloof.
           - Arrive at Doringkloof camp in the heart of the Baviaanskloof, where we will spend two nights.
19h00 - Communal braai.
 
WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2017 (Doringkloof)


Enjoy what Doringkloof and the Baviaanskloof have to offer.
 
THURSDAY 21 DECEMBER 2017 (Bruitjieskraal)

 

08h00 - Breakfast at camp, break up camp
09h00 – Depart Bruintjieskraal, our last destination in the Baviaanskloof.
12h00 – Lunch, a light picnic lunch en-route.
15h00 - Arrive at Bruintjieskraal campsite at the end on the Baviaanskloof, where we will spend two nights.
18h00 - Communal braai.
 
FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER 2017 (Bruintjieskraal)


Enjoy what Bruintjieskraal and the Baviaanskloof have to offer.

 

SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER 2017


- Breakfast at camp, break up camp
- Depart from Bruintjieskraal campsite from where you can either continue your holiday or return back home in time for Christmas.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE


Ensure that your vehicle is refueled at the rendezvous point PRIOR to the start of the briefing.  Sufficient fuel stops will be made en-route eliminating the necessity of carrying additional fuel.

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES

 

Full ablution facilities are available at all the campsites. 

 

CATERING


Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of this trip. 

 

GENERAL


Please remember that no alcohol may be consumed by either the driver or passenger(s) whilst driving at any time. Please respect your guides and your fellow participants and save the alcoholic beverages until we return to the camp each day. 
WATER - is available at the campsites.
WATER - Always advisable to bring your own drinking water on excursions.
WOOD - Bring own WOOD for the braai and sitvuur. (Minimum 2x Bags of wood per vehicle.)
WOOD - There is wood for sale at some campsites. Will be discussed at rendezvous.  
ICE – Bring own ice.
ELECTRICITY - Is available at Doringkloof and Bruintjieskloof.
ELECTRICITY - No electricity is available at Bonniedale campsite.
ELECTRICITY - Always ensure you have long extension leads with you on any trip.
A communal braai area will be determined on arrival at the campsite.
Portable braai’s are welcome to be used in the communal braai area.
Bring braai grid, braai stand, tongs and other cooking/eating utensils.
Bring Black bags (what we take in, we take out).
The days could be warm and the nights cooler. Pack clothing accordingly.
Remember to bring your sun block and hat.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras and extra memory sticks.
Remember your table and chairs.
Always consider the possibility of rain. Pack clothing accordingly. 
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
It is advisable to always have an umbrella or awning available.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.
No generators permitted on trips.

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS


All vehicles and Off-road trailers must be in sound mechanical condition.
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 will be advisable.
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 will be supplied.

 

29MHz TWO WAY 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.  The fun part is the many interesting stories that are shared among 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, ensure to have a double adapter handy as well as spare fuse for this excursion.
         
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.  

 

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 021 910 1363.  

 

29Mhz TWO-WAY RADIO HIRE

 

Should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio, you will be required to hire a radio at a cost of R400-00 per radio for the duration of the trip.

 

COST

Use the tables below to calculate your personal cost for the weekend
                                                                                                            COST           Nr. Participants    Nights       TOTAL

 

Bonniedale - Camping                                                                          R100-00pppn                                   2                      

 

Bonniedale – Camping children under 3                                                    FREE                                                            FREE  

 

Doringkloof  - Camping adults                                                                R100-00pppn                                 2                       

                     

Doringkloof  - Children 12yrs and younger                                                R50-00pppn                                 2                       

 

Bruintjieskraal – Camping adults                                                             R100-00pppn                                 2                       

 

Bruintjieskraal – Camping children under 9yrs                                            R65-00pppn                                 2                       

 

Cederberg  4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees                               R2250-00pv                                               R2250-00

 

Radio hire should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio      R400-00                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                           TOTAL

OPTIONAL COST FOR DRIVING ANY 4X4 TRAIL AT BONNIEDALE GUEST FARM

 

R250-00 per vehicle. Drive as many trails and times as you like.

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS


Should you wish to join us on this excursion, please contact Marina immediately on 021 910 1363 to obtain the booking form for this excursion.

We can only accommodate a maximum of 12 vehicles on this weekend. 
All Cederberg 4x4 excursions are subject to a minimum of 8 x vehicles.
All bookings are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
To secure your place, contact Marina for a Cederberg 4x4 booking form.
Your booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of your completed and signed booking form.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking.
The balance is payable on or before Thursday 30 November 2017.
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.
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 ALLOWED

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MARINA on 021 910 1363

 

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