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FOR FLOWERS SAKE IN THE BIEDOUW VALLEY

 

8 - 10 SEPTEMBER  2017

 

COME ENJOY THE WEEKEND VISIT TO THE BIEDOUW VALLEY FOR THE ANNUAL FLOWER SPECTACULAR

 

General


For a few short weeks of the year the Biedouw Valley, beyond Agter Pakhuis, east of Clanwilliam in the Cederberg Mountain Range, becomes one of the most beautiful places you can visit to experience a flower spectacular not often experienced elsewhere. At the end of winter this remote valley, with its amazing viewpoints, beauty, peace and tranquillity is transformed as millions of flowers come alive, creating a colour-filled spectacle that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. On the 4x4 trail these magnificent flowers will be encountered up close and personal, with stunning views over the colourful valleys below. This is an experience only 4x4 owners are privileged to enjoy. Invite your family and friends to an amazing weekend in the Cederberg.

Trail


This 28km 4x4 trail is a good combination of rock and sand. It will ensure that driving and negotiating skills be tested throughout the day while keeping you on your toes. Weather depending, there could be a bit of water and mud thrown in for fun. There are also spectacular sights to be seen along the way in the form of some very unique potholes, waterfalls and larger swimming holes in the Biedouw River. The second part of the trail follows a very steep climb up to the plateau where stunning views over the surrounding mountains, like Sneeukop, Krakadouw, Citadelkop and the Tankwa Karoo, await visitors. Normally this plateau is covered in flowers during our visit.

Accommodation

Our camp, at the farm Mertenhof, offers grassed campsites with separate men’s and women’s ablution facilities with hot and cold showers & flush toilets. Alternative accommodation in the farmhouse is available should you not wish to camp. See cost below for alternative accommodation. Mariette Lubbe also runs a tea garden and shop where one can buy the world famous Biedouw Valley rooibos tea as well as locally made jams. Wood and ice is also available. There are also interesting walks from the camp to a nearby cave where Rock Art and inscriptions by 7 generations of the Lubbe family can be seen.

If you have not seen the Biedouw Valley Flower Spectacular in spring, then this is a must-do trip. Then again one visit to this amazing valley is never enough and is definitely worth another visit.

 

To view photos of the Biedouw Valley, go to www.cederberg4x4.co.za/photos/biedouw.htm


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 on 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 Trailers & Off-road Caravans CAN be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading : Trail grading is between 2 & 3 during our visit.
Nearest Town : Clanwilliam.
Guide    : Richard, Ethelia and Jake White

 

RENDEZVOUS
 

PLACE: THE FARM MERTENHOF, IN THE BIEDOUW VALLEY, 52 KILOMETERS FROM
    CLANWILLIAM. DETAILED DIRECTIONS WILL FOLLOW UPON BOOKING.

DATE  : FRIDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 2017.

TIME  :  Anytime after 16h00. NB. Should you be late, contact Richard on 083 234 0581
                  .

FRIDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2017 

 

16h00 - Arrive at Biedouw 4x4 and set up camp for the weekend.  
18h00 - Communal evening braai.

 

SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2017


08h00 - Breakfast at the camp.
08h45 - Briefing on day’s activities and hints and tips on 4x4 driving will be shared.
09h00 - Depart on the 4x4 trail and enjoy the wild flower spectacle.
12h30 - Enjoy a light self-catering picnic lunch en-route.
15h00 - Complete the trail and relax at the camp.
17h00 - Communal evening braai, where the Cederberg 4x4 formalities will take place

 

SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

Breakfast at the camp
Hike to the rock art dating back many years in the Lubbe family
Depart for home at your own time

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE

 

A fuel stop will be made in Clanwilliam en-route to the Biedouw Valley. Ensure to refuel all vehicles here as this is the last fuel point should you choose to drive back to Cape Town via Ceres on Sunday.

 

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 campsite.
WATER - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
ICE – Ice can be purchased at the farm.
WOOD - Wood can be purchased at the farm.
A communal braai area will be determined on arrival at the campsite. 
Only one fire permitted for the group.
Portable braai’s can 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.
Always consider the possibility of rain. Pack clothing accordingly. 
Remember to bring your sun block and hat.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras and extra batteries.
Remember your table and chairs.
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 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.
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 R200-00 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.  

      

COST

 

Use the table below to calculate your personal cost for the weekend


                                                                                                           COST          Nr. Participants       Nights     TOTAL
Trail                                                                                              R180-00 pv                                                       180-00
Camping adults                                                                                R75-00pppn                                         2

Camping Children 7-16yrs and older                                                   R75-00pppn                                         2

Camping Children 6yrs and younger                                                       FREE                                                2         FREE
Farmhouse accommodation adults & children                                      R250-00 pppn                                       2

Farmhouse accommodation children 2 and younger                                  FREE                                               2          FREE
Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees                            R550-00pv                                                      550-00
Radio hire should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio R200-00

                                                                                                                                                              TOTAL


FARMHOUSE ACCOMMODATION


Accommodation in farm house is on a sharing basis in individual rooms. Bedding is included but you have to supply your own towel. The house is equipped with a fridge/freezer, stove, microwave and kettle as well as cutlery and crockery.

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS


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

We can only accommodate a maximum of 12 vehicles on this overland adventure. 
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.
A R550-00 deposit is required upon booking.
The balance is payable on or before Thursday 31 August 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 ARE ALLOWED.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MARINA on 021 910 1363

 

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