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CARACAL 4X4 ROUTE
A HISTORY FILLED OVERLAND TRIP WITH MANY HIGHLIGHT
4 – 11 OCTOBER 2020

 

SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TIME ON HAND

 

The Caracal Eco Route is a 4x4 trail which stretches from the mountains near Kammieskroon through the little known, but beautiful Namaqualand National Park to Groenrivier on the west coast.  It can be described as a more rugged, alternative to the flower route or a little piece of heaven.

The route is named after the caracal, a mostly nocturnal wild cat that is slightly larger than a domestic cat and lives in the dry mountainside of the park.  The trail is not difficult and can accommodate trailers or caravans.  You will need your 4x4 only to negotiate the odd dry donga and sandy patch, so inexperienced drivers are welcome. 
 

The route will begin at Kamieskroon.  While in Kamieskroon a day has been set aside to explore the town and surrounding areas.  We will visit the little know village Leliefontein 30 km from Kammieskroon.  Here, in 1902 during the Anglo Boer War, 35 Nama people were killed after attacking the “boer” forces under leadership of Manie Maritz.  The guide will tell you more during your visit. 

From 1966 till 2016 it was the site of the helicopter base of SADF.   Leliefontein was established in 1816 by Reverend Barnabas Shaw, a Wesleyan missionary. The mission was established on a farm awarded to the Nama people by the Dutch governor Rijk Tulbagh. It is probably named after the many white lilies found in the area.

Leaving Kamieskroon we will follow the trail through the Kamiesberg Mountains and huge red kopjes where the odd springbok and gemsbok can be spotted.  It continues to the historic Wildeperdehoek Pass and descends with views out to the coast.  A bonus for history lovers is the Wildeperdehoek Pass jail ruins which we will visit.  The jail was built by the engineer Patrick Fletcher and a team of prisoners from Cape Town to accommodate the prisoners who build the pass in the late 1860’s.

Then the route travels through the Namaqua flatlands where it connects to the coastal section of the park and ends at Groenrivier on the West Coast.

We will take the turn-off to Kleinzee where we will spend two nights camping in the privately-owned caravan park in town.  We will visit the interesting museum and do the extremely interesting shipwreck tour along the coast.

Over the years the stormy Atlantic Ocean has interrupted many a sea voyage, sending several ships to a chilly grave along the coast between Koingnaas and Kleinzee.  Three shipwrecks, the Piratiny, Arosa and Border, can be sighted along the tour. Pristine beaches, archaeological sites dating as far back as the Late Stone Age and historical sites such as the Agenbags’ stone house and water wells complete the tour.  Driving includes soft sand and rocky outcrops, rendering a difficulty rating of 2 - 4. The local guide from the museum will accompany us and tell us more about the shipwrecks.

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 and Caravans can be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading : Trail grading is an average 2 - 3.
Nearest Town : Kamieskroon.
Guide     : Johan Roach.

RENDEZVOUS


PLACE : KROON LODGE, 1 CHARLOTTA STREET, KAMIESKROON.

DATE  : SUNDAY, 4 OCOBER 2020.

TIME  : Arrive any time before 18H00. Should you be
                 running late, please contact Johan on 081 348 2105 in this regard.

FUEL STOPS  & TRAVELLING DISTANCE


It is recommended to refuel in GARIES prior to the rendezvous at Kamieskroon.  Petrol is usually available at Kamieskroon, but sometimes there is no fuel.

SUNDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2020


          - Rendezvous at KROON LODGE in Kamieskroon.
          - Arrive and set camp for two nights.
          - Enjoy a communal evening braai and discuss activities or next day.

MONDAY 5 OCTOBER 2020


           - Enjoy breakfast at the camp
           - Depart to Leliefontein and to explore interesting places.
           - Enjoy a light picnic lunch en-route.
           - Enjoy a braai and an evening around the fire.

TUESDAY 6 OCTOBER 2020


           - Enjoy breakfast at the camp
           - Depart from camp through the reserve via Wildeperdehoek pass to Kleinzee
           - Enjoy a light picnic lunch en-route.
           - Arrive at Kleinzee and set camp for three nights.
           - Enjoy a braai and an evening around the fire.

WEDNESDAY 7 OCTOBER 2020


           - Enjoy breakfast at the camp
           - Depart for some sand dune driving and the shipwreck tour for the day.
           - Enjoy a light picnic lunch en-route.
           - Enjoy a braai and an evening around the fire.

THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER 2020


           - Enjoy breakfast at the camp
           - Visit the interesting museum.
           - Explore the town at leisure and enjoy lunch at the restaurant.
           - Enjoy a braai and an evening around the fire.

FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER 2020


           - Enjoy breakfast at the camp.
           - Depart for Groenrivier via Hondeklipbaai and Namaqua National Park.
           - Enjoy lunch en-route
           - Arrive and set camp close to the West Coast thundering waves for two nights.
           - Enjoy a braai and an evening around the fire.

SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 2020


           - Explore what the coast has to offer at leisure.
           - Enjoy a braai and an evening around the fire with the sound of the waves in the background.

SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER 2020


           - Enjoy breakfast at the camp
           - Depart for home at your own time.

CATERING


Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of this trip.
As this excursion is offered as a camping trip, everyone must be equipped accordingly. 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


Ablution facilities are available at all camp sites except at Groenrivier.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND THINGS TO BRING


• 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. 
• NO WATER is available at Groenrivier. 
• WATER - Always advisable to bring your own drinking water.
• WOOD – Wood can be purchased in en-route.
• Garbage bins will be supplied at the camp.
• Always advisable to carry black garbage bags.
• A communal braai area will be determined on arrival at the campsite.  (Only one fire permitted)
• 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 night’s cold.  Pack clothing accordingly.
• Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
• It is advisable to always have an umbrella or awning available. 
• Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, binoculars, spare batteries and extra memory cards.
• Remember to pack your bathing suit and sun block.
• Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.
• No generators permitted on trips.

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS


• All vehicles 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.

29 MHz RADIO


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 taking the boredom out of the long distances we need to travel to enjoy the great outdoors.

We suggest all 4x4 vehicles that don’t have a 29MHz two-way radio, HIRE one from us at a nominal fee of R350-00 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 double adapter handy as well as spare fuses. 

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

                                                                                                                COST         Nr. Participants         Nights      TOTAL
Kamieskroon - Camping  .................................................................. R120-00pppn                                         2 
Kamieskroon - Chalet  ...................................................................... R380-00pppn                                         2 
Kleinzee - Camping adults ................................................................. R120-00pppn                                         2 
Kleinzee - camping children under 12 .................................................. R60-00                                                  2 
Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees ............................. R1800-00pv                                                   1800-00
Radio hire should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio .. R350-00pv   
                                                                                                                                                                       TOTAL          
NOT INCLUDED


SANParks conservation fees for S.A. Citizens for 2020.
R46-00pppn for adults and children 11yrs and older.  
R23-00pppn for children 10yrs and younger.               
                              
SANParks conservation fees for Non S.A. Citizens for 2020.
R92-00pppn for adults and children 11yrs and older.
R46-00pppn for children 10yrs and younger.

SANParks conservation fees are subject to change without prior notice.
We will endeavour to keep you posted should any changes take place.

NB. Should you own a valid SANpark Wildcard, bring it along and save money.


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 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 completed and signed booking form will confirm your intent to partake in this excursion. 
• A 25% deposit is required to confirm your intent to partake in this excursion.
• The balance is payable on or before Monday 29 September 2020.
• 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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