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“CEDERBERG MEANDER” AN OVERLANDING ADVENTURE FOR ALL

 

27– 29 APRIL 2018

 

THE MEANDER WILL START AT THE FOOT OF THE GYDO PASS HEADING FOR THE BIEDOUW VALLEY IN THE NORTHERN CEDERBERG

 

VEHICLES WITHOUT LOW-RANGE CAPABILITIES ARE WELCOME

 

General


Our meander will start on Friday morning in the parking area of SPAR in Prince Alfred Hamlet at the foot of the Gydo Pass approximately 150km from Cape Town. Plan your route and driving time to arrive on time.  First we will be driving the well-known Gydo Pass, then following the road via Op die Berg to the Cederberg. This will take us through scenic sandstone rock formations, past Mount Ceder, Cederberg Oasis and Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve, home to the well-known Stadsaal Caves. Driving through Ezelbank, one of the many small settlements that fall within the boundaries of the Moravian church of Wuperthal, we will try and buy fresh baked bread before stopping for lunch at the waterfall and pools. A challenging road section will be encountered descending to Wuperthal. A short tour through Wuperthal will ensure a better understanding of the Wuperthal community before heading for the Biedouw Valley only 20km away. Here we will set camp for two nights.

 

The following day we will drive the plateau 4x4 route in reverse. Reaching the viewpoint you will have a birds-eye view over the Cederberg mountains with Sneeukop the highest peak in the range, Krakadouw, Citadelkop the Hantam and Roggeveld mountain in the far distance approximately 140km away. The view over the Biedouw Valley is also very special, irrelevant the time of year we visit. A challenging descent awaits when making our way back to the camp. There will enough time on hand for a short walk to view the rock art in a cave and inscriptions by 7 generations of the Lubbe family.

On Sunday we will depart after breakfast on a scenic drive back to Cape Town via Elizabethfontein, Bushman's Cave and descend the plateau via Brand-se-Berg Pass. This off-the-beaten-track road links up with the old N7 (gravel road) hugging the Olifants River back to Clanwilliam. A definite stop will be made at the most beautiful sand stone dam wall of the Bulskoek dam wall that was completed in the early 1900's. The Bulshoek dam was built to feed the over 300km of canal system as far as Koekenaap and Lutzville close to the mouth of the Olifants River. Depending on time availability when we reach Clanwilliam we will continue on the gravel as far as Citrusdal before using the N7 to head for Cape Town. Numerous stops will be made en-route at places of interest and maybe even for a quick swim. 

 

Accommodation


As this excursion is offered as a camping weekend, every must be quipped accordingly.
 
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  : Vehicles with and without low range capabilities can be accommodated.
Trailers   :  Off-Road Caravans and trailers can be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading  :  Trail grading is a 2.
Nearest Town : Clanwilliam.
Guides    : Richard, Ethelia and Jake White.

 

RENDEZVOUS


PLACE : PARKING AREA OF SPAR IN VOORTREKKER STR, PRINCE ALFRED HAMLET.

DATE   : FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018.

TIME   : 09h30. RESPECT YOUR GUIDE AND FELLOW PARTICIPANTS AND BE ON TIME.

 

 

FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018


09h30 - Arrive SPAR parking area in Voortrekker Str in Prince Alfred Hamlet.
           - Briefing on convoy driving and activities for the day. 
09h45 - Depart for Mertenhof camp site via Wuppertal and Ezelbank .
16h00 - Arrive at  Mertenhof camp site
18h00 - Communal evening braai.

 

SATURDAY 28 APRIL 2018


            - Enjoy a self-catered breakfast at the campsite.
09h00 - Briefing on day’s activities.
09h15 - Depart for the Biedouw Plateau 4x4 trail.
13h00 - Enjoy a light self-catering picnic lunch back at camp.
15h00 - Enjoy a brisk walk to see the rock art, enjoy a swim in some of the pools or just relax at the camp
              site and enjoy what the farm has to offer.  
18h00 - Communal evening braai where Cederberg 4x4 formalities will take place.

 

SUNDAY 29 APRIL 2018


08h00 - Enjoy a self-catered breakfast at the camp.
08h30 - Briefing on day’s activities.
08h45 - Depart for Cape Town via many off-the-beaten-track gravel roads.

 

FUEL REQUIREMENTS


Ensure all vehicles are refueled before meeting at the rendezvous to safely cover 400km

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


The campsite offers ablution facilities consisting of 2 x flush toilets and 2 x hot and cold showers each for men and the ladies.

 

CATERING

Everyone must be totally self-sufficient with regards to all meals for the weekend.

 

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 braais 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.

 

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 the GUIDE and 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 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 double adapter handy as well as spare fuses 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                                                                                                 R150-00pv                                                        150-00
Camping adults                                                                                   R80-00pppn                                       2

Camping Children 7-16 yrs and older                                                     R80-00pppn                                       2

Camping Children 6 yrs and younger                                                       Free                                                n/a           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


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 excursion. 
-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 deposit of R550-00 is required upon booking to secure your place.
-Should you intend being part of this trip but cannot pay the deposit now, please contact the office in this regard to make alternative arrangements.
-The balance is payable on or before Wednesday 18 April 2018.
-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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