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DONKIESKRAAL & LAMBERT’S BAY DUNES

 

16 – 18 June 2017

 

THE POPULAR LAMBERT’S BAY DUNES 4X4 TRAIL AND UNIQUE DONKIESKRAAL CAMPSITE, OFFERING BASIC CAMPING, FULLY EQUIPPED SAFARI TENTS AND LUXURY ROCK CHALET ACCOMMODATION.

Donkieskraal

 

Donkieskraal is a unique destination in the heart of the Sandveld near Leipoldtville on the West Coast. It is home to a 1800ha private game reserve in the heart of “Potato Country”. Pieter Laubscher, the owner of the farm Sandberg, one of the top potato producing farms in South Africa, had a dream to have his own private game reserve on the farm. It started small, with only a few animals, and has grown to over 1400ha with numerous species of game roaming freely. Any person can be proud of being the brain child behind this unique accomplishment. It is because dreams where realised and shared with others that we as Cederberg 4x4 are privileged to make Donkieskraal the home base for the weekend activities. On Sunday morning we will enjoy a game viewing drive through the reserve in search of the numerous game species as well as  the  two giraffes. All the tracks in the reserve are soft sand tracks that will have to be negotiated. The sandy tracks will keep the drivers on their toes while passengers can be on the lookout for the numerous game species roaming in the reserve. This popular Sunday morning game drive always ensures the weekend ending on a high note.

 

Donkieskraal camp is set in the heart of the game reserve on the farm. During our visit we will enjoy the shelter of a large thatched-roofed lapa overlooking a swimming pool to be used during the warm summer days. The lapa, with a large built-in braai, will form the centre point of each evening’s activities. The camp offers grass underfoot with limited shade and neat clean ablution facilities with electricity and water points throughout the camp.

The Dunes at Lambert’s Bay


This trail is situated in a naturally formed dune area of approx. 350 hectares. It does not grow in size or move as many other dune areas have the tendency to do.  The dunes are unique to this area and offer participants various forms of challenges, under controlled conditions, without any major impact on the environment, while ensuring maximum pleasure for all. You will have the opportunity to experiment with your vehicle by using different gear selections and just getting to know your vehicle better, as well as your own limitations and knowing when not to overstep the line.  Some of the key factors in getting over the dunes involve power, momentum and tyre pressure. As the day progresses and your technique and confidence grows, those seemingly impossible early morning dunes don’t look all that daunting. The day ends with interesting challenges at the famous camel dunes and a dune climb challenge. Escape options are always available as it is not compulsory to drive all the big dunes.

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 Caravans and Trailers CAN be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading : The average trail grading is between a 2 & 3.
Nearest Town : Leipoldtville and Lambert’s Bay.
Guide    : Richard, Ethelia and Jake White.

 

RENDEZVOUS

PLACE : DONKIESKRAAL in the Sandveld near Leipoldtville. Directions will follow upon booking.

DATE   : FRIDAY 16 JUNE 2017.

TIME   : Arrive any time on Friday. 
   OPTION EXTRA TO ARRIVE ON THURSDAY ANY TIME AFTER 17h00.


FRIDAY 16 JUNE 2017


All participants may arrive at Donkieskraal anytime on Friday. Please announce your arrival to the guide. Should the guide not be available, please check with the owner or management as to which section of the camp has been allocated to Cederberg 4x4.
Set up camp, relax and get to know your fellow Cederbergers around an evening communal braai.

 

SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2017


          - Enjoy a self-catered breakfast at camp.
07h45 - Briefing on activities and convoy driving.
08h00 - Depart in convoy for The Dunes near Lambert’s Bay.
08h45 - Arrive at The Dunes and deflate tyres.
09h00 - Briefing on 4x4 driving as well many hints and tips will be shared.   
          - Drive the Dunes 4x4 trail.

12h00 - Enjoy a self-catered picnic lunch in the dunes.
14h30 - Complete the trail and pump tyres at reception.
          - Optional activity is to visit Lambert’s Bay only 10km away.
          - Return to Donkieskraal not later than 18h00.
19h00 - Communal evening braai in the camp Lapa where the Cederberg 4x4 formalities will take place.

 

SUNDAY 18 JUNE 2017


          - Enjoy a self-catered breakfast at camp.
08h00 - Depart on a game viewing drive in the reserve. Approximately 2½ hours. Some of the tracks are
             loose sand and can become challenging at times. 
          - Activities are optional, as you may choose to relax in the camp.
          - Break camp and depart for home at your own time.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE

 

Ensure that your vehicle is refueled before arriving at Donkieskraal.

 

ACCOMMODATION & ABLUTION FACILITIES

 

Camping option


There are 5 semi-shaded campsites on grass, each with its own power point and tap. Most of the sites are big enough to accommodate 2 x vehicles. The ablution facilities are top class with a special room for mothers and babies and disabled people. 

 

Safari Tent option


Each of the four Safari Tents has its own en-suite bathroom complete with shower and toilet. These units sleep up to four persons each on four three-quarter beds.  All the linen and towels are provided. Coffee- and Tea making facilities are available in the tents but guests in tents all make use of the central kitchen for refrigeration facilities.

 

Luxury Chalets


The three spacious luxury chalets with double beds and en-suite bathrooms blend in with the surrounding sandstone formations of the mountain.  These are all equipped with shower, bath & toilet. The Honeymoon suite has a jet/bubble bath. Coffee- and Tea making facilities, as well as a small bar fridge come standard in the chalets. All linen and towels are provided. These units sleep two persons each and a mattress can be arranged for children under the age of three.

 

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.
WOOD – Wood can be purchased at Donkieskraal @ R20-00 per bag
ICE – Ice can be purchased at Donkieskraal @ R10-00 per bag.
Electricity is available at the campsite.
The Lapa will be used as the communal braai area. 
A communal braai area will be determined on arrival at the campsite. 
Only one fire permitted for the group.
Consider bringing a portable braai to be used in the communal braai area.
Bring braai grid, braai stand, tongs and other cooking/eating utensils.
Garbage bins are available in the camp.
The days could be warm and the nights cooler. Pack clothing accordingly.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras and spare batteries.
Remember your table and chairs.
Always consider the possibility of rain. Pack clothing accordingly. 
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block on hand.
Remember to bring your bathing costume.
It is advisable to always have an umbrella or awning available when on the trail.
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.

 

29 MHz 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 021 913 4632.   

     

COST

 

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

                                                                                                         COST        Nr. Participants        Nights       TOTAL
The Dunes 4x4 trail in Lambert’s Bay                                                  R250-00pv                                                   R250-00
Donkieskraal game viewing 4x4 drive                                                   R125-00pv                                                  R125-00
Donkieskraal - Camping adults                                                            R120-00pppn                                    2

Donkieskraal - Camping Children 9 - 16yrs                                             R60-00pppn                                    2

Donkieskraal - Camping Children 8yrs and younger                                    Free                                           n/a           Free
Donkieskraal - Safari Tents Adults                                                       R250-00pppn                                    2

Donkieskraal - Safari Tents children 9 – 16yrs                                       R150-00pppn                                    2

Donkieskraal - Safari Tents children 8yrs and younger                                Free                                            n/a          Free
Donkieskraal - Honeymoon Chalet – sleeps 2 x peopl                           R1000-00pcpn                                     2

Donkieskraal - Rock Chalets – sleep 2 x people                                       850-00pcpn                                     2

Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees                              R550-00pv                                                  R550-00
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 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 Friday 2 June 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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