NIGHT DRIVE - GRABOUW 4X4 TRAIL
SUITABLE FOR BOTH THE EXPERIENCED AND NOVICE DRIVERS
21 JULY 2018
AN UNiQUE OPPORTUNITY TO DRIVE MOUNTAIN TRACKS AND TRAILS IN THE ELGIN VALLEY NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AFTER SUNSET
The Grabouw Country Club will be the center point of the activities for the Night Drive and is situated in the pristine and tranquil Kogelberg Biosphere. It is here we will set camp for the full duration of the Grabouw 4x4 Night Drive. It is a hidden gem and another first for Cederberg 4x4. Although only an hour from Cape Town, you will feel as if you’ve left the city a 1000 miles behind. Surrounded by mountain ranges, natural vegetation and various fruit orchards this is an easy out and back to recharge your batteries and get in touch with Mother Nature. The location boasts breathtaking and spectacular views of the surrounding Hottentots Holland, Nuweberg and Groenland mountains. Combine this with the waterfront ambiance of the Eikenhof Dam and the flourishing fynbos blanketing the mountain slopes, this venue will leave you with an overwhelming sense of tranquility and enchantment.
The Grabouw 4x4 trail is a circular trail that traverses through the majestic Hottentots Holland and Groenland mountain ranges. Much thought and planning resulted in the Grabouw 4x4 trail as you will experience it today. Obviously when the trail was planned and built it was done with driving it during the day. The highlights like view-points with breath-taking views from the plateau and amazing waterfalls are only but a few you will experience during the day and will well award your effort. During the night when driving this trail you will experience a total different feeling upon reaching the plateau. As it is only six days before full moon, the starlit sky will form silhouettes of many shapes and sizes by the different mountains visible from the plateau. It is not the most demanding 4x4 trail but because of good planning when the trail was built it offers something special for drivers of all levels of experience. At the more difficult sections by-passes were brought in to accommodate the lesser experienced drivers. Capabilities of vehicles differ as that of the drivers. The 4x4 trail consists mainly of mountain tracks and rocks with small sections of sand that will keep your attention sharp due to the change of terrain. Driving any 4x4 trail at night immediately puts another perspective to your surroundings as well as the trail. On more than one occasion you will experience the feeling that the tail lights of the vehicle in front of you are your only lifeline back to your comfort zone.
We strongly recommend that you take something light to eat when we reach the plateau as it is about halfway through the trail. The Grabouw Country Club has allocated a special area to Cederberg 4x4 for the weekend to set camp and enjoy other social activities. There are sufficient flush toilets but no showers. The showers should not be a problem as rendezvous is only at 17h00 and we will depart some time the next morning for our interesting return journey home.
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.
Grading : Trail grading an approximate 2½ (optional obstacles for those seeking an
additional adrenaline rush.)
Nearest Town : Grabouw.
Guide : Richard White.
RENDEZVOUS – SATURDAY 21 JULY 2018
PLACE : GRABOUW COUNTRY CLUB at the main RECEPTION.
DATE : SATURDAY 21 JULY 2018.
TIME : 17h00 SHARP. Please respect your fellow participants and be on time.
DIRECTIONS TO RENDEZVOUS
Directions to the rendezvous will follow upon booking.
SATURDAY, 21 JULY 2018
17h00 - Rendezvous at the GRABOUW COUNTRY CLUB at the main RECEPTION.
Deflate tyres and set up camp.
17h30 - Briefing on 4x4 driving and sharing of many hints and tips before driving the trail.
17h45 - Depart on the 4x4 trail.
22h30 - Complete the Grabouw 4x4 trail and return back to the camp for the evening braai.
SUNDAY, 22 JULY 2018
- Depart from the Grabouw Country Club and make our way to Kleinmond via back gravel roads.
- Brunch en-route from Kleinmond back home (for your own account).
- Visit tourist attractions en-route to Cape Town.
FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE
Ensure that your vehicle is refueled before reaching the rendezvous point.
Toilets are available in close proximity from where we will be setting camp. No showers available.
Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of this trip.
Please remember that no alcohol may be consumed by either the driver or passenger(s) whilst driving at any time.
WATER - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
A communal braai area will be determined.
Bring Black bags (what we take in, we take out).
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, spare batteries and extra memory cards.
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 when on the trail.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.
No generators permitted on trips
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.
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.
Use the tables below to calculate your personal cost for the day
Trail ............................................................................................... R150-00pv ...................... R150-00
Camping.......................................................................................... R100-00pv ..................... R100-00
Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees ........................... R390-00pv .................... R390-00
Radio hire should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio R200-00
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 completed and signed booking form will confirm your intent to partake in this excursion.
. Full payment is required to confirm your booking to partake in this excursion.
. 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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