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HELDERBERG 4X4

 

A TESTING TRAIL WHEN WET,
 FOR THE BRAVE OF HEART

 

09 JUNE 2018

 

A DAY OUTING  FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY WITH MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

 

General

The Helderberg 4x4 trail, only a 45 minutes’ drive from the busy C.B.D, is a popular destination and frequently visited by Cederberg 4x4. The Helderberg 4x4 trail is situated on the farm Helderbergplaas some 10 km from Somerset West in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains, originally called the Moddergatsberge. Simon van der Stel granted the farm "Helderenbergen" to Klaas Vechtman in 1692. The farm has a spectacular view of False Bay, Stellenbosch and the Cape Peninsula. The current owner is the 5th generation of the Hendricks/Obermeyer family, since 1837. Main attractions of this route are the views, surrounded by a pristine fynbos environment, not surpassed elsewhere in the Helderberg area.

Trail
The Helderberg 4x4 trail has two route options to drive. The one is a scenic drive through the pristine Fynbos to the viewpoint on relatively easy tracks, while the other is a much more demanding and challenging option through the numerous obstacles. On our visit, weather permitting, we will be driving the more demanding route as far as possible. The following interesting obstacles, with names like the Blue Gum Forest, the Boomslang, the Horse Gully, the Birds Viewpoint, Sugar Bush Loop and Lord Charles Highway will be encountered en route. This is a destination worth visiting more than once.

Other Activities


There is a company that operates on the farm offering Segway rides. Segway’s are those two wheel scooters that the security people often use in malls. The difference is that these Segway’s on the farm are off-road Segway’s with mud-terrain tyres and serious capabilities. There are also small to medium size quads that can be hired. The other option would be to bring your mountain bike and enjoy riding some of the many tracks on the farm.

 

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.
Grading : Trail grading in summer is between 2 – 3 and winter 3 - 4.
Nearest Town : Somerset West.
Guide    : Richard, Ethelia and Jake White.

 

 

RENDEZVOUS

 

PLACE : ENGEN 1-STOP on N2 approximately 10 km before Somerset West.

DATE   : SATURDAY 9 JUNE 2018.

TIME   : 09h00 SHARP. PLEASE RESPECT FELLOW PARTICIPANTS AND BE ON TIME.

 

SATURDAY, 9 JUNE 2018 

 

09h00 – Rendezvous at ENGEN 1-STOP on the N2 approximately 10km before Somerset WEST.
           -  Briefing on activities and convoy driving.
09h30 -  Depart for Helderberg 4x4.
           -  Arrive at Helderberg 4x4 and deflate tyres.
           -  Briefing on 4x4 driving.
10h30 -  Depart on the more challenging 4x4 trail.
14h30 -  Complete the Helderberg 4x4 trail. Return to the braai area for a communal braai.
  Return home at your own time. 
 
FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE


Always ensure that your vehicle is filled at the rendezvous point PRIOR to the start of the briefing.

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


The ablutions consisting of flush toilets at the main activity hall will be used during our visit.

 

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.
Always advisable to bring your own drinking water on excursions.
WOOD - Bring own WOOD for the braai.
Remember bring braai grid, braai stand and tongs, cooking/eating utensils, table and chairs.
Portable braai’s can be used in the communal braai area.
Bring Black bags (what we take in, we take out).
The days could be warm and the evening cold.  Pack clothing accordingly.
Always consider the possibility off rain. Pack clothing accordingly.
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, spare batteries and extra memory card.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed in the vehicle, as loose items can become missiles.
No generators permitted.

 

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 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 day


                                                                                                             COST                          TOTAL
Trail and venue fee                                                                              R250-00pv                        250-00
Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees                               R390-00pv                        390-00
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 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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