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EASTER @ KAGGA KAMMA

 

PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

 

14 – 17 April 2017

 

THE ULTIMATE GEM IN THE SOUTH EASTERN CEDERBERG
EXPERIENCE KAGGA KAMMA OVER THE EASTER LONG WEEKEND

 

Trail


The Kagga Kamma 4x4 trail mainly consists of loose sand tracks through the game reserve where much game is normally spotted, with challenging rocky and mountain sections in between to keep all drivers alert while your 4x4 driving skills will be tested. En-route, along the 4x4 trail, we will pass the other campsites, Bobbejaanskrans and Joubert se Werf. Breathtaking scenery, with views over the mountains in the central Cederberg as well as the Hantam and Roggeveld Mountains way in the distance, across the Tangkwa Karoo. There are over 100 kms of trails on Kagga Kamma. It is not possible to drive all of these trails during the weekend of our visit. We have selected a good combination, ensuring (hopefully) the best game viewing, of sand and rock/mountain driving. There will be more than enough challenges en-route to test your driving skills at this unique destination in the southern Cederberg. A must-visit 4x4 trail and unique destination, more than once.

General

 

Kagga Kamma is a private game reserve located in the magnificent Cederberg Mountains of the Western Cape, situated on the border of the Ceres-Karoo, only 260 km from Cape Town.  Willie de Waal, Pieter de Waal and Pieter Loubser bought Kagga Kamma as well as three adjacent farms in 1986. A small stone cottage was built to entertain their friends, but soon they realized the need and potential of sharing it on a wider basis and preserve the area for posterity.  The property covers some 15 000 hectares of natural beauty and seclusion. Its wide-open spaces, unusual rock formations, majestic canyon, animal life and unspoiled nature are all part of this experience, truly unique.

 

This private game reserve is the home of a large variety of wild animals.  Most visible are the Burchell’s zebra and the antelope species, which range from Eland, Gemsbok, Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Bontebok and Springbok.  Only leopards represent the larger carnivores.  The area is also rich in bird life. During Winter and Spring open water attracts water birds such as the Egyptian geese.  Black eagles may be seen soaring high in the sky while the ubiquitous rock pigeon can be seen and heard in the vicinity of rocky outcrops.  From the middle of August to middle November you will normally find lots of flowers, a paradise for botanists and nature lovers. In Spring the landscape is full of indigenous flowers sprouting between rocks and tracks.

 

Optional Activities - own account


During our visit to Kagga Kamma participants will have enough time and the option to partake in the Sundowner trip, offering an amazing view over the canyon and the Ceres Karoo Escarpment, and the Rock Art tour visiting some of the rock art sites at Kagga Kamma. Both of these activities are well worth doing and can be booked at the lodge.

 

Accommodation

 

We will camp at the Swartrug Camp, which is close to the swimming pool and ± 1½ km from the restaurant and curio shop.  It will be possible for us to make use of the facilities at the lodge.

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 3.
Nearest Town : Ceres.
Guide    : Richard, Ethelia and Jake White.

 

RENDEZVOUS


PLACE : AT THE ENGEN 1-STOP ON THE N1, JUST PAST JOOSTENBERGVLAKTE.

DATE   : FRIDAY, 14 April 2017.

TIME   : 10h00 SHARP.  Respect your fellow participants and be on time.

 

FRIDAY 14 APRIL 2017


10h00 - Rendezvous at the ENGEN 1-STOP on the N1, just past Joostenbergvlakte
10h15 - Briefing on activities and convoy driving.
10h30 - Depart for Ceres
14h30 - Arrive at Kagga Kamma and set camp.
18h00 - Communal evening braai.

 

SATURDAY 15 APRIL 2017


08h00 - Breakfast.
09h00 - Briefing on activities for the day.
09h15 - Depart on the Kagga Kamma 4x4 trail.
13h00 - Lunch en-route.  Pack enough snacks and a light picnic lunch to be enjoyed on the trail.
14h00 - Depart on the remainder of the Kagga Kamma 4x4 trail.
16h30 - Complete the route and return to the campsite.
17h30 - Optional Sundowners trip with amazing views. A trip well worth the money. (own account)
18h00 - Communal evening braai

 

SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2017


           - Enjoy a self-catered breakfast at camp.
08h00 - Breakfast and relax at the Nature Reserve.
10h00 - Official activity – Drive out towards the Tangkwa Karoo, down Skittery Hoogte (Pass) to the
              Tangkwa Padstal for an amazing experience. Here you can enjoy something to eat and drink.
           - Optional Rock Art tour - highly recommended. (own account)
           - Optional relax at campsite and enjoy what the reserve has to offer.
19h00 - Communal evening braai where the Cederberg 4x4 formalities will take place.

 

MONDAY 17 APRIL 2017


           – Breakfast at campsite and make your way back to Cape Town at your own leisure.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE

 

Ensure that your vehicle is refueled at the rendezvous point.

 

ACCOMMODATION & ABLUTION FACILITIES


The Swartrug camp offers ablution facilities which consist of 1x flush toilet, 2x washbasins and 2x hot/cold showers for the ladies and 1x flush toilet, 2x washbasins and 2x hot/cold showers for the men. 

 

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 only available at the ablution facilities.
WATER - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
WOOD – Wood can be purchased at @ R70-00 per small basket. Advisable to bring your own.
ICE – Bring own ice.
No Electricity is available at the campsite.
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.

 

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, be sure to have double adapter handy as well as spare fuses 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.

 

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.

 

COST

 

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


                                                                                                           COST        Nr. Participants     Nights     TOTAL
Trail                                                                                                   R50-00pv                                                 R50-00
Vehicle entry fee                                                                                R180-00pv                                               R180-00
Camping adults & children 13yrs and older                                             R75-00pppn                                  3

Camping children 2-12yrs                                                                     R37-50pppn                                  3

Camping children under 2 yrs                                                                  FREE                                                       FREE
Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees                              R550-00pv                                              R550-00
Radio hire should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio  R200-00pv

                                                                                                                                                         TOTAL        


BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS


Should you wish to join us on this excursion, please contact Marina immediately on 021 913 4632 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 6 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 deposit is required upon booking.
The balance is payable on or before Friday 31 March 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 021 913 4632

 

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