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 KALAHARI ADVENTURE

 

VISITING THIS MAGICAL DESTINATION

 

19 – 28 October 2018

 

We will endeavour to show you popular and new destinations in the Kalahari and what they have to offer.

 

Our adventure will start at Die Punt campsite on the bank of the Gariep River between Kakamas and Keimoes. We will set camp on a small island in the Gariep River with good shade, green grass, good ablutions and the opportunity to catch fish in the Gariep River. Departing from Die Punt campsite we will head for Upington where we will replenish food and fuel supplies for the last time before heading north to the Goerapan where we will set camp for two nights. Goerapan is a relatively new venue recently opened to the public in the heart of the Kalahari. Here we will set camp for two nights and drive two Kalahari 4x4 sand trails. The one is a short scenic Kalahari dune trail while the other will test your sand driving abilities and techniques. Many hints and tips will be shared en-route with regard to sand driving by the seasoned guide.

Departing from Goerapan we will head for Loch Maree north-west of Goerapan. Loch Maree is a real oasis and gem in this dry arid Kalahari. It offers various type of accommodation, although we will be making use of the bush camp during our visit, the other amenities at Loch Maree are open for us to use. While at Loch Maree we will drive the 50km 4x4 trail through the red sand dunes of the Kalahari, where, if we’re lucky, much game will be seen. The day will end with a sunset drive to a viewpoint overlooking the rolling red dunes for many miles in different directions. A true gem of the Kalahari that requires at least one visit that will ensure your return more than once. 

Our next destination is Riemvasmaak, situated on the northern bank of the Gariep River a few kilometres west of Kakamas. Riemvasmaak is filled with history that will be shared during our visit. The camp is situated close to the natural warm springs nestled between large rock formations. On our visit to Riemvasmaak we will not be driving one of the official 4x4 trails but visit the junction of the Molopo and Gariep Rivers. Enough time will be made available to visit curio and coffee shops at Riemvasmaak as well as visit the well-known restaurant/pub belonging to Norbit, a member of Voetspore team for many episodes.

Departing from Riemvasmaak we will use the new bridge to cross the Gariep River at Blouputz and follow the N14 in the direction of Pofadder. Many of you might have driven on this road before and did not realize that an amazing campsite is only ±400m from the N14. The camp is set inside an old quarry which is well protected against the elements and especially the wind and has a large central open roof lapa for our communal braai. Basic yet clean ablutions are available. Here we will drive the popular Dinkies 4x4 Dune Trail consisting mainly of red Kalahari sand.  

 

Here is your opportunity to experience some of the popular destinations the Kalahari has to offer. Facilities at the campsites will vary from top class to the true Kalahari rustic. We will endeavour to drive as many off-the- beaten-track gravel roads as possible between the various destinations we are going to visit. Avoid disappointment and book now to secure your place on this affordable adventure to the Kalahari.


Our next destination is Riemvasmaak, situated on the northern bank of the Gariep River a few kilometres west of Kakamas. Riemvasmaak is filled with history that will be shared during our visit. The camp is situated close to the natural warm springs nestled between large rock formations. On our visit to Riemvasmaak we will not be driving one of the official 4x4 trails but visit the junction of the Molopo and Gariep Rivers. Enough time will be made available to visit curio and coffee shops at Riemvasmaak as well as visit the well-known restaurant/pub belonging to Norbit, a member of Voetspore team for many episodes.


Experience Kalahari hospitality in its true form

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

All information supplied is given in good faith by Cederberg 4x4 and compiled from the latest information available at the time.  The activities, as indicated, are subject to change without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Cederberg 4x4 or the guide.

 

Vehicles :  Only vehicles with low range capabilities can be accommodated.
Trailers  :  Off-Road Caravans and Trailers CAN be accommodated.
Grading :  All trail grading are between 2 – 3.
Nearest Towns :  Upington, Kakamas, Keimoes and Pofadder.

 

RENDEZVOUS

 

PLACE : DIE PUNT CAMPSITE IS SITUATED ON THE BANK OF THE GARIEP RIVER BETWEEN
                            KAKAMAS AND KEIMOES. Directions will follow upon booking.

DATE   : FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER 2018.

TIME   : Arrive anytime during the day but try and be there before 18h00. Should you be  
                            running late, contact Coenie on 083 675 6194 in this regard. An early arrival will be a  
                            bonus for you.

DEPARTURE : We will depart on the Kalahari Adventure on SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER at 09h00
  sharp from Die Punt campsite.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE


Ensure you have enough fuel to travel at least 100km to Upington our last official refuel point. From here sufficient fuel stops will be made en-route, eliminating the necessity of carrying additional fuel.

 

CATERING


Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for all meals for the duration of the trip.

 

ACCOMMODATION


As this excursion is offered as a camping excursion, everyone must be equipped accordingly.

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


All campsites we will be visiting offer full ablution facilities. These will vary from top class camping ablutions to acceptable rustic 4x4 facilities. 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION


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 or reach to the camp each day. 
WATER - is available at all the campsites we will be visiting.
WATER - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
WOOD – Wood can be purchased en-route.
WOOD – Please ensure each vehicle carries a minimum of 2 x bags of wood at all times.
ICE – Ensure you have sufficient ice for personal use.
ELECTRICITY – Not all camp sites have electricity. Plan accordingly.
ELECTRICITY – Bring long extension to be used where electricity is available.
A communal braai area will be determined on arrival at the campsite. 
Only one fire permitted for the group.
No fires allowed on the ground.  Please bring a portable braai along.
Remember your table and chairs.
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.
Remember your bathing costume and extra towel for the hot water spring.
Remember to bring your sun block and hat.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, spare batteries and extra memory cards.
Always consider the possibility of rain or cold weather. Pack clothing accordingly. 
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block on hand.
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 electric kettles to be used on trips as most camps have limited electricity.
No generators permitted on trips.

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS


All vehicles and Off-Road Caravans & Trailers must be in sound mechanical condition.
Always have your spare keys for your vehicle 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.

 

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 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 R550-00 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 021 910 1363.

 

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.  

 

EXCLUDED

 

Any optional/additional activities not included in the agenda.
29MHz Two-way radio hire from Cederberg 4x4.

 

INCLUDED

 

All facilitating, coordinating and guide fees.
All trail and camping fees.

 

COST

 

R3450-00 per adult.
R2450-00 per child 13 17yrs.
R1550-00 per child 12 – 6yrs old.
FREE – children 5yrs and younger.

R550-00 Radio hire, should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29 MHz two-way radio.

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS


Should you wish to join us on this excursion, please contact Marina immediately 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 6 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. 
-A 25% deposit is required to confirm your intent to partake in this excursion.
-The balance is payable on or before Wednesday 10 October 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 ARE ALLOWED.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MARINA on 021 910 1363

 

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