Departing from Riemvasmaak we head for Pella, a unique mission station, where you will have the option of visiting the local landmark church or just exploring the town. Here we will be required to collect the permits for us to continue on the Namakwa 4x4 trail. We will continue on the Namakwa 4x4 trail to Klein Pella where we will set camp for one night. Here you will have the opportunity to buy good quality dates at very realistic prices. The Grootmelkboom, situated on the bank of the Orange River, will be your last destination on this All Exclusive Ladies Getaway, where you will set camp for two nights before heading home. Here you have the option of just relaxing at the camp or joining an official drive to Goodhouse, a deserted settlement where a ferry crossing was available before the independence of Namibia. Time is our biggest enemy as there is so much more to see and do in the area you will be visiting, requiring a return visit in the future.
EXCLUSIVE LADIES GETAWAY
TO THE KALAHARI & BOESMANLAND
14 – 22 OCTOBER 2017
EXPERIENCE THE BEST THAT THE KALAHARI AND BOESMANLAND HAS TO OFFER
Team introduction the first evening
Cederberg 4x4 has received numerous requests from past participating ladies not to have the official introductions of the individual teams on the first evening as normally done in the past. The time, effort and money spend on the preparation for the official introduction of each team on the first evening can rather be spend on contributing for fuel, food or other necessities for the getaway to the Kalahari and Boesmanland, making the getaway a lot more affordable. There will also be no lucky draw prizes on the last evening of the trip, once again saving the ladies money. However the normal questionnaire where the new camp captain will be voted for and one or two other questions with gift prizes from Cederberg 4x4 will still be applicable.
This will only be the third long (9 x Days) All Exclusive Getaway Cederberg 4x4 will have facilitated over the past twenty years. Once again having received numerous requests for Cederberg 4x4 to facilitate a nine day trip for the ladies, here is the itinerary and loads of information to help you in your planning. Yes, longer trips take more planning with regard to getting leave at work, planning around domestic duties, school activities and lots more. Once this is complete the nice part begins in planning the trip with your friends that will share a vehicle with you. It is here that the trip really begins. Enjoy every moment of this pre-trip planning as this forms a big part of the trip and building comradery amongst people.
After our rendezvous in Van Rhynsdorp you will head for Die Punt campsite on the bank of the Orange River close to Keimoes. Situated on an island in the Orange River with sufficient shade, grass underfoot and power points makes it an ideal destination for the first evening of the All Exclusive Ladies Getaway. An early arrival will ensure you have enough time to enjoy the beauty this camp has to offer.
Both the Kalahari and Boesmanland offer that something special to any visitor. Some of the places you will visit and activities you will partake in during this All Exclusive Ladies Getaway are driving the famous, thrilling Kalahari red dunes at the picture-perfect Loch Maree, where sundowners will be enjoyed, supplied by Namaqua Wines, the evening of our arrival. The following day you will drive the well-known Kalahari red dune 4x4 trail of Loch Maree through the Kalahari dunes and enjoy many game sightings en-route. The 4x4 trail will test your sand driving skills and offer difficult challenges for the hard core drivers, while escape routes are available for drivers not feeling comfortable with the extreme, difficult dune driving options.
No visit will be complete to this region if the well-known Riemvasmaak, with its unique hot springs, is not visited. Here you should have enough time to drive to the Gariep (Orange) River to enjoy a swim and light lunch or explore the town on foot. The town is history-filled with well-known people like Norbit, from the Voetspore series, who can be visited in his local restaurant keeping your attention for hours with his interesting life experiences, not only on Voetspore but also about Riemvasmaak. Unique coffee shops and eateries not found anywhere else can also be visited or just stop and talk to some of the friendly locals. Ensure you allow yourself enough time to spend at least an hour or two in the hot springs with mineral- revitalizing water that will leave you amazingly refreshed.
As this trip is going to be very popular we suggest you book immediately to secure your place in line with the booking conditions below to avoid disappointment, as we can only accommodate a limited number of ladies. All bookings will strictly work on a first-come-first-serve basis. Invite your friends and book now.
LIVE YOUR DREAMS, LIVE YOUR LIFE
All information supplied in the agenda are 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 : Trail grading is between 2 & 3.
Nearest Town : Upington & Springbok.
Your guide : Coenie Moll
PLACE : Open area under the trees across the road from the CALTEX GARAGE in Van Rhynsdorp on
DATE : SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 2017.
TIME : 09h00 SHARP. Respect your fellow participants and be on time. Mutual respect over the
next nine days is going to be very important.
NB. Should you be running late contact Coenie on 083 675 6194.
SATURDAY to SUNDAY – Arrive 14 Oct – Depart 15 Oct 20171
Rendezvous will take place on the vacant lot under the trees opposite the CALTEX GARAGE in Van Rhynsdorp. From here we will drive up the very scenic VanRhyns Pass, past Nieuwoudtville, Calvinia, Brandvlei, Kenhardt and Keimoes to our camp at Die Punt. The camp is set on an island and on the bank of the Orange River. An early arrival will give you enough time to visit Kakamas only 25km away to replenish any supplies required.
SUNDAY to TUESDAY – Arrive 15 Oct – Depart 17 Oct 2017
Departing from Die Punt we will head for Loch Maree some 170km north of Upington. We will drive past the newly built Khi Solar One sun power station. In Upington we will stop to replenish fuel before heading further north for Loch Maree. Depending on the time of our arrival, a circular drive to the Hakskeen Pan could be considered. The Hakskeen Pan is the venue where an attempt to break the world land speed record will be made later this year. Having set camp we will enjoy a game drive ending with sundowners overlooking some of the red dunes of the Kalahari. The stars above are so clear and bright, leaving you with a feeling that you can reach out and touch the stars. The following day we will drive the red dunes of the ever popular Loch Maree 4x4 trail. The trail traverses through beautiful red dunes with testing challenges throughout the day. The trail will keep your attention and make sure your adrenalin will flow faster than normal on more than one occasion. The views en-route are really worth the effort.
TUESDAY to THURSDAY – Arrive 17 Oct – Depart 19 Oct 2017
Our departure from Loch Maree heading for Riemvasmaak will take us past small towns like Bokhara and Noenieput. These are really small settlements with only a few people living there permanently. Life in these remote areas is testing and it takes a special type of person to live in these harsh, arid conditions. Riemvasmaak, our destination on this day is a very special place for many reasons. This was the first land returned to the original owners after the 1994 land restitution act. Today, some 23yrs later, Riemvasmaak is home to a large number of people having returned to their land of yesteryear. The highlight of your visit to Riemvasmaak will definitely be the natural hot springs situated in the canyon close to the camp. The following day is filled with options. An official drive to the junction of the Orange and Molopo Rivers will take place. Here a swim and a light picnic lunch can be enjoyed before returning to the camp. Alternatively you can visit the small town of Riemvasmaak and do a tour on foot through the town. Riemvasmaak really became well-known after Norbit, one of the elders, travelled with Johan Badenhorst on numerous “Voetspore” tours. Norbit and other residence took the initiative to open restaurants, private tea gardens and curio shops. The day can end by spending more time in the hot spring followed by a communal braai.
THURSDAY to FRIDAY – Arrive 19 Oct – Depart 20 Oct 2017
Departing from Riemvasmaak we will cross the Orange River over the new bridge at Blouputz. At Pofadder we will stop to refuel all the vehicles and buy wood for the next three nights. We will visit the historic church in Pella and the pump station by the Orange River before driving sections on the Namakwa 4x4 trail on our way to Klein Pella where we will set camp for the night. Dates can be purchased here at very realistic prices depending on availability. Having set camp we will drive and enjoy sundowners on the bank of the Orange River.
FRIDAY to SUNDAY – Arrive 20 Oct – Depart 22 Oct 2017
Continuing on the Namakwa 4x4 trail we will pass many small settlements before reaching the Grootmelkboom where we will set camp for two nights. This is a very special place to set camp as you will really be only one or two meters away from the water. The following day we will drive to Goodhouse via the Namakwa 4x4 trail. Here the remains of past habitation can still be seen and the remains of the old pump station and ferry of many moons ago. Sunday morning after breakfast we will depart and head for Springbok where the All Exclusive Getaway officially ends.
As this “Exclusive Ladies 4x4 Getaway” is offered as a guided excursion, lead by a seasoned guide, giving pre-trip briefings as well as en-route advice, hints & tips, limited 4x4 driving experience is required. Peace of mind can be given to all participants on this excursion regarding the safety of vehicles, drivers and passengers.
Everybody must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of the trip.
As this excursion is offered as a camping excursion, everyone must be equipped accordingly.
Remember Off-Road Caravans and Trailers are welcome on this trip.
ABLUTION AND CAMP FACILITIES
Die Punt – Offers shade and grass under foot, water and power points and good ablution facilities. Supply your own wood.
Loch Maree – Limited shade, water point, hot water supplied by donkey, 2 x showers and 1 x flush toilet. Wood will be supplied.
Riemvasmaak – Limited shade, water point, 1 x shower and 1 x flush toilet. Supply your own wood.
Klein Pella – Limited shade, limited grass underfoot, water points and power points 3 x flush toilets and 3 x hot showers. Supply your own wood.
Grootmelkboom – Limited shade. Only river water available. No facilities. Supply your own wood.
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 campsites except the last camp at Grootmelboom.
DRINKING WATER - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
ELECTRICITY – Only Die Punt and Klein Pella camps have powers points. Remember long electrical extension leads and double adapters.
WOOD – All vehicle need to carry at least 4 x bags of wood at all times.
ICE – You will be required to bring your own ice.
Garbage – Bring black bags. What we take in we take out.
A communal evening 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.
Remember eating utensils, table, chairs, tent and tent poles.
The days could be warm and the night’s cold. Pack clothing accordingly.
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed boots or shoes.
It is advisable to always have an umbrella or awning available when on the trail.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, binoculars, spare batteries and extra memory cards.
Do not forget you’re bathing costume and extra towels.
Advisable to bring a broad rim hat and sun block.
Awnings and gazebos always a good idea to bring.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.
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 that 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.
FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE
Sufficient fuel stops will be made en-route, eliminating the necessity of carrying additional fuel. Ensure your vehicle is refuelled prior to the briefing at the rendezvous.
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. 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 R400-00 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 a double adapter handy as well as spare fuses 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.
R1495-00 per lady.
R400-00 Radio hire, should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz 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 or 40 ladies on this excursion.
All Cederberg 4x4 excursions are subject to a minimum of 8 vehicles.
All bookings are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Cederberg 4x4 requires a deposit of R500-00 per lady indicating your intent to participate in this excursion.
Your booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit, completed and signed booking form faxed to 086 260 9566 or e-mailed to Marina. Use you name as reference.
The full outstanding amount is payable on or before Wednesday 27 September 2017 with proof of payment faxed to 086 260 9566 or e-mailed to Marina. Use your name as reference.
Should the deadline date for final payment not be adhered to, the deposit will be forfeited and your place will be filled by ladies on the waiting list.
Contact the Cederberg 4x4 office for alternative payment 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 and deposit paid for this trip, you will be required to find another lady to take your place before any refunds or credits will be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: NO PETS ALLOWED
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
COENIE on 083 675 6194 or MARINA on 021 910 1363
FAX: 086 260 9566
Visit www.cederberg4x4.co.za/photos/ladiestrips.htm for photos taken on previous trips
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