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NAMAKWA 4X4 TRAIL plus
WEST COAST SHORELINE ECO TRAIL

 

DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND EASTER WEEKEND

 

8 – 17 APRIL 2017

 

YOU HAVE THE OPTION OF PARTICIPATING IN ONLY ONE OF THE TWO TRIPS OR COMPLETING BOTH TRIPS BACK TO BACK

 

NAMAKWA 4X4 TRAIL

 

The Northern Cape has a very diverse infrastructure. It stretches over many thousands of square kilometres and offers visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty of the area and a wide variety of activities, of which there are too many to mention in this agenda. On our visit to the ever popular Namakwa 4x4 trail you will be able to experience a small part of this unique beauty and visit some of the most desolate places along the bank of the Gariep River.

 

During our visit to the Northern Cape, we will cover approximately 328km of the Namakwa 4x4 trail between Pella and Vioolsdrift, hugging the Gariep River as close as possible. On our trip we will visit to the mission church in Pella as well as Klein Pella, known for the date plantations with affordable date sales and where we will set camp for the first night of this overland adventure. Small settlements like Witbank and Abassas will be visited, with short stops at the individual settlements. These are very interesting stops when you get chatting to the local people about their everyday life, how they survive and what brings them to this remote part of our country.

 

We will set camp at the well-known Grootmelkboom for two evenings. Here you will have enough leisure time to explore the surrounding area either by foot or in your own vehicle. The keen fishermen can take their fishing tackle to try their hand at catching yellow fish or even cat fish. Departing from Grootmelkboom we will drive past the desolate paprika fields at Goodhouse, stop at the old forgotten pontoon used many years ago to cross the then called Orange River, to capture those special photos. Henkries date plantation will be our next stop. This is another date farm where you will have another opportunity to buy dates. Depending on the time available we will visit an old mica mine and a viewpoint before descending down the dry riverbed of the Kamgab River to the intersection of the Gariep and the Kamgab Rivers. This is a very beautiful section of the Namakwa 4x4 trail with many photo opportunities to capture those special scenes and moments. The latest flood levels of the Gariep River and the wind will be the deciding factors as to where we set camp for another two nights.

Driving back up the Kamgab Gorge is a completely different picture compared to when we arrive. The morning sun now casts light on rock formations that are in the shade when we arrive. Once back on the main track of the Namakwa 4x4 trail we head for Vioolsdrift with scenery and excellent photo opportunities. This is an ideal overland adventure for any outdoor enthusiast visiting unique parts of our country with peace of mind that your vehicle and/or off-road caravan and trailer will not be damaged if you stay within the parameters of safe off-road driving.

 

If you have not experienced Bushmanland sand under your feet and the clear night skies with more stars visible than you have ever seen, then you have not experienced the best Bushmanland has to offer. Few people are sure of where the boundaries of Bushmanland really are, but many people will tell you about the many beautiful places and interesting people you will find in the Bushmanland. It is a region alive within itself, with cultures we as outsiders do not easily understand, enduring the hardship of the land and elements, always sharing a friendly word and with smiles on their faces. This is an excellent example of living together in harmony from which we could learn and enrich ourselves. It is important that we as visitors to the region always respect the privacy of the locals.  

WEST COAST SHORELINE ECO TRAIL

 

The West Coast excursion starts in Hondeklipbaai and ends at Gert du Toit-se-Baai, approximately 30km north of the mouth of the Olifants River in the South. We then head for Lutzville and civilization. 

 

We will set camp at two different campsites, all within a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean. The last evening we will set camp close to Gert du Toit-se-Baai, where the Cederberg 4x4 formalities will take place. Due to legislation we will not be able to drive on the beach. However, as with all previous West Coast tours after beaches became no-drive zones, we will be hugging the coastline as close as legally possible via the network of tracks. The beauty of the West Coast and the memorable experiences throughout the visit will never disappoint any outdoor enthusiasts.

 

The West Coast has a unique character and beauty, leaving you with the feeling that time has stood still for thousands of years. The cold Atlantic Ocean, buffeting the desert-like coastline, forming and moulding it into breath taking bays, will form part of the numerous sights we will be experiencing.  Names like Groen River mouth with only one legal house remaining, Island Point, resting place to the wreck of the SS Namakwa, Brand-se-Baai, home to the mine dump of Namakwa Sands mining activities, Matessa-se-Bad, a natural granite pool in solid rock and Gert du Toit-se-Baai where families have set camp for generations, will remain points of discussion long after your return. Depending on sea conditions we could encounter active diamond mining activities taking place from the shore. These activities are very interesting and always worth a visit. The remains of the SS Namakwa, which ran aground 29 March 1876, either through human error or taken by the fury of the Atlantic Ocean is still visible at Island Point. These are only a few of the highlights you will experience while driving through this barren yet so beautiful section of our West Coast. Breath-taking beauty and serene tranquillity, combined with great fun, are what you will experience. Let us enjoy the beauty of the West Coast and preserve it for generations to come by leaving only our footprints behind. 

 

The children will be entertained with special activities such as teaching them how to braai sausage in newspaper without a grid and making “stokbrood” on the open coals. Flapjacks for breakfast and marshmallows for desert can only be a good recipe to start and end any day on a high note.  During these activities many of the adults will be taken back to their own childhood days and spend hours enjoying these activities with the children.  Avoid disappointment and book now, as we can accommodate only a limited number of vehicles on this excursion.

CRAYFISH SEASON & TIDES

 

Easter weekend is the last official weekend to take out crayfish on the coast for this crayfish season. Full moon is on Tuesday 11 April 2017. Low tide on Friday 14 April is at 10h55 through to 12h00 on Sunday 16 April 2017. The tide and phases of the moon are perfect, giving you the opportunity to try your hand, for the last time this season, at catching the BIG ONE. Make sure you are in possession of all the relevant permits, should you be harvesting anything from the sea.

 

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 Trailers can be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading : Trail grading is between 1 & 2.
Nearest Town : Pofadder, Port Nolloth and Lutzville.
Guide    : Coenie Moll.

OPTION 1 – 6 X DAYS (8 – 13 April)

 

RENDEZVOUS – RUS -‘n- BIETJIE CARAVAN PARK in POFADDER.

DATE –  SATURDAY 8 APRIL 2017.

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

 

OPTION 2 – 4 X DAYS (14 – 17 April)

 

RENDEZVOUS – POST OFFICE IN HONDEKLIPBAAI close to the Old Harbour.

DATE –  FRIDAY 14 APRIL 2017.

TIME – 11h00 SHARP. Respect your fellow participants and be on time.

 

OPTION 3 – 10 DAYS (8 – 17 April)

 

RENDEZVOUS – RUS -‘n- BIETJIE CARAVAN PARK in POFADDER.

DATE –  SATURDAY 8 APRIL 2017.

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

 

SATURDAY 8 APRIL 2017


10h00 - Rendezvous at RUS -‘n- BIETJIE CARAVAN PARK in POFADDER.
           - Briefing on the activities for the day and convoy driving. 
10h15 - Depart in convoy for Klein Pella. En-route we will visit the mission station and history filled church
             in Pella. Our early arrival at Klein Pella will ensure we have enough time to explore the many date
             plantations and visit the bush camp on the bank of the Gariep River. Klein Pella camp offers shade
             and grass underfoot with good ablutions. A communal braai will be enjoyed at the camp.

 

SUN/MONDAY 9 - 10 APRIL 2017 (2 x nights)


After breakfast we will depart for Grootmelkboom via sections of the Namakwa 4x4 and numerous settlements. At Grootmelkboom we will set camp on the bank of the Gariep River for 2 x nights. Here will be your opportunity to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of this unique region, where time is not important to the local people and should also not be to any visitor to the region. You might choose to explore the area in your vehicle or on foot. Alternatively you can try your hand at fishing for yellow fish or even the elusive catfish. An awning, gazebo or sun umbrella is important as there is very little shade throughout the region. A communal braai will be enjoyed at the camp.

 

TUES/WEDNESDAY 11 - 12 APRIL 2017 (2 x nights)


After breakfast we will head for Kamgab, another wilderness camp on the bank of the Gariep River where we will set camp for 2 x nights. En-route we will visit the remains of Goodhouse, where the deserted remains of the pump station which was used for paprika farming and the desolate houses of the last people that lived in Goodhouse. A technical drive down the Kamgab canyon, with two obstacles where guiding is required, always ensures many highlights, not to mention the beauty of the rock formations in the late afternoon sun. The last flash floods of the Kamgab River down the canyon will determine where we will set camp at the intersection of the two rivers. The terrain will determine how close to the Gariep River we will be setting camp.  A communal braai will be enjoyed at the camp.

 

THURSDAY 13 APRIL 2017 (1 x night)

 

After breakfast we will head for McDougalls Bay just south of Port Nolloth on the West Coast. Here we will set camp in the caravan park with good ablution facilities. Enough time should be on hand to visit port Nolloth and replenish supplies or even buy some fresh fish for the evening braai. A communal braai will be enjoyed as this is the last evening of option 1 of the trip.

 

FRIDAY 14 APRIL 2017


After breakfast the people that chose option 1 only will be heading home. Participants that choose option 3 will continue to Hondeklipbaai where we will rendezvous with other participants that chose option 2 and are only wanting to enjoy the West Coast over Easter weekend. After a short tour through Hondeklipbaai we will head for Boulderbaai situated in the Namakwa West Coast National Park where we will set camp for one night. En-route we will visit the well-known Spoeg River caves.

 

SATURDAY/SUNDAY 15 - 16 APRIL 2017


An early start will ensure that we can drive most of the roads, legally possible, closest to the ocean and reach a camp as far south as possible to spend two nights at one campsite. This will give you enough time to relax and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the West Coast. You might consider searching for that elusive red gold of the West Coast (the crayfish season is open over Easter weekend) or harvest black mussels and limpets for the pot. The keen fishermen can try their hand at catching a fish for the evening’s braai. Remember your applicable permits.

 

MONDAY 17 APRIL 2017


Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the camp before breaking camp and drive the last of the sand tracks close to the ocean before heading for Lutzville where we will pump tyres and the trip officially ends. You can choose to follow one of the many options back to Cape Town, ensuring maximum pleasure and enjoyment. Consider enjoying a scrumptious sea-food lunch in either Lambert’s Bay or Elands Bay. You will not be disappointed with any of the seafood of the menus.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE


Ensure that your vehicle is refuelled at the rendezvous point, prior to the briefing. Ensure you have sufficient fuel on board to complete a distance of 500km which includes sections of low range driving.  Should you have any questions in this regard, you are welcome to contact us. 

 

ACCOMMODATION


This excursion is offered as a self-catering camping weekend, everyone must be equipped accordingly.

 

CATERING


Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of this trip. Basic supplies can be replenished at Port Nolloth for participants on option 1.

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


Ablution facilities are available at some of the campsites we will be using. See the list below. You are welcome to bring a Porta Potty for personal use or make use of the cat method.

 

Klein Pella has full ablution facilities.
Full ablution facilities are available at McDougalls Bay.
Boulder Camp on the West Coast offers 2 x toilets.

 

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 to the camp each day. 
WATER - No water available on the West Coast.
WATER - Always advisable to bring your own drinking water.
WATER – We suggest a minimum of 3 to 5L per person/day depending on your own consumption.
WOOD - Bring wood for braai and sitvuur. (Minimum 6 x bags per vehicle per option 1 and 2)
ICE – Ensure you have sufficient ice.
No electricity on the West Coast.
Bring black bags. What we take in, we take out.
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.
Remember braai grid, braai stand, tongs, eating utensils, table, chairs, tent and poles.
The days could be warm and the night’s cold.  Pack clothing accordingly.
If the wind blows, a windbreak can be beneficial.
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed boots or shoes.
Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block available.
Remember to bring an umbrella, gazebo or awning as shade is limited.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, spare batteries and extra film.
Ensure you have your valid Crayfish, Fishing, Mussels and any other permit you may require for harvesting anything from the sea.
Cederberg 4x4 will not be held responsible should anyone not adhere to the rules and regulations of local or national requirements for fishing and shell fish harvesting.
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 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 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 021 913 4632.   

     

COST

 

Option 1 (8 – 13 April – 6 days) : R3550-00 per vehicle. 

 

Radio hire option 1 : R400-00 per radio, should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz
  two-way radio.

 

Option 2 (14 - 17 April – 4 days) : R2450-00 per vehicle.

 

Radio hire option 2 : R300-00 per radio, should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz
  two-way radio.

 

Option 3 (8 – 17 April – 10 days) : R5400-00 per vehicle. 

 

Radio hire option 3 : R500-00 per radio, 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 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.

·  Cederberg 4x4 requires a deposit of R1000-00 indicating your intent to attend this excursion.

·  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 booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit, completed and signed booking form

   faxed or e-mailed.

·  The full outstanding amount is payable into the account of Cederberg 4x4 on or before Tuesday 1 March 2016.

·  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 for this trip, you will be required to find other people to take your place before any refunds or credits will be considered.

PLEASE NOTE:  NO PETS ARE ALLOWED.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MARINA on 021 913 4632

 

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