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ENJOY THE WEEKEND IN THE CEDERBERG
THE “OLD POSTAL ROUTE”
BETWEEN THE BIEDOUW VALLEY AND THE TANKWA KAROO
01 to 03 MAY 2020
Imagine you had to walk the two-spoor track between the Biedouw Valley and the Tankwa Karoo over the mountains and negotiate the Doring River. It would have been no easy feat in anybody’s terms. Having to move supplies north it was important that routes be identified to be used on a regular basis. The route we will be driving is definitely one of those routes and later became known as the “Old Postal Route”. Few people realize that over 11000 Cedar trees were used as telephone poles between Ceres and Calvinia, some of which are still visible today. There are no telephone poles along the route we will follow on our expedition as it was one of the minor postal routes not serviced with the telephone network of the time. Much research has been done with regard to our expedition and this specific “Old Postal Route” but with little success as very little information is available. We request that should you have any interesting information about the route we will be following to bring it along and share it with other participants during the course of the weekend. We invite you to pack your 4x4 vehicle, invite your 4x4 friends and join like-mined outdoor enthusiasts in driving the “Old Postal Route” between Biedouw Valley and the Tankwa Karoo.
Our adventure expedition will start on Friday in the Biedouw Valley and end at De Mond campsite in the Tankwa Karoo. The trail we will be driving is the same route of a young lady, from the 19th century, whose job description was to deliver post from Wupperthal to the farm Elandsvlei in the Tankwa Karoo. It was a two day trek in one direction and was completed on a regular basis, irrelevant of the weather conditions. The weather in the Cederberg, varying from unbearably hot during the summer months to freezing cold in the winter when the surrounding mountains are covered with snow, must certainly have had an influence on the young lady when negotiating her Postal Route over the mountains. This is a route not often driven, even to this day; therefore we must be prepared to expect the unexpected. It could vary from relatively easy to challenging when having to negotiate certain section of the mountain. The crossing of the Doring River is another unknown factor with regard to the state of the river crossing. Come prepared and bring a set of off-road gloves, a spade, bush saw and secateurs. Some of these tools might come in handy when negotiating the mountain section and river crossing of the trail. Exploring the unknown adds to the adventure of this trail.
Mertenhof – On Thursday we will set camp on the farm Mertenhof in the Biedouw Valley. The campsite offers limited shade with grass underfoot and separate ablutions for men and women, offering hot & cold showers and flush toilets. It is advisable to bring an awning or gazebo for shade as the days could be warm. Mariette Lubbe, the owner’s wife, runs a tea garden and shop on the farm where a variety of locally made jams, the world famous Biedouw Valley Rooibos Tea, wood and ice can be purchased.
De Mond - Camping and Chalet
Camp will be set for 2x nights at De Mond campsite on the bank of the Doring River in the Tankwa Karoo. This is another gem not known to many people. A dam wall in the Doring River ensures that there is always water in the dam, making it very user friendly for swimming, fishing and other water sport activities. The camp offers sufficient shade and lovely green grass underfoot and water points throughout the camp. Full ablution facilities with hot / cold showers and flush toilets are available in the camp. The chalets are rustic, clean and tidy with bedding, cutlery, crockery, small stove and fridge included. Please remember to bring own towels. Two of the chalets have their own ablutions. All other chalets have a central ablution to be shared. The chalets can accommodate between 4 & 6 people per chalet. Bookings for the chalets work on a first-come-first-serve basis.
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 & Off-road Caravans CAN be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading : Trail grading is between 2 & 3 during our visit.
Nearest Town : Clanwilliam and Ceres.
Guide : Richard, Ethelia and Jake White.
PLACE : TANKWA PADSTALL.
DATE : FRIDAY, 1 MAY 20120
TIME : 12h00 SHARP. PLEASE RESPECT YOUR FELLOW PARTICIPANTS AND BE ON TIME
NB. Should you be late, contact Richard on 083 234 0581.
FRIDAY 1 MAY 2020
12h00 - Meet at Tankwa padstall.
12h15 - Briefing on convoy driving.
12h30 - Leave for De Mond campsite.
14h00 - Arrive at De Mond campsite and set camp for the night.
18h00 - Communal evening braai.
SATURDAY 2 MAY 2020
- Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the camp.
09h00 - Briefing on day’s activities.
09h15 - Depart for the Old Postal Route.
- Enjoy a light, self-catering picnic lunch en-route.
- Arrive at Mertenhof campsite and set up camp for the night.
18h00 - Communal evening braai.
SUNDAY 3 MAY 2020
- Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the camp.
09h00 - Depart in convoy for Clanwilliam where the weekend adventure expedition will officially end.
FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE
No fuel stops will be made so please make sure that you have filled up prior to the Tankwa Padstall (Ceres will be the closest)
Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of this trip.
• 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.
• WATER - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
• WATER - Always carry additional water when on adventure expeditions.
• ICE – Bring own ice for the weekend.
• ELECTRICITY - is only available at Mertenhof (Biedouw).
• No electricity available at De Mond campsite.
• A communal braai area will be determined on arrival at the campsite.
• Only one fire permitted for the group.
• Portable braai’s can be used in the communal braai area.
• Bring braai grid, braai stand, tongs and other cooking/eating utensils.
• WOOD - Wood can only be purchased at Mertenhof
• NO WOOD at De Mond campsite.
• Bring Black bags (what we take in, we take out).
• The days could be warm and the nights cooler. Pack clothing accordingly.
• Always consider the possibility of rain. Pack clothing accordingly.
• Remember to bring your sun block and hat.
• Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, and extra film.
• Remember your table and chairs.
• Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
• It is advisable to always have an umbrella or awning available.
• Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.
• No generators permitted on trips
• 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.
29MHz 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.
Use the table below to calculate your personal cost for the weekend
COST Nr. Participants Nights TOTAL
De Mond - Camping adults & Children ............................................... R80-00pppn 1
Children under 2 ............................................................................ FREE FREE
Biedouw – Camping adults .............................................................. R100-00pppn 1
Biedouw - Camping Children 7-16yrs and older .................................. R80-00pp 1
Biedouw - Camping Children 6yrs and younger .................................. FREE FREE
Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees .......................... R550-00pv 550-00
Radio hire should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio R200-00
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.
• A R550-00 deposit is required to confirm your intent to partake in this excursion.
• The balance is payable on Monday 20 April 2020.
• 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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