OU TREKPAD 4X4
A WELL DESIGNED SAND TRAIL NEAR MELKBOS, BUILT TO KEEP YOU ON YOUR TOES FROM START TO FINISH
19 MAY 2018
A LONG OVERDUE POPULAR DESTINATION NOT TO BE MISSED
The Ou Trekpad Route has been named after the old ox wagon transport routes that crossed the farm in the previous three centuries. These routes were used for the transport of agricultural products to Cape Town and provisions back to towns like Saldanha, Vredenburg, Darling, Hopefield and farms in the Sandveld region. The nickname “Vaatjie” (Little Barrel) was given to the farm by the transport riders after a previous owner, Pieter Schietekat, sank a wine barrel in a fountain to secure drinking water.
The route is approximately 25kms long and includes several low dunes and numerous river crossings. Time to complete the route varies from 3 to 4 hours and the difficulty grading varies between 2 and 3 depending on the season. A Lapa with braai facilities is available upon completion of the trail, where either a braai or light picnic lunch can be enjoyed.
The trail is not very difficult and consists mostly of sand but will keep you on your toes and very alert when negotiating the various obstacles. If you are caught napping it will only be your ego that will be dented negotiating the obstacles. During the summer months the sand becomes very dry and challenging and tyre pressure, momentum and the right gear selection are the key factors in successfully driving this trail. During the winter months the sand section becomes relatively easy, but the river crossings become wet, very slippery, muddy and sometimes seemingly impossible to cross. These riverbed crossings will probably be dry during our visit but will still assure loads of fun. Remember during the wet winter months tyre pressure, momentum and the correct gear selection are still top priority. Upon completion of the day’s activities we can relax at the lapa, where a braai or picnic lunch can be enjoyed, together with a well deserved frosty.
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.
Grading : Trail grading varies between a 2 & 3.
Nearest Town : Atlantis.
Guide : Richard, Ethelia and Jake White.
PLACE : ENGEN 1-STOP on the N7, approx. 5 km past the Melkbosstrand turn-off.
DATE : SATURDAY, 19 MAY 2018.
TIME : 08h00 SHARP. PLEASE RESPECT YOUR FELLOW PARTICIPANTS AND BE ON TIME.
SATURDAY, 19 MAY 2018
08h00 - Rendezvous at the ENGEN 1 STOP on the N7, approx. 5 km past the Melkbosstrand turnoff.
- Briefing on activities and convoy driving.
08h15 - Depart for Ou Trekpad 4x4.
- Arrive at Ou Trekpad 4x4 trail and deflate tyres.
- Briefing on 4x4 driving.
14h00 - Complete Ou Trekpad 4x4 trail.
- Communal afternoon braai/picnic at the lapa.
- Depart for home on your own time.
FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE
Ensure that your vehicle is refuelled at the rendezvous point PRIOR to the start of the briefing.
Toilet facilities are available at the lapa area.
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.
WATER - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
ICE – Ensure you have sufficient ice.
WOOD - Bring own WOOD for the braai at the Lapa.
Bring braai grid, braai stand, tongs and other cooking/eating utensils.
Bring Black bags (what we take in, we take out).
Remember to bring your sun block and hat.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, spare batteries and extra memory cards.
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.
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
All vehicles 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 tables below to calculate your personal cost for the day
Trail R150-00pv R150-00
Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees R390-00pv R390-00
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.
-Full payment is required to confirm your booking to partake in this excursion.
-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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