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 SCHEPPIE SAUS 4X4 near Redelinghuys

 

A HIDDEN GEM SURROUNDED BY MOUNTAINS BEHIND OOM PAUL-SE-BERG
WHERE VINES, ROOIBOS RIBBON FARMING AND PATATO CIRCLES BLEND AS ONE

 

9 – 11 NOVEMBER 2018

 

ROOIBOS, VINES AND SPECTACULAR GORGES

 

The 1500ha farm Moutonshoek is an active rooibos and grape farm of which only 500ha is used for farming. The balance of 1000ha consists mainly of rocky sandstone outcrops and mountains not suitable for farming. It is in these mountains that the Scheppie Saus is located and where we will be spending the weekend. The drive from the farmhouse to the campsite is some four kilometres and is 4x2 friendly. Let us see who can find where the name Scheppie Saus originated from. Two gorges form a perfect V in the mountain and it is on this V, where the two rivers from the gorges meet, where the campsite is situated. The camp is a well deserved four star campsite offering sufficient shade and grass underfoot. The new ablutions consists of six gas heated showers and six flushing toilets. As the camp is surrounded by mountains, the natural home to baboons, we request all to adhere to one of the rules of 4x4ing namely; “WHAT WE TAKE IN, WE TAKE OUT”. This will ensure that nothing is left behind in the camp to attract the baboons.

 

 

The trail starts at the campsite and yes, we do have to drive through one of the rivers to continue on the trail. Depending on the time of the year we visit this trail, it could be relatively easy or seemingly impossible during the wet winter months, so ensure never to get caught napping. Each season will offer enough challenges en-route to satisfy the needs of drivers and passengers. Numerous river crossings will be encountered during the day and it is always advisable to bring the faithful gumboots along, irrelevant the time of year Scheppie Saus is visited. Lunch will be enjoyed at a very interesting, history-filled little house with unique floors. More information will be shared over lunch before the mountain section of the trail will be driven. This section of the trail demands your full attention as numerous rocky sections will be encountered, as well as narrow sections between very big rocks. Here your passengers will be a great help, guiding you through these narrow sections. A steep downhill will then be driven, followed by a river crossing in the other big gorge, before having to make a three point turn, for maximum momentum, before returning to the camp. Being a mountain trail, the golden rule of 4x4ing will have to be adhered to at all times, namely; as slow as possible as fast as necessary, ensuring maximum safety for passengers and vehicles. A trail well worth visiting in every season of the year to experience the beauty it has to offer. Take this opportunity to make this your first visit, followed by many more.

As we are only leaving at 10h30, the energetic early birds will have the opportunity to follow a pathway up part of one of the gorges to beautiful waterfalls and natural pools. When we leave we will drive various gravel, off-the-beaten-track roads to Paternoster, where an optional lunch can be enjoyed for your own account. Depart from Paternoster at your own time for home. You might even want to consider staying over at Tietiesbaai before returning home.

 

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 caravans and trailers CAN be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading : Trail grading is between 2 and 3 depending on time of year.
Nearest Town : Redelinghuys.
Guide    : Richard, Ethelia & Jake White.

 

RENDEZVOUS


PLACE : ENGEN 1-STOP on the N7, approx. 5km past the Melkbosstrand turn-off.

DATE   :  FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2018.

TIME   :  15h00 SHARP.  PLEASE RESPECT YOUR FELLOW PARTICIPANTS AND BE ON TIME.


FRIDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 2018


15h00 – Rendezvous ENGEN 1-STOP on the N7, approx. 5km past the Melkbosstrand turn-off.
15h15 – Briefing on activities and convoy driving.
15h30 – Depart for Scheppie Saus campsite where we will set camp for two nights.
           – Arrive at the campsite and setting up camp for the evening.
18h00 – Communal evening braai.

 

SATURDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 2018


           – Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the camp.
09h15 – Briefing on activities and driving the 4x4 trail.
09h30 – Depart for Scheppie Saus 4x4 trail.
           – Enjoy a light self-catering picnic lunch en-route.
15h00 – Complete the trail and return to the camp.  Relax and enjoy the amenities at the camp
19h00 – Communal evening braai.

 

SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2018


            - Breakfast then Break up camp.
10H30 - Depart for lunch at Paternoster Hotel via various back roads. Lunch is for your own account.
12H30 - Enjoy a lunch at Paternoster Hotel before departing for home at your own leisure.
            - Depart home at your time.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE


Ensure that your vehicle is refuelled at the rendezvous point PRIOR to the start of the briefing.  Sufficient fuel stops will be made en-route eliminating the necessity to carry additional fuel.

 

ACCOMMODATION


4-Star campsite. Grass all round with sites separated by lemon trees ensuring privacy. As this excursion is offered as a camping weekend, everyone must be equipped accordingly.

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


The campsite offers ablution facilities consisting of 3 x flush toilets and 3 x hot and cold showers each for men and the ladies and electricity till 22h00.  Bring own toilet paper.

 

CATERING


Everyone must be totally self-sufficient with regards to all meals for the weekend.

 

GENERAL

 

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 campsite.
WATER - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
ICE – Ice can be purchased at the farm @ R10-00 a bag.
WOOD - Wood can be purchased at the farm @ R30-00 a bag.
NO electricity is available at the campsite.  Supply your own light.  Remember spare batteries.
A communal braai area will be determined on arrival at the campsite. 
Only one fire permitted for the group.
Portable braais can be used in the communal braai area.
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.
Always consider the possibility of rain. Pack clothing accordingly. 
Remember to bring your sun block and hat.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, spare batteries and extra memory card.
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.

 

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 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.

 

29 MHz 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 the GUIDE and 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 taking the boredom out of the long distances we need to travel to enjoy the great outdoors. 

 

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 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.

 

COST

 

Use the table below to calculate your personal cost for the weekend


                                                                                                        COST          Nr. Participants       Nights       TOTAL
Trail ..............................................................................................  R200-00pv                                                    200-00
Camping adults ..............................................................................  R100-00pppn                                    2

Camping Children 8 yrs and younger ................................................     FREE                                            n/a           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

                                                                                                                                                            TOTAL

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 overland adventure. 
-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 or before Wednesday 31 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 ALLOWED

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MARINA on 021 910 1363

 

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