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SWARTBERGSVLEI 4x4

 

SITUATED JUST PAST YZERFONTEIN IS AN IDEAL FAMILY VENUE WHERE DRIVERS CAN HONE THEIR SAND DRIVING SKILLS

 

15 October 2017

 

THE PRESENT WINTER RAINS ARE SCULPTURING MANY OF THE OBSTACLES ENSURING ADRENALIN LEVELS TO FLOW MUCH HIGHER THAN NORMAL WHILE GREAT EXITEMENT IS ENJOYED AND THOSE PERFECT ACTION PHOTOS TAKEN.

 

Swartbergsvlei is situated on the R27 (West Coast Road) only 85km from Cape Town and is a popular destination for any 4x4 and outdoor enthusiast. Cederberg 4x4 has visited this trail numerous times in the past and received very positive feedback regarding the trail and the user friendly lapa where a braai can be enjoyed upon completing the trail. This is a good enough reason for a return visit to Swartbergsvlei.  

Arriving at Swartbergsvlei, tyres will be deflated as this is one of the important factors of successful sand driving. Your guide will share many hints and tips regarding sand driving prior to driving the trail as well as throughout the day with regard to improving your sand driving techniques. The Swartbergsvlei 4x4 trail consists mainly of sand tracks with technically challenging donga obstacles that have been sculptured by the present winter rains. Nature is the main creator of the many obstacles en-route, ensuring natural changes throughout the year. The many obstacles will ensure sufficient photo opportunities for the photo capturing enthusiasts. The various obstacles will not only test your sand driving skills but also hone them to perfection for possible future sand driving challenges. Quite a bit of time will be spent at the various obstacles as drivers get to know their vehicles, using different gear ratios and trying different techniques against the elements and sometimes against one another. The main challenge of the day, a sand dune climb, always ensures great fun for driver and good photo opportunities. Tyre pressure, good momentum and engine torque will be the order of the day on this challenge. All this is done in good spirit, with many cheers and smiles from drivers, passengers and onlookers. Enough sand driving challenges will be encountered to satisfy any 4x4 driver, not to mention the beautiful view from the viewpoint overlooking Yzerfontein, sections of the West Coast National Park, the West Coast itself and Table Mountain. This 4x4 trail always ensures many highlights during our visits.

Having completed the 4x4 trail we will enjoy the facilities of the large enclosed, roofed lapa where a communal braai or picnic lunch will be enjoyed. Although the pub in the lapa at Swartbergsvlei is fully licensed, we have arranged that it will be closed on the date of our visit, allowing Cederbergers to bring their own alcoholic beverages and soft drinks at no extra charge. Here is an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day with your fellow Cederbergers. Swartbergsvlei is a destination well worth visiting more than once.

 

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.
Trail Grading :  Between a 2 and 2½. 
Nearest Town :  Yzerfontein.
Your Guide :  Johan Roach.

 

RENDEZVOUS

 

PLACE:  WEST COAST PADSTAL C/o R27 and R315, Yzerfontein.

DATE  :  SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017.

TIME  :  08h30 SHARP. Please respect your fellow participants and be on time.

 

SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017

 

08h30 – Rendezvous at the West Coast Padstal C/o R27 and R315, Yzerfontein .
08h45 – Briefing on activities and convoy driving.
          – Depart on an exciting day of 4x4 driving at Swartbergsvlei.

10h00 – Arrive at the Swartbergsvlei 4x4 trail and deflate tyres.
          – Briefing on sand driving and depart on the Swartbergsvlei 4x4 trail.
14h30 – Complete the trail and braai at the lapa.
          – Complete the day’s activities and depart for home at your own time.


FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE

 

Always ensure that your vehicle is filled at the rendezvous point PRIOR to the start of the briefing.

 

CATERING

 

Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of this trip. We will braai at the lapa.

                                                                                   

ABLUTION FACILITIES

 

The lapa offers Hot & Cold showers and flush toilets.

 

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 lapa. 
WATER - is available at the lapa.
WATER - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
WOOD - Bring own WOOD for the braai at the Lapa. (Min 1 x bag of wood per vehicle.)
A communal braai area will be determined at the lapa. 
Only one fire permitted for the group.
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.
Weather can change on short notice. Pack clothing accordingly.
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.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

 

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.

 

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 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 fuses for the lighter 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 day


                                                                                                           COST                  TOTAL

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

                                                                                                                          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 day outing. 
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 booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of your completed and signed booking form.
The full amount is required upon booking to secure your place.
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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