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TIERKLOOF 4X4 - RAWSONVILLE

 

A TRAIL THAT WILL KEEP YOU ON YOUR TOES, GET THE ADRENALIN PUMPING AND TEST YOUR DRIVING SKILLS.

 

25 February 2017

 

A MUST VISIT DAY VENUE THAT HAS A BIT OF EVERYTHING!

 

The Tierkloof 4x4 trail, situated in the Cidos Mountains near Rawsonville, has a beautiful view over the Brandvlei Dam, Worcester and the Breede River Valley below. The route is also known as the “Donkie Kar” Trail as it was used to collect wood in the mountains about 160 years ago. The current 4x4 trail follows the original route, which can be clearly identified from aerial photographs of the area, where workers used carts drawn by oxen to gain access to the higher lying sections of the mountains.

The trail traverses predominantly through Fynbos with regular sighting of Dassies, Steenbokke, Duikers and Baboons. Although leopards still roam the mountains, the possible sighting of one of these very shy animals is highly unlikely. Maybe one day we will be lucky.

 

The total distance of the trail is approximately 15 kilometres and rises to 787 metres above sea level at the second viewpoint. En-route to the first viewpoint numerous interesting, technical and challenging obstacles will be encountered. Some of these obstacles are very technical and will require you to walk the obstacle before driving it. This will ensure that you choose the correct driving line through the obstacle. Continuing to the second viewpoint more obstacles will be encountered where you will again be required to walk the obstacle before driving it. This section of the trail, from the beginning to the second viewpoint, will test your driving skills and keep you alert at all times. Good ground clearance and a rear diff lock will be an advantage for all participants.

The descent offers a variety of obstacles, like long rocky descents short eroded sections at intervals before reaching “Diep Kloof”, a deep sandy donga. Here it is very important to choose the correct driving line, ensuring your safe passage without vehicle damage. Having negotiated the numerous obstacles during the ascent and descent on the mountain section as well as “Diep Kloof”, the “Sand Hill Challenge” awaits you. Here the correct tyre pressure, good articulation, good sand driving skills and enough power will be required to conquer this obstacle. Fortunately there is an escape route for the drivers that cannot make the obstacle. The trail is a good combination of mountain and sand driving and definitely worth more than one visit. Excellent photo opportunities exist throughout the route to capture that special moment.

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.
Grading : Trail grading is an average 3.
Nearest Town : Rawsonville.
Guide    : Coenie Moll.

 

RENDEZVOUS


PLACE : ENGEN 1-STOP on the N1, just past Joostenbergvlakte outbound from Cape Town.

DATE   : SATURDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2017.

TIME   : 08h00 SHARP.  Please respect your fellow participants and be on time.

 

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2017

08h00 - Rendezvous at ENGEN 1-STOP on the N1 just past Joostenbergvlakte.
08h15 - Briefing on activities and convoy driving and depart for TIERKLOOF 4x4.
09h15 - Arrive at TIERKLOOF 4x4 and deflate tyres. 
          - Briefing on 4x4 driving and depart on the 4x4 trail.
14h00 - Complete the trail and head for Newlands to attend the Super XV rugby match between the STORMERS and the BULLS.

          - Alternatively enjoy a leisurely braai at the camp and later watch the rugby at “Selletjies” in Rawsonville.   

          - You might even consider joining the second trip for the day, a night drive at Damon. A discount will be applicable if you drive both trails.

          - Your final option is to drive the Tierkloof 4x4 trail and return home to watch the rugby.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE


Ensure that your vehicle is refuelled at the rendezvous point PRIOR to the start of the briefing. 

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


The camp offers rustic ablution facilities with flush toilets and hot/cold showers at the start and end of the trail. 

 

CATERING

Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of this trip. 

 

GENERAL

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 - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
WATER – No safe drinking water at the camp.
Bring WOOD for braai. Minimum 1 x bag per vehicle.
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.
Portable braai’s can be used in the communal braai area.
Bring braai grid, braai stand, tongs and other cooking/eating utensils.
The day can be warm and the afternoon cooler. Pack clothing accordingly.
Always consider the possibility of rain. 
It is advisable to always have an umbrella or awning available.
Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block on hand.
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
Remember to bring your cameras, binoculars, video cameras, spare batteries and extra film.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.

 

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 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 021 913 4632.    

    

COST

 

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


                                                                                                         COST                     TOTAL
Tierkloof 4x4 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 021 913 4632 to obtain the booking form for this excursion.

We can only accommodate a maximum of 12 vehicles on this night 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 booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of your completed and signed booking.
Full payment 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 021 913 4632

 

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