CAMP TORPEDO & TIERKLOOF 4X4
ENJOY AN ADRENALIN-FILLED DAY ON THE TRAIL
COMBINED WITH A WEEKEND CAMPING ON THE BANK OF THE BREEDE RIVER
12 to 14 October 2018
THE CAMP OVERLOOKS TWO NATURAL POOLS IN THE RIVER THAT CAN BE USED FOR FISHING AND SWIMMING WHILE SPENDING TIME IN A WELL-SHADED CAMP
Torpedo campsite is situated on the bank of the Breede River only 8km past Rawsonville. The camp offers green grass underfoot with ample shade for campers and has clean running water with an ablution block offering flush toilets and hot/cold showers. Two natural pools in the river ensure good fishing and swimming even if the river is not running. Bring the fishing rods to catch that big one.
The Tierkloof 4x4 trail is situated in the Cidos Mountains near Rawsonville, with 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 180 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, Steenbokkies, Duikers and Baboons. Although leopards still roam the mountains, the possible sighting of one of these 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 obstacles will be encountered. Some of these obstacles are very technical and will require that you 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 be required to walk the obstacle before driving it. This section of the trail, from start to the second viewpoint, will test your driving skills and keep you alert at all times. The descent offers a variety of obstacles, like long rocky descents with short eroded 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 could not 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.
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 a 2 – 3½.
Nearest Town : Rawsonville.
Guide : Richard & Ethelia & Jake White.
PLACE : DU KLOOF LODGE situated in Du Toitskloof Pass just before Rawsonville.
DATE : FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER 2018.
TIME : 15h00 SHARP. PLEASE RESPECT YOUR FELLOW PARTICIPANTS AND BE ON TIME.
FRIDAY, 12 OCTOBER 2018
15h00 – Rendezvous at the Du Kloof Lodge in Du Toitskloof.
15h15 – Briefing on activities and convoy driving.
15h30 – Depart for Torpedo campsite where we will set camp for two nights.
18h00 – Communal evening braai.
SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 2018
– Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the camp.
09h15 – Briefing on activities and convoy driving and depart for TIERKLOOF 4x4.
09h30 – Depart on the TIERKLOOF 4x4.
– Enjoy a light self-catering picnic lunch en-route.
15h00 – Complete the trail and return to the camp.
19h00 – Communal evening braai.
SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2018
Optional activities for the day.
- Enjoy breakfast at the camp.
- Try your hand at fishing or just relax at the camp.
- Play a game of “Boulier” on the grass in the camp.
- Depart home at your own time.
FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE
Ensure that your vehicle is refuelled prior to the briefing at the rendezvous.
Camp Torpedo offers full ablution facilities with flush toilets and hot/cold showers. Bring own toilet paper.
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 campsite.
WATER - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
WOOD – Each vehicle to bring at least two bags of wood for braai and sitvuur.
ICE – Bring own ice for the excursion.
Electricity is available at the campsite. Bring extension cables.
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.
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 and Off-road trailers/caravans 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 021 910 1363.
Use the table below to calculate your personal cost for the weekend
COST Nr. Participants Nights TOTAL
Tierkloof 4x4 trail ................................................................................. R150-00pv 150-00
Torpedo camping adults & children 13yrs ................................................ R90-00pppn
Torpedo camping children 4 - 12yrs ........................................................ R50-00pppn
Children 0/3 ......................................................................................... FREE FREE
Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees for weekend bookings 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 Tuesday 2 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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