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WEST COAST MEANDER

 

EASTER WEEKEND

 

14 - 17 APRIL 2017

 

LAST OPPORTUNITY TO HARVEST THAT ELUSIVE CRAYFISH OF THE SEASON OR JUST ENJOY THE BEAUTY AND TRANQUILLITY THE WEST COAST HAS TO OFFER

 

The West Coast excursion starts at the mouth of the Groen River and ends at Gert du Toit-se-Baai approximately 30km north of the mouth of the Olifants River in the South. We then head for Lutzville and civilization.  We will set camp at two different campsites, all within a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean.  The last evening we will set camp close to Gert du Toit-se-Baai, where the Cederberg 4x4 formalities will take place. This is always an evening filled with many highlights you will cherish long after your return. Due to legislation we will not be able to drive on the beach. However, as with all previous West Coast tours after beaches became no-drive zones, we will be hugging the coast line as close as legally possible via the network of tracks. The beauty of the West Coast and the memorable experiences throughout the visit will never disappoint any outdoor enthusiasts.

 

 

The West Coast has a unique character and beauty, leaving you with the feeling that time has stood still for thousands of years. The cold Atlantic Ocean, buffeting the desert-like coastline, forming and moulding it into breathtaking bays, will form part of the numerous sights we will be experiencing.  Names like Groen River mouth with only one legal house remaining, Island Point resting place to the wreck of the SS Namakwa, Brand-se-Baai home to the mine dump of Namakwa Sands mining activities, Matessa-se-Bad a natural granite pool in solid rock and Gert du Toit-se-Baai where families have set camp for generations, will remain points of discussion long after your return. Depending on sea conditions we could encounter active diamond mining activities taking place from the shore. These activities are very interesting and always worth a visit. The wreck or remains of the SS Namakwa, which ran aground 29 March 1876, either through human error or taken by the fury of the Atlantic Ocean is still visible at Island Point. These are only a few of the highlights you will experience while driving through this barren yet so beautiful section of our West Coast. Breathtaking beauty and serene tranquillity, combined with great fun, are what you will experience. Let us enjoy the beauty of the West Coast and preserve it for generations to come by leaving only our footprints behind. 

 

The children will be entertained with special activities, such as teaching them how to braai sausage in newspaper without a grid and making “stokbrood” on the open coals. We suggest the parents consider bringing marshmallows to really spoil the children. During these activities many of the adults will be taken back to their own childhood days and spend time enjoying these activities with the children.  Avoid disappointment and book now, as we can accommodate only a limited number of vehicles on this excursion.

CRAYFISH SEASON & TIDES

Easter weekend is the last official weekend to take out crayfish on the coast for this crayfish season. Full moon is on Tuesday 11 April 2017 with low tide between 11h00 and 12h30 during our visit. The tide and phases of the moon are perfect, giving you the opportunity to try your hand, for the last time this season, at catching the BIG ONE. Make sure you are in possession of all the relevant permits, should you be harvesting anything from the sea.

 

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 Trailers and Caravans can be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading : Trail grading is between 1 & 2.
Nearest Town : Bitterfontein and Lutzville.
Guide    : Coenie Moll.


RENDEZVOUS

 

PLACE : THE POST OFFICE IN HONDEKLIPBAAI OVERLOOKING THE HARBOUR.             

DATE : FRIDAY, 14 APRIL 2017.

TIME : 11h00 SHARP.  Please respect your fellow participants and be on time.

 

NB. If you are only participating in the West Coast trip, it is important not to be late at the rendezvous as the Namakwa 4x4 trail group will be meeting you in Hondeklipbaai. The group will depart at 11h15 on the tour through Hondeklipbaai and visit the wreck of the Aristae. We will return to the Post Office to check for late arrivals then depart for the Spoeg River Caves and Boulder Bay where we will set camp. Cell phone reception is limited and cannot always be guaranteed. 

 

FRIDAY 14 APRIL 2017


11h00 – Rendezvous at the Post Office in Hondeklipbaai overlooking the harbour.              
          - Briefing on day activities and convoy driving. 
11h15 - Depart in convoy for Boulder Bay via the Spoeg River Caves and loose sand tracks. 
          - Arrive at Boulder Bay and set camp for one nights.
          - Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the camp close to the sea or try your hand at harvesting food from
             the sea. This might even include the popular Red Gold of the West Coast. Remember permits.
19h00 - Communal evening braai.

SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2017


Spend a relaxing day at the camp or test your hand at catching that large illusive crayfish of the season. You might even consider normal fishing or take out black mussels for starters before the evening braai. Always remember to have the appropriate permits on hand when harvesting anything from the ocean. A further option would be to explore the coastline north and south of the camp either by foot, mountain bike or 4x4.

 

MONDAY 17 APRIL 2017


09h30 - Depart from camp heading for Lutzville via Skaapvlei and Koekenaap.
          - Arrive at Lutzville where the trip officially ends and we say our good byes before heading home.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE

 

Refuel your vehicle in Garies before heading for the rendezvous. Ensure you have sufficient fuel on board to complete a distance of 400km, which includes sections of low range driving.  Should you have any questions in this regard, you are welcome to contact the Cederberg 4x4 office.

 

ACCOMMODATION


This excursion is offered as a self-catering camping weekend, everyone must be equipped accordingly.

 

CATERING

 

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

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


The camp at Boulder Bay offers two toilets. As we will be visiting some of the most desolate sections of the West Coast, there are no further ablution facilities and the Cat Method must be used or you can bring your own Porta Potty.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION


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 - No water available on the West Coast.
WATER - Always advisable to bring your own drinking water.
WATER – We suggest a minimum of 3 to 5L per person/day depending on your own consumption.
ICE – Ensure you have sufficient ice
No electricity on the West Coast.
No generators permitted on trips
Bring wood for braai and sitvuur. (Minimum 6 x Bags 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.
Consider bringing a portable braai to be used in the communal braai area.
Remember braai grid, braai stand, tongs, eating utensils, table, chairs, tent and poles
The days could be warm and the night’s cold.  Pack clothing accordingly.
If the wind blows, a windbreak can be beneficial.
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed boots or shoes.
Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block available.
It is advisable to always have an umbrella or awning available. No shade on the West Coast.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, spare batteries and extra memory cards.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.
Ensure you have your valid Crayfish, Fishing, Mussels and any other permit you may require for harvesting anything from the sea.
Cederberg 4x4 will not be held responsible should anyone not adhere to the rules and regulations of local or national requirements for fishing and shell fishing.
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 will be advisable.
A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge will be required to deflate/inflate tyres.
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 R300-00 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

 

R2450-00 per vehicle.

R300-00 per radio, should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio.

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS

 

Should you wish to join us on this excursion, please contact Marina immediately 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 booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of your completed and signed booking.
. A deposit of R1000-00 is required upon booking to secure your place.
. Should you intend being part of this trip but cannot pay the deposit now, please contact the office in this regard to make alternative arrangements.
. The balance is payable on Monday 3 April 2017.
. 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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SATURDAY 15 APRIL


Depart from Boulder Bay for a camp between Brand-se-Baai and Gert du Toit-se-Baai where we will set camp for two nights. Many interesting places en-route will be visited like; a seal colony, Silverdoos, the Saltpans at Rietfontein, Matessa-se-Bad, Brand-se-Baai and Namakwa Sands mining area.