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A magnificently beautiful country of extremes and contrasts, boasting majestic mountain ranges, indigenous forests, wildlife and oceans. What better way to explore this wonderland of various terrains than by 4x4. Explore deep into the heart of these South African treasures whilst experiencing thrilling 4x4 adventures.
Trips in South Africa in 2012 with Cederberg 4x4
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Leisure trips include Namaqualand, where, at the end of winter, as the rains have soaked into the thirsty earth, millions upon millions of flowers emerge in a phenomenal explosion of colour which transforms the landscape into a wonderland of beauty, creating a colour-filled spectacle that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. You will hardly believe your eyes as you travel around with flowers just about everywhere you look.
The Transkei Wild Coast
The Wild Coast, on the eastern seaboard of South Africa, is a land that has been lost in time and left largely undeveloped and unexplored. Most roads are still gravelled, the byways unused and the population still live as they have done for centuries. The lush forests, shimmering waterfalls, spectacular nature reserves and wild life and the friendly people make it a perfect destination for the discerning 4x4 traveller.
There is a saying that once you have visited the Kalahari and you got that red sand between your toes, you will return time after time to enjoy the pure beauty and tranquillity that the Kalahari has to offer. Once you experienced a Kalahari sunset, most other sunsets will take second place.
The Kalahari, normally a dry arid region, can take your breath away with its beauty once it has received good rain.
The Kalahari desert is part of the huge sand basin that reaches from the Orange River up to Angola, in the west to Namibia and in the east to Zimbabwe. The sand masses were created by the erosion of soft stone formations. The wind shaped the sand ridges, which are so typical of the landscape in the Kalahari. Only in recent geological history, 10 to 20,000 years ago, were the dunes stabilized through vegetation, so the area should actually be called a dry savannah. Unlike the dunes of the Namib Desert, those of the Kalahari are stable and not wandering.
Lines of Longitude and Latitude
The imaginary lines running from pole to pole are called Meridians or lines of longitude. The zero Meridian is called the Greenwich Meridian and it runs through the Greenwich observatory near London. These lines of longitude run from 0° to 180° East and 0° to 180° West. The lines of latitude run east west or west east around the globe, the equator as 0° (Zero degrees), the South Pole 90° South and the North Pole 90° North. These longitude and latitude lines are used in navigation to accurately calculate your position on earth.
We have successfully driven 29° & 32° Latitude South (driven West to East) and 19° & 20° Longitude East (driven South to North) in the past and endeavoured to drive as close as possible to these lines, as well as trying to cross these lines as many times as possible, while traversing many off-the-beaten-track areas not normally travelled or visited.
Not being sure how far we will be driving each day or where we will be camping each night, no advanced bookings can be made, all adding to the adventure of this trip. In the past we have made use of farmer’s dry dams to set camp or camped in the veld or under overhanging rock formations, sheltering us from the elements or at times we've had the luxury of official campsites, very close to these imaginary lines we follow. All of these interesting places at which we stayed was with the permission of the local farmers and was arranged as we journeyed to our final destination. This is why we advise everyone to be fully self-sufficient with regards to food, water and wood for these trips. Stops are made en-route to replenish supplies, as we do pass through or close to many towns.
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, forms and moulds it into breath taking bays. Names like Groenrivier, Island Point, SS Namakwa, Brand-se-Baai, Matessa-se-Bad and Gert du Toit-se-Baai, to mention but a few, will be the centre point of conversation for weeks to come after your return from the West Coast. En-route we pass various active diamond mines, where the gems are still mined from the shore to this very day, as well as the ship wreck of the SS Namakwa, which ran aground 29 March 1876, either through human error or taken by the fury of the Atlantic Ocean.
Drive through this barren yet so beautiful section of our West Coast in your own 4x4. Enjoy the beauty of the West Coast and preserve it for generations to come by only leaving your footprints behind.
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The 4x4 Trails of South Africa, up into the mountains or into the dunes, offer challenges to the excitement seekers, testing their technical driving skills, while the rest of the family enjoys the panoramic views and photographic opportunities, not to mention the communal fires at the campsites where lasting friendships are formed.
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