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20 DEGREES LONGITUDE

 

FROM CAPE AGULHAS TO THE ORANGE RIVER DRIVING ON 20° LONGITUDE
EXCITING EXPEDITION OVER 7 DAYS

 

19 – 24 May 2018

 

FOLLOW 20° LONGITUDE SOUTH TO NORTH IN TRUE EXPIDITION STYLE

 

The 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.

 

What we are planning to do is take the line of 20° Longitude East where it runs through South Africa and begin our expedition at the most southern point of Africa where it runs through the town of Cape Agulhas to the point where it crosses the Orange River (Gariep) and becomes the border between South Africa, Namibia and further north also the Botswana border.

Our planned journey will take us along most of the off-the-beaten-track roads, driving as close as possible to the 20° line of longitude East. Take a map of South Africa and follow the 20° line of longitude East and you will see that it takes you through many interesting areas and small towns not normally travelled or visited.  Our 4x4 encounters en-route will be determined by the elements and the weather as well as our choice of routes to follow to our final destination, the Orange River (Gariep).  One of our goals will be to light our evening campfire on the 20° line of longitude East and camp as close as possible to this line.  How we are going to achieve this will be one of the challenges we will encounter en-route, adding flavour and excitement to this expedition. Many options will be available and will be discussed each evening around the campfire when planning the next day’s route.  Everyone can give input into the driving activities and routes for the following day. It will be a good idea to bring along a good map of South Africa and your GPS. A GPS is NOT a prerequisite for this expedition.

A further point of adventure of the unknown will be the fact that no advanced bookings for this expedition will be made as we do not know how far we plan and can travel each day.  Therefore, it is important to be self-sufficient for this expedition with regard to camping gear, food and water as well as braai wood. Looking at the map of South Africa there will be sufficient stops made en-route to replenish food, water, fuel and wood. 

 

To add a further flavour to this expedition we will collect water from the Indian Ocean at Agulhas in a special container, transport it all the way with us along the 20° Longitude to the Orange River (Gariep). Upon our arrival at the Orange River (Gariep) we will deposit the water of the Indian Ocean into the river for them to complete the entire circle. Invite friends to join you and book now to secure your place.

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 : Vehicles with and without low range as well as 4x2 with diff-lock can be accommodated.
Trailers  : Off-Road Caravans & Trailers CAN be accommodated on this excursion.
Guide     : Coenie Moll.

 

RENDEZVOUS


PLACE : AGULHAS CARAVAN PARK.

DATE   : SATURDAY 19 MAY 2018.

TIME   : Respect your fellow participants and be on time and not arrive later than 17h00.


AGENDA


We have arranged accommodation at the Agulhas Caravan Park in very close proximity to the 20° Longitude where the official start of the expedition will take place early on Sunday morning, 20 May 2018.  The formalities this morning will be the collection of the water from the Indian Ocean that will we will transport and deposit into the Orange River (Gariep).  As we are not making any advanced bookings for our overnight stops en-route, adding the adventure of the unknown, we will endeavour to reach our overnight stops early enough each day to give participants the opportunity to set camp at leisure, to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and recap on the highlights of the day’s activities. One of our main goals on this expedition will be to camp on the 20°Longtitude ensuring the shortest route from the South to the North. Our departure times each day as well as stops en-route will be influenced by factors we will encounter along the road, making the expedition even more of an adventure of the unknown but always within the safety limits set by Cederberg 4x4. Sufficient stops during the day will be made ensuring a relaxed and enjoyable expedition. 

 

The expedition will finish not later than Saturday 26 May 2018, ensuring participants have sufficient time to return home before Monday should you be required to return to work.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE


Sufficient fuel stops will be made en-route eliminating the necessity to carry additional fuel.

 

CATERING


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

 

ACCOMMODATION


As this expedition is offered as a camping expedition, everyone must be equipped accordingly.

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


Ablution facilities cannot be guaranteed at any of our overnight stops en-route.  However, we will endeavour to make use of campsites with ablution facilities close to the line of 20° Longitude wherever possible.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

WATER can be replenished en-route.
WATER - It is always advisable to carry sufficient safe clean drinking water.
WOOD – Please ensure that each vehicle carry a minimum of 2 x bags of wood at all times.
WOOD will be replenished en-route.
ICE – We suggest that you replenish ice wherever possible if you enjoy using ice in your drinks.
GARBAGE – What we take in we bring out.
Garbage disposal stops will be made en-route.
Electricity cannot be guaranteed at the campsites. Never leave your electrical extension lead at home.
A communal braai area will be determined at each 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, and tongs, eating utensils, table, chairs, tent and poles.
The days could be warm and the nights cold.  Pack clothing accordingly.
Advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block on hand.
Advisable to always have a sun umbrella or awning on hand as shade cannot be guaranteed.
No electric kettles to be used on trips as most camps have limited electricity.
No generators permitted on trips.

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS


All vehicles and Off-Road Caravans & Trailers must be in sound mechanical condition.
Always have your spare keys for your vehicle 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.

 

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.

 

We suggest all 4x4 vehicles that don’t have a 29MHz two-way radio, hire one from us at a nominal fee of
R450-00 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, be sure to have double adapter handy as well as spare fuses 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.

 

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. 

 

INCLUDED

 

Guide, facilitating and coordinating fees.

 

EXCLUDED

 

Any camp fees that we may encounter en-route.
Any additional activities you may wish to partake during the trip.

 

COST

 

R2950-00 per vehicle.

R450-00 radio hire, should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29 MHz radio.

 

IMPORTANT


Contact Marina for a special price for vehicles with only one person.

 

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 6 vehicles.
All bookings are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Your booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of your completed and signed booking form.
A R1500-00 deposit is required upon booking.
Should you intend being part of this tour but cannot pay the deposit now, please contact the office in this 
regard to make alternative arrangements. 
The balance is payable on or before Wednesday 9 May 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 ARE ALLOWED.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MARINA on 021 910 1363

 

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