BONNIEDALE HOLIDAY FARM
SITUATED IN THE OUTENIQUA MOUNTAINS
21 – 25 March 2018
WEEKEND FILLED WITH ADVENTURE FOR ALL
Bonniedale Holiday Farm a 1650ha Fynbos farm situated in the Outeniqua Mountains between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn, surrounded by the Attaquaskloof Nature Reserve – the perfect getaway for the whole family. Apart from the amazing 4x4 trails there are other activities, such as horse riding, the Flying Fox “Foefie” slide, canoeing on the dam and the mountain hike to the secret mountain with it’s many idyllic streams with crystal clear water forming natural rock pools ideal for swimming.
Exiting the forest there will be a very steep climb back to the plateau. From there we will follow the Sunbird trail, with another steep climb, to the top of the mountain. Here breathtaking views of the farmhouse below and surrounding mountains awaits participants. What goes up must come down. The return route will follow the contours of the mountain until we reach the John Tom Pass, driving a very steep rocky descent ending in a shallow river, with a short route back to the camp. At some of the more difficult obstacles there are either escape routes or any driver will have the option of turning around at the more challenging sections.
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 & Caravans & Tents CAN be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading : Trail grading is a between 2 and 4.
Nearest Town : Oudtshoorn/Mossel Bay.
Guide : Johan Roach.
PLACE : SHELL ULTRA CITY near WORCESTER ON THE N1, outgoing from Cape Town.
DATE : WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH 2018.
TIME : 10h00 PLEASE RESPECT YOUR FELLOW PARTICIPANTS AND BE ON TIME.
Should you be running late, please contact Johan on 081 348 2105.
WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH 2018
10h00 - Rendezvous at the Shell Ultra City near Worcester on the N1.
- Briefing on activities and convoy driving.
10h30 - Depart for Bonniedale Holiday Farm via Barrydale and thereafter sections of the Ox Wagon trail.
15h15 - Arrive at Bonniedale Holiday Farm and set camp.
19h00 - Communal evening braai.
THURSDAY, 22 MARCH 2018 – TRAIL DRIVING
- Enjoy breakfast in the tranquillity of the camp.
10h00 - Briefing on activities for the day.
10h30 - Depart for the historic Ox Wagon, Footloose and Sunbird trails.
13h00 - Lunch at the camp.
14h00 - Depart for John Tom Pass trail.
19h00 - Communal evening braai.
FRIDAY, 23 MARCH 2018
- Enjoy a late breakfast in the tranquillity of the camp.
10h00 - Briefing on activities for the day.
10h30 - Depart for Goliatsberg & Byemans trail.
13h00 - Lunch at the camp
- Enjoy the tranquillity of the camp or follow the guide on a sightseeing drive.
19h00 - Communal evening braai.
SATURDAY, 24 MARCH 2018 – DAY OF LEISURE
- This is your day of leisure enjoy a leisurely breakfast or brunch in the tranquillity of the camp.
11h00 - The guide will take those who are interested in the following activities:
Horse riding, the Flying Fox “Foefie” slide, the mountain hike to the secret mountain swimming pool, canoeing on the dam
- A late lunch at the dam.
19h00 - Communal evening braai and Cederberg 4x4 formalities.
SUNDAY, 25 MARCH 2018 – DAY OF LEISURE
- Enjoy a breakfast at the camp.
- Depart for Cape Town at your own time.
FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE
Ensure that your vehicle is refuelled at Barrydale as this is the last fuel stop for about 400km including the 4x4 trails.
Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of this trip.
ACCOMMODATION AND ABLUTIONS
The 4x4 trails
Nico Hesterman bought Bonniedale farm from an Irish family about 20 years ago and decided to turn it into a Holiday farm. Bonniedale was the first 4x4 trail in the Southern Cape and was the founder member of the Southern Cape Route Owners Forum, which represents 22 trails in the area. He used his Ford F250 4x4 to build the Goliatsberg, Grootkloof and Sunbird 4x4 trails on the farm. He then cleared the old Ox wagon route until it was possible for all modern 4x4 vehicles to negotiate. Bonniedale 4x4 Trail has been rated by various outdoor magazines as one of the top ten trail destinations in Southern Africa out of 500 trails listed. There are approximately 35 km of well-maintained 4x4 trails divided into two 17½ km sections, offering extremely steep ascents and descent challenges. They offer the driver and passengers a challenge and a reward of magnificent views from the top of the Outeniqua and Langeberg mountains.
The Ox wagon trail starts at the campsite, traverses a rocky shallow river and then climbs steeply to the top of the mountain where it ends on a flat plateau at an old toll house. It is mostly loose rock and shale. From the plateau we will follow the Footloose trail with a steep descent and then a short easy piece through an old pine tree forest.
The campsite has hot and cold ablution facilities. Hot water is gas generated and the light in the bathrooms is solar powered. No electricity is available at the campsite. There is also a swimming pool near the campsite and firewood can be purchased at the farmhouse.
Chalets are available should you not wish to camp. Contact Marina on 021 910 1363 for availability as there are limited chalets on the farm. For the chalet option, an immediate deposit of 50% for the chalet will be required as Cederberg 4x4 has to pay a 50% deposit for chalet accommodation to Bonniedale Guest Farm upon booking.
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 – Available at R50 per LARGE bag. Pay upon arrival. Confirm with Marina upon booking.
ICE – Ensure you have sufficient ice.
Electricity is NOT available at the campsite.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
29MHz 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 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 021 910 1363.
Use the tables below to calculate your personal cost for the weekend
COST Nr. Participants Nights TOTAL
4x4 Trails ....................................................................................... R250-00 pv 250-00
Caravans (excluding bedding) .......................................................... R150-00 pppn
Chalet (excluding bedding) min 8 people ............................................ R220-00 pppn
Camping ........................................................................................ R100-00 pppn
Camping children under 3 ................................................................. FREE FREE
Cederber g 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees ........................ R750-00pv 750-00
Radio hire should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio R300-00pv
No credit card facilities at Bonniedale Holiday Farm!!
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 6 vehicles.
- All bookings are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
- All chalet/caravan bookings require a 50% deposit of chalet cost upon booking.
- Cederberg 4x4 requires a deposit of R750-00 indicating your intent to attend this excursion.
- 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 12 March 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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