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TIERKLOOF 4X4

 

A DAY & NIGHT BREAKAWAY FOR SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL,

ENSURING HIGHER ADRENALIN LEVELS THAN NORMAL

 

3 – 4 February 2018

 

Agenda

 

The rendezvous for this special day & night adventure to Tierkloof 4x4 will be in the campsite at the start of the trail overlooking the Brandvlei Dam. Participants are welcome to arrive before the time, enjoy something to eat, while savouring the tranquillity of the camp and the surrounding area. After the briefing about the planned activities for the evening we will depart on the Tierkloof 4x4 trail at approximately 20h00. Our ultimate goal would be to drive to the first viewpoint overlooking the Brandvlei Dam and Worcester. En-route challenging obstacles will be encountered before we continue to the viewpoint on top of the mountain. It is here we are planning to set camp for the night. Many unknown factors, like the wind and the weather, could force us to change plans. This is a family adventure at its best. The wind can possibly be our biggest enemy that evening, not allowing us to make fire and enjoy a communal braai while enjoying breathtaking views. Come prepared with creative alternative plans for the proposed midnight dinner. If all goes according to plan, having enjoyed a perfect evening on the mountain, we will complete the second half of the trail and return to the camp at the start of the trail during daylight. Here you will have the opportunity to relax in tranquillity before departing for home at you own time. A further option would be to spend another evening at the camp before returning home on the Sunday. If this type of adventure appeals to your taste, contact us soonest as we will only be able to accommodate a limited number of vehicles. 

The Trail

 

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 called the “Donkie Kar Trail” and was used to collect wood in the mountains about 160 years ago.  The 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 the regular sighting of Dassies, Steenbokke, 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 approx. 15 kilometres and rises to 787 metres above sea level at the second viewpoint.  From the start of the trail numerous interesting ascents will be encountered before reaching the first viewpoint.  These ascents are technical and drivers will be testing their driving skills while negotiating these obstacles in the dark.  En-route to the second viewpoint more interesting obstacles will be encountered, pushing the adrenalin levels just a little higher than normal.  On the descent there is a very steep, short section before reaching “Diep Kloof”, a deep sandy donga followed by a very sandy hill climb. This is always a good test of your sand driving skills, after completing the mountain section.  At “Diep Kloof” and the “Sand Hill Challenge” there will be enough opportunity for good photos and videos of the activities.  The trail is a good combination of mountain and sand driving and is definitely worth a visit. To cool off and return the adrenalin levels to normal after this exiting route we have the opportunity to go for a quick swim in the Brandvlei Dam in very close proximity to the lapa area.

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.
Grading : Trail grading is a 2 - 3.
Nearest Town : Rawsonville.
Guide    : Johan Roach.


 

RENDEZVOUS

 

PLACE : TIERKLOOF 4X4 near Rawsonville.

DATE   : SATURDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2018.

TIME   : 19h30 SHARP.  Please respect your fellow participants and be on time.
         Arrive early and enjoy something light to eat before departing on the trail.

 

HOW TO GET THERE


Drive to Rawsonville, just before Worcester. Continue from Rawsonville to Worcester via the Brandvlei Dam road. At the Brandvlei Dam Wall turn right on the tar road to the Brandvlei Prison. Continue for approximately 4km to the entrance of Tierkloof 4x4 on your right.

 

SATURDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2018


19h30 - Rendezvous at TIERKLOOF 4X4 campsite at the start of the trail.
19h45 - Briefing on activities and convoy driving and depart for TIERKLOOF 4x4.
20h00 - Depart on the TIERKLOOF 4x4 trail.
23h00 - Arrive at the top viewpoint and set camp.
           - Enjoy a communal braai. Weather permitting.

 

SUNDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 2018


           - Enjoy breakfast at the camp before we descend from the mountain.
08h15 - Briefing on descending the mountain and completing the TIERKLOOF 4x4 trail.
08h30 - Depart from the camp and descend the mountain.
12h00 - Complete the TIERKLOOF 4x4 trail. Enjoy lunch at the camp.
           - Return home at your own time or set camp and enjoy another evening under the stars.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE


Ensure that your vehicle is refuelled prior to the rendezvous at the start of the trail. 

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


The Tierkloof 4x4 trail offers ablution facilities at the start of the route. 
 
CATERING


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

 

GENERAL


NO water available. Always advisable to bring your own drinking water on excursions.
A communal braai area will be determined.
WOOD - Bring own wood/charcoal for the braai.
Remember bring braai grid, braai stand and tongs, cooking/eating utensils, table and chairs.
Small portable braais can be used in the communal braai area
Bring Black bags (what we take in, we take out).
Remember to bring your sun block and hat.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, spare batteries and extra film.
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed as loose items can become missiles.
A reliable torch with extra batteries.
No generators allowed

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS


All vehicles 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.
Please ensure that a fire extinguisher is mounted in your vehicle.

 

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 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.  

 

COST


Use the table below to calculate your personal cost for the day


                                                                                                         COST         Nr. Participants      Nights       TOTAL
Tierkloof 4x4 Trail                                                                              R150-00pv                                                 R150-00
Camping                                                                                             R95-00 pvpn

Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees                              R390-00pv                                                 R390-00
Radio hire should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio   R200-00

                                                                                                                                                         TOTAL

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 night adventure. 
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.
Full payment is required upon booking to secure your place.
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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