VLEESBAAI 4X4 AND DRIVING THE GRAVEL MONTAGU PASS
A SAND FESTIVAL ENSURING GREAT FUN FOR ALL
18 – 21 MARCH 2017
A MUST FOR ANY SAND-DRIVING ENTHUSIAST AND HISTORY LOVER
The Vleesbaai 4x4 trail, belonging to Chrisilda and Riekie van Rensburg is situated on the farm Misgunst, some 25km from Mossel Bay. This trail is one of the most popular sand and dune 4x4 trails in the Southern/Western Cape and one of the few places where you are a stone’s throw away from the beach and Indian Ocean but still within the legal limits. The trail is approximately 12km long and will take about 5 hours to complete. The time duration to complete the trail is dependent on the time of year the trail is visited and secondly how much fun is had by the drivers trying and retrying to negotiate the challenging dunes. A further highlight will be the amazing view from some of the dunes overlooking the beach and Indian Ocean, making the drive from Cape Town worthwhile.
This 4x4 trail will offer various challenges as you drive through the dunes where your sand driving skills will be tested. As the day progresses your sand driving skills are honed, while finding the perfect balance between tyre pressure and momentum, the secret of successful sand driving. Some of the seemingly impossible dunes that were negotiated early in the morning will later be taken in your stride as your confidence grows and the day continues. There are a number of dunes that will get your blood flowing a tad faster than normal, ensuring you experience those ever familiar symptoms of high adrenalin levels. There is one particular optional dune challenge that will definitely get your attention. Peace of mind can be enjoyed that the only thing that could get dented is your ego when not being able to make the challenge. This challenge makes ideal photo opportunities to capture that special moment. On cresting some of the dunes participants will enjoy the amazing views of the supreme, unspoiled beaches and the warm Indian Ocean. At times you will only be a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge. It is here that we will stop for a light picnic lunch. It is always a good idea to pack your swimwear for that unplanned swim after lunch.
When legislation closed beaches and adjacent dune areas this was the only 4x4 dune trail in close proximity to the beach that got approval to continue operating. The then minister of tourism visited this popular 4x4 dune trail in person and enjoyed the experience very much. A visit from Cederberg 4x4 to this very popular sand dune trail is long overdue. On our return to Cape Town we will travel some of the lesser-known roads passing through places of interest. A weekend that offers something for each member of the family.
On Monday we will head for George and drive the scenic gravel Montagu Pass between George and the Langkloof. The pass was named after John Montagu, Colonial Secretary of the Cape in the 1840s and his vision for a good road infrastructure. In 1844 some 250 convicts started with the construction of the pass and it was opened for traffic in December 1847. It was used until September 1951 when the Outeniqua Pass was opened. On the ascent one passes the “Old Tollhouse” where once the toll of one penny per wheel and one penny per ox had to be paid. This historic building, declared a National Monument, is currently in a bad state having been vandalised. "Keurrivier se brug" further on has also been declared a National Monument. The original stone wall still exists all along the pass. The name boards tell interesting tales. The narrowest part of the pass, with overhanging cliffs, was called "Die Noute". Here wagons could not pass abreast. Further on is "Regop Trek", the steepest part of the road. Where the road passes underneath the railway bridge is "Stinkhoutdraai" where stinkwood trees used to grow in profusion. In this way the pass continues, until reaching the hotel at North Station. The oldest part of the building dates back to 1840. This is one of the gems of the Garden Route so easily overlooked.
This campsite offers green grass underfoot, loads of shade, flush toilets, hot and cold showers with one main electricity point. There is a gazebo on the campsite which we will make use of and it allows us to sit and enjoy the sunset whilst sipping on a glass of bubbly. The campsite has stunning views of Vleesbaai with the Outeniqua and Langeberg mountains in the distance.
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 caravans and trailers CAN be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading : Trail grading is on average a 3.
Nearest Town : Mossel bay.
Guide : Richard, Ethelia and Jake White.
PLACE : VLEESBAAI 4X4 TRAIL IN VLEESBAAI.
GPS COORDINATES – S34° 17.809’ E021° 54.776’
DATE : SATURDAY - 18 MARCH 2017.
TIME : ARRIVE BETWEEN 12h00 AND 18h00. Should you intend arriving early or be running late,
contact Richard on 083 234 0581.
DIRECTIONS TO RENDEZVOUS
Follow the N2 from Cape Town to Albertinia. Continue on the N2 and cross the bridge at the Gouritz River. Approximately 10km further turn right on gravel to Vleesbaai. At a crossroad continue straight on the tar road to Vleesbaai. Arriving at Vleesbaai. where domestic houses start, turn right and follow the tar road. The road makes a natural left turn. Approximately 400m further turn right to the Vleesbaai 4x4 trail campsite. GPS COORDINATES – S34° 17.809’ E021° 54.776’
SATURDAY 18 MARCH 2017
- Arrive between 12h00 and 18h00 at the VLEESBAAI 4X4 TRAIL CAMPSITE.
18h00 - Communal evening braai.
SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2017
08h45 - Briefing on route and sand driving.
09h00 - Depart on the Vleesbaai 4x4 trail.
- Enjoy a light, self-catered picnic lunch at the beach.
14h00 - Complete the 4x4 trail and return to the campsite. Consider optional activities.
18h00 - Communal evening braai
MONDAY 20 MARCH 2017
On this day you will have the option of relaxing at the camp or joining the official outing to George where we will drive the old Montagu Pass between George and the Langkloof, linking the road with Oudshoorn. If you have never driven the Montagu Pass it is well worth the visit.
TUESDAY 21 MARCH 2017
09h30 – Depart for Cape Town. We will travel via lesser-used roads, past points of interest not normally visited. Should you choose to spend more time in the camp before returning home at your own time, you are welcome to do so.
FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE
Ensure that your vehicle is refuelled PRIOR to arriving at the rendezvous and the start of the briefing.
There are full ablutions facilities at the campsite consisting of 5 x flush toilets and 4x hot/cold showers.
Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of this trip.
Please remember that no alcohol may be consumed by either the driver or passenger(s) at any time whilst driving. 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.
ICE – No ice available at the camp.
WOOD – Bring own WOOD for the braai and sitvuur. (Minimum 4 x Bags of wood per vehicle.)
ELECTRICITY – Electricity is available at the campsite. Bring long extension leads.
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.
The days could be warm and the nights cooler. Pack clothing accordingly.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras and spare batteries.
Always consider the possibility of rain. Pack clothing accordingly.
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
Remember to bring your bathing costumes.
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 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.
29 MHz 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.
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, 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 021 913 4632.
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.
Use the tables below to calculate your personal cost for the weekend
COST Nr. Participants Nights TOTAL
Trail R450-00pv R450-00
Camping - adults R100-00pppn 3
Camping children13yrs and older R100-00pppn 3
Camping children 6 – 12yrs R50-00pppn 3
Camping children under 6yrs FREE FREE
Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating & guide fees R550-00pv R550-00
Radio hire should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio R200-00pv
BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS
Should you wish to join us on this excursion, please contact Marina immediately on 021 913 4632 to obtain the booking form for this excursion.
We can only accommodate a maximum of 12 vehicles on this overland adventure.
All Cederberg 4x4 excursions are subject to a minimum of 6 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 R550-00 deposit is required upon booking.
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 or before Wednesday 1 March 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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