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WEST COAST MEANDER
EASTER WEEKEND

 

30 MARCH -2 APRIL 2018

 

LAST OPPORTUNITY TO HARVEST THAT ELUSIVE CRAYFISH OF THE SEASON OR JUST ENJOY THE BEAUTY AND TRANQUILLITY THE WEST COAST HAS TO OFFER

 

The West Coast excursion starts at the mouth of the Groen River and ends at Gert du Toit-se-Baai approximately 30km north of the mouth of the Olifants River in the South. We then head for Lutzville and civilization.  We will set camp at two different campsites, all within a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean. The big difference is that we will be spending the first two nights at the “Delwers Camp” in the Namakwa National Park which offers well designed and functional toilets and on tap water from storage tanks. With luxury like this we will be spending two nights at “Delwers Camp”. The last evening we will set camp close to Gert du Toit-se-Baai. This is always an evening filled with many highlights you will cherish long after your return. Due to legislation we will not be able to drive on the beach. However, as with all previous West Coast tours after beaches became no-drive zones, we will be hugging the coast line as close as legally possible via the network of tracks. The beauty of the West Coast and the memorable experiences throughout the visit will never disappoint any outdoor enthusiasts.

 

 

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, forming and moulding it into breath taking bays, will form part of the numerous sights we will be experiencing.  Names like Groen River mouth with only one legal house remaining, the amazing caves at Spoeg River, Island Point resting place to the wreck of the SS Namakwa, Brand-se-Baai home to the mine dump of Namakwa Sands mining activities, Matessa-se-Bad a natural granite pool in solid rock and Gert du Toit-se-Baai where families have set camp for generations, will remain points of discussion long after your return. Depending on sea conditions we could encounter active diamond mining activities taking place from the shore. These activities are very interesting and always worth a visit. The wreck or remains of the SS Namakwa, which ran aground 29 March 1876, either through human error or taken by the fury of the Atlantic Ocean is still visible at Island Point. These are only a few of the highlights you will experience while driving through this barren yet so beautiful section of our West Coast. Breath taking beauty and serene tranquillity, combined with great fun, are what you will experience. Let us enjoy the beauty of the West Coast and preserve it for generations to come by leaving only our footprints behind. 

The children will be entertained with special activities, such as teaching them how to braai sausage in newspaper without a grid, making “stokbrood” on the open coals with marshmallows for desert. During these activities many of the adults will be taken back to their own childhood days and spend time enjoying these activities with the children.  Avoid disappointment and book now, as we can accommodate only a limited number of vehicles on this excursion.

CRAYFISH SEASON & TIDES


Participants will experience a Blue Moon on 31 March 2018. The next Blue Moon will only be in 2020. A Blue Moon is when two full moons occur in one calendar month. Full Moons normally appear every 29.5 days. Low tide will be at 09h33 and 21h42. The low tide in the morning is very favourable for taking out crayfish; this gives you the opportunity to try your hand at catching that big elusive one. Make sure you are in possession of all the relevant permits, should you be harvesting anything from the sea.

 

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.

Trailers : Off-Road Trailers and Caravans can be accommodated on this excursion.
Grading : Trail grading is between 1 & 2.
Nearest Town : Bitterfontein and Lutzville.
Guide    : Coenie Moll.

 

RENDEZVOUS

 

PLACE : THE ONLY GARAGE in BITTERFONTEIN on the N7.                

DATE : FRIDAY, 30 MARCH 2018.

TIME : 09h30 SHARP.  Please respect your fellow participants and be on time.

 

FRIDAY 30 MARCH 2018


09h30 - Rendezvous at the ONLY GARAGE in BITTERFONTEIN on the N7.               
           - Briefing on day activities and convoy driving. 
09h45 - Depart in convoy for Delwers Camp.
           - Arrive at Delwer's camp and set camp for two nights.
           - Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the camp close to the sea or try your hand at harvesting food from
             the sea. Remember permits.
19h00 - Communal evening braai.

 

SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2018

 

The official activity for the day will be the visit to the Spoeg River Caves some 65km north of our camp. The day will be a day of enjoying the coast while driving all the legal tracks close to the shore line. Alternatively you can try your hand at fishing or harvesting shellfish from the ocean. Always remember your appropriate permits on hand. For the really laid back people you are welcome to enjoy a day relaxing and letting your hair down.

 

SUNDAY 1 APRIL 2018

 

09h00 - Depart from camp after breakfast for our final campsite in close proximity to Gert du Toit-se-Baai, 
              via the Saltpans at Rietfontein, Matessa-se-Bad, Brand-se-Baai and Namakwa Sands mining area.
12h30 - Enjoy a light self-catering picnic lunch en-route.
15h00 - Arrive at our camp near Gert du Toit-se-Baai.
19h00 - Communal evening braai.

 

MONDAY 2 APRIL 2018


10h00 - Depart from camp for Lutzville via Skaapvlei and Koekenaap.
12h00 - Arrive at Lutzville where we will refuel before we depart for Cape Town.
           - Trip officially ends with everyone choosing his or her own route to return to Cape Town / home.

 

FUEL STOPS EN-ROUTE


Ensure that your vehicle is refuelled at the rendezvous point, prior to the briefing. Ensure you have sufficient fuel on board to complete a distance of 400km, which includes sections of low range driving.  Should you have any questions in this regard, you are welcome to contact us. 

 

ACCOMMODATION


This excursion is offered as a self-catering camping weekend, everyone must be equipped accordingly.

 

CATERING

 

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

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


Delwers Camp offers modern biodegradable toilets and water tapes offering running water in the camp. At the second camp there are no ablution facilities.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

. 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 - Always advisable to bring your own drinking water.
. WATER – We suggest a minimum of 3 to 5L per person/day depending on your own consumption.
. ICE – Ensure you have sufficient ice
. No electricity on the West Coast.
. No generators permitted on trips
. Bring wood for braai and sitvuur. (Minimum 6 x Bags per vehicle)
. 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.
. Remember braai grid, braai stand, tongs, eating utensils, table, chairs, tent and poles
. The days could be warm and the night’s cold.  Pack clothing accordingly.
. If the wind blows, a windbreak can be beneficial.
. Always advisable to wear comfortable closed boots or shoes.
. Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block available.
. It is advisable to always have an umbrella or awning available. No shade on the West Coast.
. Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, spare batteries and extra film.
. Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.
. Ensure you have your valid Crayfish, Fishing, Mussels and any other permit you may require for harvesting anything from the sea.
. Cederberg 4x4 will not be held responsible should anyone not adhere to the rules and regulations of local or national requirements for fishing and shell fishing.
. No generators permitted on trips

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS


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 will be advisable.
A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge will be required to deflate/inflate tyres.
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 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 R350-00 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

 

R2750-00 per vehicle.                                                                    

R350-00 per radio, should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio.

 

SANParks conservation fees for 2018 not included in the cost above.

 

R40-00pppn and children 11yrs and older.
R20-00pppn for children 10yrs and younger.

SANParks conservation fees are subject to change without prior notice
NB. Should you have a valid Wildcard for SANParks, the above conservation fees are not applicable. To qualify for the non-payment you will be required to produce your Wild Card upon entering the West Coast National Park. No exceptions can be accommodated.

 

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 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.
. A deposit of R1000-00 is required upon booking to secure your place.
. 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 19 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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