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TRANSKEI WILD COAST MEANDER

 

WORDS AND PHOTOS CAN DO NO JUSTICE TO THE UNIQUE BEAUTY OF THE TRANSKEI WILD COST
 

 2 – 10 JUNE 2018

 

CROSSING THE KEI RIVER WITH THE FERRY AND VISITING THE FAMOUS HOLE-IN-THE-WALL ARE ONLY A COUPLE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS YOU WILL CHERISH ON YOUR RETURN

 

The Transkei Wild Coast remains a destination so many people would like to visit but know so little about and do not want to attempt on their own, which is a wise and safe decision. Being in a group led by a seasoned guide will give everyone peace of mind with regards to safety when visiting the Transkei Wild Coast. Cederberg 4x4 will be hosting an eight-night overland adventure, visiting some of the most popular and well-known destinations between Kei Mouth and Coffee Bay. Only our rendezvous in Morgan Bay will be a one-night stop. At all three of the other destinations on the Transkei Wild Coast we will be spending between two and three nights at each, ensuring you have enough time to relax in the camp, enjoy the amenities the camp has to offer or explore the surrounding area either by foot or in your vehicle. The Transkei Wild Coast offers a mystique of venturing into the unknown. Like most remote and off-the-beaten-track destination that will be encountered during our visit to the Transkei Wild Coast, it is always a safe option to join a group that has visited this part of our country many times in the past, ensuring a safe passage while using reputable overnight camps with acceptable ablution facilities.

Trennerys will be a three-night camp on the Transkei Wild Coast and is situated only 30km from the Kei River mouth. Do not be deceived by the distance as the roads we plan to travel will take you to amazingly beautiful places while testing your 4x4 driving and negotiating skills before enjoying a late lunch at Trennerys. Over lunch many photos and comments about the morning’s activities will be shared by all. No visit to Trennerys will be complete without a visit to the wreck (remains) of the Jakaranda, one of many ships that ran aground on the Transkei Wild Coast, making it their final resting place. The wreck is situated between Mount Point and Cherry’s Point and has deteriorated very fast over the last five years from the onslaughts and fury of the Indian Ocean and environmental factors.

An early arrival at Dwesa Nature Reserve, a two-night stop, will give participants enough time to either arrange a guided trip through the reserve or make use of a guided trip to the mouth of the Mbashe River. Here small boats will transport you to the opposite bank of the river where lunch can be enjoyed at The Haven Hotel before returning to the camp. The option has always proven to be very popular with participants. Alternatively, you might choose to relax at the camp, hike in the reserve or enjoy time on the beach or even go fishing just outside the reserve.

 

On the Wild Coast long, amazing beaches run as far as the eye can see and there are numerous stunning river mouths.

Coffee Bay, our final destination, will be a two-night stop. Our early arrival will ensure you have enough time to enjoy a late lunch at one of the many eateries in town.  The following day we will visit the well-known Hole-in-the-Wall. An optional light lunch can be considered before returning to the tranquillity of the camp. This will be our last evening together as a group before we have to say our good-byes the following morning and head home.

Your spirit of adventure, exploring the unknown surrounded by other like-mined 4x4 outdoor enthusiasts and a good sense of humour, will add to this being a trip you will remember for a long time after your return. You will be the envy of many friends that have not had the opportunity to visit this exciting part of our country. Here is your opportunity to invite them along and have them share in this exciting trip. Avoid disappointment and book now to secure you 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 :  Only vehicles with low range capabilities can be accommodated. 

Trailers  :  Off-Road Caravans & Trailers CAN be accommodated. Discuss with Coenie.
Nearest Town :  Morgan’s Bay and Coffee Bay.
Guide    :  Coenie Moll.

 

RENDEZVOUS


PLACE : MORGAN BAY HOTEL CAMPSITE – Just south of Kei Mouth (Directions below).

DATE   : SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2018.

TIME   : Arrive any time during the day. Please plan your driving time to arrive not later than 17h00.
      Respect your fellow participants and be on time.

 

DIRECTIONS TO RENDEZVOUS


The rendezvous will be at Morgan Bay Hotel campsite.  The campsite is at the local hotel where we will meet and set camp under the trees, on green grass, on the bank of the river. Follow the N2 past East London and take the R349 turnoff to Kei Mouth and Morgan’s Bay.

 

DESTINATION 1 – (Arrive 2 June – Depart 3 June (1 x night)


The campsite situated at the mouth of the Qhora River in Morgans Bay is the rendezvous for the Transkei expedition style adventure. The large trees in the camp offer sufficient shade for the grass covered campsites, each with their own power and water point. Please announce your arrival with the guide. Allow yourself enough time to visit some of the many beautiful and well-known places in that area. You might even spoil yourself and enjoy a lunch at the Morgan’s Bay Hotel. A communal evening braai will be enjoyed, while participants get to know one another around the fire. 

 

DESTINATION 2 – (Arrive 3 June – Depart 6 June (3 x nights)


After enjoying breakfast and breaking camp we will head for the ferry where we will cross the Kei River into the Transkei. We will visit The Gates followed by a challenging section while heading for Trennerys where we will set camp for three nights. In the afternoon participants will be able to enjoy the beauty of the beach and all the amenities the lodge has to offer. The following day we plan to visit the wreck of the Jacaranda where a picnic lunch will be enjoyed. The last day will be a day at leisure where you might choose to visit a local village where a craft market provides opportunities for locals to sell their goods or visit Seagulls a well-known landmark of the area. A further option would be to spend time at the lodge and enjoy all the amenities on offer.

DESTINATION 3 – (Arrive 6 June– Depart 8 June (2 x nights)


Dwesa Nature Reserve is always a popular destination when visiting the Transkei Wild Coast where we will spend two nights. A lunch time arrival will ensure enough afternoon leisure time is available to either relax at the camp, spend time on the beach or hike in the reserve. The following day an optional guided trip through the reserve to the mouth of the Mbashe River can be arranged. Here small boats will transport you across the river to enjoy a light lunch at the well-know Haven Hotel. This has always been a popular activity in the past and enjoyed by all.

DESTINATION 4 – (Arrive 8 June – Depart 10 June (2 x night)


At Coffee Bay our last destination of the Transkei Wild Coast overland adventure we will spend two nights. This town is by far one of the most popular destinations for most people when visiting the Transkei Wild Coast. Enough time will be on hand to explore the town and its many curious stalls and eateries. The following day we will visit The Hole-in-the-Wall, a definite highlight of the trip. You can choose the amount of time spent at Hole-in-the-Wall before returning to the camp. This will be the last evening of the trip before we have to say our good-byes the next morning.

FUEL STOPS


Ensure your vehicle is refuelled before your arrival at the rendezvous point.  We suggest that all vehicles carry a minimum of 100lt of fuel. Fuel is available in the Transkei but cannot always be guaranteed in the smaller towns we will be visiting.

 

CATERING


Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of this Transkei Wild Coast Expedition.

 

ACCOMMODATION


This excursion is offered as a self-sufficient camping trip; everyone must be equipped accordingly.

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES


All the campsites we will be using during the Transkei Wild Coast Expedition offer good to rustic ablution facilities with flush toilets and hot/cold showers.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

WATER - is available at all the campsites we plan to use.
DRINKING WATER - Always advisable to bring own drinking water on excursions.
ICE – Ensure you have sufficient ice for personal use.
Electricity is available at some of the campsites we plan to use.
Bring long electric extension leads to reach some of the power points at the camps.
WOOD - We suggest each vehicle carry at least 2 x bags of wood at all times.
Consider carrying charcoal as well as wood.
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.
Bring braai grid, braai stand, tongs and other cooking/eating utensils.
Remember your table and chairs.
Remember to bring your cameras, video cameras, spare batteries and extra memory sticks.
The days could be warm and the nights cooler. 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 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 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 that 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 the Transkei Meander is important for many reasons.  It ensures the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on the adventure, 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 during the long distances we need to travel to enjoy the great outdoors.
 
We suggest all 4x4 vehicles that don’t have a 29MHz two-way radio, HIRE one from us at a nominal fee of R550-00 for this Adventure.

 

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 double adapter handy as well as spare fuses.

 

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.

 

EXCLUDED


Ferry fares at the Kei River crossing.
Two-way radio hire from Cederberg 4x4.

 

INCLUDED


Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating and guide fees.
All camping fees for the trip

 

COST

 

R3300-00 per adult.
R3300-00 per child 13yrs and older.
R1650-00 per child 6 – 12 yrs.
FREE – Children 5yrs and younger.

R550-00 Radio hire should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29MHz two-way radio. 

 

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 overland 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 form.
- A 25% 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 2 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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