June 2015 Ramansdrift / West Coast trip

Our original plan was this, but we landed up in the places between the brackets because of an oil cooler failure:-

6: Loeriesfonein (Loeriesfonein)
7: Klein Pella (Klein Pella)
8: Ramansdrift (Ramansdrift)
9: Ramansdrift (Ramansdrift)
10: Ramansdrift (Ramansdrift)
11: Honneklipbaai (Springbok)
12: Brand se baai (Springbok)
13: Brand se baai (Brand se baai)
14: Dwarskersbos (Brand se baai)
15: Home (Home)

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Tulbagh – Secret Falls

Tulbagh – Secret Falls

http://www.secret-falls-tulbagh.com/

There are two camp sites at secret falls.  One with cottages and the other, which our group opted for, was the 4×4 camp site up the Winterhoek West mountain slope.  We took the road up to the camp site in ideal dry conditions and had to engage low range first to crawl up.  The drive would have been uncomfortable otherwise.  Take it slow up as there are a few cross axle spots as well as loose and sharp rocks to navigate over and through.  It’s a one vehicle track and very narrow for most of the way.  Passing another vehicle going up or down will be a challenge.

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NAMIBIA… our trip to the land of contrast and endless horizons: 8 – 23 August 2014

written by Jackie Scott

Oh, how can I say this: People need wild places. Whether or not we think we do, we do. We need to be able to taste grace and know once again that we desire it. We need to experience a landscape that is timeless, whose agenda moves at the pace of speciation and glaciers. To be surrounded by a singing, mating, howling commotion of other species, all of which love their lives as much as we do ours, and none of which could possibly care less about our economic status or our running day calendar. Wildness puts us in our place. It reminds us that our plans are small and somewhat absurd.

Excerpt from Small Wonder? by Barbara Kingsolver

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Faces of Namib with URI – From a female driver’s perspective

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A friend of mine asked me if I wanna pack my 15 year old son into my 4×4 vehicle and do this trip Faces of Namib with them as he wants to take his 15 year old son and go and do it. So what do I always say: YES!

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Up the West Coast to Richtersveld – July 2014

A group of 3 vehicles, a Defender, DC Cruiser and single cab Cruiser, manned by myself, Christo Giliomee and his dad (oom Piet), and Bee de Klerk respectively decided to make a trip up to the Richtersveld all along the West Coast.

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June 2013 – Middelpos to Ramansdrif and back via Honneklipbaai

Back in June 2013 three vehicles (2 Defender and Cruiser double cab) decided to go up to Ramansdrif, via the legendary Middelpos hotel in the Tankwa Karoo and then back through Honneklipbaai.

First day we travel through the Tankwa and stay over at the Middelpos hotel.

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Kgalagadi – January 2014

On January the 8th we left Melkbosstrand at 04h00 to start the long drive to the Kgalagadi. The group consists of two vehicles (Land Rover Defender and Cruiser double cab bakkie, with myself, Pieter, Christo, Ali and Chris). It is a long day’s travel and beside filling up for fuel, we push straight through until we almost reached the border.

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Trip to nowhere 2014

Pieter and myself recently undertook a trip up and down the Karoo without planning too much. This is a brief trip report.

triptonowheremapNight 1: In the Tankwa at a place called “Isle of Sky

Night 2 & 3: Stayed in Victoria West

Night 4: Stayed on a farm a couple of kms outside of Victoria West

Night 5: Stayed at Bushman Valley just outside of Prince Albert

Night 6 & 7: Spend some time in the Bontebok National Park

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Kruistementvlei – Piket Bo Berg

This weekend we went camping at Kruistementvlei (http://kruistementvlei.webs.com/) and I can honestly say its one of the best campsites I’ve been to. If you are 10 or more people (I beleive) you have the whole site to yourself (although you can fit a whole lot more people in there) and at R50 per person per night its an absolute steal.

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