Anysberg 4x4 Eco Trail.





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    Default Anysberg 4x4 Eco Trail.

    I was asked recently by a certain club to organise a trip to do the Anysberg mountain trail, but then only one of their members booked! Here are the details if anyone wants to join.


    Anysberg Nature Reserve and 4x4 Trail


    (Perfect trip for new members and beginners to 4x4’ing.)



    11 – 13 April 2008.

    Some two and a half hours drive up the N1 just east of Touwsrivier, lies the Anysberg Nature Reserve, a lesser known gem in the Cape Nature stable. It was established in 1988 when the nature conservation authorities as they were then, bought up surrounding farms in a bid to re-introduce to the Cape those species of game that were once abundant in the Karoo and to protect the flora and fauna that were already present. On this trip we should at least see red hartebeest, springbok, duiker, steenbok, gemsbok and ostrich of the larger species. The area is abundant with bird life as well as many of the smaller mammals. Rare sightings include mountain leopard, caracal and jackal. The plant life is abundant and it varies greatly as one travels from the plains up into the mountains. Check out Anysberg on www.capenature.co.za.
    Anysberg is one of the few nature reserves with a 4x4 Trial, a fact which hasn't been extensively advertised and therefore up to now has remained a closely guarded secret to those few in the know. I have recently been granted permission to guide vehicles on the trail and to camp overnight on the mountain top, unaccompanied. The trail is not particularly difficult from a driving point of view but there could be one or two tricky sections, caused by rain run-off damage to the track. You may be required to pack rocks to rebuild certain sections of the track. The official rating is a grade 3 and camping or off-road trailers are not permitted.
    This is not a trail in the normal sense of 4x4 routes. It is a nature trail for which a 4x4 vehicle is required in order for you to experience the beauty of this special place with your family. The emphasis is more on the surroundings than on the driving. The pace will be leisurely with plenty of stops to take photos, admire the view or simply to stretch the legs.
    Facilities for campers and 4x4'ers are non-existent, which is the rustic appeal of this trail. Come prepared.
    Totally self-sufficient.
    There is no water, ablutions facilities or any of the other little luxuries that many 4x4 trails provide these days.
    Programme.
    Friday 11-04-2008 Meet at the N1 Winelands Engen at 14h00 for briefing. At 14h30 sharp we will depart for Touwsriver, our final fuel stop. By 18h00 we should arrive at Anysberg to set up camp. Traditional communal braai fire supper.
    Saturday 12-04-2008 Drive first section of Mountain 4x4 Trail. Overnight at camp site on top of mountain. Once again, traditional communal braai fire supper.
    Sunday 13-04-2008 Drive the rest of the Mountain trail and after lunch, depart for Cape Town via Montagu.
    What to take.
    1. 2 bags of firewood per vehicle and a braai drum if you have one. No fires may be made on the ground and all coals must be removed off the mountain afterwards. The guide vehicle will have containers for the removal of coals. 2 braai drums will also be provided.
    2. Sufficient water for cooking, drinking and washing purposes for all the occupants of your vehicle for the two days.
    3. Spade / bush toilet. (It's the cat method this weekend!) Toilet paper must NOT be burnt on the mountain. Ziplock plastic bags will be provided for the purpose of bringing all toilet paper back for later disposal at home.
    4. 29 MHz radio is essential for communication amongst the vehicles in the convoy. Please make arrangements to hire one if you don’t have or you will miss out on all the interesting chatter.
    5. Please bring your own recovery equipment, at least a snatch strap, tyre repair kit and compressor and please ensure that your vehicle has professionally fitted recovery points.
    Important.
    1. Weather conditions in the mountains can change rapidly, so take warm clothing and be prepared for cold and wet conditions on the Saturday night should bad weather descend in the form of clouds or mist.
    2. We must take all refuse out with us, so bring black bags.
    3. Drinking whilst driving is strictly prohibited.
    4. No-one is permitted to ride on roof-racks at any time.
    5. No audible music or rowdy behaviour will be permitted at any time on the trail or in the campsites - please respect your fellow campers’ right to enjoy the peace and tranquility of being out in the bush.
    Cost.
    R575.00 per vehicle.
    I need to finalise the booking and pay Cape Nature by Friday 4th April so please make payment as soon as possible.
    Booking:
    Only 10vehicles will be able to join us on this trip. If interested, you need to book early.
    Contact Philip Scott on 082 446 1981 or e-mail [email protected].
    (1st come 1st served basis will apply.)

    Please email me the following information.
    Name & Surname of driver:
    Passenger's Name/s:
    Children's names & ages:
    Cell phone number:
    Vehicle Make:
    Vehicle Colour:
    Vehicle Registration:
    Will you have a 29 MHz radio with you? :
    Banking Details.
    Name: P Scott
    Bank: First National Bank
    Branch code: 200 109
    Account No. 5015 2156 128
    Reference: Anysberg April
    CONFIRMATION.
    Bookings need to be confirmed and paid for by Friday 4th April.
    If you have any queries whatsoever, please feel free to contact your trip guide:
    Philip Scott on (082) 446 1981 or at [email protected].
    (Registered DEAT 4x4 Tour Guide WC 2448.)

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    Phillip, you should've mentioned it at the 4WDGA meeting last week. We organised a trip in February and the response was so great that we repeated it in March.

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