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    Default Sir Lowry's Pass 4x4 Route

    Hi guys

    Anyone know where this trail is located? After a bit of googling, I found this site: http://www.wheretostay.co.za/information/topic/632

    Is the route inside the reserve, or is it off the N2? Has anyone been on it?

    Anyone from around GB/Somerset West keen to a day trip on a Saturday/Sunday?

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    Naks, won't be able to do it this week, but sounds like a nice outing. If you go, post details for the rest of us, and remember pictures

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    NAKS,

    Would love to go, not this weekend, how about next weekend.

    Search on the forum for the place, i know some people has done it. I is not a 4x4 trail, it is more a scenic route.
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    Sounds like a nice trip. I did a quad bike trip in that area last year and enjoyed it a lot. The only date that would suite me in the near future for this outing is Freedom day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Carey View Post
    Trail description:
    The entrance to the route is on the N2 on Sir Lowry's Pass. From here, the trail heads off through mountain fynbos, rugged mountain scenery and pine plantations, ending at Nuweberg.

    Erm, I've never seen this so-called entrance on the N2! Has anyone seen it?

    Yeah, this weekend the weather doesn't sound too good, and next weekend is the Spanish GP, so no can do for a day trip unless it's on Sat.

    Unless we try to organise for a Freedom Day outing?

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    Naks,

    How about something for May 10/11.

    I think there will be guys going away the whole week with all the holidays. The 10/11 May will be the first weekend after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SAUK View Post
    Naks, How about something for May 10/11.

    I just called the Nature Reserve, and they have closed the route due to lack of manpower.

    Also, the chap informed me that this area falls under the MTO Ecotourism (http://www.mtoecotourism.co.za/) property, and a permit to do the route can be obtained from the Forestry Office in Grabouw.

    I will contact the MTO Grabouw offices and let you guys know.

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    Here's the turn-off from the N2. It's on the first turn after going over the top of the pass from the GB/Cpt side. I did it end of last year as part of the 4WDC's toys for charity event.

    The gate at the turn-off is locked, so you'd probably get a key with the permit. I wouldn't pay R200 for it - maybe it's cheaper now - but it is a nice scenic drive with a couple of low steps where you could knock your rear bumper if you're not careful.
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    I drove along the N2 (as you ascend Sir Lowrys Ass from the Grabouw side, just before the dam) a month or so ago and saw guys with 4x4's in the Steenbras dam on what appeared to be a 4x4 trail. They were right next to the N2 in the section of the dam that goes underneath the bridge. One 4x4 was stuck in quite deep water and everyone else was trying to help.
    Must be this trail.

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    No, we never crossed over to the dam's side of the N2. We went up into the mountain quite a bit higher than the N2, from where we could see a large part of the Steenbras Dam, and then slowly descended past some pine plantations, ending on a gravel road, where we turned right to go back through Grabouw.

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    Some pics from the trail that were sent by the MTO Ecotourism office:
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    Yep, that first one looks familiar!

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    That second pic looks like the spot were the ox-wagons use to come over the mountain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundubus View Post
    That second pic looks like the spot were the ox-wagons use to come over the mountain.

    I think you're right - the pic's file name was 'Wagon Tracks'

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    Elands pad/Gantouw 1662. Our 4th pass
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    Le Roux, Susan <[email protected]>

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    There will be a Mountain bike event race, 600 participants, in the plantation on 10 May from 7h00 13h00. (Tru-Cape MTB event)

    We will allow 4x4 Vehicles only from 13h00.

    The gate guard will issue the permits. Please find map attached. The MTO Forestry gate is next to the Elgin Country Club gate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naks View Post
    Le Roux, Susan <[email protected]>

    Nakkiran
    There will be a Mountain bike event race, 600 participants, in the plantation on 10 May from 7h00 13h00. (Tru-Cape MTB event)

    We will allow 4x4 Vehicles only from 13h00.

    The gate guard will issue the permits. Please find map attached. The MTO Forestry gate is next to the Elgin Country Club gate.
    They must've allowed us special entry from the N2 then, to save us time. Iirc, we did wait quite a while for the guy to arrive with the key... Didn't she send you a map of the trail itself as well? Maybe it's a round trip now, starting and ending at their gate, and we only did part of it. How much are the permits?

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    Hi,

    Our access to the trail was arranged thru CapeNature (due to our good relationship with them), whom still "owns" the land, but is managed for them by MTO. CapeNature supplied us with the keys for entry to the gate on the N2. A couple of them joined us on the trail and guided us to the MTO Forestry gate at the country club where we exited... I have no idea on the actual route.

    Derren

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    Quote Originally Posted by stadleroux View Post
    How much are the permits?

    R150

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