Blombosch - Under New management





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  1. #1
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    Default Blombosch - Under New management

    So I was curious about the Blombosch trail, and on Friday headed out that way. Greeted by Banners saying that the trail is open, and under new management.

    Opened the gate, headed through, and closed the gate behind me. about a kilometre or two on gravel road, and you will get to the house. There is still a lot of working happening on site, the guys are replacing the cottage roof, and doing maintenance.

    Was greeted buy a guy at the main house, who advised that the trail was R200, but note that they are still working on getting it back to fully fledged trail, so he mentioned that it was a bit rough as it wasn't maintained much. happy with the honesty, I headed out anyway, as I wanted to see for myself.

    At the start you are greeted with a Sign "4x4 Fynbos and Game trail" the first section is a bit sandy, but nothing hectic. Being alone, I engaged 4wd-L as I didn't want to mess the trail up further, and the Jimbo cruised through it. About 10 minutes into the trail, there were a couple of tortoises, before we came up to Snake pit, which is a very small section where you can play around over 2 or 3 small hills and dips. The middle mannetjie is very high at points of the trail, as the reeds a a bit overgrown.

    The trail is mostly sand track, with 1 bit of a rocky incline. At the base of the incline, you are given two options, left easy way or right very rocky challenging way. I opted for the easy way, as the other section was very populated with reeds, and is evident that it was not used in a very long time. 1st Gear 4wd-L and the Jimbo didn't break a sweat. This was probably the most challenging section of the trail, yet not challenging at all. After this section is a fairly narrow Sand track with lots of thorns, I was lucky enough to pick up no punctures even with road tyres on. Note that Bigger vehicles may pick up scratches as the vegetation is a bit overgrown on the sides of the trail.

    Once this section was complete, we got to Aapgat, which is a picnic section, very rundown currently, but i reckon once back to proper maintenance should be a nice section to take a basket. there is a watering hole, but it has a bit of a stench due to the lack of rain I'm assuming, however the Cape Weavers seem to love the section, with a couple of nests already built, and a few more in the process of being built.

    From Aapgat, there are two tracks which you can take, to the left will take you towards the end of the trail, and to the right will take you around the back section of the trail, I opted to go towards the back section, however after a few minutes of driving, vegetation took over and all tracks disappeared, I managed to make a U-turn, and go back towards Aapgat, opting for the shorter distance. The track take you towards the Salt Pan, with a sign saying stay off the Pan, and a track to the right of the pan. once you are over the Pan, theres another sand section, going over a hill, taking you back to the Cottages at the start of the trail.

    Conclusion:
    Its a very easy trail, and I could have probably done it without low range. My vehicle is not lifted, and is on stock suspension, but took a couple of small knocks underneath here and there, due to overgrown vegetation.
    There is no Game, or at least none that I saw, only tortoises and one or two cows. some bird life here and there, nothing too spectacular or out of the ordinary. Very thorny, and could result in some punctures. Overgrown vegetation, could lead to some nasty scratches on vehicles bigger than the Jimny, which is almost all vehicles.
    Once the track is more regularly maintained and looked after I think it might just be a nice little spot for a day outing with the family, with a picnic. Would be nice to see some buck and other animals, I'm not sure if it is on the cards for the new owners. New ownership has was taken about 6 months ago according to the guy at the house. Don't expect a challenging, difficult trail, most guys would probably get bored, I let Swambo drive half the trail, as it was more exciting for her to drive offroad for the first time. Total Time, with stopping a few times is probably about an hour to an hour and a half if you take your time.
    Lets see what the future holds for this neglected trail.
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    Last edited by ...kRiLLiN...; 2017/09/26 at 10:22 AM.
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    Default Re: Blombosch - Under New management

    Thanks for the info kRiLLiN, Good to know.

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    Default Re: Blombosch - Under New management

    Looks like a nice place to get swambo to drive her first trail. Thank you
    Always think: Could this be sarcasm?

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    Default Re: Blombosch - Under New management

    Good report kRiLLiN, hope they get it right
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