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    Default Show a newbie around

    Hi there. Anyone feel like showing a newbie around the softroader friendly trails around Cape Town? I recently acquired a freelander 2 and so far been to Blombosch and up table mountain via Constantia nek to the waterworks museum (mountain rescue related). I know there's a sticky thread on the list of trails, but I think I probably need to know where to go, who to call, permits, who has right of way, and also someone to pull me out when I get stuck.

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    Default Re: Show a newbie around

    You can't bring a Freelander 2 on a softroader outing. You'll get bored and you'll wonder why they don't invite you the next time

    Helderberg 4x4 near Somerset West is a great "starter" course. Do the blue route first, then later when you're confident, do the red route.

    To get people to join, set a firm date and time (Saturdays 9am seems a good time for most) about a month in advance, then post a thread in the Western Cape section. You should get a fair turnout.

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    Default Re: Show a newbie around

    Thanks for the advice Johan. One of reasons I got the freelander was because of the opinion of members on this forum. Seems like it's almost a "real" 4x4, but quite a bit more capable than the average softroader. I suppose putting a date down will attract a few experienced guys to show me around and connect with. I'm also just trying to avoid upsetting some oom in a hardcore 4x4 who lives on the trail because I don't know trail etiquette. I'll give that blue route a go. You reckon with a bit more experience a freelander can make it up the red? I've seen a few videos of the boomslang and it looks a bit tough.

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    Default Re: Show a newbie around

    Quote Originally Posted by RJay View Post
    ...up table mountain via Constantia Neck to the waterworks museum (mountain rescue related)...
    Now here is a trip you could start with....
    Mercedes W123 300D, runs on Mother Natures Goodness.
    Powered by the Sun, the Rain and the Earth.
    Have now covered 220 000Km on veg oil.
    Oh, and an Isuzu 280DT.

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