Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous





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    Default Ga-Ma "trail" on Klein Pella, Northern Cape for the adventurous

    Klein Pella is a farm that you will drive through just after starting the Namakwa trail. It is a commercial farm producing dates and grapes and conserving the other 90% of the area.
    A couple of us living and working on the farm started looking for an access route to the more remote corners and ended up making a semi circular trail of about 20km accessible only with a 4x4.
    We have also identified aditional tracks that can eventually extend the trail to more than double the existing bit.
    The idea is to eventually develop it into a formal trail after sorting out all the legalities and burocratic stuff.

    We have opened up the trail to visitor subject to signing an indemnity forum and in future a small fee. Advice on how to proceed will be of great help.

    I'll give a description of what we have done so far with some pictures and some of the first vehicles to pass through.

    Most of the work was done by hand, minimal disturbance of the environment is the idea. Most of the work was moving of rocks that prevented passage or cause tire damage.
    We believe the grading to be a 4 so experience and difflocks are needed. I did manage the 20km in 3hrs without damage to my unmodified Pathfinder, and we did it in a Discovery in 2 hours.

    UPDATE: Recent visits by 4x4 enthusiasts with a variety of unmodified vehicles gave some insight into the dificulty of this route. It is a bit harder than it apears in the pictures. At no point was machines used and at no point in the past was this a normal road that have deteriorated. It was built as a 4x4 track and in a lot of the obstacles there is only one correct line. This means that if you do not take the correct line you may get some damage or get into a dangerous situation|
    YES, I have done it with my unmodified Pathfinder without any damage, but I did modify it in that I changed the tyres from 255/65 R17 to 265/75 R17. I also did it with an unmodified Hardbody 4x4, but it apears to have a better break over angle than newer vehicles.
    And finaly, I have done the route more than a hundred times in the last year, and it seems rather easy to me, but first time users disagrees with me, so fair warning it is a Grade 4 route and 4x4 experience is needed as whe will attemp to have a guide available on request, but it will not always be possible in our harvest season.


    If anyone is in the area with enough time, contact me and if I have the time available I might join you on the drive.
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    Last edited by Bex; 2018/11/26 at 04:53 PM. Reason: Grade 4

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