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    Default THE BIG OXWAGON TRAIL ADVENTURE 6-12 July 2009

    Posted on behalf of Philip Scott.

    If you are interested in this trip please contact him or reply in this thread.

    THE BIG OXWAGON TRAIL ADVENTURE.

    NB This year we start in Knsyna and head westwards, ending at Heidelberg.

    DATES: Monday 6th July to Sunday 12th July 2009.

    YOUR GUIDE: Philip Scott - 4WD Guide (WC 2448.)

    Be Pioneers for a week and explore with us the old Ox-Wagon Trails and Passes of the Southern Cape.

    Most of the early ox wagon trails were not constructed as such, but travellers merely followed game and elephant tracks or the footpaths made by the Khoi Khoi people. The first ox wagon trail to cross the Langeberg / Outeniqua range was the Attaquaskloof pass Ė north of Mossel Bay. This became the main road to the North for 180 years from 1689 to 1869. Only with the arrival of John Montague, the colonial secretary at the Cape from 1843 to 1852, and the expertise of Andrew Geddes Bain and his son Thomas, did proper road construction begin in the Cape.

    The first properly constructed passes over the Cape Fold Mountains between the coast and the little Karoo were the Montague Pass (1848 between George and Oudtshoorn and the Robinson Pass (1869) between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. Nowhere else in South Africa is there such a concentration of mountain passes in one area, nor such a wealth of variety in their scenery and vegetation, as can be found in the Southern Cape. These passes are as much a part of the little Karoo story as the Ostrich: without them there would have been no access, nor settlement of farms and no way for the farmer to communicate with, and bring his products to the outside world. This trip will aim to explore some lesser known passes and ox wagon trails.

    What better way is there to spend the school holidays with your family?

    ITINERARY

    Day 1 6th July 17:00
    Make your way at leisure to Knsyna where we meet up our centralised camp site. Camp near Knysna.

    Day 2 7th July 08:30
    Depart on Knysna Forrest Tour, lunch at community project in Diepwalle and we then make our way to Burchellís for our first night on the Ox Wagon Trail as such.
    Camp at Burchell.

    Day 3 8th July 09:00
    Spend day at Burchellís following the trail of Burchell himself. Meet the legendary Katot Meyer and learn about the early Wagonerís lifestyle.
    Camp at Burchell.

    Day 4 9th July 09:00
    Depart Burchellís and drive over Duiwelskop, Zebra and Mount Hope to Louvain.
    Camp at Louvain.

    Day 5 10th July 09:00
    Depart Louvain over the Attakwaskloof Pass to Bonniedale via the hotel ruins.
    Camp at Bonniedale.

    Day 6
    Spend the day at Bonniedale, drive the 4x4 routes and other activities on offer.
    Camp at Bonniedale.

    Day 7
    Depart for Cape Town via gravel and some lesser travelled roads.

    COSTS
    Include all camping fees, 4x4 routes and access permits, specified tours, guide fees and lunch on Day 2.

    R2250 per vehicle for two people, R620 additional per extra adult, R420 additional per child under the age of 6.

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    Can we join at different stages? For example over the weekend or on Friday afternoon or something like that?
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    Will a softroader make the trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    DATES: Monday 6th July to Sunday 12th July 2009.

    What a pity...this our 2nd week in Namibia. Will there be another date for the same/similar event later in the year - it sounds for me as a foreigner very interesting to see the old trecks "live"....not only in the Voortrecker Museum in Pretoria on pics and drawings... ...

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    Hi Guys and thanks for your queries about the Ox Wagon Route. Sorry to be only repaying now, but here goes...

    Firstly, although it is possiblle to join up on the Friday, that really defeats the object as you will then only get to drive one of the 4x4 trails and none of the actual route used by the ox wagoneers.

    Second question about whether a soft roader wouldmake it. I assume you're referring to the XTrail 4x4. This is a very capable vehicle and will be able to make the ox wagon route and certainly the one section of one of the 4x4 routes. You may have to hop in with someone else for that section, or be prepared to go for a nature walk instead!

    Thirdly, I will certainly consider running this again later in the year, but if we battle to fill this trip, would there be a greater response in 3 or 4 months time? Maybe next year again rather.

    Please spread the word to your clubs and your circle of 4x4 buddies. This one is a gem, not to be missed.

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    R420 additional per child under the age of 6.
    Does this mean a child of 9 pays adult rates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip Scott View Post
    Thirdly, I will certainly consider running this again later in the year, but if we battle to fill this trip, would there be a greater response in 3 or 4 months time? Maybe next year again rather.

    No claim - but 1 months leadtime for vacation planning is a bit short, that post is from June, 6th. The majority of bookings (like our Namibia trip) requires longer planning horizon. We would have joined but booked in April the last 2 slots w/ coastways/Namibia....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Does this mean a child of 9 pays adult rates?
    Bonniedale is NOT CHEAP. You only get discount for a child under 6. We were there Easter and this was my biggest gripe, the rates. We are a family off 5 and paying R75/person per day was not funny
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    Dirk, there is always room for negotiation around children over 6, but as mentioned by Johann, some venues stick to their rates. Where it could get reduced however is the cost we pay to Bhejane for their Knysna Forrest Tour. (That usually goes at round R375 per head.)

    This is actually really good value for money considering you get the Forrest Tour, 3 4x4 routes, Forrestry access permits and camping fees all included. The value added to the total experience by the guides on the Forrest Tour and at Bonnievale is huge.

    I admit, the notice was a bit short though.

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    ...R2.250 per vehicle for two people
    The price is more than OK....we pay more than 12.000 ZAR for 2 persons in 1 vehicle for 6 days in the desert....and need to carry water, fire wood and whatever else still on our own...

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    Not sure if Im too late but will this "trek" be ok for a novice with a stock standard Triton 2.5 4X4? It really sounds incredible, we have been contemplating and making sums since we saw the post this weekend

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    Gdigitel - I have safely taken a stock Nissan Hardbody through so your Triton will be quite fine.
    PMail me for further details. ([email protected])

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    Philip, how many bookings do you have now ? Will you do the trail in July....?

    We might have to cancel our Namibia trip this time due to private issues but can go maybe for a week off....

    Regards - JŲrg

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    Default Ox Wagon route.

    Hi,
    3 have booked and there are 4 or 5 "interested parties"!
    I would like another 3 vehicles if possible to make it a worthwhile experience, so you're welcome if your other plans fall through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip Scott View Post
    Hi,
    3 have booked and there are 4 or 5 "interested parties"!
    I would like another 3 vehicles if possible to make it a worthwhile experience, so you're welcome if your other plans fall through.
    Philip - just for a "foreigner"...which Heidelberg, not the one in Germany , but also not the one south of JoBurg....I read somehow it's the treck from Knysna to close to CT....right ?

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    Yes that's correct, it is on the N2 about 2 hours from Cape Town.
    Don't you want to phone me or pmail me?
    [email protected] or 082 446 1981.

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    Philip - any new plans for AMJ-2010 for a historic trail deja vu ?

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    Hi MR2-Blue

    Check out his website: http://www.sackville-safaris.co.za/o...ures/home.html

    It says he is doing it again in April. We went with him on last years trip and it was absolutley fantastic. I would have no hesitation doing it again or recommending it to anyone. I also think that April is a much better time fo the year for this trip.

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    Thanks !

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    Hi Philip, will a Mitsubishi Outlander make it, would loveto do the trip as it's close to me.
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