Brakkeduine 4x4 Trail near PE.





View Poll Results: Do you enjoy sand dune driving

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  • Yes

    39 65.00%
  • No

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  • Have done it

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  • Have not done it

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    Arrow Brakkeduine 4x4 Trail near PE.

    We conquered The Brakkeduine 4x4 Trail

    Twelve 4x4 vehicles left East London early on Thursday the morning of the 16th December 2004 in convoy, this group of people were from The Amatola 4x4 Club, their Safety Officer Grant had told them to all drive with their headlights on and to keep a safe following distance between each vehicle. Morne' Malan and Simon Morris in his 1992 Toyota Hilux shortened single cab 4x4 left separately from Queenstown to meet up with the crowd in Colchester which is outside Port Elizabeth.

    Simon's vehicle has been modified to a great extent, mainly with a Black Diamond Suspension consisting of longer shocks all round, revolver shackles on the rear springs in front, leaf springs and new bushes, a 90mm body lift, A Hill Billy diff locker in the front diff.
    Power Steering, a front steel bumper which was manufactured by SYRON CONVERSIONS which is a local business here that does various modifications to 4x4 vehicles, Syron Conversions, also import 4x4 related equipment. The front bumper also incorporates the KEW 8000 electric winch; the control box has been fitted in the engine compartment to protect it against damage. Then there is a fitted steel cool box toolbox in the rear load bin, fitted jerry can holders, the power plant consists of The 4Y 2.2 engine which has branches and a free flow exhaust system fitted to it, the electronic ignition is a great upgrade from the original points, condenser system.
    A snorkel has been fitted using the existing Donaldson Air filter system, which has also contributed towards the performance of this fine vehicle. All the diff, gearbox and transfer case breathers have been extended to prevent contamination of the oils from water when we cross water.

    A fitted shovel, axe and fire extinguisher, gear lock and Tough Guy door locks have also been fitted, not forgetting The 33" BF Goodrich mud terrain tires, on the doors there is a warning sign " ENTER AT OWN RISK" this is not a joke, this sign is to warn potential thieves to keep away from this vehicle, to not attempt to try and steal it, the reason been this vehicle has been fitted with a grade 3 Pepper Spray anti theft system You have been warned.

    Rhino seat covers as well as a canopy have also been fitted, double roll bars and a Corolla steering wheel.

    Okay by this time I am sure that you know what type of vehicle this is; it is a mean vehicle, not for the feint hearted.
    Once we had all arrived at Colchester, filled up the vehicles fuel tanks, the one guy who has a Toyota Hilux 1989 model double cab 4x4, has one of those imported 2C diesel fuel injection engines with a turbo and intercooler fitted, he cut a hole through his vehicles bonnet to incorporate an air flow scoop and mounted the inter cooler on top of the tappet cover, he filled up his vehicle using his jerry cans, the reason been, he uses old fish and chip oil which has been strained and mixed with some other liquid and bingo he has his own fuel, all that I can say is, that when out on the trail and you end up driving behind this guy, all that you can smell is that sick smell of fish & chips. I gave him a stick on sign that said Fish & Chips and stuck it on his vehicles tailgate.

    Then we had George and his wife from Durban in their custard yellow single cab 4x4, which was a 1988 model, George has fitted a 350 V8 engine petrol, with the Hilux manual gearbox.
    We all then once again set off in convoy, headlights on towards Port Elizabeth, Humansdorp and then down to Oyster Bay Caravan Park where we pitched our tents, set up the camp site and enjoyed chatting and making new friends, checking out each others vehicles and relaxing around the braai fire till late.

    Friday morning we met our guides for the day Choppie and Arthur, these guys do not fool around, the one guy was driving a Nissan Safari with a big petrol six- cylinder fuel injection engine under the bonnet and 33” tires. The other guide was driving a Toyota Land cruiser pick-up.
    From Oyster Bay it is approximately 12 kilometers to Brakkeduine, the road been well maintained gravel, but lots of dust, thus please drive with a safe distance between each vehicle. Once our guides had explained to us various safety measures about driving up or down sand dunes the Indemnity Forms had been completed and signed and we were told to deflate our vehicles tires down to 1 bar, okay I did not listen to these guys I actually deflated my vehicles tires to .6 of a bar knowing with my vast experience that 1bar pressure would not be enough due to the 33" tires which were fitted to my vehicle, these BFg's just do not give enough bulge on the side wall at 1bar pressure.

    We were then separated into two groups, Choppie in the Nissan Safari taking the one group and Arthur taking the other, this was done for safety reasons and it also gives us all more of a chance of seeing what is going on up front. Who is getting stuck, who is making a fool out of him or herself (we did have some Lady drivers along as well) to just show us men how to do it.

    The trail took us through a natural wild unspoiled coastal forest area, consisting of some real short axle twisters, which soon made us realize who’s vehicle flexes more than the other, with lots of loose sand, uneven sections which really had to have your mind and concentration to be able to get through, Peter Funk in his Double Cab Colt Rodeo V6 which has diff locks front and rear told us that he will show us how to kick up some dirt but soon he had to be helped a few times with the Kinetic Strap, his vehicle was just too heavy, the reason been he had a roof top tent fitted and his vehicle is kitted out for one of those African Safaris, not forgetting that the Colt just does not have the suspension travel as our Toyota Hilux's do, I think Peter made the mistake of using his diff locks at the incorrect time, a diff lock just does not work too well on loose sand. After been pulled over these difficult sections I recon his image was broken, however when you are stuck with your 4x4 vehicle and there is a Colt there to help you, it is just great to have people like Peter who are not scared of getting his nice clean Colt Rodeo dirty, he will always help out.

    Finally once we thought that we had accustomed ourselves to sand dune driving, grass covered plateaus, wooded ravines the real horror awaited us all just around the corner up over a small dune climb with natural sparse vegetation on each side, we entered the real sand dune part of this excellent wonderful 4x4 Trail, we followed Choppie who was the leader of the pack to the next stage of trail, some of the drivers then climbed out and once again deflated their vehicles tires further, realizing that their tires were still over inflated.

    Peter Funk in his Colt once again attempted to get out of this small sand bowl by following Choppie in The Nissan Safari up a long steep dune climb which veered to the left at the top, but after several heavy throttle attempts his vehicle just bogged down on the crest of this dune there was enough power but a great loss of traction, once again out came his kinetic strap and his vehicle was soon over the lip, the guy in "The Fish & Chips " Hilux also just dug great holes with his wheel spinning and no traction near the top, the guy attempted this hill three times and still could not drive through, eventually he just asked to be snatched over the lip with The Land cruiser. Once all the vehicles had managed to get through and we had taken our photos and video footage we then had by this time joined up into one big group, the reason been there was more space to drive in the dune area.

    Choppie then took us to a real nail biting "fun area" which consisted of driving as fast as you can down into a pond without water in it, you drive from the right hand side down into this loose sandy bowl and then attempt the first time to drive out the other side all in one go, I was the second vehicle to enter this bowl and it felt as if my vehicle wanted to turn over as I entered, but with my foot in the hook and my experience we were soon out the other side, it was amazing, some of the other vehicles just did not get it right the first time, when they attempted to drive out over the lip on the other side they just bogged down, got the angle incorrect, thus they had to select low range reverse and try and reverse back up the hill behind to get enough distance to gain enough momentum to drive up and over the departure lip, some vehicles had to drive backward and forward a few times until they had the correct line of approach and momentum, it was great fun in fact a blast.

    Driving on these sand dunes gives you a new type of experience, experience that you will use to appreciate to improve your understanding and capabilities of your vehicle. Never when you are driving on sand dunes, stop your vehicle up hill, always try to face it downhill also do not use your brakes when you want to stop, if you use the brakes a small mound of sand will form in front of each wheel and this will make it more difficult to pull away when you want to carry on. Depending on the angle and density of the sand dunes, a variety of gear selections can be used, but a main factor to remember, various types of vehicles will use different gear selections depending on the tires, engine capacity and driver ability or experience, another main factor to remember is petrol engine vehicles out perform diesel engines when dune driving is done, okay the smaller petrol engine may not have enough revs, but it was proven on this trail that the big petrol engines far out performed the diesel engines, some of you may have different ideas about this.

    However we then drove towards Choppie's Dune Climb, Choppie first told us that this Dune is not for sissies, it is steep, has lots of loose sand and when you approach it at the bottom, there is a small dip in the ground which gives most 4x4 vehicles an added disadvantage because when either the front or rear of your vehicle approaches or departs through this dip it will touch the sand and you will loose revs or traction which will make this dune climb very difficult, thus once again Choppie in his Nissan Safari 6 cylinder lined his vehicle up, reversed back as far as he could and with the grunt of his vehicles engine his vehicle was soon disappearing over the top of this steep dune as if his vehicle was saying give me the real stuff.

    Now knowing that I have an added advantage with my modified Toyota Hilux, I lined up my vehicle and with my foot once again in the hook, actually wedged against the accelerator pedal and firewall of the floor, I selector 1st gear low range revved up the engine and drove forward as fast as my vehicle would go, changed into 2nd gear low range until I could hear the rev limiter come in, I did not slack off the accelerator at all, by this time we were through the dip in the sand, my vehicle did not touch on entering or departure and soon with dune sand flying all over the show, happy that I had the snorkel fitted, we were soon over the top lip of the dune as well. What a thrill this was, the feeling of joy, happiness, recklessness, adrenalin rush knowing in my heart that between my Hilux and myself we had conquered this steep dune climb, some of the other drivers started working on their excuses to not tackle this steep dune. On the rear of my bakkie there is a name which I am not sure if you can publish in your magazine, but it was on the vehicle when I bought it from a guy Carrel Besuidenheid who lives in Springs Johannesburg, he named the vehicle due to its appearance and superb capabilities " VREES FOKOL " which I think in English means scared of nothing, the word Fokol translated to English could also mean focal which people wear on their eyes (glasses).

    Anyway Andre' Wemeyer in his Toyota Land cruiser VX which has the V8 diesel injection engine was not so lucky, on approaching this hill climb, he misjudged his speed and approach angle and the dip in the sand and the front of his vehicle hit the front bumper which also has a winch plate and with the brute force, damage was done, the winch was pushed back into the radiator causing the main positive winch cable to be damaged causing a direct earth and various ignition wiring and the right front battery was damaged a small fire started in the engine compartment, but with the prompt use of disconnecting the batteries and a fire extinguisher, the damage was not too severe.
    First of all we made sure that the radiator was not leaking or damaged, on closer inspection all seemed fine, however luckily Andre’ had all the necessary tools and spares to carry out the repairs and soon we were on our way again, another driver loaned Andre’ one of his dual batteries as The Land cruiser required two batteries to operate.

    Arthur and Choppie then took us to the final dune; climb known to the locals as the dune which soon sorts out the Men from the Boys, on closer inspection, after we saw that the Nissan Safari required all it’s power to get to the top, I knew from the beginning that my vehicle would not “have enough krag” to get to the top but I did try three times without any success, first time I tried 3rd gear low range with the engine revving to its full potential with the rev limiter doing its job by not allowing a conrod through the block, well we did not make it, driving up these long steep dunes are very unpredictable, it looks so easy, but then when you try and drive them you soon realize that it is more difficult than what you thought. After selecting reverse gear, taking my foot off the clutch pedal I then started the vehicle and it had a controlled descend all the way back down to the bottom.

    I then decided that maybe 2nd gear low range would be the way to go, well with my tail between my legs I nearly made it to the top but once again there was just not enough power to conquer this dune and thus we just laughed and then went back to the start point and watched the other guys have a go. Great fun, bets were taken on which vehicle would make it to the top and it seems that only the vehicles that had the big petrol engines made it up.

    We all then wound our way up and over small dunes back to the camping dam area which is still been built which will consist of camping, flushing toilets and hot showers, there are also lots of shady trees, lovely views to enjoy. Maybe if you are lucky you may catch some fish in the huge dam as well.

    Brakkeduine is a 4x4 trail which offers you The 4X4 Enthusiast the opportunity to drive through this pristine sand dune area, an area very similar to driving on the beach, in fact it is like driving on the beach but there is no salt to damage the various components on your vehicle, no rust factor to worry about and no chance of getting a fine for driving on the sand dunes, it is a privately owned farm area.
    If you are looking for a 4x4 trail with a difference then this is a big must, you can contact Choppie on his cell phone at 083 400 3720 or Arthur at cell 082 336 2055.

    This is The Ultimate Sand Driving Experience, what we found so nice afterwards was that we were given the use of their workshop air compressor to re-inflate our vehicles tires, handshakes, goodbyes were carried out and then we all left with pride in our hearts, joy in our bones and a far better knowledge of how to drive on sand dunes, what great fun, this was the ultimate 4x4 trail.

    One of the 4x4 related articles written by Simon Morris

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    Have done it.......10 times in 18 months.....

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    Barto

    Tyd dat jy bietjie AD toe kom.

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    Sideways must sure make the men from the boys, saw this on that dune driving dvd, nice stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongani View Post
    Barto

    Tyd dat jy bietjie AD toe kom.
    Binnekort.........
    Last edited by Barto; 2007/01/21 at 10:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zantus View Post
    Binnekort.........
    Maak seker jy laat weet ons betyds, miskien kry ons Spike oortuig om homself weer op die Duine te gaan verveel...

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    Jeepster are you confused? I see you voted for enjoying sand not enjoying it as well.
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    Will a Q5 quatro be able to do this route

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Hilux View Post
    We conquered The Brakkeduine 4x4 Trail

    Twelve 4x4 vehicles left East London early on Thursday the morning of the 16th December 2004 in convoy, this group of people were from The Amatola 4x4 Club, their Safety Officer Grant had told them to all drive with their headlights on and to keep a safe following distance between each vehicle. Morne' Malan and Simon Morris in his 1992 Toyota Hilux shortened single cab 4x4 left separately from Queenstown to meet up with the crowd in Colchester which is outside Port Elizabeth.

    Simon's vehicle has been modified to a great extent, mainly with a Black Diamond Suspension consisting of longer shocks all round, revolver shackles on the rear springs in front, leaf springs and new bushes, a 90mm body lift, A Hill Billy diff locker in the front diff.
    Power Steering, a front steel bumper which was manufactured by SYRON CONVERSIONS which is a local business here that does various modifications to 4x4 vehicles, Syron Conversions, also import 4x4 related equipment. The front bumper also incorporates the KEW 8000 electric winch; the control box has been fitted in the engine compartment to protect it against damage. Then there is a fitted steel cool box toolbox in the rear load bin, fitted jerry can holders, the power plant consists of The 4Y 2.2 engine which has branches and a free flow exhaust system fitted to it, the electronic ignition is a great upgrade from the original points, condenser system.
    A snorkel has been fitted using the existing Donaldson Air filter system, which has also contributed towards the performance of this fine vehicle. All the diff, gearbox and transfer case breathers have been extended to prevent contamination of the oils from water when we cross water.

    A fitted shovel, axe and fire extinguisher, gear lock and Tough Guy door locks have also been fitted, not forgetting The 33" BF Goodrich mud terrain tires, on the doors there is a warning sign " ENTER AT OWN RISK" this is not a joke, this sign is to warn potential thieves to keep away from this vehicle, to not attempt to try and steal it, the reason been this vehicle has been fitted with a grade 3 Pepper Spray anti theft system You have been warned.

    Rhino seat covers as well as a canopy have also been fitted, double roll bars and a Corolla steering wheel.

    Okay by this time I am sure that you know what type of vehicle this is; it is a mean vehicle, not for the feint hearted.
    Once we had all arrived at Colchester, filled up the vehicles fuel tanks, the one guy who has a Toyota Hilux 1989 model double cab 4x4, has one of those imported 2C diesel fuel injection engines with a turbo and intercooler fitted, he cut a hole through his vehicles bonnet to incorporate an air flow scoop and mounted the inter cooler on top of the tappet cover, he filled up his vehicle using his jerry cans, the reason been, he uses old fish and chip oil which has been strained and mixed with some other liquid and bingo he has his own fuel, all that I can say is, that when out on the trail and you end up driving behind this guy, all that you can smell is that sick smell of fish & chips. I gave him a stick on sign that said Fish & Chips and stuck it on his vehicles tailgate.

    Then we had George and his wife from Durban in their custard yellow single cab 4x4, which was a 1988 model, George has fitted a 350 V8 engine petrol, with the Hilux manual gearbox.
    We all then once again set off in convoy, headlights on towards Port Elizabeth, Humansdorp and then down to Oyster Bay Caravan Park where we pitched our tents, set up the camp site and enjoyed chatting and making new friends, checking out each others vehicles and relaxing around the braai fire till late.

    Friday morning we met our guides for the day Choppie and Arthur, these guys do not fool around, the one guy was driving a Nissan Safari with a big petrol six- cylinder fuel injection engine under the bonnet and 33” tires. The other guide was driving a Toyota Land cruiser pick-up.
    From Oyster Bay it is approximately 12 kilometers to Brakkeduine, the road been well maintained gravel, but lots of dust, thus please drive with a safe distance between each vehicle. Once our guides had explained to us various safety measures about driving up or down sand dunes the Indemnity Forms had been completed and signed and we were told to deflate our vehicles tires down to 1 bar, okay I did not listen to these guys I actually deflated my vehicles tires to .6 of a bar knowing with my vast experience that 1bar pressure would not be enough due to the 33" tires which were fitted to my vehicle, these BFg's just do not give enough bulge on the side wall at 1bar pressure.

    We were then separated into two groups, Choppie in the Nissan Safari taking the one group and Arthur taking the other, this was done for safety reasons and it also gives us all more of a chance of seeing what is going on up front. Who is getting stuck, who is making a fool out of him or herself (we did have some Lady drivers along as well) to just show us men how to do it.

    The trail took us through a natural wild unspoiled coastal forest area, consisting of some real short axle twisters, which soon made us realize who’s vehicle flexes more than the other, with lots of loose sand, uneven sections which really had to have your mind and concentration to be able to get through, Peter Funk in his Double Cab Colt Rodeo V6 which has diff locks front and rear told us that he will show us how to kick up some dirt but soon he had to be helped a few times with the Kinetic Strap, his vehicle was just too heavy, the reason been he had a roof top tent fitted and his vehicle is kitted out for one of those African Safaris, not forgetting that the Colt just does not have the suspension travel as our Toyota Hilux's do, I think Peter made the mistake of using his diff locks at the incorrect time, a diff lock just does not work too well on loose sand. After been pulled over these difficult sections I recon his image was broken, however when you are stuck with your 4x4 vehicle and there is a Colt there to help you, it is just great to have people like Peter who are not scared of getting his nice clean Colt Rodeo dirty, he will always help out.

    Finally once we thought that we had accustomed ourselves to sand dune driving, grass covered plateaus, wooded ravines the real horror awaited us all just around the corner up over a small dune climb with natural sparse vegetation on each side, we entered the real sand dune part of this excellent wonderful 4x4 Trail, we followed Choppie who was the leader of the pack to the next stage of trail, some of the drivers then climbed out and once again deflated their vehicles tires further, realizing that their tires were still over inflated.

    Peter Funk in his Colt once again attempted to get out of this small sand bowl by following Choppie in The Nissan Safari up a long steep dune climb which veered to the left at the top, but after several heavy throttle attempts his vehicle just bogged down on the crest of this dune there was enough power but a great loss of traction, once again out came his kinetic strap and his vehicle was soon over the lip, the guy in "The Fish & Chips " Hilux also just dug great holes with his wheel spinning and no traction near the top, the guy attempted this hill three times and still could not drive through, eventually he just asked to be snatched over the lip with The Land cruiser. Once all the vehicles had managed to get through and we had taken our photos and video footage we then had by this time joined up into one big group, the reason been there was more space to drive in the dune area.

    Choppie then took us to a real nail biting "fun area" which consisted of driving as fast as you can down into a pond without water in it, you drive from the right hand side down into this loose sandy bowl and then attempt the first time to drive out the other side all in one go, I was the second vehicle to enter this bowl and it felt as if my vehicle wanted to turn over as I entered, but with my foot in the hook and my experience we were soon out the other side, it was amazing, some of the other vehicles just did not get it right the first time, when they attempted to drive out over the lip on the other side they just bogged down, got the angle incorrect, thus they had to select low range reverse and try and reverse back up the hill behind to get enough distance to gain enough momentum to drive up and over the departure lip, some vehicles had to drive backward and forward a few times until they had the correct line of approach and momentum, it was great fun in fact a blast.

    Driving on these sand dunes gives you a new type of experience, experience that you will use to appreciate to improve your understanding and capabilities of your vehicle. Never when you are driving on sand dunes, stop your vehicle up hill, always try to face it downhill also do not use your brakes when you want to stop, if you use the brakes a small mound of sand will form in front of each wheel and this will make it more difficult to pull away when you want to carry on. Depending on the angle and density of the sand dunes, a variety of gear selections can be used, but a main factor to remember, various types of vehicles will use different gear selections depending on the tires, engine capacity and driver ability or experience, another main factor to remember is petrol engine vehicles out perform diesel engines when dune driving is done, okay the smaller petrol engine may not have enough revs, but it was proven on this trail that the big petrol engines far out performed the diesel engines, some of you may have different ideas about this.

    However we then drove towards Choppie's Dune Climb, Choppie first told us that this Dune is not for sissies, it is steep, has lots of loose sand and when you approach it at the bottom, there is a small dip in the ground which gives most 4x4 vehicles an added disadvantage because when either the front or rear of your vehicle approaches or departs through this dip it will touch the sand and you will loose revs or traction which will make this dune climb very difficult, thus once again Choppie in his Nissan Safari 6 cylinder lined his vehicle up, reversed back as far as he could and with the grunt of his vehicles engine his vehicle was soon disappearing over the top of this steep dune as if his vehicle was saying give me the real stuff.

    Now knowing that I have an added advantage with my modified Toyota Hilux, I lined up my vehicle and with my foot once again in the hook, actually wedged against the accelerator pedal and firewall of the floor, I selector 1st gear low range revved up the engine and drove forward as fast as my vehicle would go, changed into 2nd gear low range until I could hear the rev limiter come in, I did not slack off the accelerator at all, by this time we were through the dip in the sand, my vehicle did not touch on entering or departure and soon with dune sand flying all over the show, happy that I had the snorkel fitted, we were soon over the top lip of the dune as well. What a thrill this was, the feeling of joy, happiness, recklessness, adrenalin rush knowing in my heart that between my Hilux and myself we had conquered this steep dune climb, some of the other drivers started working on their excuses to not tackle this steep dune. On the rear of my bakkie there is a name which I am not sure if you can publish in your magazine, but it was on the vehicle when I bought it from a guy Carrel Besuidenheid who lives in Springs Johannesburg, he named the vehicle due to its appearance and superb capabilities " VREES FOKOL " which I think in English means scared of nothing, the word Fokol translated to English could also mean focal which people wear on their eyes (glasses).

    Anyway Andre' Wemeyer in his Toyota Land cruiser VX which has the V8 diesel injection engine was not so lucky, on approaching this hill climb, he misjudged his speed and approach angle and the dip in the sand and the front of his vehicle hit the front bumper which also has a winch plate and with the brute force, damage was done, the winch was pushed back into the radiator causing the main positive winch cable to be damaged causing a direct earth and various ignition wiring and the right front battery was damaged a small fire started in the engine compartment, but with the prompt use of disconnecting the batteries and a fire extinguisher, the damage was not too severe.
    First of all we made sure that the radiator was not leaking or damaged, on closer inspection all seemed fine, however luckily Andre’ had all the necessary tools and spares to carry out the repairs and soon we were on our way again, another driver loaned Andre’ one of his dual batteries as The Land cruiser required two batteries to operate.

    Arthur and Choppie then took us to the final dune; climb known to the locals as the dune which soon sorts out the Men from the Boys, on closer inspection, after we saw that the Nissan Safari required all it’s power to get to the top, I knew from the beginning that my vehicle would not “have enough krag” to get to the top but I did try three times without any success, first time I tried 3rd gear low range with the engine revving to its full potential with the rev limiter doing its job by not allowing a conrod through the block, well we did not make it, driving up these long steep dunes are very unpredictable, it looks so easy, but then when you try and drive them you soon realize that it is more difficult than what you thought. After selecting reverse gear, taking my foot off the clutch pedal I then started the vehicle and it had a controlled descend all the way back down to the bottom.

    I then decided that maybe 2nd gear low range would be the way to go, well with my tail between my legs I nearly made it to the top but once again there was just not enough power to conquer this dune and thus we just laughed and then went back to the start point and watched the other guys have a go. Great fun, bets were taken on which vehicle would make it to the top and it seems that only the vehicles that had the big petrol engines made it up.

    We all then wound our way up and over small dunes back to the camping dam area which is still been built which will consist of camping, flushing toilets and hot showers, there are also lots of shady trees, lovely views to enjoy. Maybe if you are lucky you may catch some fish in the huge dam as well.

    Brakkeduine is a 4x4 trail which offers you The 4X4 Enthusiast the opportunity to drive through this pristine sand dune area, an area very similar to driving on the beach, in fact it is like driving on the beach but there is no salt to damage the various components on your vehicle, no rust factor to worry about and no chance of getting a fine for driving on the sand dunes, it is a privately owned farm area.
    If you are looking for a 4x4 trail with a difference then this is a big must, you can contact Choppie on his cell phone at 083 400 3720 or Arthur at cell 082 336 2055.

    This is The Ultimate Sand Driving Experience, what we found so nice afterwards was that we were given the use of their workshop air compressor to re-inflate our vehicles tires, handshakes, goodbyes were carried out and then we all left with pride in our hearts, joy in our bones and a far better knowledge of how to drive on sand dunes, what great fun, this was the ultimate 4x4 trail.

    One of the 4x4 related articles written by Simon Morris
    This is one superb write up , Simon ! Yes , I must agree with you , sand gives one a huge thrill . We are actually on our way , on this moment , to Brakkeduine !

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    I drove at brakkeduine n wrangler found it boring, if they took u out to dunes n said have fun I might have enjoyed it more but in guided group was bored half the time
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    Quote Originally Posted by JediNAfrica View Post
    I drove at brakkeduine n wrangler found it boring, if they took u out to dunes n said have fun I might have enjoyed it more but in guided group was bored half the time
    Yeah Brakkeduine is so much better in an old series Landy where you spent 90% of your time digging instead of playing.

    Dude if you found a Wrangler boring at Brakkeduine then I think it needed a better driver.

    Next time you in CT go pop in at Atlantis, spend a bit of time with the blue man group there, if you then still find the Wrangler boring, well then there is really no hope for you!

    I have driven Brakkeduine in a Disco 2 TD5, Disco 2 V8, Fortuner, 3.5 Pajero LWB and of course the Wrangler, and I can tell you, the amount of fun doing it in a Wrangler cannot be measured!

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    Problem with brake is udrive to a dune then u wait ur turn then u drive to next one n wait
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    Quote Originally Posted by JediNAfrica View Post
    Problem with brake is udrive to a dune then u wait ur turn then u drive to next one n wait
    Yeah that is unfortunately the reality at Brakkeduine with big groups, still fun though.

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    Default Re: Brakkeduine 4x4 Trail near PE.

    I am currently in PE till 15 December any did this trail with a Pajero?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toppie4x4 View Post
    I am currently in PE till 15 December any did this trail with a Pajero?
    What Pajero do you have?

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    There once was a 1st timer in a 1600 Daihatsu Feroza, he could manage a few of the dunes...
    But then I've seen a Disco 4 and Touareg that struggled...
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    Quote Originally Posted by toppie4x4 View Post
    I am currently in PE till 15 December any did this trail with a Pajero?
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