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    Default Minimum Expectation at a "Commercial" Trail.

    What is your minimum expectation from a trail where you pay for the use of the facility.

    We recently made use of the facility Kershoutlaagte near Oyster Bay.

    The cost of the trail is R200.00 for the day, which is the norm in our region, but all the other trails I've been too, the money spent is rewarded with an infrastructure. this place has nothing

    My minimum expectations are:

    • A basic map of the route with marked obstacles.
    • Obstacles which are deemed to be difficult should have a clearly marked escape route.
    • At least one toilet, particularly for the girls.
    • On route marking in the form of direction arrows.

    Interested to hear the comments of others.

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    Sounds about right, but I would also assume the bulk of the costs go toward trail maintenance...?
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    Yeah Rob I have to agree. After the time we spent there beginning of the year I would have thought, more expected the owner to have done some work, at least mark the entrances etc.

    But like it is said, we vote with our feet, or wheels, mine won't return there in a hurry, and I certainly will not take a group out there again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Yeah Rob I have to agree. After the time we spent there beginning of the year I would have thought, more expected the owner to have done some work, at least mark the entrances etc.

    But like it is said, we vote with our feet, or wheels, mine won't return there in a hurry, and I certainly will not take a group out there again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Engel View Post
    So kershout had to be very pretty or very difficult to have made it worth its while
    Neither. I'm afraid!

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    I've got mixed thoughts about this,coming from a Brit offroad background,I find the 'freedom' of paid trails here in SA refreshing.
    A typical paid trail in the UK has flags,marshals,stop points,no stop areas,cafe,health and safety rules,scrutinising of driver and vehicle etc etc.
    As you can imagine they are not cheap.

    Drive the average trail here and you pay and you're virtually left to it.

    But it can also bring back the huge debate(read argument) about training,offroad license and sensitive/eco areas-as far as messing the trail up.

    I'm personally fed up with our local trails,nothing has been done to them in the last coupla years I've been around them,boring...
    So I now prefer the longer overnighter finding my own trails.
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    I am pleased someone has raised this. Having done a variety of trails throughout the Western Cape in the past 3 years I got to thinking recently how poorly mapped, badly signposted (if at all), badly eroded and often overgrown so many of them are. As paying customers we have the right to these small yet very significant details. I have come across trails where the 'bypass' has been impassable and most have a degree of bush overgrowth - the worst scenario was quite recently where the signposting was so bad there was a near head-on... It's all very well taking our money and having us sign the Indemnity - we need a bit back from trail owners. Clear mapping and properly indicated red and blue routes are a minimum requirement.
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    Rob,

    I agree with you. Personally I think the standard of facilities such as Brakkeduine, Off-camber and Ferndale should be the norm. But, as for minimum standards, I would agree with your list.
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    I don't care what they have there, as long as the price matches the offering.

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