Day of the Clubs 2017

Join the Club for a Fun Day

Arrive early for registration if you are going to drive the challenges R100 per team of driver and co-driver to enter.

We are expecting 10 vehicles per club and if there are more the organisers will decide if more vehicles can go on the course, or have a second round

Rules are available for all those who are wanting to compete

Potjiekos Competition as well

R150 to enter – lots of prizes

Two potjies per club to be entered, but you can make as many as you want.

Event Program

Saturday 16 September 2017
Promotional stands and Clubs to set up obstacles and stands
Venue opens at 9am closes at 6pm

Sunday 17 September 2017
06:00 promotional stands set up
07:00 Promotional stands must be up
08:00 4×4 challenge & Potjie competition registrations start
09:30 Drivers Briefing
10:00 4×4 challenge start
13:00 Potjie competition judging starts
15:00 coloring competition ends
16:00 4×4 challenge / Potjie competition/ coloring competition prize giving
18:00 venue closes

Potjie kos Competition – Entry Form

Non-Stop Adventures – Day Outing

With the Gwahumbe outing having set the bar pretty high with 28 vehicles in attendance, the rest of this year promises to be really exciting, and I can’t wait!!!

This month, we will be visiting a destination we haven’t been to for many years, in fact, one that this Club helped establish.  It is a little farm, in the Baynesfield area, which now boasts a camping / picnic area adjacent a river, with 4×4 obstacles to test your skills and nerves, and a short 4×4 track around the farm.  There is lots of play area for the kids, and walks for those who would rather use their legs as opposed to their 4×4’s (not me).  Your Club will provide the braai stands and charcoal for the day.

For those wanting to drive there in convoy, we will meet at the BP Oasis on the N3 just before Cato Ridge at 08H30, to leave at 09H00.  For the adventurous wanting to meet us at the farm, I have included direction at the bottom of this little article.

Date:                 Sunday 26 February 2017

Venue:              Non-stop Adventures

Meeting:         BP Oasis Cato Ridge N3 West bound

Time:               08H30 to leave at 09H00

Cost:                 R50 per vehicle

Activities:        4X4 trails graded 3-5, quad and off-road biking, cycle routes, river walks, bird lovers paradise, foofie slide, 80m swing bridge, obstacle courses, dormitories, flatlets and camping by the river

Please feel free to visit Non-Stop Adventure’s website.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please feel free to contact me should you have any further queries.

Kevin 0828837482.

DIRECTIONS

Farm 14, D360 Rd, Baynesfield:  From Durban, take the N3 toward Pietermaritzburg; from Pietermaritzburg, take the N3 toward Durban.  From either direction, take the Umlaas Road off-ramp, and turn right toward Thornville (R623).  At the T-junction (after approx. 17Km), turn left toward Richmond (R56).  Approx. 4Km down the road, just as you pass over a river on a bridge, turn left onto D360.There is a big Non Stop Adventures sign board at this turn off.  After approx. 7.9 Km on D360, turn right into Farm 14 (S 29 48.457 E030 23.799 Elevation 785m). There is also a huge signboard at the farm entrance. You have to go down the long driveway to the rondavel house at back.)

Matatane River Lodge weekend – 27 April – 1 May

Join us for a rockstar party in the bush

 This is an extra-long weekend, incorporating 2 public holidays: Thursday 27th to Monday 1st (4 nights, 5 days).   It is a combined trip inviting the 4 Wheel Drive Club (the bush), the KZN Geological Society (the rocks) and the Durban Branch of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (the stars). Dr Riaan Botha will guide geological drives / walks to various interesting geological features in the area while some of the amateur (but very clued up) astronomers will bring their telescopes along for evening viewing. I have already put in the requisition for terrific weather – it will be new moon on 26thso nice and dark & miles from nowhere; fingers crossed for no cloud. You don’t need a telescope to see the stars; eyes and binoculars can do the job too so bring a good pair of binocs (doubles for those birds). Mars and Jupiter will be loitering about then so maybe you’ll get to see some of Jupiter’s moons.

The rockstar side of things will be very informal – there is no fixed programme and folks are free to come and go, join us or not, cruise the reserve, go game viewing or bird watching, swim, sit under a tree andveg, whatever.

They have 7 open plan chalets – 1 double bed + 2 singles (all in one room) with a bathroom (there is only a curtain as the bathroom door so ideally you need to know the people you are sharing withwell J). Bed linen is provided – bring own towels. Use the communal kitchen and other facilities.

Non-designated camp sites accommodate caravans or tents. There are some electrical connections. You are welcome to camp for shorter periods over the weekend if you can’t get away for the full time.

  • Well-equipped communal kitchen (microwave, stove, 4 fridges, deep freeze, pots, pans, kettle, etc.).
  • Separate ablutions for camp site (adjacent kitchen); showers and toilets.
  • Communal paved braai and outside eating area + indoor dining area with tables and chairs.
  • Fire pit – wood supplied.
  • There is a swimming pool and river – bring costume.
  • TV – it is the middle of the rugby season after all.

Check out their facebook page – ‘matataneriverlodge

The signposted reserve entrance is at [ 28° 13’ 25.46” S,  31° 10’ 16.39” E ] which is 57km north west of Melmoth on the tarred R34 and about 330km from Durban. The internal access road to the lodge is apparently passable by sedans with some clearance (slowly).

Costs & Booking

Chalet : R600/night for 1 – 4 people (R2,400.00 for 4 nights for up to 4 people)

   FIRST COME, FIRST SERVEDChalet bookings must be for all four nights

Camping :R175 per person per night – shorter stays no problem

Email bookings to Debbie.Abel@nashuaisp.co.za with your contact number. Once availability of a chalet has been confirmed a 50% deposit secures your booking; deposits paid by 28 February, balance of payment for chalets by 31 March 2017. Please indicate your intention to camp as soon as possible – if there is a big response from the 3 groups we may need to limit numbers. Full camping fees to be paid by 31 March2017.

Contact Debbie (cell 083 326 4084) with queries.

 

All payments made to :

Four Wheel Drive Club of SA

First National Bank

Branch Code   220426

Account No.   62065808150

Reference : Matatane + name

Email proof of payment toDebbie.Abel@nashuaisp.co.za

Year End Function 2 – 4 December 2016

DATE: 2 – 4th December 2016
TIME: All weekend baby!!
VENUE: Killarney 4×4 Tracks

As what seems to have become tradition, we will be hosting our end of year function at Killarney on the first weekend of December.
The club will sponsor all club members camping and driving over the weekend starting Friday 2 December until Sunday 4 December.
There will also be a club sponsored spitbraai for Sunday lunch with the expert hand of Gerald once again turning the spits from early morning. Do note that only meat will be provided, so anything else you would have to cater for yourselves. Remember Killarney now sports a little tuck shop that sell drinks, snacks and even some hot food.
So hope to see you all there.

For more info Contact George – 082 881 8551

Three Waterfalls Outing in Shongweni Area

Join us on 27th November for the three waterfalls outing. The idea is to visit all 3 in one day, the first two are easy to reach so for practical purposes we will braai at the second waterfall. From there we will proceed to the last one, but there I need caution that most of the obstacles are Grade 3! I would not recommend inexperienced drivers or even 4x4s with less than 31” tyres and

decent ground clearance to attempt this trail. On the day we will assess how many guys want to go through to the waterfall. Those who do not want to attempt the trail can jump in with the guys who do. At the entrance there is a big open field where we can park the cars and we can play Rock, Paper Scissors to see who is going to stay behind as car guard.

Now for the details… We will meet at the Engen Garage in Summerveld (the old Polo Pony Garage) at 08:30 to leave at 09:00.

For further info please give me a call on 0734101490 Dion

Inanda Valley “Goat Track”

image001Join us on Sunday the 25-09-2016 for a trip through the majestic Inanda Valley on The Goat Track lead by Jacques Malan from Monteseel Adventures. There will be some steep accents and decents through the valley up to Grade 3 Trail, Low Range is recommended and some ground clearance is also required.

We will be having a lunch braai at Mqeku Picnic Site (Slip and Slide Rock Pools) where there will be a R20 per Adult and R10 per Child under 15 Years old wich goes to Sibusiso Shangase for the upkeep of the picnic spot.
The club will be supplying Charcoal for the braai so come slap a Steak or a Sosatie on the coals or just enjoy a picnic and for those who dare they can enjoy the slip and slide rock pools.
Trip information:
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Meeting point: Hacienda Pub And Grill (Monteseel)
Date: Sunday 25-09-2016
Time: 08:30

Fees: R20 per Adult and R10 per Child under 15 Years old
Contact person: Dion 0734101490

Sani Pass Day Outing – 28 August 2016

Sani Pass Day Outing

We are once again setting off to the Highest Pub Africa, if only for a photo stop!

Date:            28 August 2016

Time:           Meet at Himeville Arms 08H30 for 09H00 departure

Where:         Himeville, just past Underburg towards Sani Pass.

Please diarise the date, more details to follow in July Traction as well as our website and Facebook page.

Shu Shu – 6 to 9 August 2016

DATE: 6 to 9 August 2016

Directions: turn off the Stanger Greytown road to Kranskop. Head through Kranskop and wind your way down into the valley. Approximately 20 meters before the bridge that crosses the Tugela river is a dirt road to the left. Follow this road for about 5km to the hot springs. Just ask the locals if you are not sure of the way, they all know where Shu Shu is. Co-ordinates…….28°51’38.79”s 31°00’40.74”e.

What to bring: everything…….this is proper bush camping. Eg. No electricity (for your hair dryer) no toilets (bring a spade) no drinking water (bring beer and plenty of old brown) fire wood. (it gets blerry cold)

What to do: sit and chill in the hot springs (bring your soap and wash while you chill) nice outdrives (huge sycamore fig tree not to be missed) have tea with our esteemed president (Nkandla is just up the road…..lets go see what a r 250 million estate looks like.) Explore the island (every year for the last 100 years or so, hundreds of people camp here in July. Camp sites are kept in the family and handed down from one generation to the next.)


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Baynesfield Museum to Museum trail – 2 July 2016

The trail is a scenic trail using forest roads, 2 tracks and dirt roads. It’s a grade 3 at its worst.

Date: Saturday 2 July 2016

Meet where: Natal Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club – Baynesfield Estate.The Grass area in front of the tractor sheds.

Time: The drivers briefing will take place at 09h15 and we will leave Baynesfield at 09h30. The trail will take around 3 hours.

BEFORE THE TRAIL: Arrive early and take a walk around the NVT&MC’s setup

Tractors1There will be a tractor and the sleigh available from 07h00 to 09h00 for anyone wanting to test their 4×4 by pulling the sleigh. Its good fun.

 Cost :    R50.00 per vehicle. It costs money to setupand maintain a museum and the trail is a fund raiser for Malcolm Andersons ATOM ENGINE MUSEUM. Small change for an interesting trail along with an active museum display which will appeal to the whole family.

Trail Overview: Trail distance of +/- 30km one way between the 2 museums. The trail is a scenic trail using forest roads, 2 tracks and dirt roads. It’s a grade 3 at its worst. The trail will start at the Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club at Baynesfield Estate and it will end at the private Atom Engine Museum of Malcolm Anderson.  Malcolm’s farm forms part of the private Minerva Nature Reserve, which is above the Village of Byrne in the Byrne valley outside Richmond. (1600m). The tracks in the reserve follow the cliff edge and offer spectacular views of the thick forest below and valley beyond. We will stop at a few spots to admire the view and hopefully the rock dussie and rabbits. The reserve has a herd of Blesbok which are often seen amongst other buck. Engines will be running, steam will be up, the Blacksmith will be plying his trade, the Anvil will be blown into the sky, the beers will be  old in the Pub and catering will be available. The perfect way to spend a day in the countryside on a Mountain.

  • It’s noisy, interesting, and unbelievable to think that it’s a private collection.
  • The return trip is via Richmond on the tar.

 Directions to Baynesfield:

GPS CO-ORDINATES   29° 45′ 54.4392″ S    30° 20′ 29.358″ E

From Pietermaritzburg:

Proceed along Alexander Road which joins the R56 to Thornville/Richmond. Travel about

15km and pass Thornville. Turn right at Vintage Tractor Museum sign. See below

From Durban:

Proceed along N3 towards Pietermaritzburg. Take exit 61 (Umlaas Rd/Umbumbulu) next after Camperdown turnoff. Take first turn right to Thornville/Richmond. Travel for about 13km and merge left onto R56 to Richmond.

Travel less than 500m and turn right onto P334. Vintage Tractor Museum Sign. Travel about 4km and the main entrance to Baynesfield will be straight in front of you. Pass the main entrance and follow the road past the Baynesfield Farmers Club. The road changes to dirt on the bend opposite the Farmers Club. Take the 1st  left after about 1km at the Baynesfield sign and turn left as you enter the gate. The meeting area is the grass area behind the trees in front of the tractor sheds.

For further information please contact Dion, 073 410 1490

Darkest Africa 16 – 19 June 2016

June sees the long awaited return of a forgotten camp – Darkest Africa Farm.

Hidden in a valley 30km outside Weenen on the banks of the Bushman’s River we find the Darkest Africa Camp. Set amongst the typical thorn trees of the area right next to the river on an elevated flat stretch we will be able to camp with plenty of space.

The trail down from the farm house to the camp has also been graded recently, so off-road trailers should not be a problem. Do keep in mind that the inclination of the road into the camp is similar to the road in and out of Killarney although only single lane width.

Activity opportunities include:

  • 30km+ of farm trails in and around the farm we will go explore
  • river fishing – Fishing clubs often come to camp and fish here
  • hiking and bird watching – there is a 3km trail to a nearby waterfall
  • all the fun to be had on and in the river using your own equipment – If you are brave enough to tackle the water in the winter.
  • a chance to just get away and relax

The accommodation:

  • You do need to be self-sufficient as there is no electricity and no drinking water.
  • There is an ablution block, split into ladies and gents with hot showers fed by donkey and flush toilets.

  • Normal camping cost will be R60 per person per night.
  • There is the option of 3 chalets of which 1 is still available: 7 sleeper (backpacker type metal frame bunk beds with mattresses) at a cost of R100 per person sharing.

  • Lastly there is an option for a little secluded house/chalet built right into the rock face sheltering the camp site. A little more secluded away from the main camp: 6 sleeper (1 double bed, 3 single beds and a mattress on a rock shelf) with its own toilet and shower and even a little kitchen corner at a cost of R250 per person sharing.

Traveling:

The plan is to meet across from the petrol station near Weenen on the R74 and then drive to the camp site together (S 28˚51’19.46” E 30˚04’08.58” or -28.854058, 30.06905). The distance from Durban is 200-220km and you have the option of either going via Greytown (N2àR33àR74) or Estcourt (N2àR103àR74)

If you are interested, deposit your camping fees into the club account with your name and “Darkest Africa” as reference and drop me a line (Deadline: 12 June)

Club banking details:

Account name: 4 Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa

Bank: FNB Durban North

Acc: 62065808150

Branch: 220426

Reference – Your Name + Darkest Africa

Contact:

Dwayne – 0731539715 – dwaynevz@webmail.co.za

Key Co-ordinates:

Meeting spot: S 28˚51’19.46” E 30˚04’08.58” (-28.854058, 30.06905).

Farm Turn off: S 28˚46’07.07” E 30˚10’31.08” (-28.76863, 30.17530)

Farm House: S 28˚47’47.76” E 30˚10’04.26” (-28.79660, 30.16785)

Camp Site: S 28˚46’59.99” E 30˚12’0.00” (-28.783333, 30.200000)