Club members had a great time at Ouplaas, with a lot of relaxing and a little trip up the mountain.
Klipkrans Private Game Farm & Camping site near Worcester has a bush camp in the hills set away from the main camp that has been booked for this weekend outing. The bush camp will be exclusively ours for the weekend and not being close to the main camp, will ensure a peaceful weekend for us. For more information, please visit http://www.klipkrans.co.za/
The bush camp has toilets and showers fed from a solar geyser and an enclosed social lapa. Only high clearance / 4×4 vehicles can get to the bush camp. There is no electricity at the bush camp.
Klipkrans is a game farm and we are welcome to drive the tracks, explore and view the game. While the bush camp is not on the river, we can access the river by driving or walking to it.
The cost for the bush camp will be split equally over the number of vehicles going.
What to take
Plenty of wood
Fishing gear – this river is teeming with fish
All drinking water
All the gear you need for bush camping
As this outing is just over 2 weeks away, please let me know ASAP if you want to book a spot so that I can confirm the numbers and booking with Klipkrans.
🎄Call to ALL members! Club Christmas Weekend outing. 1 – 3 December 🎄
Earlier this year when the club did the Manganese 4×4 trail near Citrusdal we stumbled on this idyllic campsite where the 4×4 trail starts. Talking to the farmer / owner, we found out that it is available to book out for groups. We have been waiting for summer to come to book out this amazing spot for the club! (The photos don’t do the site justice as there is more grass than shown and it was in excellent condition when we saw it in April.)
Doring River bush camping long weekend trip.
Thursday the 16th – Sunday the 19th November
As those who were with us on the November trip last year, this long weekend outing will push all of the right buttons for those that enjoy bush camping in wild areas along a river. This is a stretch of river to the north of Die Mond in the Tankwa Karoo and is not along the Gifberg stretch of river.
When going on a trip:
- Take a strong rubbish bag.
- Please take all your rubbish with you.
- Don’t bury rubbish – the animals dig it up and it spoils the environment.
- Burn paper only
- Don’t throw tins or plastic in the camp fire.
- Keep your bottle tops and stompies to yourself.
Once you have your radio properly set up, there are a few simple ways to keep it working in top order.
Prevent water from entering your antenna cables by sealing them with silicone prior to any trips. Once water has got into the cable corrosion will occur and the antenna system will stop working efficiently and the cables will have to be replaced.
The radio, no matter which type should always be connected directly to the battery via a fuse, and not to any convenient wire under the dashboard. By doing this, you will isolate any interference from the vehicle’s electrical system which could be misinterpreted as poor reception. A filter can be wired between the power supply and the transceiver to stop the interference.
There is no point in spending thousands of Rands on the top of the line transceiver if you cannot hear anyone because it has not been properly installed.
There are three types of antennas recommended on the SA market, ie. Magnetic antennas, glass mount antennas and body mount antennas.
Planning your communications in advance of your trip is essential as the bureaucratic systems can delay issuing of license’s for months and failure to have the required licence in neighbouring countries can result in your radio being confiscated.
Many people want a “radio” for their 4×4 vehicle, but when you question the reason for wanting a radio you invariably hear “well in case I get lost or my vehicle breaks!” My response is always, well who are you planning on talking to?
Why do you want a radio?
- For emergency purposes
- inter vehicle driving
- contact with your home
- receive news and weather information.