First off, thank you to all the members who attended the Christmas weekend! I cannot describe how absolutely wonderful the people in this club are and what comradery was had on the weekend!
Despite the wind, which blew and blew on the Friday night, and then blew, blew, blew even harder on Saturday into the evening, spirits remained high amongst the campers at all times during the weekend!
And so the weekend arrived. Andy McMahon, through the great universal database of information found this newly advertised “off the grid” camping spot called Jakkalsden near Montague. The turnoff to the farm was newly signposted, but the farmer was happy to accompany each arrival to the campsites. There were quite a few onion fields in bloom, what a beautiful sight.
What a lekker way to get into the 2022 summer swing of things!
5 of the 6 car group met at the Deja Brew coffee shop in Ceres on Friday,14 October at 2pm.The group was led by Jurie and Sannette and accompanied by Andy & Colleen,Walter & Val, Steve & Debbie and our German guests Fips & Dora. Ian & Stephanie went directly to the first camp where we met up with them later. After a delayed departure from Ceres, as Jurie need to have his wheels balanced, we got on the road and headed to our first camp, Nuwerus, in the Cederberg. An easy 2 hour drive through the scenic Koue Bokkeveld took us to our three- night / two-full days camp at this lovely Cederberg destination.
The super group of weekenders started arriving at Rangers Reserve from early Friday afternoon, with Colin & Diane and their Gecko caravan being first, Andy and I with our Jurgens XCape caravan following, and then suddenly there was a rush of members arriving: Kevin & Lesley Steagemann, Walter & Val Mohr, Ken & Shona Sturgeon, Kevin & Jenny Childs and last, but certainly not least, Hilton Joffe.
Our long-awaited Karoo trip kicked off with a few paid-up participants unfortunately having to withdraw. However we were privileged to have very worthy and experienced members, Ivan Napoleon & Greg Bond-Smith, who has been on quite a few of our trips going back many years. Our first stop was Anysberg Nature Reserve campsite via Ouberg Pass, with a cool Karoo wind keeping us wrapped up. The staff & facilities were tops, and we have proud memories of our Club contribution there, with the highly respected late Committee member Philip Sackville-Scott having taken groups to assist with the building of mountain trails there. Wild camping in Nature Reserves is strictly prohibited, which helps to retain the future of these heritage areas.
Friday 18 March – Andy suggested that those who could leave on Friday join him and Colleen at Kranskloof campsite, a well-appointed church youth camp in a secluded, grassy kloof above the railway line on the mountain side of the NI above De Doorns. They arrived first followed by Ken, Shona and Rob. On a short hike up the mountainside the group retrieved some of the camp equipment abandoned by the thieves that had broken into the campsite months earlier. To cool down in the hot afternoon, creative ways were found to get Shona into the cement reservoir! At nightfall Jurie and Sanette drove in. Although there was a fully equipped kitchen, naturally all preferred to braai for supper.
What a super bunch of members who attended the Christmas weekend at the lush and grassy green Leeuwenboschfontein campsite near Touwsrivier! Even the weather threats of lots of rain forecast for the weekend couldn’t keep the members away from what turned out to be a lovely weekend – there was some light rain about 6pm and some rain overnight after everyone had gone to bed but not enough to dampen anyone’s spirits! Friday evening everyone socialised and kept warm in and next to the lapa with big fires being fed by Andy and Hilton!
Andy and I started the weekend early and had a leisurely travel to Gatsrivier on Thursday morning. The weather was cool in Cape Town when we left but we soon went through a blustery downpour driving past Paarl.
We managed to finally leave the rain behind and were hoping that this was the last that we would see on our weekend trip.