a monthly basis, the Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa has an Open Day at its property at Base 4.
Each Open Day has a programme of events of interest to members, and these are also great opportunities for non-members to come
along and see what the club is all about. A wide range of topics is presented by specialists in their field, and every one relates to the 4x4
or outdoor experience. Please feel free to invite friends or prospective members to Base 4.
Get details on the next Open Day here.
||Fri 20 -
Sun 22 Feb - Weekend Outing to Berakah near Parys - Cancelled
The Vredefort Dome is just 14 km outside Parys, offering a weekend
getaway filled with endless fun, challenge, thrill and nerve wracking
experiences. Our camp site is at the Dimalachite River Lodge on the
banks of the Vaal River close to Parys. The camping facilities have a
three-star grading, swimming pool, grass, trees and a view over the Vaal
River. What about a sundowner cruise on the River? There is also a shop
with ice and other basic necessities. It is from here that we will start
our adventure weekend with white-water river rafting. 2-seater crocodile
inflatables are used. If you are experienced and have your own kit, you
may kayak with the others and back-up is provided. Lunch will be
provided on the trip. The rafting trail is about 5 hours long. A list of
items that need to be brought with will be supplied to those booking the
trip. Then on Sunday morning we pack up and head for the Berakah 4x4 Eco
Trail just a few kilometers away. This trail is one of Drive Out's top
ten trails. The trail is 13 km long in an unspoilt natural environment
with varying degrees of difficulty. Pass through open savannah,
bushveld, riverbeds, mud, water, hill climbs and scenic mountains. Get
more details here. Download
a booking form here. Get more information on the
Club's trips and outings here.
2015 Calendar has been released
Read about the many trips and outings planned for 2015, plus get the
dates for Open Days and Driver Training.
Trailer For Sale
Trailer tent for sale for R82500. See
more 4x4 vehicles and equipment for sale here.
FWDCSA Off-Road Marshalling Unit
The club is re-activating the off-road marshalling unit. This
gives you an opportunity to get up close and personal with
off-road motorsport in exotic locations. Click
here for more information.
Download the latest newsletter from the Four Wheel Drive Club of SA (Gauteng Branch) here.
Owls to Base 4
We have a plan to put up owl boxes at Base 4 to encourage some of our
nocturnal raptors to make it their preferred home. Some people
might ask why we would want to have owls in artificial boxes living on
the property. They might say that if they wanted to stay there then they
would naturally be found there. I feel that we need to try and attract
the natural world back to Base 4 and this is an ideal way to start. Read
more about owl boxes at Base 4 here.
immigration regulations for all children under the age of 18
From 01 October 2014 all children under the age of 18 will be
required to produce an unabridged birth certificate in addition to
their passport when entering, departing or transiting South
Africa. Get more on this here.
Get even more value from your FWDCSA membership. We are building a
free directory of members with goods and/or services to offer you
and even discounts for members. Access
the directory, or add your services, here (FWDCSA Gauteng
||Serendipity Trip Report
Club members spent the weekend camping in the bush and driving the trails at
Serendipity in the Waterberg, enjoying their four-wheel-drive vehicles in the
picturesque African Bushveld. Read
the trip report and see the pictures here.
||Information for touring in Africa
Alan Exton has gathered a lot of useful information for travellers from his trips around our sub-continent and
presents it here to make your own trip safer and easier. Read the
||The Friends of Hwange Trust - Saving Zimbabwe’s
largest national park
Over 200 elephants have been poisoned with cyanide at Hwange. Read about this devastating crime and the Zimbabwe
authorities' powerful response to it. Get the latest Friends of Hwange
Trust newsletter here.
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