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Great Limpopo Berg to Bush Trail - 21 to 24 March 2019

Heinie

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This is one of those Hidden Jewels of our beautiful country .

A mix between Wild camping, Community camping and for those who prefer white linen, hot showers and flushing toilets Chalets.
During 2018 five G wagens ventured on a paid guided trip through the Strydomspoort and Lekgalameetse area of the Limpopo Province.
This lead to a discussion with the tour guide paving the way to a revisit the area during 2019 with the view to assist with the maintenance
of the trail, cleaning up of overgrown bushes and trees as well restoring some roads FREE OF CHARGE.
All wheels were set in motion and we received the thumbs up from the touring agents. This was placed on the club's official program for 2019.

The guide from the previous trip, four G wagens and very capable ML with three quests, brother of Chris Briel his daughter and a ex-colleague of mine joined us on this momentous trip.
(Obviously a lot of canvasing of new members and questions around G Wagens by our new friends were discussed as well)

We met up (Thursday) at the little town of Penge a mining town of the past at around noon.
After a very informal discussion we set off very eagerly to start the job at hand.....
We crossed the bridge over a pictures Oliphant's river and soon after turned left from the road onto the trail.
- Imagine a bunch of very enthuastic club members entering the bush armed with all sorts of gardening and bush cutting tools.
From chainsaws, pangas, scissors, blades and something that would resemble a helicopter propeller being wheeled.
Not long after we entered the twee spoor trail we stopped for the first time. Every one jumped out and started clearing the
smallest tree and scrubs they could find. Soon we discover there where much bigger priorities ahead taking up more effort and time.
We spend up to an hour or more at some areas cutting back tree trucks, removing branches, cleaning overgrown vegetation to ensure a
a clear trail/road for future adventure groups. No one really took note of the time, soon the sun start setting and we had to hurry to our
first overnight stay. Arriving at Mafefe Community camp only a few hard core Braaiers enjoyed a quick braai while the others got stuck
in the left over padkos for dinner. Some of us shared the rondawwels available while others made use of their own rooftop tents etc.
After a good day of some serious physical work we all settled in fairly early.

Next morning (Friday) we had a nice supprise waking up with light rain falling. After breakfast we got started with revitalised energy taking on the bush -
(AKA - REAL CITY SLEAKERS) We followed the Drakensburg Escarpment - Makutsi mountain stream through the Lekgalemeetse Nature Reserve.
What a day of cutting, chopping, pulling dragging of trees and bushes. This time around it was a full day of hard work and good fun.
We made some time for water breaks - Yes indeed, drinking water nothing as good as cold water - lunchtime and good laughter.
I want to complement all the ladies who made the trip. They all work as hard if not harder than the guys - well done ladies.
Then of cause we enjoyed the beautiful scenic view along the way, mountainous hills, green valleys and cliffs. We only cover nine kilometres for the day.
After another full day we headed along to the next overnight spot.
Here we were treated to lovely white linen chalet accommodation, where we slept for two nights. In the evenings we enjoyed braaing and good chats around
the fire, taking care of our wounds and removing the left over thorns. I haven't seen so many thorny bushes in a long time, even "Baboon tou" in this area are covered
in thorns. No wonder the baboons stay out of the forest.
Saturday morning we ventured back on the same route again as Klaas wanted to clear the road to the Big Yellowood tree. We only managed to clear some of the route
but experienced excellent 4x4 terrain where all the guys obviously became masters of the toys again.

Sunday morning after a good night sleep we all departed without any injuries or serious damage to our vehicles
I wish to thank each and every one who made this trip and for your contribution in making it a memorable one once again.

These successful trips are what the G Wagen club is made of - friendship and camaraderie.


Thank you
 
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Heinie

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Great Limpopo Berg to Bush Trail - 21 to 24 March 2019
 

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Alan

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Well done to all involved and thank you very much for the trip report.
It is always a nice read. And not to forget the photos, thanks.
Hopefully I can part take in the next trip.
 

Heinie

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Andrew

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Thank your for your effort Heinie.

Perhaps you can put one or two photos onto the "place called home thread" for the record?.
 

Antony

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Well done guys. Looks like you made a real difference to the trail for future visitors and thank you Heinie for such a good write up and all the photos.


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Andrew

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