|NOTE TO ANYONE
VISITING RUST DE WINTER
Take along fresh WATER for everything you might need!
Our camp site is
proclaimed as a Bird Sanctuary
= From the Greek word akis meaning point or thorn.
regarding your camp set-up ensures that the complete Rust de Winter
atmosphere remains as close to nature as possible without the
clutter of fences and unsightly stock piles of camping equipment.
along fresh drinking water!
Members - R60.00
per person per day
per person per day
NOTE OF OUR
RUST DE WINTER CAMP COMMANDER MEETING
SCHEDULED FOR THE 28th JANUARY 2016
NOTE TO ANYONE
RUST DE WINTER NOW...
Take along water
you might need - even bathing!
Buckets are provided to flush
toilets when required.
de Winter is the official camp site of the 4X4ATV Club
Co-ordinates: S25 11 54.0 E28 34 32.0
around 100km north of Pretoria, the members have an opportunity to
escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy time, off-road
style, in nature. The 26,97ha camp site is situated on the banks of
the Elands River and it is believed that, on our very own camp site,
you will find the biggest "Apiesdoring" trees in the
southern hemisphere. Some of these trees are over 300 years old.
site caters for an average of 160 permanent stands and about 200
casual sites available for day visitors. A touch of luxury is
provided by 7 ablution facilities and 12 water tanks fed through a
bore hole or pumped from the river system depending on the time of
year and water level in the river. (Please note however that
this water is not fit for drinking - you are urged to bring along
fresh drinking water when visiting the camp). Regular
functions are hosted under the 4 lapa's on the site.
the road from the camp site we have access to what is known as the
Gymkhana. Here our members have the opportunity to test their own as
well as their vehicle's capabilities in a true off-road environment.
These obstacles have been set up and are maintained by officials
specifically for the purpose of enjoyment without damaging existing
fauna and flora. The farms around Rust de Winter are privately owned
and driving around on these dirt roads are strictly controlled and
guided by the committee. We do however cater for this requirement
through our Rust de Winter Bundu Trail where participants are taken
into a mountainous area where guided access have been approved by
the land owners.
you be interested in Bird Watching, Hiking or a Self Drive Game
Drive only 2km from the camp site, contact Dave
Rust de Winter camp site provides a cheaper option during holiday
periods. A lot of our events are based at the camp site and normally
additional events are held during holiday periods, ensuring that our
members never get tired or bored when visiting Rust de Winter. Even
the children are quite happy to spend the day at the swimming pool
and sliding tube, providing parents with some deserved time off.
They are free to explore nature within the camp fences. The emphasis
on family participation is real and on big events such as the annual
Toyota Rust de Winter Jamboree, the committee provides special
entertainment for the children.
become eligible for a stand at Rust de Winter you have to be an
active member of the 4X4ATV Club for no less than 2 years. Being
"active" requires you to regularly attend monthly meetings
and social functions. Your continued involvement in our Clubs
activities is required - you have to attend at least 6 monthly
meetings and visit your camp site on a regular basis, not only for
the shere enjoyment of nature but also to ensure your site is well
Making yourself available to help in the camp where required, also
helps a lot towards motivating for your stand. Should you meet this
requirement, please contact Rina Stander on 082 990 4364.
There are limited stands available right now! Permanent stand fees
are currently R2800.00 per year. There are no additional charges for camping.
Rust de Winter fees are payable before the end of May each year.
DE WINTER BUNDU
trail is rated between a *** to **** route.
(Refer the bottom of this page for an analysis on this
A 4X4 trail
starting in basic bushveld with sandy tracks. Trail winds
through fairy tale gorges and valleys steadily climbing up
hilly and mountain passes on typical rocky mountain trails to
the overnight camp. Encounter various obstacles on the way up
and cross several mountain streams on the route which will
test your driving skills and train the newcomers to this very
pleasant sport under expert guidance from your guides.
stop on the highest outcrop in the area overlooking beautiful
valleys where participants must provide their own camping
equipment. Enjoy the beauty of a bushveld sunset around a
provided log fire. Spend an evening with friends and new
acquaintances whilst cooking your evening meal on supplied
braai facilities. The convoy leaves the next morning after
breakfast following a different route down the valleys, again
crossing streams before arriving back at the 4x4ATV Camp site
around noon, where certificates are issued by the Trial Master
to all drivers who completed the trail. The total distance of
the trail is approximately 80km.
trail is situated halfway to Warmbaths to the north of
Pretoria, east of the highway between Rust de Winter dam and
Moloto. The trail starts from the camping area of the 4x4ATV Club
at Rust de Winter. The easiest way to get to the camp is to
use the highway from Pretoria to Warmbaths. Use the
Hammanskraal / Boekenhout off-ramp turning right across the
highway and travel east. Just after crossing the highway take
next tar road left going north. At following T-junction turn
right going east. Pass the Rust de Winter dam road sign still
going east and continue straight through the next tar cross
roads. Pass a small settlement with stores and big Apiesdoring
trees in the background and cross the Elands River bridge.
Turn right just after the river into the camping area of the
The camping area is approximately 100km from Pretoria.
DIFFICULTY OF THE TRAIL4. DIFFICULTY OF
should preferably know their vehicles and have some off-road
experience. The trail is not dangerous if drivers follow the
advise of the tour guides. When obstacles or difficult terrain
is covered, officials will guide drivers as and when required.
Drivers will definitely learn more about what their vehicles
are capable of and gain valuable experience on this trail.
days. Trail starts from Rust de Winter camp at 10h00 on the
Saturday and participants will be back in camp by 14h00 on the
HIGHLIGHTS OF TRAIL
will experience typical un-spoilt bushveld scenery and see
game and birds while traveling over sometimes difficult
terrain. In the summer months the valleys are covered in a
green expanse of beauty which will long be remembered. Trail
proceeds through the famous 'lovers lane' which is a water
formed gorge through alluvial rock covered in evergreen trees
that form a continual leaf tunnel and shade. Trees along the
trail are identified with National Parks signage and
numbering. In season streams are filled with crystal clear
water to add to the beauty of the area. The crossing of this
and the pleasure of the trail as a whole, again highlights to
the driver why he purchased a 4X4.
starting and end point is from the 4x4ATV Club's
official camp site at Rust de Winter which have proper
ablution facilities with hot water showers. Participants are
welcome to extend their stay before or after the trail at a
nominal fee of R60.00
per person per day. (Non-members pay R80.00
per person per day.) Please note however that the Friday
night before the Bundu leaves camp, is free of charge. The
facilities at the overnight camp on the mountain are very
basic. There are flush toilets and Bush showers with a view to
die for. Participants must take their own drinking and shower
water to use in provided showers.
RECOMMENDED PERIODS AND REQUIRED PARTICIPANTS
can be booked from January to May and August to December. Club
events hosted at Rust de Winter will receive preference -
please confirm availability. A minimum of 10 to a maximum of
15 vehicles are required.
What to bring along
5 litres of drinking water per person
2. Own camping equipment (tent, sleeping bags, mattress,
3. Own recovery equipment
4. Own Braai Grid (Flip over grid)
5. Sunday morning breakfast
6. Please remove running boards and excaliburs.
for the absolute beginner.
little experience required or accompanied by someone with
need not be vast but the basics must be there. Basic
de-bogging equipment must be carried.
your vehicle in terms of driving, fixing and getting it
years of experience in all aspects of off-roading as well as
traveling with a second vehicle is mandatory.
note that the Jeep Cherokee Sport and Suzuki Jimny in standard
form will not be allowed on the Trail as these vehicles do not
have sufficient clearances all round.
FOR INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT:
Cell: 082 558 6184
Office Tel: 012 379 1715
Office Fax: 086 612 5652
Cell: 082 990-4364
Office Tel: 012 379 1715
Office Fax: 086 612 5652
BUNDU Fee for Members:
BUNDU Fee for Non-members: R750
DRIVER TRAINING AT RUST DE WINTER CAMP SITE
To follow the trend
in the 4x4 community, the 4X4ATV Club has decided to present
training weekends where you can learn basic skills in 4x4-ing,
off-road techniques and vehicle recovery. The course covers all the
aspects as required by SAQA Units of Standard 254135, depicted by
government and industry.
scheduled dates for training weekends:
13 & 14 May 2017
interesting to note that the Unit of Standards has eventually been
finalised and that the Gymkhana facilities at Rust de Winter has
been registered as an Accredited Training Facility. Courses will be
presented over a two day period, from 08h00 to 17h00.
to bring along:
equipment for Friday and Saturday overninght
Lunch and refreshments for the two days
Depending on the weather, warm clothes
Supper for Friday night
Saturday night you will receive a braai pack - fire and braai
grill will be provided - please bring your own side dish
Chairs and cutlery / crockery
A note book and pen
Water and cold drink for the two days
Two certified copies of your ID document
Two certified copies of your drivers license
Your own 4x4
vehicle with low range
excaliburs if possible
vehicle has propper recovery points in the front and rear
Non Members: R1550.00
At least one person older than 18 per vehicle
Hand books and Certificates
Braai Packs for Saturday night
Free camping at Rust de Winter
Coffee, tea and rusks in the morning
DCC License Card
- 08h30 : Registration
08h30 - 12h00 : Presentation at the Lapa
12h00 - 12h30 : Lunch (not provided)
12h30 - 18h00 : Practical - Mountain Driving & Gymkhana
18h00 - ... Braai and camp fire discussions
- 08h00 : Coffee, tea and rusks
08h00 - 08h30 : Written Test
08h30 - 13h00 : Recovery Equipment and practical use in
13h00 - 13h30 : Lunch (not provided)
13h30 - 16h30 : Student evaluation and feedback
16h45 - 17h00 : Certifcates and completion
Peter Claasen on 082 558 6184 for inquiries.
Contact Rina Stander on 082 990 4364 to make your reservation.
TO THE 4X4ATV CAMP SITE
Pretoria, follow N1 Highway, North
ZERO ODO at the Zambezi offramp
[S25 38 21.6 E28 16 32.7]
Ignore all offramps up to 32.0km
[S25 36 59.7 E28 16 37.1]
Port - Last chance for re-fuel
is a shop at RdW but they do not
always have fuel in stock...
[S25 24 12.5 E28 17 48.9]
the offramp to
Hammanskraal / Boekenhoutskloof
Toll Gate Hammanskraal
right and cross over N1 Highway
[S25 24 07.9 E28 18 03.2]
left to Rust de Winter just before gravel road starts -
You will now enter
the Dinokeng Reserve
your game drive
and keep to speed restrictions
[S25 13 10.0 E28 26 43.7]
- Turn right towards Rust de Winter
Ignore all turn offs for 14km
(Including the turn off to the Rust de Winter Dam)
[S25 11 51.5 E28 34 29.8]
note the speed limit -
this is a dangerous turn to the right
before a single crossing bridge
[S25 11 54.0 E28 34 32.0]
to 4X4ATV Camp on your right hand side
Turn right and follow the gravel road up to our Reception
HINTS AND TIPS TO HELP YOU PACK FOR YOUR CAMPING TRIP
list is basic and you should consult your owners manual for
additional spares and tools you might require for your
specific brand / model of vehicle. Try to get more information
on the terrain you might encounter to make provision in terms
of your recovery equipent (rock, sand, wet, etc.)
Tyre pressure gauge
Tyre repair kit
Q20 or equivalent water displacement oil
Gear oil / grease
Quick set epoxy glue
Locktite tread fastener
Hose clamps of various sizes
Radiator stop leak
Binding wire (clothes hanger wire)
Various nuts and bolts
Heavy duty plastick bags
Vehicle Recovery and Tools:
Winch kit -
including spraps, tree protector, snatch block and shackles
Danforth boat anchor (for soft sand)
Heavy duty hammer
Set of spanners
Set of screw drivers
Pliers - flat and long nose
take along a can with fresh drinking water - no matter where
your adventure leads or where you might get bogged down or
stranded, you will always need fresh drinking water!
you be towing your caravan / trailer to your destination, also
ensure that you have basic spares for it.
must-have list of Camping Equipment:
Mattresses (if air mattess, include repair kit)
Matches / Lighter
Gas bottle - ensure they are full if long stay
Gas bottle key - if possible, attach to bottle with string
Cutlery (don't forget the can opener, egg lifter, wooden spoon
and cutting knife)
Mugs and glasses (glass or plastic)
Folding table and chairs
Wash-up basin (dish wash liquid and cloths)
Frying pan and cooking pots
Torch and spare batteries
Light and electrical extention cord
Candles and / or Lamps for venue without electricity
Tie downs or rope
Shade canvas or Gazebo
is basic and does not include prescription medication - Please
use this as an advisory list only! Brands listed are for ease
of reference only. Should you be visiting remote areas for a
long period, please consult with your physician - they are
more that willing to advise and can give presciptions for
additional medication you might require (such as a wide
First Aid Book
Wound dressings - large and small
Adheasive strips, plasters and streri-strips (anti allergic if
Roll elastic adhesive 25cm x 3m or what is available
Conforming and triangular bandages - wide and narrow
A card of safety pins
Butterfly closures (to use instead of stitches)
Disinfectant (Detol or Savlon)
Pain tablets (Panado or as per your preference)
Dehydration mix (Rehydrat)
Anti nausia tablets (Valoid)
Anti-diarrhea tablets (Imodium)
Anti-septic ointment (Betadine)
Anti-heartburn (Eno or Rennies)
Water purification tablets
Swabs for cleaning wounds
CPR mouth pieces
Eye bath (medium) and eye pad
you be visiting remote areas, it is adviseable to read
up about snakes, scorpions, spiders and ticks and make
print-outs to take along should you need to treat bites
without medical assistance.
Be aware of your envoronment and pack away items that might
potetially lure un-invited "guests" during the
Always remain aware of nature and treat it with respect
leave it to be as wild as you found it.
- Make notes of basic menus with easy-to-find or
easy-to-take-along ingredients. Take time to find easy-to-make
recipe ideas and get everyone involved by delegating some
meal times to family or friends in the group. Should you
cross any borders, take note of legislation regarding the
transport of meat / dairy or poultry products for the areas
you are visiting - some countries are strict and may
confiscate your stock at borders or check points. On
some items such as alcoholic beverages there might also be
limits to the quantity of stock you may take along.
your destination leads you across borders, ensure that all
your travelling documents are in place - passports, visa's,
vehicle insurances, etc. Determine what will be required at
border crossings and the fees that will be payable for
items such as road taxes or permits. Proof of your booking at
your destination might also be required. Make sure your driver
and vehicle licenses are up-to-date (also applicable to
whatever you might be towing). Allow for extra driving time
when you visit remote areas - the distances are not always
covered in expected times. Just a note from experience...
don't be in a hurry...
Africa has it's own time...
Logistics - Involve fellow campers by assigning tasks such
as making fire, packing vehicles, building the kitchen area,
cleaning up, etc...
deserves the time off and everyone should get it... TIME