Outing to Gifberg in November

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At Gifberg Farm

A trip has been arranged to Gifberg, near Vanrhynsdorp by John  Saunders who will lead the outing.

12 – 15 November 2018

We will stay at Gifberg Holiday Farm.

Previous visits have proved that this is a very popular venue. Surrounded by mountains just over the Gifberg pass, this is a beautiful setting and we should have some excellent birding.

The accommodation that has been reserved consists of two four bedroom cottages (two bathrooms in each cottage) plus one two bedroom cottage (one bathroom)

The planned itinerary is as follows:-

Day 1 – Monday, 12th November.

We travel up the N7 towards Vanrhynsdorp (approx 4 hours drive) and then 3 km before you reach Vanrhynsdorp turn right following the Gifberg Farm signs (a further 30 – 45 minutes drive)

Meet at 15.30 and do the Pot Hole 2 km walk, with a few ups and downs.

Day 2 – Tuesday, 13th November

We have three options.

1.The Gifberg Trail – 9 km    (This trail is more strenuous, taking 4 hours to complete. It takes you through some spectacular rock formations about midway. It is suggested that you wear long trousers as the bush scratches your legs severely.)

2. The Hamerkop Trail – 4 km   (This is an easy trail and takes about two hours to complete. This trail is ideal for the less experienced hiker. A natural pool, in which you can take a cooling swim, forms part of the trail).

3. The 4 x 4 trail   (The 11 km long route will take you to the Doring river. The same route will get you back, but the scenery and magnificent view will give you a whole new perspective of the area.)

Day 3 – Wednesday, 14th November

Meet at 0800. Drive to Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve (R30 entrance fee per person)  – 10 kilometres outside of the little town of Nieuwoudtville, situated between Van Rhynsdorp and Calvinia.

Day 4 – Thursday, 15th November

After breakfast drive home after a very exhilarating and enjoyable trip.

Prices per person will be R875.00 per person. R1750.00 two people sharing ( Double or Twin beds). Bookings will be on a ‘first come first served’ basis.  A  50% deposit is required for us to secure this unique, quality accommodation, so if you are keen to join this Hermanus Bird Club outing please confirm your booking as soon as possible. The required deposit can be paid into the HBC bank account once your place has been secured.

This is a self-catering trip as usual with evening braais together.

Please book with Craig at pcsholmes@telkomsa.net

2 comments on “Outing to Gifberg in November

  1. Hi Craig,

    Hope we are early enough this time. Please can you reserve 4 places, two for us and two for the De Villiers.

    Many thanks,

    Gavin Turner

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