BUCKLANDS FAMILY 4X4 EASTER WEEKEND                                                                                             ENTRY FORM


The event will happen every Easter Weekend.  The programme makes room for the whole family, but the serious manne will have more than enough adrenalin flowing to make it worth the while.

We make room for alternative entertainment for the women and children who choose not to ride all day, so the ladies will have their share of lady things to do.

Most meals will be catered for, so the ladies can relax and enjoy some free time too.

Date:  14 to 17 April 2017.


Friday, 14 April 2017:   Arrival and registration from 09h00.  Friday is mostly for arrival and settling in on Bucklands, meet old and new friends while setting up camp and do a bit of nesskrop, while we wait for people coming from far.  Families have to provide own meals for the day, but the evening meal will be catered for.   

Afternoon programme 14h00:  Short Course Speed Trials and Blinddoek Bundu Bash for Couples will get the weekend going.  Kids who want to, can swim and kayak nearby under supervision.

Evening Braai 18h00.  Braai Packs provided. (Included in the weekend price, as all meals for the weekend from this time forward.)

Saturday, 15 April 2017: 

Breakfast:  08h00

Scenic Drive with short historic talk:  09h00 to 10h30

Broken Dam Drive:  10h30 to 12h30

Light Lunch at the Bokskuur:  13h00

Ladies Programme from 14h30, ladies will be fetched from Bokskuur by sheep lorry.

Sand Dune Drive and Vark Pan Ploeg (Mud Jol): 15h00 to 17h00

Supper:  18h00 Spitbraai

Langarm Skuur Dance:  19h30 till not too late.

Ladies Programme:

Ladies Programme from 14h30 to 17h00:  Will include a health talk with products on sale by Jeanetta Marais, owner of the well known The Hideaway Spa close by.  For the bush cooks among you, there will be a traditional Roosterkoek baking demonstration in our Bush Kitchen.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Breakfast:  08h00

Full Day Drive:  09h00

The first leg of the drive is up the Cockscomb Mountain where we will stop for the view and a brief historic talk.

Then we depart down the southern side to visit the Boer War Museum at Mount Ingwe Farm Stay in Elandsrivier.  Here is a cash bar for a cold beer or coke.  Lukas van der Merwe, the owner, will take us through the museum. 

From Mount Ingwe we depart up the Elandsrivier road to the Patensie Tower, where we turn right and 4x4 down to the Groot Riviers Poort. (15 km will take about an hour and a half).

In the Poort we will have lunch, swim and spend some time relaxing under the trees.

By 15h30 we depart for Bucklands where we will have Potjiekos at 18h00.

Evening Prise Giving Ceremony: 19h00

Monday 17 April 2017

Breakfast: 08h00

Depart for Vate se Gat:  09h00.  Family time at Vate se Gat.

Last chance to drive the Sand Dunes, swim in the river and relax. 

Play Gholf on the worlds shortest gholf course: Hit a charity ball from Heuningkop to a target in the river bed.  Ghong shooting from Heuningkop: Money goes for charity.

Lunch back on the farm: 13h00

Pack up camp and depart after lunch.  Guests are free to sleep another night and leave early Tuesday morning, but no meals are provided after Monday lunch.


Vehicle per day: R250.00

Person camping per day:  R100 pppd, children under 12 pays R50.

Chalets per person per day: R300

Per Main Meal:  R100

Per Light Meal: R50

Per Person camping for the full weekend: R950.00 excluding vehicle cost, including all meals.

Per Person in Chalet for full weekend:  R1 550.00 excluding vehicle cost, including all meals.

Vehicle Cost:  A charge of R250 per day per vehicle is charged, R1 000 for the 4 days. 

Meals:  All meals are traditional Karoo food.  Vegetarians will be catered for if so requested on entry form. 

Accommodation Options:


Own tents or caravans needed.  Ablution available but very limited power supply, so bring own soundless generator if possible.  There is a spotlight lighting the camping area.


Optional accommodation on the farm includes The Poortjie, a two bedroomed (5 people) chalet at the main venue, and The Ouwerwe, a 12 sleeper house (2 bedrooms and a dorm), 4.8 km from the main venue, for which own transport by bakkie is required. 

Five more chalets and a guest house are available on request on neighbouring farms.  Own transport required.  Distance from venue varies between 5 km and 12 km.

All additional accommodation, apart from camping, is R300 per person per night.

What to bring:

Own camping gear: caravans, campers, tents, etc. with mattresses, sleeping bags, towels, etc.

Campers and Chalet guests should bring a folding chair for each person in his vehicle.

Electric 12V pump for sand driving.

Hats, sun cream, swimming costumes, camera’s, binoculars, bird books, etc.

Own snacks and cold drinks for in between meals.  (There will be a cash bar with drinks and sweets, but with limited choice).

(Ford owners must please bring a fire extinguisher!)

Other information:

April can be very hot by day, and chilly by night, so come prepared for all weather. 

The water supply is limited, it is the Karoo, and guests are requested to save water at all times.

Ablution facilities with hot water is provided.

Coffee and Tea is available in the hall all day long, at no cost.

The cash bar will have cold beer and cold drinks, with chips and some chocolates, but we do not have a shop for anything else.

The ladies that do not want to drive all day Saturday, will be treated on a health talk with supplements on sale, massages, and a free cooking demonstration in our bush kitchen.

The 4x4 Tracks and Roads:

Grade 3 obstacles are as bad as it gets, with optional play places for the hardebaarde.  The road we use on Sunday is steep at places, but high range and diff-lock should be enough.  If it gets whet, you may need low range.

The Dam Wall Drive is more technical, but rather easy if you have diff-lock.

The Sand Dunes are difficult but safe, and diff-lock and low range is required.  The dunes are low, but soft, and the track is laid out so that momentum is very limited.  Most people get through though, but very few get through the first time.  It is more or less just right!

The chances of damaging your vehicle are very low, and branches are trimmed back to prevent scratching.

The total distance 4x4 driving for the whole weekend should not be more than 200 km, so no extra fuel is required, but come with a full tank, we do not sell fuel.  Distance from PE is about 150 km.




Take the R75 from Port Elizabeth, (the Graaff-Reinet road), to Kleinpoort, about 60 km before Jansenville, and about 90 km after Uitenhage.

Turn left at Kleinpoort, (south), onto the Springbokvlakte gravel road, and follow for 19 km, to a T-junction at a farmstead with blue-gum trees and outbuildings with green doors.

Turn right (west), and follow the road for 3km to a small Bucklands sign board at a junction turning left.

Turn left, (south), and follow this road for 7km, to a gate at a fork in the road, and a farm workers house on your right hand side.  There is a Bucklands sign bord.

Keep straight through gate, and after 200m, keep right, (west), at a fork in the road.

Drive 3 km, and you will get the Bucklands sign boards, turn left, (south), through the river, and you will get the main farmstead after 300m.

The first 5 km from Kleinpoort is somewhat rough and not advisable for very low cars (like Porches and the like), but after that the road improves and is in good condition all the way to the farm.


The shortest and most scenic route is the R62 to Oudtshoorn, from there via De Rust and Barandas to Willowmore.  (You can also drive to George, over the mountain via Uniondale to Willowmore).  From Willowmore, follow the cement road to Steytlerville.  When you enter Steytlerville,  turn right onto the gravel road saying Cockscomb or Uitenhage.  (If you need anything from town, turn left to the hotel, shops and gas station, as this is the last place to buy anything).

Follow the gravel road for 4.5 km to a fork in the road, where you turn left.

After 30 km take the road turning off to the right, saying Bucklands and Sandpoort.  Follow for 10 km to the Bucklands sign board and turn sharp right, follow for 300m and you will get coffee!

The GPS coordinates are:  33º28'46.22”S x 24º41'50.22”E

There is Vodacom and Cell C reception all the way on the gravel road, so if you feel uncertain, please call us on:

The farm telephone number is: 049 837 0033

The cell phone number is: 082 497 2372


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