Seven Sisters Guided 4×4 Tour
(15th to 16th October 2022)

R 5,990

for 1 vehicle – 2 persons

(more price options below)

15th to 16th October 2022

Brand new and unique! A weekend to remember. We have put in a lot of effort to launch our inaugural Seven Sisters Tour. The tour includes some experiences not open to the general public, making this two day tour very special.

  • Explore the Huguenot service tunnel.
  • Drive the Seven Sisters Pass. (Private)
  • Lunch in the Hawequas forest – completely private
  • Old Du Toitskloof Pass
  • Slanghoek Valley
  • Bain’s Kloof Pass
  • Wine tasting at Diemersfontein wine estate
  • Overnight at Diemersfontein (Dinner, bed and breakfast)
  • Drive the two spoor track from Eerste Tol to the headwaters of the Witte River. (Limietberg Nature Reserve)
  • Visit Uplands. One of the oldest farms in the Wellington valley (200 years) and learn about how they distil grappa and gin of the highest export quality.
  • Light lunch under the oaks at Uplands.

The Seven Sisters guided self-drive 4×4 tour includes a drive up the Seven Sisters Pass (not open to the general public) to enjoy mind-blowing views over Wellington and Riebeeck Kasteel. Lunch will be enjoyed under the oak trees at a private spot in the Hawequas Valley.

This is followed by a unique opportunity to drive the service tunnel of the Huguenot Tunnel with an expert from TOLCON chatting to us via the two way radios, followed by a traverse of the classic old Du Toitskloof Pass and the beautiful Slanghoek Valley. The final experience for the first day is a north-south traverse of the recently refurbished historical Bain’s Kloof Pass where you will pass under the rock overhang known as Dacre’s Pulpit.

The evening will be spent at the Diemersfontein wine estate and includes wine tasting, dinner and breakfast. The next morning we will drive the old Gawie se Pad 2 spoor track across the Limietberg Nature Reserve (with permission from Cape Nature) from Eerste Tol / Return and finish at the Uplands farm where we will get to taste some the finest export products at this 200 year old farm. We will see how gin and grappa is distilled to perfection. The tour will end here after a light lunch

  • You do not need to be experienced in off-road driving to do this tour. We will show you how.
  • We can take 4×4 and 4×2 vehicles with diff-lock on this tour. Maximum 12 vehicles.

The tour price includes hire of two way radios, brochures, guidance, and recoveries.

Accommodation plus all meals and wine tasting will be invoiced out separately at R1,995 per person.

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Description

This tour will start at the Toeka farm stall near Wellington and end at the Uplands farm.

The routes we have chosen are generally not difficult, but we can’t take off-road caravans or trailers on this tour. (Please note that no pets are allowed.)

We can take 4×4 as well as 4×2 vehicles with diff-lock.

Important details/dates:

  • Distance: 150 km.
  • Drivers’ Briefing, VHF Radio fitment: 08h30 on Saturday, 15th October, 2022 near Wellington.
  • Start: – 09h30: Saturday, 15th October, 2022
  • Closing Function: Uplands Farm, Wellington., 14h00 Sunday, 16th October, 2022
  • End of Tour/Departure: 14h00 – Sunday, 16th October, 2022

All vehicles will be supplied with FM marine-quality two-way radios so we can all communicate. (This is included in the tour price.)


4×4 Tour Itinerary

Saturday 15th October: The group meets up at the Toeka Farm Stall outside Wellington between 08h00 and 08h30 where we fit your two way radio and magnetic aerial, deflate tyres for gravel travel and have our meet & greet session where the finer details of the tour will be explained, indemnity forms signed, personal folders distributed, convoy driving order sheets, name tags and maps as well as a Q&A session.

  • 09h00 – Depart to The Huguenot Tunnel holding point to meet the Tolcon representative, followed by a tour through the service tunnel where various interesting aspects of the tunnel build and future use will be explained via the radios. It might be dark in the service tunnel, so prepare yourself. This should take about 1 hour.
  • 10h00 – We will drive up the old Du Toitskloof Pass to the summit, where we will turn off to drive the Seven Sisters Pass (the highlight of the day). This twisty, narrow road traverses private property as well as the Limietberg Nature Reserve. It is not open to the public and winds up the mountains to the peaks above Wellington known as the Seven Sisters. The views are magnificent from the top, so bring your cameras and binoculars (as well as warm clothing)
  • 12h00 – we drive down the Du Toitskloof Valley via some forestry tracks to enjoy a light lunch at the Hawequas farm. Swimming in the dam is allowed. The lunch is included in the tour price. Please bring your own liquid refreshments.
  • 14h00 – After lunch we will drive the old Du Toitskloof Pass all the way through to Rawsonville, where we will divert to the Slanghoek Valley and cross the Breede River via the low level causeway. From there we will drive the newly refurbished Bain’s Kloof Pass from north to south taking in all the highlights.
  • 17h00 – We arrive at our overnight venue – Diemersfontein Wine Estate, to enjoy wine tasting, a fabulous dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Sunday 16th October: After breakfast, we drive back up Bain’s Kloof Pass to Eerste Toll (where Andrew Geddes Bain set up his HQ during the construction of the pass in 1849). We take a two spoor track and head east across the Limietberg Mountains towards the headwaters of the Witte River. There are a few interesting snippets of history here about manganese mining, changing the course of a river, a savage murder and other snippets which will bring the raw beauty of the area (still relatively untouched) into sharp focus. The entire route falls within the Limietberg Nature Reserve.

We return the same way and after descending the pass, we head off to the 200 year old Uplands Farm where the age old copper stills still reproduce some of the finest grappa and gin in the world. This farm is one of the Boland’s best kept secrets. (Tastings are included in the tour price). A light lunch will be enjoyed (also included) and you get to make friends with the farm’s Great Dane.

We will end the tour at the farm at approximately 14h00 and wish you a safe journey home after collecting the 2 way radios.


Tour price (adults):

1 vehicle / 1 person R4,990
1 vehicle / 2 persons R5,990
1 vehicle / 3 persons R6,490
1 vehicle / 4 persons R6,995

What is included in the price:

The price of the tour includes guiding, pamphlets, maps, name tags, radio hire, standard recovery costs, administration and documentation, but excludes accommodation & food.

Recovery costs do not include mechanical breakdown, low-bed recovery, but does include towing out of a difficult situation or kinetic recoveries, and assistance with punctures.

MPSA arranges every last detail. We send you a packing list of what you need well before the tour. All you have to do is arrive with your ‘padkos’ and snacks and enjoy the tour.


Accommodation & food:

Accommodation plus all meals & wine tasting will be invoiced out separately at R1,995 per person.

Note ~ no pets allowed.


CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel more than 60 days ahead of the tour:
* If you are able to resell your place to a friend or family member = 100% refund or 100% credit voucher.
* If we resell your ticket on your behalf = 80% refund or 100% credit voucher

If you cancel between 60 and 30 days before the tour:
* If you are able to resell your place to a friend or family member = 100% refund or 100% credit voucher.
* If we resell your ticket on your behalf = 70% refund or 90% credit voucher

If you cancel less than  30 days before the tour:
* If you are able to resell your place to a friend or family member = 100% refund or 100% credit voucher.
* If we resell your ticket on your behalf = 60% refund or 80% credit voucher

Accommodation & meal refunds:

Invoices are generally sent out  between 4 and 6 weeks ahead of the tour start date.
* If you have already received your invoice, you are liable for it, subject to us interacting with the various venues to get you a refund. We pay the venues up front for your accommodation. Most of the establishments are reasonable and offer a full refund. Whatever we can negotiate will be credited to you in full.

Please get in touch with us directly with any questions you may have by email: info@mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za

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Additional information

Pax

1 vehicle / 1 person, 1 vehicle / 2 persons, 1 vehicle / 3 persons, 1 vehicle / 4 persons