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Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« on: February 18, 2017, 11:48:27 pm »
Ok I see there is an old Italian / French built Fort circa 1898, Fort Daspoortrand ok lets go with tha fancy name .... The French Fort it sounds a lot more adventurous. Now only a ruin but being SA most likely home to some bos slaapers, join me and we can be dissapointed together or stand a better chance to not be mugged. See people with metal detectors have found some interesting stuff on site.

http://treasurehunters.co.za/forums/gauteng/fort-daspoort-pretoria/msg3721/#msg3721

Some dirt tracks around it too so lets see. Maybe this Sunday or the next  ?

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Romantic in the 19th-century fort tradition, no shot was actually fired in anger from these several fortifications, built in readiness for the troubles which culminated in the Anglo-Boer War, In 1896 it was decided by the Executive Council of the Transvaal Republic that forts should be built at strategic positions in order that Pretoria might readily be defended. The building of the three major forts was entrusted to HC Wemer with German backing; while Fort Daspoortrand was built on a French system under the supervision of S Lean.

Built in the strictest secrecy, using both Italian and black labour, the forts cost in the region of 50 000 each. Beautifully constructed of stone, with meticulously executed brickwork, they are entered between great posts of stone with typical C19 Eclectic capitals, and guarded by stout armour-plated doors. Within, around the enclosure, battlements vie with stock-pattern late 19th-century woodwork. Tall chimneys and airvents spring from the turf-covered earthworks. Overall, time has given the old structures a patina. The larger forts were fitted with bomb-resistant casemates, ammunition stores and machine shops, as well as other refinements such as telegraph offices - though some of this equipment was confiscated in Cape Town after the outbreak of hostilities.


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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2017, 06:00:45 am »
might be keen to go...if my bike can ride where you want to...
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2017, 10:27:41 am »
Jacque het julle toe vandag gery of is dit eers volgende naweek?
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2017, 12:04:56 pm »
Jacque het julle toe vandag gery of is dit eers volgende naweek?
Ek moes eers weer paar goed regmaak by huis, ons kan dit volgende naweek maak. Laat weet wie wil saam.
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2017, 02:40:27 pm »
Ek sal wil saam kom as jy nog beplan om te gaan, stuur bietjie details oor afstand en tyd, eks in!
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2017, 10:10:16 am »
We were there just the other day, still made a video:

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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2017, 11:03:39 am »
Hierdie was laaank terug. Dinge het seker verander. Was nogtans bef@k (toe).
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2017, 11:06:07 am »
Ek het ook per geleendheid tjommies daar gevat vir ontbyt. Kan 'n mens dit nog doen?
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2017, 11:24:13 am »
Ok moet seker n plan maak of hoe, ek gaan Sondag oggend ry. Sal tyd en datum vanmiddag bevestig. Gaan min offroad wees uit die aard.
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2017, 02:39:34 pm »
Might well need to ride.....

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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2017, 07:29:14 pm »
There is a Sasol on the Daspoort turnoff (before the tunnel from Iscors Pta West side). We can meet there at 9am this coming Sunday and make our way yo the Fort, dont know exact route there so will just follow the map. Some routes from there leading over the mountain we can try afterwards.
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2017, 08:25:15 pm »
Ride cancelled
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2017, 09:11:06 pm »
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2017, 07:14:03 am »
Will gladly go show you.  We can also go via some interesting routes.

@ Eberhardt - interesting pics.  When were they taken?  At the moment the area in which you had the picnic resembles more of a dumpsite.  Still very interesting with proper distance views in all directions
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2017, 02:10:54 pm »
Pictures were taken approximately 1992 -1995. Back then very few people or locals knew about that place.
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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2017, 09:37:00 pm »
Any chance this is happening again sometime? I'd love to try those routes. (Amateur on a 640 Adventure).
 

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Re: Wil iemand saam my Daspoort toe ry ...
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2017, 01:27:58 pm »
I'd be keen to join if this trip is happening again in the future