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Offline Gwilliams

Keep track Grabouw to Bot River and onto Caledon
« on: January 06, 2021, 03:25:21 pm »
Hi gents

We have ridden from Grabouw  to Botriver  on the jeep track below the National road N2 of  .  Regrettably in Botriver the Jeep track runs directly into an informal settlement.

Can you pick up the track onto Swellendam past the informal settlement? Does any body / has anybody have an understanding of the Jeep track post Bot River ?

Thank you

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Re: Keep track Grabouw to Bot River and onto Caledon
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2021, 03:27:24 pm »
You are talking about the old Houw Hoek pass.

Not sure if it continues further after Botrivier ,  but I doubt.
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Re: Keep track Grabouw to Bot River and onto Caledon
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2021, 03:34:47 pm »
Hi

I have an old map that suggests that the track could go all the way to Protem


Hopefully we can rejoin the Jeep track after the informal settlement


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Re: Keep track Grabouw to Bot River and onto Caledon
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2021, 04:09:56 pm »
Hopefully we can rejoin the Jeep track after the informal settlement


This may help for the section after Botriver.  Not going to Swellendam but at least gets you part of the way.  Be careful of the trains and don't fall of the railway bridge.
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Re: Keep track Grabouw to Bot River and onto Caledon
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2021, 04:19:38 pm »
I have ridden parts of the railway line around Swellendam and there are also lots of gates and the service road is overgrown .
Sometimes you have to ride on the track eg the bridges, river beds or thorn bushes, but definitely doable.
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Re: Keep track Grabouw to Bot River and onto Caledon
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2021, 04:23:29 pm »
Hi

I have an old map that suggests that the track could go all the way to Protem


Hopefully we can rejoin the Jeep track after the informal settlement


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Protem is very far from there. If you want to stick to dirt as much as possible from there to Protem go to Greyton from Briver and then to Riviersonderend from Greyton.
5 kilos east out on the N2 after Riverwithoutend turn right on a hill onto dirt. That would take you to Protem. You will have to cross the Bredasdorp-Stormsvlei tar road.
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Re: Keep track Grabouw to Bot River and onto Caledon
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2021, 12:39:47 pm »
The track ends at the Botrivier informal settlement as far as I know. From Caledon you might be able to pick up the service road again, but as Blikners said, you'll probably run into overgrown, washed away roads or locked gates. If I were you, when you get to Botrivier just go left, through the township and when the road turns to tar, you'll see the van der Stel pass (dirt) going off to your left. From there you have a few options - go to Greyton and then find some dirt to get to Swellendam.

If you find lekker service roads, let us know.  ;D
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