Below is some of the feedback posted on their respective websites
Most Sandvelders will agree that Danie Smit is a bit of a local legend: 4×4 trail designer, domestic distiller and braaimeister extraordinaire. For that reason, no visit to the Sandveld is complete without a visit to Danie’s Scheppie Saus 4×4 trail on Moutonshoek farm.
Moutonshoek sits in the Piketberg, around 40 km north of the eponymous town en route to Elands Bay.
Due to the precipitous terrain, only 500 ha of the roughly 1 500 ha property is arable – the rest makes an ideal setting for a 4×4 trail, which varies in difficulty depending on the time of year you decide to take it on, bearing in mind that the trails consist of mountain tracks with many river crossings.
But it’s not just the off-road trails that make this farm so attractive – it’s the locally-brewed witblits, red wine produced on the farm and the home-grown butternut rivalling the size of a Coricraft two-seater couch.
And that’s before you’ve taken in the grassy campsites, oak tree plantations, olive groves, perennial river, and craggy gorges surrounding the farm.
This was a great weekend. Most of us went through on Friday evening.
It was HOT.
We had a ball.
It was HOT.
The trail was good fun – just a bit dusty after the fires.
It was HOT.
Thank heavens for the rock pool – it was saved us from the heat.
It was HOT.
We came home via the back roads.
And from one of the club members……
As new members of the club we chose to do a trip to Scheppie Saus with Russell as our first outing in 2009. Where you might ask? Somewhere between Piketberg and Redelinghuys about two and a half hours from Cape Town. We met everyone on Friday afternoon and headed through the town of Piketberg towards Elands bay and turned off on a gravel road ,about 28km before the town of Redelinghuys and headed back towards Cape Town. This gravel road eventually lead us to the Scheppie Saus camp site. This camp is literally an oasis in the middle of a fire ravaged valley. Green grass camp sites with trees for shade and a couple of bungalows for those who would prefer not to camp This site even has a rock pool to cool off in and as Russell has said It was hot and the pool was a life saver.
We tackled the trail on Saturday which consisted of two circular routes and completed the one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Both routes are relatively easy with a couple of sand and rock challenges .Just enough to get the blood flowing a little faster but not enough to break your vehicle. Back at the camp the fire was lit and the “GoatFather” Russell made us feel welcome. On Sunday we packed up slowly and took a last swim before heading back towards Cape Town via all the back roads which eventually joined up with the N7 at Koringberg. We had a great weekend and met a great bunch of people.
Four wheel drive club of southern Africa
1.2.4 SCHEPPIE SAUS
We recently did a “reccie” of this venue which is about 15km south of Het Kruis(about 100km from Velddrif) in the Piketberg mountains and offers beautiful vistas of the Moutonshoek valley and surrounding mountains.
There are a few bush camps with enough trees for some shade, basic ablutions with showers (hot and cold) and three Wendy houses.Electricity for lighting is available in the evenings and firewood is supplied. There are hiking trails for those who would like to take on the mountain on foot and two rock pools in the river for swimming. The trail runs along the foothills of the mountain and would average about level 2 and 3. The river crossings will be dry but the banks are fairly steep and sandy up/down hills.