DIRECTIONS TO THE VENUE
These are the directions to Driekwartblou Guest House on the farm Schalkwykskraal, which is where registration takes place on Saturday morning, and where the race starts and ends.
Please make sure of the directions because we might not be able to attend to phone enquiries on the morning of the race. To assist you we will put up reflective signs at the farm entrance.
Entrance to the venue
Driekwartblou Guest House is situated on the farm Schalkwykskraal, off the R58 road between Gariep Dam town and Venterstad. A search for “Driekwartblou Guest House” on Google Maps places the location on the R58 at the entrance to the farm. The entrance is on the southern side (dam side) of the road. GPS Coordinates: DMS = 30°44’37.30”S 25°38’09.35”; DD = -30.730147, 25.640577. The farm entrance is marked with a “Driekwartblou Guest House” sign but the more obvious writing is “FM van der Walt, Schalkwykskraal”. The dam is clearly visible from here; also the farmhouse which looks like it is on the edge of the water. From the entrance it is 2km of slow driving to the starting point of the race.
GPS Coordinates: DMS = 30°44’37.30”S 25°38’09.35”; DD = -30.730147, 25.640577
From Cape Town, going through Colesberg
Take the off-ramp off the N1 at Colesberg with Wimpy on the left. Follow the directions into Colesberg and continue until out of town on the R58 to Venterstad. From here it is approximately 60km to the entrance to the farm. The entrance is 2km beyond the “Venterstad 20km” road sign. See “Entrance to the venue” above for details.
From Gauteng / Bloemfontein, going through Gariep Dam Town
Take the Gariep Dam off-ramp from the N1, approx 170km south of Bloemfontein. Follow the road signs to Gariep Dam. Turn left at the main entrance to Gariep Dam Town (a garage will be on your right after turning.) Drive through Gariep Dam and then turn left to follow the road over the dam wall. Continue and be careful at the 90° bend in the road. Reach a stop at the R58 and turn left towards Venterstad. You won’t be able to see the dam at this stage—don’t worry—after about 10km you will again get sight of it. The entrance to the venue is 2km beyond the “Venterstad 20km” road sign. See “Entrance to the venue” at the top for details.
From Port Elizabeth / East London, going through Steynburg
Turn Left at the Venterstad crossing on the R58. The entrance to the venue is 15km from here, on the right. See “Entrance to the venue” at the top for details.
DIRECTIONS TO FRIDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING REGISTRATION
Friday’s registration takes place at Tjailatyd Restaurant. It is located in Gariep Dam town, in the shopping centre opposite the entrance to Gariep Forever Resort. Facing the shopping centre, Tjailatyd is to the right.
DIRECTIONS TO FRIDAY AFTERNOON DAM TOUR
Park at the dam wall parking on the northern (Free State) side of the dam wall. Walk to the nearby sluice gate building on the dam wall where you will be received.