Started in March 1972 by a dozen 4×4 enthusiasts, the Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa (FWDCSA) now incorporates 10 branches across South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland and has over 1600 members. The club is a family-oriented, recreational club for 4×4 owners that stand for responsible off-road driving.
The FWDCSA owns a 14ha property in Doornrantjes near Hennops called Base 4 which boasts a large clubhouse, lapa, camping grounds with rustic but full ablutions with hot and cold running water, picnic facilities, childrens play area as well as a number of off-road obstacles. Club members get to use the obstacle course and camping facilities free of charge all year round.
On the second Sunday of every month, the FWDCSA hosts an open day at Base 4 where anyone interested in finding out about the club and its activities is invited. The day is also attended by club members and is a great social gathering. Base 4 is also utilized for driver training, recovery courses, conferences, social gatherings and 4×4 competitions.
Regular outings are arranged by our outings committee which include a range of local, day trips, short weekend getaways and extended outings in and around South Africa.
If you are considering a 4×4 lifestyle, why not come to one of our open days and get first hand information from people who have actually driven most of the 4×4 brands available.
We have rescheduled the De Wildt outing that was cancelled in March due to bad weather and it will now take place on Sunday 30th April.
As Monday is a public holiday we have decided to make a Base 4 camping weekend and invite member to come and help maintain the property.
The schedule is as follows:
- Saturday 29th April 10am – meet at BaseE 4 and begin assigning duties around the property. Please feel free to arrive at any time and come and contribute. We will be doing tree cutting and obstacle repair. The bar will be open from noon and fires will be provided for lunch & dinner. Camp over at Base 4. The clubhouse and bar will be open for rugby.
- Sunday 30th April 8am – Leave for De Wildt to start the trail at 9am. The cost is R200 per vehicle and R50 person. Feel free to join us for just the day trail! We will braai at the lapa after the trail. Return to Base 4 and camp.
- Monday 1st May – Public Holiday!
Travel home at your leisure
Please let the Club Secretary, Karl, know if you will be camping at Base 4 or simply joining us for the day trip.
084 767 2969
A practical, hands-on session for potential bush mechanics will be held at Base 4 on Saturday 13 May. Detailed information packs will be distributed to applicants on receipt of payment.
Please see the promotional pamphlet below for comprehensive details on this course.
We are having a potjie cooking competition at Base 4 with some great prizes lined up.
On the 9th September we will be holding our club Jamboree. Anyone who is willing to help with setting up and running please contact me. This has always been a great event and will continue to be so.
Owning a 4×4 is one thing – getting the most from it is another. The last few years has seen the introduction of various standards designed to self regulate the recreational off-road industry, both in terms of driver training and the use of off-road recreational areas.
That’s where the Four Wheel Drive Club comes in. The driver training portfolio of the FWDCSA is an accredited training facility operating in association with The Training Connection (TETA-ACCR 09-214), who are our service providers. The course covers all aspects needed to equip you to deal with virtually every 4×4 situation covered in the SAQA unit standards US254135 as agreed by the industry and government.