Monthly Archives: October 2018

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Remembering

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There’s something about the energy of an African market that is impossible to replicate. The smell of cassava flour and ripe banana and crushed fresh coriander wafting on the breeze; the sound cloud of bartering (and bantering) ebbing and flowing like an endless aural audio loop; the crush of people migrating amidst staggered stalls selling [...]

Retto 2018: Hail the Grail

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you klap the @Salomon_SA @ottertrailrun! The long-expected Race Day rolled up, with rain and threatening clouds lifting just after dawn to set the scene on 42km of #grailoftrail perfection. The #GardenRoute NP is postcard beautiful on most given days, and the 220-plus #Otter trail runners were raring to be let loose along the testing, [...]

RETTO 2018: The Challenge – 10 years of OTTER

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The #Bloukrans Crossing always makes for excellent drama at the annual @salomon_sa @otterafricantrailrun. And today’s #retto2018 #Challenge has been no different, with some pushing swell pumping into the mouth. Right now, the leaders are at #ngubu hut, where the inimitable Robert Le Brun will surely entertain them with bad jokes and sweaty hugs. It’s a slow [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Tree planting, Bisate Lodge

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A major focus of our Dunlop Tyres SA #BeyondTheRiftValley Expedition has always been #doingitforthechildren. Both Peter Van Kets and I are official ambassadors for Children in the Wilderness and it was therefore with a huge sense of pride that we got to participate in a tree planting ceremony with the Wilderness Safaris #EcoClub at the gorgeous #BisateLodge in #rwanda. More than 60 very excited youngsters attended an outdoor lesson [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Words. The don’t come easy …

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Words. They don’t come easy, sometimes. So far, the Dunlop Tyres SA#BeyondTheRiftValley Expedition has been infused by superlative experiences, to the extent where you go into an adjectival daze. We’ve climbed kickass volcanoes, paddled a paradisiacal lake, trekked along emerald forest trails, navigated some of Africa’s most remote gravel tracks in the Isuzu South Africa #xriders, and been utterly [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Unpredictable Africa

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Unpredictable. That’s Africa for you. The past 3 days saw us paddling the aqua paradise that is #LakeKivu, another of #Rwanda‘s superlative tourism gems. This 480m deep lake – just on 150km in length – could easily rival the rugged beauty of Corsica, with steep volcanic ridges rising from tranquil, indigo blue waters. On most days, the [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Rwanda, feel it in your heart

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Heartfelt. As in, you can really, really feel it in your heart. That’s the closest to how I can express what traveling through #rwanda feels like. On the gravel roads, in the tea fields, on high mountain footpaths, in dusty villages, and in brightly coloured taverns … there is openness and engagement everywhere, with a smile hot [...]