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Of Dog Stones and Plat Snoeks …

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This is the story of #PlatSnoek. According to our local man on the ground, Dudley Bruce Wessels, the only way to survive the 8 Degree Celsius waters of the #WestCoast is through liberal application of said ‘Plat SNoek’, aka one of those flat bottles of #OldBrownSherry. The correct methodology seems lost in the mists of time (or haze of #OBS), but [...]

No Worries in Naries

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One of my best ever #NorthernCape discoveries came on our recent Open Africa #NamaquaCoastalRoute trip … The destination in question is the Naries Namakwa Retreat – www.naries.co.za and one can find it secreted amidst the renosterbos rante on the Kleinzee road 15min west of Springbok. This delightful destination caters for an outdoor crowd keen to combine a unique fresh-air escape with a [...]

Only in Okiep ….

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There’s a dorp that goes by the name of Okiep, situated just off the N7 as you hit the #Cape2Namibia Route a dozen kays or so beyond Springbok. But you would probably not know about this – or the fabulous Okiep Country Hotel - because you’re too busy voet-in-die-hoeking along the N7 highway. Well, it’s your loss, buddy, because [...]

To Hell and Back Day 2 – Escape from Die Hel

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If you’ve been to HELL & BACK – that iconic and long-running 2-day MTB Stage Race presented by EcoBound Mountain Events – you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about … it’s no wonder all the old hands refer to it as #TheOriginal. This is all about gritty and old-skool cranking, with a unique and down-home [...]

Of Devils and Very Deep Kloofs – Hell & Back 2017

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If you’ve been to HELL & BACK – that iconic and long-running 2-day MTB Stage Race presented by EcoBound Mountain Events - you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about … it’s no wonder all the old hands refer to it as #TheOriginal. This is all about gritty and old-skool cranking, with a unique and down-home honesty, stemming [...]

Otter African Trail Run 2017

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There will be many an iconic moment at the Otter African Trail Run this year, but for most runners, the defining obstacle en route from the Storms River start line will be the Bloukrans river crossing. This in essence is what sets the  Grail of Trail  apart from any other trail run  in the world. A slip on the [...]

The Dunlop Tyres SA Beyond The Desert Edge Expedition – Throwback Part 1: Cruising from Cape Town to the Cunene

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This is one of those journeys that started quite some time ago. I’ve always been keen to get on board one of Peter Van Kets’ amazing adventures, but when we started chatting around an adventure collaboration earlier this year, I never expected that we’d launch the first in a series of Beyond Expeditions before the end of [...]

The Dunlop Tyres SA Beyond The Desert Edge Expedition

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The Isuzu SA KB bakkie - fitted with  Grand Trek  tyres – showing what it is capable of during our incredible Dunlop Tyres SA Beyond The Desert Edge Expedition. This powder-dust section on “Day 5  was typical of some of the river approaches in  Kaokoveld, Namibia.  The slow motion video was shot on my Sony Xperia XZ Premium  mobile phone, [...]

The Dunlop Tyres SA Beyond The Desert Edge Expedition – 18 September

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And then it was done… After an exhilarating journey of 19 days, we’re finally saying goodbye to this remarkable desert we’ve been tripping through on our Dunlop Tyres SA  Beyond The Desert Edge Expedition. It is a wilderness world unlike any other, and the diverse ecosystems – from the Damaraland Torra rock fields to the alluvial plains [...]

The Dunlop Tyres SA Beyond The Desert Edge Expedition – 17 September

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The Dunlop Tyres SA Beyond The Desert Edge Expedition is off on a final short mission into Swakopmund, with Peter Van Kets cranking the salt road via Dorob National Park along the icy Atlantic Ocean. One epic wilderness route, eighteen days of exploration, two Isuzu South Africa KBs, five Wilderness Safaris  desert camps, 4 x Giant RSA Bicycles, [...]