Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Day 4


Overload. Only four days into our #BeyondTheRiftValley Expedition through remarkable #rwanda, and my head is absolutely spinning. Over the past few days, we’ve experienced everything from the spotlessly clean capital #Kigali, to #hiking east Africa’s highest canopy walkway, trekking primal forests brimming with giant blue touraco – and finally, this morning – experiencing one of the best #primate wildlife sightings one could dream [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Kigali, Rwanda


Spotless. Colourful. Creative. Progressive. Friendly. Vibey. Safe. These are adjectives not often used when describing an African capital, but every single one of them holds true for #Kigali. And as far as technological advances go, this city is light years ahead of RSA, with hyperspeed fibre, traffic lights that count down, boulevards sans plastic bags or [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Tanzania Road Tripping

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Mayhem. Nothing quite describes the utter chaos of road-tripping through Tanzania’s northeastern provinces, especially the back roads careening out from Kigoma. Potholed tarmac strips splice together endless gravel war zones, where juggernaut trucks broadside into view around blind corners, with no escape route but a 3m ditch 15cm away from your wheels. There is but [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Tanzania leg


Insane. We snuck across the #mbala border post into Tanz late yesterday arvie, and did a sneaky dogleg off the main dirt drag to camp wild in a small miombo woodland copse. A serenade of unidentified frogs and night jars soundtracked our night as we cracked open a few beers, and had an inaugural boerie braai on [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Zambia leg


Zambia is pretty huge, and that goes for the capital, #Lusaka, as well. Pistol Peter Kirk and I caught up with the Dunlop Tyres SA #BeyondTheRiftValleyExpedition and spent most of the day battling proper African traffic in and around the city. We had an incredible welcome from the local Lusaka #Dunlop crew, with a cold #MosiLager or two thrown in for good measure. And [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – The beginning

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At 4am this morning, the Dunlop Tyres SA #BeyondTheRiftValley Expedition rolled out of Fish Hoek. The Isuzu South Africa #Xrider vehicles – with Derek Devine, Bertus Louw and Igor Potgieter at the wheel – are en route to Jozi as they take on the first leg of the massive #CapeTownToKigali route. It’s all systems go with Front Runner South Africa and @HiTec_SA, and stops up north will see the guys [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Ready to Roll


Jacques Marais is with Peter Kirk and Peter Van Kets. September 12 at 8:56 AM · Rubber on and ready to roll! The tough-as-anything Dunlop Tyres SA#GrandTrek tyres has been fitted onto our Isuzu South Africa #Xriders. We are SO amped to take on #Africa with these off-road puppies, all fitted out with Front Runner South Africa kit (not to mention the Hi-Tec South-Africaapparel, SPOT Africa trackers and @dripdrop #ORS). Follow us [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Transformation


The transformation is nearly complete and stoke levels are sky high here at our Dunlop Tyres SA #BeyondTheRiftValley HQ. The full wrap on our Isuzu South Africa #Xrider vehicles has been done, and they look battle-ready with all the Front Runner South Africa fittings. Plus, we have our technical apparel from Hi-Tec South-Africa, so life’s damn fine with less than week to D-Day. Tomorrow [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Preparations


Teamwork is imperative to the success of any major project, and man, how blessed are we to have such an incredible team of sponsors, partners and crew for the upcoming Dunlop Tyres SA #BeyondTheRiftValley Expedition! Yesterday, our key partner Front Runner South Africa came to the party with their range of bomb-proof expedition fittings, and thus begins the transformation process [...]

The Beyond the Rift Valley Expedition 2018

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A map and a few snapshots of what awaits along our Dunlop Tyres SABEYOND THE RIFT VALLEY Expedition Route when the Isuzu South Africavehicles depart on the arduous #CapeTownToKigali Leg of this mammoth cross-continental road-trip on September 16th … Yup, we’ve swapped the ancient deserts of Namibia and Angola for the jade jungle heart of Rwanda, and with Peter Van [...]

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