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Enjoy the beauty of Africa with SA Adventure! Do you need to escape all the stresses, hustle and bustle of city life? Why not get out and take advantage of the beautiful outdoors that we have here in Southern Africa? SA Adventure specialises in 4x4 Off-Road Training and Guided Self Drive 4x4 and 4x2 Tours throughout Southern Africa! If you have a strong sense for adventure and are keen to live on the edge, then you have come to the right place!

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Victoria Falls Self Drive 4×4 Adventure, June 2014

Posted By on March 3, 2014

SA Adventure logo We have great pleasure in bringing you details of our latest Self-Drive 4×4 tour to the beautiful Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe this coming June! It’s sure to be a trip of a lifetime with awesome places to see and wonderful things to experience along the way!  If you would like to join us on this epic nine day adventure from the 14th – 22nd of  June 2014, please click on the link below for the tour itinerary, indemnity and booking form, please read through it carefully and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us on info@saadventure.co.za! Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

The SA Adventure Victoria Falls 14 – 22 June 2014 Self Drive Guided Tour (4×4′s only)
8 night / 9 day adventure (lodge accommodation & camping)
Cost: R 7 450 per person (children under 10 @ 50%)

Victoria Falls Self drive 4×4 Guided Tour Itinerary:

This 4×4 adventure is a must for any 4×4 and outdoor enthusiast. If you have not yet ticked the Majestic Victoria Falls off your bucket list of places to see this is your opportunity to do so in the comfort of your own vehicle with SA Adventure!  The adventure not only takes us to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, but winds its way through Botswana aswell!  No previous 4×4 experience is required and you will be in radio contact with your tour leader at all times.  At SA Adventure, the client comes first so your saftey and enjoyment of your tour is our number one priority!

The Adventure

Day One:

Our adventure starts in South Africa where we travel in convoy from our meeting point, heading north towards the Botswanan border which is formed by the mighty Limpopo River.  Just over the border is our first nights stop, the beautiful African River Ranch, tonight we will be camping and the campsite overlooks the Limpopo River. There is a real chance of seeing hippos and crocodiles in the river, aswell as an aboundance of other wildlife.

Sunset over the Limpopo River

Sunset over the Limpopo River

Day Two:

We leave the campsite after having a wholesome breakfast on the deck over looking the Limpopo river. We head north west towards an area known as the Makgadikgadi. The Makgadikgadi area is famous for some of the worlds largest salt flats and it’s on these salt flats we find our amazing camping spot, Kubu Island!  This is where our 4×4 adventure really begins. We are now in the bush and completely away from human inhabitation, along the road to Kubu Island way we may encounter elephant, giraffe, ostriches even lion and many species of birds and antelope. About half way to Kubu we will stop under the shade of an Acacia Tree and have a picnic lunch. Slowly as we get closer to the salt pans, you will start to notice the environment and landscape changing, and then there it is, your first view of the pans, its a tremendously humbling experience when you see your first pan! We carefully drive across the pans, stopping to look at the vegetation here and there and then suddenly from nowhere it appears, Kubu Island in all its glory standing twenty meters proud of the pans with its Ancient Baobab Trees calling us towards them! We are camping tonight so we set up camp and have a delicious Braai on the island.

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The Magical Kubu Island

 Day Three:

We wake up to the most amazing site of the sun rising over the island and have breakfast. This morning we will explore the island and drive a little way out onto the pans for some fantastic photo opportunities. The island has many birds and other wildlife. We will look at the Baobab trees and go on a hike across the island looking at the spiritual sites of the local people along the way!  We leave Kubu and start to head for our next destination, Elephant Sands Camp.  Elephant Sands is a bush lodge and campsite in the northeastern part of Botswana. There is plenty of wildlife around including a lot of elephants on the unfenced 16000 ha private conservancy. The lack of fences allows all animals to roam freely.  We will be camping here and having dinner at the superb restaurant while watching the elephants drinking at the water hole.

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Elephants visiting the Lodge at Elephant Sands

 Day Four:

Today is a rest day and its yours to enjoy. We will have breakfast at the restaurant and afterwards there are many activities for you to enjoy at Elephant Sands such as a game drive or bush walk where you may encounter some of the animals on the 16000 ha property.  It is one of the most unique and amazing experiences to watch wild elephants and their behavior at such close proximity. We are very pleased to say Elephant Sands have had quite a few wild dog sightings with a healthy pack of 18 dogs staying in the area at the moment.  You can look forward to seeing elephant, kudu, giraffe, wild dog, steenbok, buffalo, impala, leopard, ostrich, warthog, lion, jackal, mongoose, porcupine, zebra and more.

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Cooling off at the pool, Elephant Sands Lodge

Day Five and Six:

We say goodbye to Elephant Sands this morning and start to head towards the town of Kasane in the north of Botswana.  This is where we will cross the border into Zimbabwe and continue to the small and picturesque town of Victoria Falls,  as we get into town you may spot your first sight of Mosi-oa-Tunya (meaning the Smoke that Thunders and actually referring to the falls themselves).  David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855 from what is now known as Livingstone Island, one of two land masses in the middle of the river, immediately upstream from the falls on the Zambian side.  Livingstone named his discovery in honor of Queen Victoria, but the indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya—”the smoke that thunders”—continues in common usage as well.  While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 meters and height of 108 meters, resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls.

We spend day six in Victoria Falls as well and this will give you time to both see the falls and explore the town and partake in some of the many activities on offer in the vibrant and colourfull place!  We will be spending both nights in Chalets at the beautiful Victoria Falls Rest Camp and Lodge.  Some of the activities include: White water rafting, Bungee Jumping, Canoeing, Crocodile farm tour, Elephant back safaris, Vic Falls Tours, Gorge Swing, Helicopter flights, Horse riding, Lion walks, Parasailing, Ultra light flights and of course the Zambezi river cruise!  You will never be short of something to do in Victoria Falls!

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The Magnificent Victoria Falls

 Day Seven:

Sadly today we must leave Victoria Falls and start to make our was south again! We head for Botswana and cross the border at Pandamatenga which is not too far from our stop for the evening, Nata Lodge.  Nata Lodge is an oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the saltpans. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Bird Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. Tonight we will be sleeping in luxury safari tents that are built on raised wooden platforms, nestled under the lodges many Marula trees.  These unique tents feature en suite bathrooms!  When the sun sets and the birds retire to their nests, it’s the turn of the large family of nocturnal bush babies to entertain you at their feeding table. Your evening meal is enjoyed at the ‘à La Carte’ restaurant and there is a full bar for a cheeky nightcap!

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Luxury living at Nata Lodge

 Day Eight:

We leave Nata lodge after breakfast and head south, back towards the Limpopo River,  we are heading for the Tuli Block.  The Tuli Block is a narrow fringe of land at Botswana’s eastern border wedged between Zimbabwe in the north and east and South Africa in the south.  It consists mainly of privately owned game farms offering safari tourism. The eastern section up to and including Redshield has been declared a game reserve, known as the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.  We will be spending our last night in Botswana camping at the Oasis Lodge.  Attractions in the area also include Solomon’s Wall, which is a fascinating and dramatic geographical feature of 30 meter high sheer basalt cliffs, once forming a natural dam across the Motloutse River. The Tuli area is also famous for its Tswapong and Lepokole hills, and has a fascinating frontier history because of its strategic position along the South African border.

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Solomon’s Wall in the Tuli Block

Day Nine:

Today is our last day together, we break camp and have breakfast at the restaurant, from here we head back towards the border.  We cross back into South Africa and head back towards Mokopane, unfortunately our adventure must come to an end here but we take with us a lifetime of memories, photos and new friends we have made along the way!

Day to Day Plan of the Tour and Map:

Day planner SA Adventure Victoria Falls June 2014 

Map of Tour:

Map of tour SA Adventure Victoria falls June 2014

Uniross Batteries lead the way for SA Adventure

Posted By on February 27, 2014

SA Adventure logo Leading 4×4 expert Tim Skelton from SA Adventure recently embarked on a 3 000km trip to Botswana where he tested the Uniross rechargeable battery products to see their effectiveness for outdoor use. The Uniross batteries were charged using the expedition Land Rover’s cigarette lighter attachment. “The batteries were charged each time in under 45 minutes and used every evening in an LED headlamp. Single-use batteries usually last 3-4 hours and are then thrown away. But with the Uniross batteries, the headlamp lasted all night and the batteries could be charged the next day, instead of throwing them away.”

Tim Skelton Uniross

“The reduced environmental impact is evident but also the savings on battery costs,” said Mr. Skelton. “I would have thrown away over R1 000 worth of single-use batteries on this three-week trip alone. But now the Uniross rechargeables can come with me on my next trip with no harmful discarded batteries entering our environment,” said Mr. Skelton.
“Based on the amount of batteries I use annually on these trips and outdoor off-road events, the savings could be as much as R3 000 to R4 000 annually.” (more…)

So You Got Stuck in your 4×4…..Now What?

Posted By on January 23, 2014

grip n go never get stuckSA Adventure has been testing a product call the Grip n Go for a while now.  The Grip n Go is a foldable recovery track intended to be placed under the wheels of your vehicle when stuck in a slippery situation aiding traction between the tyre and the ground.  At first we were sceptical about how it would perform.  Compared to other products available on the market it looked like it would never be able to hold its own against them.  However the Grip n Go’s proved to us that not only could they hold their own against the more expensive sand/mud track options, but in most cases actually out performed them.  The Grip n Go also has a few advantages over many of its competitors, for example they fold up and you can use them under your wheels in a ‘jack and pack’ situation, extra panels can be added to extend the length and/or the width therefore accommodating any vehicle or truck, the Grip n Go’s are 1.2m long when unfolded, giving you driving continuity, the Grip n Go’s have studs on both sides ensuring you always have full traction, the Grip n Go’s fold up, are easy to store and come with a clear reusable storage bag and they are easily cleaned off with a high pressure hose.  Best of all is the cost, at a third of the price of the competition with the same build quality they are easy on the budget!  Below is a video of us using the Grip n Go tracks to assist one of our Land Rover’s trying to get to a community centre in Lesotho on one of our Hand Me Down expeditions…..

For more information and prices on the Grip n Go Tracks please contact SA Adventure on 011 464 1779 or drop us an email at info@saadventure.co.za

Casio Sponsors SA Adventure

Posted By on January 15, 2014

SA Adventure's Casio Pro TrekCasio has sponsored SA Adventure with a Casio PRO TREK PRG-110 outdoor watch.  Tim Skelton of SA Adventure said that having the barometer, temperature and alimeter in remote areas is a great advantage. “The devices that usually monitor this data are situated inside our 4×4 vehicles.

The watch measurements compare very accutately to the other fixed devices,” he said. The solar-powered PRO TREK watch includes features suited to outdoor use including a compass and world time across 48 cities and 31 time zones.

The PRO TREK includes an alarm function that warns of sudden rises or falls in atmospheric pressure. This ensures that the wearer is informed the moment that weather conditions begin to change.To facilitate ease of use, large buttons are used to display the compass bearing, atmospheric pressure, temperature and altitude and can be operated without taking one’s gloves off. The watch settings are easily readable, with the use of increment marks around the large LCD watchface.

Tim Skelton of SA Adventure with Brenda Solomon, director at James Ralph, the official Casio distributors.

Watch features:
World Time 48 cities (31 time zones; daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time
Stopwatch 1/10 second; measuring capacity: 1000 hours; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time, 1st and 2nd place times
Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second (maximum 24 hours)
Alarm 5 independent daily alarms; hourly time signal
Other Functions Full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; sunrise/sunset time display: daylight graph; battery level indicator; button operation tone on/off; full auto LED backlight(Super Illuminator)with afterglow
Power Source Tough Solar power system (high-capacity solar-charging system)

Issued by: Sha-Izwe/CharlesSmithAssoc
ON BEHALF OF: Casio

FURTHER INFORMATION: Charles Smith
TEL: (011) 781-6790
Fax: (011) 326-4760
CELL: 083 469-7586
email: charles@csa.co.za

OR Casio
Wally Solomon TEL: (011) 314 8888
Web: www.jamesralph.co.za

Why Should I do a 4×4 Training Course?

Posted By on January 8, 2014

Land Rover 4x4 TrainingThere are many reasons why, but the main one is that by the end of your 4×4 training course, you will be handling the  types of obstacles that you would never have previously attempted, and doing them with ease, confidence and most importantly safety! We use real, and sometimes rough, bush tracks, the sort you will definitely find when you go out into Africa with your family and friends. Our 4×4 training courses are activity based rather than classroom centred, we don’t sit in a classroom for hours just talking about it, we spend the time in the bush actually driving and assessing obstacles, we teach you how to drive the various terrain types you may encounter on your own, making your own decisions!

Our aim is to provide you with the highest quality 4×4 training instruction and off-road driving situations, whilst having fun at the same time! We believe that once drivers become fully competent in handling their vehicles, and build up their confidence, you can fully enjoy the true off-road 4×4 lifestyle with minimum impact on the environment and your vehicle, allowing you and your family the chance to experience the fun, family friendly world of 4×4 off-roading in a safe and responsible manner.

4x4 training crossing waterOur 4×4 training course is located just 20 minutes from Gauteng’s Fourway’s district, yet far enough out-of-town too feel like you are in the Bush! Surrounded by the pristine African bush in a wildlife 4×4 eco-trail that boasts  Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Impala and a host of other indigenous species, you will find yourselves in a place where time slows right down, allowing you to relax and take in your natural surroundings.  We will venture into the heart of the 4×4 trail to get you accustomed to the various systems that your vehicle offers whilst at the same time doing a bit of game spotting. We will then move to the specially designed 4×4 training course that simulates terrain typically found in Southern Africa to teach you to cope with off-road situations that you will encounter in your 4×4 adventures into the great Southern African outdoors!

Ford Ranger 4x4 TrainingOur 4×4 training course is designed to help you practice with others so that you can improve your 4×4 off-road driving abilities and skills. We offer one-day intensive 4×4 driver training course for all makes of vehicles such as Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Jeep and Dodge, Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Mahindra and Honda as well as for all other vehicle manufacturers.    It is an adventure packed and fun day out for you and your family to enjoy, with interaction between the family and loads of fun. 4×4 Off-roading is about the family and the joy it brings, the understanding and appreciation of negotiating the road less-traveled. The course is suitable for all types of off-road vehicles including 4×4s, 4×2s and also vehicles without low range.

Group 4×4 Training: R 995-00  for the training course. An additional cost for all passengers of R375-00 per  person will apply. Additional drivers that will be sharing your vehicle and  also want to qualify for a driver training certificate will be charged R775-00  per person. This fee includes the entrance fee to the trail, coffee, tea, fruit  juice and a fully catered bush lunch at the Boma. The cost for children under  16 years will be R150-00 per child.

Available Group 4×4 Training Dates 2014:

  • Saturday  25 January 2014 (Level 1 Introductory  Training)
  • Saturday  22 February 2014 (Level 1 Introductory  Training)
  • Saturday  8 March 2014 (Level 1 Introductory  Training)
  • Saturday  22 March 2014 (Level 1 Introductory  Training)
  • Saturday 29 March 2014 (Level 1 Introductory  Training)
  • Saturday 05 April 2014 (Level 1 Introductory  Training)
  • Saturday 12 April 2014 (Level 1 Introductory  Training)

Book your 4×4 training course online today!

Personalised 4×4 Training: Personalised 4×4  Driver Training is available on request only. Dates for this training will  depend on your request. The cost will be R1 995-00 (includes the driver and  co-driver). The 4×4/4×2 training is offered on a one-on-one basis and as such  provides you with the opportunity to gain the most from the day. Please note  that this will only be available during weekdays from 09h00 to 17h00 and  includes coffee and tea on arrival with a light lunch at the end of the day.  Additional passengers will be charged R375-00 per person. Children under 12  years at R150-00. You will both receive an off-road driving certificate of  competency. Book your 4×4 training course online today!