2020 and 2021 were a challenging couple of years for many of us. Some of us have had to close the doors of companies that were like our children, some have lost their jobs or had to take salary cuts, we’ve had to sacrifice most of the activities we all loved so much, some of us have sadly lost a loved one to the virus, and we’ve all had to dig deep to look up, hear the call of something bigger, and find the places within ourselves that we thought were long lost…

 

There was a point where I thought our small adventure travel business, SA Adventure, was not going to survive the devastating effects that lockdown had brought to the travel industry. With borders closed and travel banned I did not know where we were heading or how we were going to get through financially.  Was it the end of my dream? It surely couldn’t be. After being locked up at home for a few months and staring into a very dark hole, I decided I didn’t like what I saw down there. Victim mentality was banished, it was time to step outside the box. Having only ever marketed and planned adventure tours outside of South African borders, I decided that is was time to look within South Africa and see what kind of off-road adventures I could put together.

 

As soon as interprovincial travel was allowed again we launched our Great South African Escape 4x4 Tour as well as our Extraordinary Adventure Motorcycle Tour. They were instant hits and it was clear that South African’s just wanted to get out and explore… The joy and amazement that I saw on our client's faces as they explored the back roads of their own beautiful country inspired me to think local…

 

We have made some exciting changes to the SA Adventure brand. The “SA” in SA Adventure always stood for "Southern Africa", now it represents "South Africa". We want to show you all how truly blessed we are to live in such a diverse, beautiful, colourful country that has so much to offer. We want to support the South African lodges, hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, cafes, petrol stations and tour guides that have been so heavily hit by the Covid-19 pandemic over the last 2 years. We want to keep the money within our own borders to revive the struggling South African tourism industry…

 

As many of you know I have travelled on adventures pretty much all over the world, but one of my favourite places is the Karoo, which happens to be on our doorstep right here in South Africa. For many, it's just a dry, boring part of South Africa that you have to drive through for sixteen hours on the N1 to get to Cape Town. This could not be further from the truth. If you get off the beaten track you’ll find it’s actually an amazing place full of history, ghost stories, quaint little towns, villages, guest houses, fantastical museums, historical hotels, exquisite restaurants, quirky cafes, art and culture, a massive telescope and of course some amazing off-road gravel back roads for us to explore in our 4x4’s or on our motorcycles. It's a place where everything always feels clear.  The massive blue sky, the crisp air, the beautiful smiles on the friendly faces of the local people and the windmills, don't forget the windmills…

 

By now, you might be asking "what is he still rambling on about?" Well, I’ve come up with an idea, I want to take you off the beaten track with SA Adventure. I want to show you the real Karoo, the little gems I’ve found over the years of exploring the arid area on my own, that I’ve selfishly been keeping to myself… My idea is to have a series of "Karoo is Calling Adventure Tours", each one focusing on a different region of the Karoo. What this allows is for you to come on a tour with us and have enough time to explore the area completely, take in the magic of that specific area and really get the most out of your time there, instead of just driving from point A to B. And, if you listen and look carefully, you’ll also find places within yourself you did not know were there, this is the magic of the Karoo…

 

The idea is that once you have completed the series of all "Karoo is Calling" adventures, you would have seen the best that the Karoo has to offer, learned an incredible amount about the history and cultures in your own country and supported the local economy and helped to rebuild the South African tourism industry.

 

A year like 2020 comes by pretty much once a generation, and having lived through it, getting some perspective, seeing the silver linings and rainbows, perhaps it becomes easier to see that it was a character-building period.  A year that defined who we all actually are… After chaos clarity always follows. Come and get lost in the Karoo with me...

Karoo 4x4 Tour
Karoo Two Motorcycle Adventure- Baviaanskloof
Karoo motorcycle tours