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We chat about days 2 & 3 of the recent Ben 10 Eco Challenge which includes Dawid se Kop, The Castle Vulture Colony, Jouberts Pass and the Otto du Plessis Pass.

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A chat about Day 1 of the Ben 10 Eco Challenge 2022.

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We chat about the final day of the recent Wild Coast V3 Tour, and the soty of how the Ben 10 Eco Challenge was born and its evolution.

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Day 4 of the Ben 10 Eco Challenge V4 Tour.

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A detailed description of days 2 & 3 of the Ben 10 Eco Challenge V4 Tour.

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We discuss day 1 of the Ben 10 Eco Challenge V4 Tour.

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The Week that was:

* Easter - Floods, Accidents and Drinking and Driving Arrests

* Podcast on the Merino Monster Tour

* New Ben 10 Eco Challenge V2 Tour

* New Lesotho - Sani Tour

* Featured pass of the week

* Words of Wisdom

 

Easter is a special time of year and the inevitability of the carnage on the roads starts unfolding in the days following. Not only have we had a major weather system moving across South Africa causing massive flooding in the Northern Cape, KZN, Eastern Cape and Gauteng, but several fatal accidents on the N3 and R318 have once again put a damper on the true spirit of Easter.

Whilst heavy rain falls over most of South Africa, the Western Cape is experiencing unseasonal gale force south easterly winds - enough to blow trucks over on the Miaspoort viaduct at the Hugenote Tunnel.

In KZN the floods have claimed 70 lives and the situation along the Wild Coast at Port St. Johns looks dire. Drunk driving arrests made up the bulk of the 1000 plus arrests made over the Easter weekend. One inebriated motorist was arrested with his drink still firmly in place in his cupholder. When on earth will we learn?

On a lighter note we bring you some feedback on our Easter Tour and news on two new tours which are starting to take shape and which we know are going to very popular with our readers. These tours are mostly in response to YOUR requests. [More lower down]

Featured pass of the week: We head up into the north-eastern sector of our beautiful country into the heart of the Mpumalanga historical mining region near Barberton, where we introduce you to a most unusual new pass with a fascinating history. [More lower down]

Podcast - Listen to a discussion on our recent Merino Monster Tour which took place over the Easter weekend. Click here to listen.

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A discussion of Day 2 of our recent Ben 10 Eco Challenge Official Tour and a focus on the Bastervoetpad Pass.

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What's in the news this week?

* Easter message

* Coverage of days 3 & 4 of the Ben 10 Tour with overview videos

* Podcast (Bastervoetpad Pass)

* Tours updates

* A life lesson from Mark Twain


EASTER - We wish all of our subscribers and followers (currently 19,000!) safe travels this Easter weekend. Make sure you arrive alive and more importantly that you return alive too. Accident statistics over Easter are frightening, so take care and drive defensively. Get off the main routes. Use our master map to plan a slower more interesting, safer and relaxing route to your destination.

Notre-Dame - With the burning of one of the most iconic churches in the world and billions of Euros already being pledged for its reconstruction, we thought it would be fitting to use a simple little country church for our Easter photo, which was taken near the Bastervoetpad Pass. Simplicity itself and a raw beauty in it's own right.

TOURS UPDATES

21st April - Merino Monster Tour - Bookings have closed.

17th - 19th May - Great Swartberg Tour - Fully booked.

21st - 23rd June - Thomas Bain Heritage Tour - 5 places left.

In the planning room:

September - Ben 10 Eco Challenge (Version 2). 5 days of mud and glory (and maybe some snow). Get your name down on the advance priority list.

October/November - Sani Pass/Lesotho/Katse Dam. 4 days. Get your name down on the advance priority list.

Create your own tour: Plan a tour that you think would be a winner and send it in to us and qualify for a 30% rebate if we use it. Some factors to consider. Accommodation and meals for around 25 people. Fuel availability. Distances less than 250 km per day. Tour length can be between 1 and 5 days. Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: We will do a presentation at your function at no charge on the proviso it's within 30 km of Cape Town. Call us on 083 658 8888 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PODCAST - A discussion on some of the challenges facing drivers on Day 2 of the Ben 10 Tour. LISTEN

BEN 10 ECO CHALLENGE TOUR
We take you through Day 3 and the dramatic 4th and final day of the tour when the happenings on Bastervoetpad meant we had to implement a number of alternative arrangements. [More lower down...]

 

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An in-depth discussion on the first day of the Ben 10 Eco Challenge Official Tour including the Fetcani Pass, Wartrail, and Lundin’s Nek Pass.

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