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A discussion around the first day of our recent tour through Lesotho.

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A talk about the RWC2019 as well as details on Bedrogfontein-Zuurberg Tour and a preview on next week’s talk on our tour through Lesotho during September.

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A chat covering the final stages of the Ben 10 Eco Challenge v2 Tour.

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A chat about Day 2 of the Ben 10 Eco Challenge V2 Tour.

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A recap of the first day of the Ben 10 Eco Challenge V2 Tour.

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A chat about the two upcoming tours – The Ben 10 Eco Challenge V2 Tour and the Lesotho Sani Tour as well as a discussion on the newest tour in November – the Bedrogfontein/Zuurberg Tour.

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WHAT'S INSIDE?

* Cederberg Tour - The final chapter

* South African History - WW1

* Pass of the Week

* Words of Wisdom


Bedrogfontein-Zuurberg Tour (22 - 24 November)

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Cederberg Tour - The final chapter

The gravel back road between Clanwilliam and Algeria is probably the most underrated road in the Cederberg. The road twists and turns through a steep and rugged valley with 1000m high mountains on either side. Thick bush interspersed with citrus orchards keep one company as the road heads southwards following the course of the Rondegat River.

Somewhere near the lovely Jamaka campsite, the valley suddenly displayed the mountain slopes smothered in blue flowers as far as one could see - almost to the 700m contour line. Apparently these flowers are typical in the spring after a mountain fire the previous summer. It really was a sight for sore eyes. High up the slopes on the right the scar of the Nieuwoudt Pass (also called the Cederberg Pass) can be seen, which is the more popular route to Algeria from the N7. 

Algeria forestry station and campsites took a major hammering in the big fires a few years back, but it's back on track with new chalets and a smart reception area. Algeria is probably the most popular campsite in the Cederberg and early booking is always required.

From Algeria the road has been brick-paved in the last 8 years, in a community employment project which has now included the Uitkyk Pass as well, which makes it a real pleasure to drive with time to enjoy the sensational views looking north towards the Clanwilliam Dam.

We made it back to Mount Ceder exactly according to our ETA, which allowed guests time to relax before another wonderful meal laid on by Mount Ceder. The meal was preceded to an informative chat on the olive industry by the farm owner and the various varieties were tasted. Another perfect, calm, starry night in the Cederberg ensured a sound night's sleep.

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A chat about the final day of the Cederberg Classic Tour and updates on the Ben 10 and Sani Tours, as well as news on the latest project Lighthouses of South Africa.

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A chat about the recent Cederberg Classic Tour.

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What's inside?

* Ben 10 Eco Challenge latest

* Cederberg Classic Tour (report back)

* Limpopo Tour (report back - Part 2)

* South African history - Part 18

* Podcast

* Pass of the week

* Words of wisdom


Ben 10 Eco Challenge update
The winter months always see a sharp decline in Ben 10 Eco Challenge entries and results, but each spring, all the adventurers return and this spring is no exception with a flurry of new entries coming in. The total numbers stand at 210 at present and of those 109 have successfully completed the challenge. That's a 52% success rate and goes to show that the challenge is a lot more difficult than what most people think.

In two weeks time, we head back to Elliot and Rhodes for our second official Ben 10 Tour which starts on Saturday the 21st September and ends on Tuesday 24th September. We can still accommodate 1 vehicle, but entries close tomorrow afternoon at 1700 (Friday 6th September). If you have any questions please refer to our tour booking page for pricing and other details. If you want to know more about the actual challenge, please visit our Ben 10 Eco Challenge page.

Cederberg Classic Tour (report back)
Day 2 of the tour required an early start as it was going to be a full day. Despite the forecast of 30C as a maximum temperature for the day, it was quite chilly early in the morning as the convoy rumbled northwards towards to the historic Matjiesrivier farm. The Wegener family graveyard is right next to the road and a bright display of orange daisies contained within the thick old stone walls of the cemetry created an instant photo opportunity. The site is lovingly tended and well worth stopping at. This tough settler family owned this farm for almost 200 years; the inscriptions on the tombstones reading like a history book.

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