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Adventure Party – Devon’s 7th Birthday

For Devon’s 7th birthday we had a some outdoor games and a short obstacle course which culminated in the children climbing a dirt hill with the help of a rope. We ended the afternoon with hike through the forest.

Below are some photos, and a highlight video, of the Adventure Party:

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Adventure of Camping and Hiking in the Kleinrivier Wilderness (Part 1)

For this adventure I took my family on camping trip to Kleinrivier Wilderness Area. It was a 400km drive to the Reserve which is located near Uitenage.

We camped at a site called Soetdorings (“Sweet Thorns”), so named because of the thousands of thorn trees throughout the reserve.

We booked out the entire site so that we could have it to ourselves (it only caters to a maximum of seven campers).
It has a big covered lapa with sink and wood stove and fire place. Two of the main attractions of the small site are the man-made natural rock pool, under the shade of acacia trees, and a stone-built flush-toilet/hot shower (wood burning “donkey” geyser) with a large open window overlooking the Karoo hills.

We arrived late in the afternoon, after the long drive, and spent the rest of daylight hours erecting our tents and getting settled, with a light drizzle making everything a bit wet.

The next morning we went on our first hike. Our plan was to do a walk along one of the meandering rivers, but the entire area was very dry and there was not a drop of water in the empty river beds.

Nevertheless, it was a enjoyable, easy hike, with some gentle ups and downs through the rocky terrain. It was about a 7km walk.

Here’s a video of us exploring the Riverside Hike at Kleinrivier:

On our way back we discovered another awesome little man-made rock swimming pool which we would visit at a later stage.

Once back at base it was a case of finding some cool shade to escape the stifling heat, and then a braai and some games.

That night we made a fire in the donkey geyser for hot showers.

Equipment I used on this adventure:

  • 2 x campmaster 4-man dome tents (one for sleeping and one for all our gear)
  • Cowl sleeping bag
  • Spork
  • 360 camping set
  • 3-in-1 survival whistle/compass/thermometer
  • Headlamp
  • Zoomable torch
  • Espresso maker
  • Anti-chafe

Wearables:

  • Salomon trail shoes
  • Max ski pants
  • Falke socks

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Adventure Holiday Club – Day Two (July 2019)

On Day Two of our Adventure Holiday Club we focused on hiking, climbing and problem solving group activities.

We started off with a hiking trail through some dense forest that included a few rock formations that we need to climb over. At these points the children realized that they would need to help each other in order for everyone to make it over the obstacles successfully.

Then we found a good hill to practice some climbing and descending with a rope. The underfoot was quite slippery and a few members of the group found the challenge a bit scary. It was great to watch them first face their fears and then conquer them.

Once back at the base camp we made a fire and toasted some lunch.

Then we moved onto some group activities that tested the children’s problem-solving and teamwork abilities.

Read about Day One of our Adventure Holiday Club here.

Adventure Holiday Club – Day One (July 2019)

In July 2019 we ran Red King Adventures’ inaugural Adventure Holiday Club.

It was a great, five day adventure and we had a lot of fun going on hikes, canoeing, doing team-building and problem-solving activities, climbing hills, learning outdoor skills and playing some fun games.

On Day One we started by collecting bamboo to build some simple, outdoor shelters.

We did some team, relay races and problem solving activities to get the kids thinking forwards and planning, trying to work out the best methods for completing a task.

We taught the kids some tips about fire-building, and then got one going for our lunch.

We ended the day with a fun, mini obstacle course:

Read about Day 2 of the Adventure Holiday Club here.

Swimming Under a Waterfall

During the Christmas holidays my wife and I travelled inland of the Eastern Cape to spend time with my sister and brother-in-law on their farm. We’ve had a few adventures there in the past, and on this trip we took a drive to a relative’s farm nearby.

On his property he has the most awesome picnic setting, a very private and secluded piece of heaven. It was complete with a glimmering dam, a stunning waterfall with rocky outcrops, and a neat little stream – all of which begged closer exploration.

It was an awesomely sunny day and the beautiful waterfall cascading down made the perfect backdrop while we snacked some lunch and played a few card games.

Then it was time for an extremely refreshing swim in the chilly water. We swam across to the waterfall which we stood under for ultra-powerful hydro massage, – ‘breathtaking’ feeling.

The minute we had arrived at the site, I saw the dry section beside the flowing water and I knew I had to climb up it. So in between swims I set off to find the most accessible route. It was great to scale the rocks and see close-up the power of nature surging alongside me.

After exploring around the top for a while I headed back down for another cooling dip before we called it a day. And so, after a very memorable time of outdoor fun, it was time to head back to ‘base’.

Below is a short video I made of the brilliant excursion, just to give you a better idea of the awesome raw beauty that was literally in this guy’s back yard:

Title track from the video is by Lifehouse, download it here