Red King Adventures

Corporate Teambuilding with NVest Holdings

I had the privilege of hosting NVest Holdings for their Corporate Teambuilding and end-of-year function. It was a great day as they faced a variety of team challenges; some teams went missing, some went overboard in the river and some battled to make fire. But everyone had a fun time and worked well within their teams.

A video with some of the highlights from the day…

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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August’s “Adventure Saturday”

In August 2019 Red King Adventures hosted an “Adventure Saturday”. We had a group of kids ranging from 5 to 10 years old.

We did a variety of activities including team relays, obstacle courses and free climbing.

Here’s a video containing some of the highlights from the day:

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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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Gear Review: C2 Performance Tights / Compression Pants

Recently I received a pair of C2 Performance Tights (Compression Pants) to use and give some feedback.

My reviewer, Mel, wore them on some forest trail-running and provided some glowing feedback. Here’s a video I created of her testing out the tights:

Mel loved the warmth the tights provided on a cold, blustery afternoon. They kept her warm, but also didn’t make her feel hot once she was back in a heated car.

She was amazed at how extremely comfortable they were. Whether it was psychological or physical she felt they enhanced her running performance just due to their softness, comfort and snug fit.

They expelled the sweat, with the quick-dry fabric keeping her legs dry throughout the trail run.

The tights seem so comfortable that they can be worn just about anywhere, even as casual wear. And their warmth and quick-dry functionality make them perfect for a dip in the sea, or a swim in the pool.

Textile: Polartec® Power Stretch single velour
49% Poly, 38% Nylon & 13% Spandex
Made in Massachusetts, USA

Retail price: $99 USD / R 1400 ZAR

Adventure Holiday Club – Day Five (July 2019)

For the final day of our week-long Adventure Holiday Club we had a small group and changed things up a bit.

We first went for a nice forest walk, doing activities along the way:

We spent quite a bit of time birdwatching. We were fortunate to see a host of species including: Bronze Mannikins, Fish Eagles, Blacksmith Plovers, Pied Kingfishers, Helmeted Guineafowl, various Weavers, Cape White-Eyes and a Fiscal Shrike. But the highlight was undoubtedly this Long-Crested Eagle.

After the forest we walked to the beach for some fun beach activities that got the children working as a team.

Adventure Holiday Club – Day Four (July 2019)

On Day Four of our Adventure Holiday Club we moved settings and went to the forest and the beach.

Read about the previous days of our Adventure Holiday Club here:

Day One, Day Two, Day Three.

We started the morning with a walk through the forest and did some exploring and climbing:

Once we exited the forest we made our way to the beach we played some games, focusing on teamwork and strategizing…

Throughout the week we were also fortunate to see quite a bit of wildlife. Here were some of the highlights:

Adventure Holiday Club – Day Three (July 2019)

Day 3 of our Adventure Holiday Club saw us doing some problem-solving activities and hill climbing, but the highlight was canoeing in the river.

Read about Day One here. Read about Day Two here

We started the day by collecting more bamboo and working on shelter building.

The we moved down to the river where the children, in pairs, each had the chance to learn how to paddle a canoe.

After that they collected firewood and we made a fire to cook our lunch. During this time we also had a bit of “free climbing” time.

After lunch we tried some group problem-solving tasks.

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.