With two classes of vehicles participating, you could win your class in your stock standard off the showroom floor 4x4, or enter the modified class where the people push the limits.
The radically new African Offroad Adventure is open to anyone with a street legal 4x4 vehicle (low range essential) and each vehicle must be able to carry all essentials for the duration of the event. Male teams, female teams or husband/wife teams are welcome to participate.
Teams from all over Southern Africa are invited to participate.
The event starts in Cape Town on Friday August 6 and works its way north to Springbok and finally to Namibia where the event ends on the August 9. Total distance start to finish will be 1 000km or Cape Town to Cape Town 1 500km.
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Frequently asked Questions
Is this a "challenge"?
No only street legal vehicles may enter and therefore the competition is aimed at the 4x4 enthusiast who has a 4x4 that he uses to work everyday and wants to try something new. Standard production vehicles with reasonable ground clearance and a good driver is all that is needed.
Are there different classes?
Yes there are two classes, one for standard - off the floor vehicles (standard engines, tyres, etc. and modified vehicles. There will be two parallel competitions and separate prized for each class.
I don't have a winch.
That is no problem as a winch is not a prerequisite. If you get stuck you will be recovered by the participants/organizers.
What about diff locks?
Diff locks are nice to have but are not always an advantage and chatting to previous participants they have said that they never used their diff locks during the competition.
Tyres are limited to 33 inch tyres on the modified class vehicles and standard factory size on the standard class
What if something goes wrong?
A doctor will be on site during the competition. Communications will be available with our base and emergency services via satellite phone, HF radio and cellular phone (limited cel phone coverage). You need to be self sufficient with regards to vehicle spares.
In the case of vehicle problems, you will be assisted to the nearest main road where you have cell signal.
What do I need to participate?
Driver and navigator
4x4 Vehicle with low range (street legal)
Decent recovery points front and back
Decent lights for the night driving
Basic offroad and recovery gear.
You need to carry your own water and fuel for the event.
A "food box" will be supplied to each team but you need to transport your "food box".
At least one spare wheel, properly mounted to the vehicle (not laying loose)
Is the event a "physical" event - do I need to be fit?
The event is designed around your vehicle and so there will be some physical work around the vehicle but you will not have to run "10km carrying a pole".
What about the ecology?
Since the event was started in 2002 we have never made new tracks and have never damaged the environment. We endeavour to use existing tracks and special stages are held in river beds where the rains wipe our tracks clean.
Will my vehicle get damaged?
During competitions anything can go wrong but our aim is to devise a competition where no vehicles are damaged. If you follow the route markers and if your vehicle is mechanically sound (brakes, etc. work) then you should have no problems.
What will it cost to enter?
The cost will be R2 500 per vehicle (for two persons and the vehicle).
You will be driving approximately 1 500km.
What is included in the competition fee?
Your entry fee includes your entry to all areas that are to be used as well as all food (snacks are for your account), T shirts, sew on badge, all paper work and info pack, marshalling costs, etc.
What is excluded from my fee?
Your fuel, snacks, Namibian road tax, spares, etc.
Can I get sponsors and sign write my vehicle?
Yes, yes, yes.
Are there prizes?
Prizes as well as a trophy which will be awarded to the winner of each class. There will be stage prizes for various special stages (competitions) and thus everyone will have a chance to win something. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
Can the whole family join in?
No, each vehicle is allowed a driver and navigator only (two people) and definitely no children will be allowed.
Can I bring a service crew?
No, you must be completely self sufficient. Service crews indicate a league which is beyond the average participant and therefore no service crews allowed.
Can women handle the event?
We have had a number of ladies participate in the event and they have all enjoyed the event. Women are obviously not as strong as men physically and thus changing tyres does seem to take the ladies a bit longer. Husband and wife teams have generally been great with only one domestic tiff experienced. All participants must learn their left from their right.
What skills do I need?
You must know your vehicle's abilities.
You must know how to use your GPS.
You must have a fair amount of offroad driving experience.
You must have a desire to have fun rather than just to win.