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2014-08-22 11:17

WHO WILL SURVIVE BOOT CAMP? Of the 40 entrants (pictured here posing for their Ranger 'selfie' entries) only 17 South African competitors will be chosen for the 2014 Ranger Odyssey. Image: Ford

• 8241 entries for 2014 Ranger Odyssey
• 40 contestants headed for Boot Camp
• 12-day, 2500km adventure In Namibia

PRETORIA - Ford South Africa's exhilarating 2014 Ranger Odyssey has entered its next phase with the selection of 40 contestants for Boot Camp from 8241 applicants.

In order to qualify for selection, entrants were required to visit a Ford dealer and take a “selfie” photograph with the new Ranger Odyssey limited edition and post it on the Rangerodyssey.com website.

Ford’s Ranger Odyssey judging panel narrowed the field down to 39 individuals to attend the Boot Camp, held at Ford's Off-road Academy at De Rust Outdoor near Hartbeespoort Dam, from Friday (August 22) to Sunday (August 24).


Ford selected its final contestant via its Facebook page as fans voted for their top contender for the 40th and final spot for the Ranger Odyssey Boot Camp.

Ford's marketing manager Gavin Golightly said: "We have been delighted by the huge interest shown in the Ranger Odyssey in2014, particularly with the number of entries, which has increased tenfold compared to 2013."

"The calibre of the entries has been very impressive, and we are confident that the people that make it through to Boot Camp and ultimately the final in Namibia will truly embody the essence of the 'Built Ford Tough' Ranger and the extreme challenges that will face them on the Odyssey."


Gauteng dominates the list with 23 contestants followed by KwaZulu-Natal (seven), Western Cape (five) and Limpopo (two). The Eastern Cape, Free State and North West are each represented by one contestant.

The contenders range from a 21-year-old self-confessed "outdoor girl" to a 53-year-old grandmother who is a six-time Ironman veteran. 

According to Ford: “There's also a pilot, doctor, pharmacist, IT specialist, chemical engineer, a couple of accountants, several university students, a competitor that has done both Survivor SA and Fear Factor SA, and even a 37-year-old single mom to four children.”


Throughout the three days of Boot Camp the contestants will receive thorough training on all aspects of off-road driving and vehicle recovery techniques in the Ford Ranger. They will be assessed on their 4x4 and convoy driving abilities, knowledge of the vehicles, camp craft, communication skills and team work.

Ultimately 17 South Africans will be chosen for the Ranger Odyssey main event. They will be joined by one contestant each from Mozambique, Angola and Nigeria who were selected by each country's Ford distributor respectively.

The final 20 contestants will be announced on August 25.


The 2014 Ranger Odyssey group departs on September 7 2014 for a 12-day 2500km adventure in one of the most rugged and challenging areas on the African continent, in the far north west of Namibia.

They will be randomly paired in teams of two, and each member of the winning team gets to drive an Odyssey Ranger for a year, along with a fuel allowance of R5000 per month.

For more information visit Ford’s Ranger Odyssey website and follow the contestants on Facebook and Twitter (#RangerOdyssey).

The Top 40 contestants competing in Boot Camp are:
Justine Meyer (25), Eastern Cape
Phukuntsi Motumi (29), Free State
Nico Botha (37), Gauteng
Babalwa Dlanjwa (28), Gauteng
Corne Koekemoer (32), Gauteng
Duduzile Ndlovu 30), Gauteng
Henri van Rooy (23), Gauteng
Janelle De Beer (24), Gauteng
Juanre Joubert (39) Gauteng
Lenna Jood (28), Gauteng
Letshego Moshoeu (30), Gauteng
Linda Khanye  (26), Gauteng
Lindie Burger  (37), Gauteng
Lwazi Raadebe (29), Gauteng
Marghalet Heymann (30), Gauteng
Mark McIntyre (31), Gauteng
Gladston Mfikwe (43), Gauteng
Michael Andersen (27), Gauteng
Michelle Engelbrecht (25), Gauteng
Oan de Waal (23), Gauteng
Seipei Mashugane (36), Gauteng
Shaun Corlett (36), Gauteng
Simo Gumede (31), Gauteng
Tlotliso Mofokeng (28), Gauteng
Kabelo Arthur Molusi (41), Gauteng
Sarah Lemasson (30), KwaZulu-Natal
Tejan Pillay (36), KwaZulu-Natal
Buhle Sihlali (26), KwaZulu-Natal
Msizi Dlamini (28), KwaZulu-Natal
Sarah Jo Gengiah (21), KwaZulu-Natal
Zaheer Seedat (40), KwaZulu-Natal
Christopher Sadler (30), KwaZulu-Natal
Johan Retters (41), Limpopo
Chantal Burger (27), Limpopo
Mary King (53), North West
Eddie Wicomb (35), Western Cape
Garron Ockhuis (30), Western Cape
Ian Chamberlain (28), Western Cape
Jaco botes (30), Western Cape
Olivia Ness (34), Western Cape
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