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The Dunlop Hamba. Have you signed up for the Adventure?


The Dunlop Hamba There is still time - join the adventure!

Like many of you, I love to road trip in this beautiful country of ours, so when I recently heard about the ‘8-day SA roadtrip of a lifetime’ Dunlop Hamba Heritage Rally, I needed to share the details. 

Dunlop, in association with Mountainshak Adventures, are the proud sponsors of what is being called a travel extravaganza. It will see intrepid adventures visiting a number of on- and off-road South African destinations, while giving back to the local communities along the way. A gripping combination of adventures and upliftment all rolled into one epic road trip that will build a lifetime of memories.

The eight day expedition departs Johannesburg on 20th September and finishes in Cape Town on 27th September 2014, is a suitable celebration of our history, culture, people and sport during Heritage month. The self-drive tour will take you through five provinces with a number of unique South African experiences along the way; from nature conservation outside Pietermaritzburg, visiting Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, visiting an ostrich farm in Outdtshoorn, helping improve the lives of those less fortunate with shoe drops and a library donation. There’s an even a chance to run a rugby coaching clinic with some of the SA Rugby Legends in Queenstown.

Participation cost is R8400.00 per vehicle for a team of four which includes a Heritage Day braai, four checkpoint parties, four days’ worth of charity projects followed by a closing party hosted by South African Breweries as well as all the logistics and organisation that go into creating a truly memorable discovery of South Africa’s heritage. There is also the opportunity to win a seat for you and two friends in one of Dunlop’s lead vehicles.

Very importantly, these are the projects that your participation would be supporting - Dunlop Hamba, Giving Back.



Entries are open and you’re invited to put together a group of family or friends, even a collection of corporates in need of some team building and hit the open road.

For more detail, watch the video below and connect with the coolest of cool Dunlop Hamba team on Facebook and Twitter

Most important thing. Entries close 6 September 2014. Don’t miss out! Best part of all in my books is how you’ll be doing good as they go. I’m a huge fan of the conscious traveller.

On a recent trip to the Eastern Cape and while staying in the charming Storms River eco-village, I did a Canopy Tour with Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour, a fair trade company that inspires with their community work. Here is some footage that I managed to capture on my WOHZA GoPro inbetween having the most exhilaratingly fun time - thank you to my guide Chantelle for taking such good care of me.


The Cape To Etosha Route Biker!

When I received a mail from Namibian Tourism about the newly launched Cape To Etosha Biker route, I was completely thrilled. Bucket List and then some. I would absolutely love to do something like this, and why not up our West Coast towards Etosha, a stretch of land very worthy of exploring.

The details are still to be confirmed, yet I can already see myself on that bike hitting the vastness of those roads … Tell us more Ultimate Adventure Biking. This is something I want to know about, promote and try. The only detail I have is that it is one of three new routes developed, and will extensively cover the West Coast up towards Etosha with an optional extension to Victoria Falls. A Southern African trip of a lifetime.

For now I have the following contact info if you’d like to get on to the mailing list: Paul Shaw 0823057106 and I’m there waiting for more.

Open Water Scuba Diving Course With Dive Action, Starting Tomorrow!

I’ve started 2011 with many an ideal, wish and desire, first stop being in the heart of adventure as I sign up for the Open Water Scuba Diving Course with Dive Action, Cape Town. (A cool Christmas Pressie!)

With all study and theory behind me, tomorrow I take to the pool with my PADI Instructor Anthony Martin to learn more. Next week Monday and Tuesday are set aside for my open water dives in False Bay, and if all goes according to plan - I learn as I should, don’t hold my breath or get eaten by a shark, I may well be PADI qualified by the end of next week …. So excited, I feel a whole new world awaits me.

The Incidental Tourist is going Under (water). If this is of interest to you too, Dive Action is the place to enroll.