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Experiencing the BEST the HIGHEST and The MOST DARING ADVENTURES in SOUTH AFRICA.

No experience needed.

These are the main activities of the Elements Eco-Adventure Program:  

Programs can be run on points per activity basis to stimulate competition between participants.

Prize giving function will be held on the final day.

 

Elements Travel and Project Management

Johannesburg-South Africa

www.elements.ws

info@elements.ws

ozlemd@mweb.co.za

 

Prepared by O.Dalgic – A. Ackhurst

 

Day 1:

·        Arrival Johannesburg

·        We meet you at the airport and  transfer to your exclusive B&B in popular suburb of Melville. 

·        Soweto Trip

Soweto of Johannesburg is the world famous township and an important monument to Apartheid  where once Mandela lived before and after his imprisonment.

Day 2:

Early drive up to Sabi Sands via the Panoramic Route, passing through the Blyde River Canyon, a gigantic 26 kms long gorge carved out of the face of the escarpment, visit Bourke’s Potholes, Pilgrims Rest and peek through God’s Window.

Magnificent landscape!!

African Savannah Survival in Big 5 Bushveldt:

The most daring survival Experience.

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·        Arrival and settling into the African afternoon

·        Game drive to see buffalo, lion, elephant, leopard and rhino.

·        Bushveld dinner in the lapa next to a bonfire.

·        Discussion on survival and survival techniques

·        Forming teams and selecting survival items.

Day 3:

·        Early morning game drive, to see who and what we are up against

·        Hearty breakfast

 

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·        Going out into the wilderness…

·        Select area and build shelter & beds

·        Search for water and food

·        Search for fire sticks and fire wood

·        Quest for fire (bushman style)

·        First night in the bosom of Mother Nature

Day two is very exciting because it is a race against time and the team must be safe before the sun sets. The shelter or kraal (made from thorn branches) must be secure against predators like lion or hyena for they may come around during the night. A fire must also be made bushman style. The teams will have to twist a fire with sticks in the last hour before sunset. This is a crucial period and it depends on the determination and grit of the participants. A night watch must be posted throughout the night. Depending on the team’s ingenuity there may be something for the pot.

Day 4:

·       Morning to noon: wake up and forage for food from the veldt

·        Afternoon: Survival of the fittest competition

·        Making rope from plant material

·        Thatching the bivouac/shelter

·        Bushveldt fishing (1st prize fish! Catfish head makes great soup!)

·        Second night in the bosom of Mother Nature

Day three is make or break! Not only are you hungry but you also have to make your environment as comfortable as possible. You will have the opportunity to forage for edible wild fruits, leafs and roots. This can be juiced up depending on how you fare in the survival of the fittest competition. You may have won some salt, a tomato or an onion. We do not intend to catch wild animals, that is why the competition can get you extra nutrition for it represents hunting and trapping skills.

Day 5:

 

·       Early morning: Tracking and anti-tracking lecture

·       Morning to noon: forage for food from the veldt

·       Survival of the fittest competition (continued)

·        Digging out scorpions

·        Eating a scorpion

·        Kierie (club) making and throwing

·        Building a trap and illustrating how it works

·        Third night in the bosom of Mother Nature

Day 6:

 

·        Wake up to the roar of distant lions

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·        Tracking competition. Hunt and be the hunted on this gruelling exercise to first throw your trackers off your scent and then later to follow their tracks to a well deserved prize.

·        End the day off at our luxury camp

·        Game drive and dinner included

Day 7:

·        Game Drive and Breakfast

·        Leave Sabi Sands about noon.

·        Arrive Dulstroom

·        Check in

·        Fly Fishing, haven't done it before you will be given information

·        Bird Watching

Dullstroom is considered to be the mecca of flyfishing in Mpumalanga, where it in the centre of an extensive region suitable for trout fishing. Two species of trout i.e. Rainbow and Brown Trout occur in the numerous dams, rivers and streams.

Day 8:

·        Transfer Jhb airport for a flight to Port Elizabeth

·        Transfer from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park

This coastline is a beautiful part of the South African Garden Route. 

·        Abseil Sauer Bridge 35 metre

Irrespective of experience you can trek down via a rope ladder to our rig and abseil your way down 35m of solid face. A bird's eye view of the gorge in all it's glory beckons to you while the Paul Sauer Bridge looms above the abseiler.

Day 9:

·        Blackwater Tubing

·        8h30 Starting with a steep descent down a "rope ladder" into the almost inaccessible canyon and ending at the suspension bridge in the Tsitsikamma National Park,  Blackwater Tubing on the Stormsriveris the ultimate kloofing experience.

On the way you are very likely to  spot  Giant Kingfisher, Knysna Loerie and the Fish Eagle.

·        15h00 finish off

·        Snorkelling and Hiking

·        A daring challenge bungy from Bloukrans bridge at 216 meters.

The World's Highest Commercial Bungy.

Day 10:

·        Drive to Hermanus via Kynsna –Wilderness –Mossel Bay

Overnight Hermanus

Day 11:

The world's largest predatory fish and the most fearsome!

The Great White Shark Cage diving & Cape Fur Seal viewing at Gansbaii.

·        The Boat leaves for Shark Alley from Klein Bay at 10h00 which is 

2 km along the coast from the village of Gansbaai.

·        After dropping anchor in the area either in Shark alley which is between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock or just outside the area depending on weather conditions, we all begin attracting Great Whites with a specially-formulated 'Chum' mixture, made from completely legal ingredients, which has taken our operators years to perfect.

·        When the Great Whites arrive and hang around, you will have the opportunity to enter the cage.

·        After thrilling and a life time experience- we motor  by  Dyer  Island and

Geyser rock which is home to 40.000 cape fur seals.

Please bear in mind  that the great whites are wild animals and don’t have a specific address therefore you may not spot a one during the trip although this rarely happens. Plus the weather conditions may make the trip impossible.

Best times from May to November when almost 100 % sightings are guaranteed.

The Great White Information:

Great White Sharks are the world's largest predatory fish, reaching over 6 metres (20 feet) in length.  They have  lethal mouthful of serrated, razor-sharp daggers and are powerful enough to launch their 3-ton bodies clear of the water.

They are the most feared residents of the sea as far as humans and the sea creatures are concerned.

Are they Man eaters ?

Their menus rarely include humans. They don’t like the taste of humans and feed and prefer seals, sea lions and fish kind - it is  possible to understand why.

Most attacks happens by accident, for example: they attack surfers because they look like seals from the above.  However they are the most dangerous predator in the sea therefore they shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Dyer Island

Dyer Island is 5 miles (8 km) offshore, near the village of Gansbaai at the southern tip of Africa. The Island is named after Samson Dyer, an American Negro who came to the Cape in 1806, and who lived on Dyers Island where he collected guano.

Nearby, Geyser Rock supports a colony of 40,000 Cape Fur Seals....these guys are the reason the Great Whites stay here.

Shark Alley is the channel between the 2 islands, and is protected from the worst of the Southern Atlantic's weather....

The islands, and Shark Alley itself are full with life. Cape Fur Seals, Jackass Penguins, and a wide variety of sea birds are commonly seen from the boat.

Cape Fur Seals

The most fascinating aspect of the Great White Shark is the predator/prey relationship it has with the Cape Fur Seal.

There are 40000 Cape Fur Seals on the Island , Weighing  from 5kg pups to the 350kg  bulls.. Maximum  length 2.7 meters

They are the largest of the Southern hemisphere’s fur Seals and plentiful on Southern and western cost of South Africa and indigenous to Southern Africa... 

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Whale Trips

It is included as an extra day in the area seasonal between June and November.

·        Southern Right Whales

The southern right whale is the most common whale along the South African coast. It is a  baleen whale that grows to between 15 and 18 metres in length and weighs between 50 and 65 tons. It is mostly dark in colour with a white patch on the belly and lightly coloured callosities on the head, although about 4% of babies are born white and darken as they age. The southern right whale has no dorsal fin, has a V-shaped blow, square-ish pectoral fins and a smooth, dark tail.

The best time to see southern right whales is between June and November, when they make their annual + 2000 km journey from their cold Antarctic feeding grounds to calve and mate in the warmer coastal waters of South Africa.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Day 11:
The best 4x4 experience by far!

 

 

 

 

·        Transfer to Stellenbosch check in to your Hotel

·        Land Rover Level 1 Training in Paarl

·        09:00  Arrival in and transfer to the  based facility by Land Rovers.

Welcome and serve tea/coffee.

·        09:30

Briefing on 4x4 theory and driving techniques by our instructor.  Thereafter, driving on the 4x4 track with our Land Rovers.  Each person with a valid drivers licence will take turns to drive the vehicles.  We will cover obstacles like steep slopes, ascents, descents, side slopes, ditches and gullies.

·        13:30

Return to facility.

Group will enjoy light lunch. 

·        A certificate of completion

Through its “Fragile Earth” programme, Land Rover is committed to respecting the environment, learning how to protect it and safeguarding it for the enjoyment of future generations. Each course focuses upon how to care for the environment, what to do and what not to do when driving off-road.  All participants receive a thorough briefing on off-road techniques and etiquette before being allowed on the track, focusing on “responsible” driving.  This continues throughout the training.

Day 13:

Breakfast

·        Wine tasting in Stellenbosch Transfer to Cape Town

·        Lunch at a  traditional wine farm @  beautiful setting

·        Transfer to Table Mountain weather permitting

·        Table Mountain Abseil weather permitting

Highest Commercial Abseil in the world 112 metres.

·        Abseiling is an absolutely  safe and  very exciting from Table Mountain.

No experience is required.  You step off 1000 metres

Table Mountain is a sandstone plateau rising up above the Cape Flats.

It is  approximately 3km wide, and at its highest point,  rises to 1085m.

It has become one of South Africa's most famous landmarks and  home to a number of plants and animals.

The mountain is home to approximately 1470 species of plants; more than the entire British Isles! Complimenting this vast array of flora is a stunning range of fauna, some, like the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, being found in no other place in the world.

14 Day:

Kamikaze Kanyon

A day of hiking, kloofing and a 65m abseil through 'Thunder Falls'. We meet for a 'Big Breakfast' to prepare for the day ahead.      We take a hike  to the rock pools where we kloof from heights of between three to twenty three metres, depending on how brave you are feeling.

   After a healthy picnic lunch we take on the falls and abseil 65m through the middle of a raging torrent of water.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15:

ADVENTURE SHARK DIVING IN THE PREDATOR TANK IN TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM

There are  ragged tooth sharks,  turtles and giant short-tail ray in the Predator Exhibit.

·        Dives can Take place at 10h00, 12h00 and 14h00 daily so

Max of 3 divers allowed per dive so depending on the number divers

You may have to take turns.

Aquarium is situated at central and popular waterfront area. So there are plenty to do  while you wait.

Trips to Robbin Island

Shopping

Sailing Cruises

Please note that all divers should be in possession of valid diver/scuba certificate.

Predator Exhibit contains 2 million litres of water and is 5m deep.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            Photo by G. Spiby

 

For the further details please click on the links below:

www.elements.ws

info@elements.ws

ozlemd@mweb.co.za