Wednesday, April 25, 2012

‘Voetspore’ – All over Africa

Regular visitors to this blog will have noticed that the content presented in the sidebar often changes.  As the months go by the old content is replaced with new content. The “Voetspore” logo was recently added with a direct link to their website. I also added some words spoken in Afrikaans by Johan Badenhorst, a seasoned Africa-voyager, camper, and also the team-leader and producer of the “Voetspore” series.

Translated into English the Afrikaans words in the sidebar state as follows:

“But I am far more relaxed to sleep in the veld in the rest of Africa, than I am when sleeping in our own country.”

Mr Badenhorst was not implying that the conditions in South Africa are more hazardous than in the rest of Africa. He was simply referring to a well-known fact that one cannot simply pull over anywhere in a remote and unprotected veld in South Africa, pitch camp and go to sleep. With the high crime rate SA is experiencing, it is simply too hazardous to do such a foolish thing. Yet, there are isolated places in the rest of Africa where this can be done with reasonable safety. It’s always a calculated risk - depending in what region you’re travelling in, but a seasoned traveller will know exactly which spots to choose. Before each trip Badenhorst also does extensive research.

On the Questions-and-Answers section of the Voetspore website someone asked whether it was safe when the team slept over in remote places, and if anybody stood guard while they slept. The reply was: “Africa is a safe place to travel. We never stand guard. We never had a problem. No theft so far.”

Afrikaans: “Afrika is ‘n veilige plek om te reis. Ons staan nooit wag nie. Ons het nog nooit ‘n probleem gehad nie. Nog geen diefstal nie.”

The lady who emailed me her complaints regarding the quote in the sidebar (which I've decided to remove anyway), claiming that Badenhorst will never say such a thing, didn’t even bother searching the quoted phrase in Google, for if she did she would surely have stumbled upon the web-address mentioning these words, in the number one spot on the very first page of Google.

Anyway – As the above picture shows, I’ve taken the trouble of making a screenshot from the actual Voetspore page, with the words highlighted. Click here or on the pic to view the full article (Afrikaans).

More about Voetspore:

Voetspore is a documentary adventure screened on SABC2. Johan Badenhorst and his friends have undertaken many epic journeys throughout Africa since the television channel approached him in 2000 for the first Voetspore adventure.

Their seventh adventure started in September 2011 at Cape Agulhas, and ended approximately 100 days later in Alexandria, Egypt. Click here to see the entire route (Afrikaans).

I’ve been following the latest broadcast of an earlier series (Episode 6: Casablanca in Morocco to the Cape in SA) every Monday, starting at 7:30PM . I particularly enjoyed the chapter dealing with the expedition that sent the team in search of an old SAAF Avro Shackleton Mark III aircraft called “Pelican 16” that crash-landed in the North West African desert, on 13 July 1994.

And here she is still lying in the desert, as if the crash happened yesterday:

I must confess: I am extremely jealous that I cannot join these lucky people on their expeditions into Africa. I’m not sure though if they’re planning any further trips, but if they are… ah well let’s just forget it!

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Johan Badenhorst
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