Temba Travel

KALAHARI VASBYT 2018

Only for Gr 10 and 11 boys of 2018

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COST OF THE TOUR:

This cost of this tour amounts to R14 300 + US$350.  All meals, transport and free time are included.  White water rafting, bungee jumping and the Victoria Falls are also included, which alone cost more than US$250 per person.  You have already been advised that you may not have more than R800 pocket money. 

The US$350 is multiplied by the purchase price of the dollar as determined at 12h00 on 15 November 2017. 

What is included in the price is as follows: Transport for 17 days, plane ticket R1000, bungee jumping US$110, white water rafting US$115, 17 nights’ accommodation (3 nights in chalets), course material, National Park entrance fees R3 780, 17 days’ excellent meals, certificate R450, clothes and tog bags, and much more for far less than an airline ticket to Europe which costs 20 500.

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WHEN DO I PAY?

The first deposit of R2 000 is payable when booking for the Vasbyt.  The balance is payable on or before 1 December 2016.  Your flight ticket from the coastal areas to Johannesburg on 1 January 2018 is not included in the tour price and will also be payable together with the deposit. 


WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?

  • Economy class flight ticket from Johannesburg to any destination in South Africa on 18 January and ceonomy class tickets on BA from JNB die Vic Falls on 2 Jan 2018. Take note that your flight to Johannesburg is not included;
  • All transport as stipulated on the program;
  • Park fees, white water rafting, bungee jumping and everything else as mentioned on the program;
  • One tog bag;
  • All meals from supper on 2 January to breakfast on 18 January 2018.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?

  • Your transport or plane ticket to O.R. Tambo International Airport;
  • You will not need any pocket money.  We do not have comprehensive or medical insurance.  We strongly advise you to organise your own;
  • Passport and unabridged birth certificate (some of you may already have both);
  • You will need medication for the prevention of malaria.

KALAHARI VASBYT 2018

The Kalahari Vasbyt has made a difference in the lives of many young men.  The course is physically and spiritual demanding but the scientific basis on which the Vasbyt is based ensures that you learn about discipline, as well as getting fit without being humiliated in any way.  In fact, this will no doubt be the holiday of your life.  Nothing will be expected of you which the tour leader’ are also not prepared to do.

To apply for the Vasbyt it is also an express condition that you are prepared to work hard and to make a success of the Vasbyt.  If this is not for you, you are welcome to rather stay at home.  If you are accepted, you will be expected to work together as part of the team.
Remember the part of the Vasbyt song as follows:

"Terwyl softies by die see lê 
en rondlê in die klubs,
word hier vriendskap en karakter
deur sweet en bloed gebou"


KALAHARI VASBYT GOALS AND PRINCIPLES:

For those who want to be part of the Vasbyt, the following goals and principles will be applied:

  • Vasbyters’ are chivalrous towards friends, parents, fellow countrymen as, well as enemies.  They are proud of their good manners and strive for the best;
  • Vasbyters’ do not swear or use bad language;
  • Vasbyters’ are always of a sober nature and do not smoke or drink whilst on camps or tours;
  • Vasbyters understand the art of being able to differ on certain subjects.  They are aware that it is possible to agree on certain aspects under discussion but they are also aware that the nature of their disagreement is the actual barometer which applies to a person; NO NO NO this is not what you mean Andries????)
  • Vasbyters’ are never satisfied with average achievements.  Vasbyters’ are winners.  Losing is not an option for Vasbyters’;
  • Vasbyters’ free themselves from negativity and believe in their futures.  Vasbyters’ develop their own potential to avoid their negativity.  They do not believe in rumours and work actively on their own futures;
  • Vasbyters’ set their own set of goals which they work extremely hard to achieve;
  • Vasbyters’ are aware of their own shortcomings and work hard to avoid this.  If you are always unaware of your own shortcomings you will go nowhere.  Vasbyters’ take note thereof and if they are not able to change, they work around this.  Vasbyters’ are radical.  They think of new things and carry out their plans;
  • Vasbyters’ are always on hand to help each other all their lives.  They establish networks of people who share the same dreams and objectives; people with whom they can pray and feel at ease. A network is a group of people who you are prepared to help and who appreciate your assistance.  Vasbyters’ get ideas from others and share their knowledge accordingly; 
  • Vasbyters’ accept that they can have a “puncture” from time to time as plans do not always go smoothly.  They use that as the foundation for greater things.  “Punctures” are just ways om met meer toewyding (dedication) en vasberadenheid (determination) to begin or persevere. Vasbyters’ are able to work in groups without losing their own identity;
  • Vasbyters’ are physically and mentally strong and fit;
Vasbyters’ know that general knowledge is essential and actively work towards as many subjects as possible


GENERAL QUESTIONS:

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GO ON THE VASBYT?  If you are now in gr 10, you are indeed  the right age.  You will also be the right age in gr 11.

IS THIS A SURVIVAL CAMP?  By no means. You will always have enough food and water at all times.  The food is normally very good as there are always very high expectations.  Vasbyters’ are taught how to cook as there are always very high expectations from the candidates’. There is always more than enough.  If you find that you are hungry on the Vasbyt, do not go out and buy your own, simply ask for more to ensure that you have enough food.

ARE THE VEHICLES SAFE?  Not at all.  At all times we use roadworthy vehicles and special care is taken to avoid accidents.  We have new Toyota Landcruisers (2014).  Nevertheless, this can be a dangerous part of the Vasbyt as you do sometimes sit on the back of bakkies.  The buses and bakkies can be dangerous in the event that a vehicle overturns. South African bus- and motor accidents frequently result in fatalities.  Bakkies, buses and double cabs do not always have adequate protection should an accident occur.  Extremely strong bull bars offer little protection unless you actually land under one.  Accidents should therefore be avoided by gauging the speed and being as careful as possible.

BUNGEE JUMPING:  In the past it has occurred that people doing the lower bungee jumping have been injured.  The bridge at Victoria Falls is very high.  As a result thereof, very few people have even been slightly injured in the 11 years where approximately 70 jumps take place every day.  You would probably have a 100% chance of injuring yourself in the bath!  Extreme Adventures is the company who facilitate the jumps.  They are very professional and do other jumps in South Africa and New Zealand.  The above information was current until 31 December 2011.  There was previously an accident where a lady had slight injuries which could have been avoided, and on inspection, it was evident that the rope which was used was of an inferior quality.  Huge amounts of time and money are spent to ensure that the problem has been addressed and we believe that the bungee jumping is now as safe as possible. 

WHITE WATER RAFTING:  Seven people have died since the white water rafting was started in the 1980’s.  Five of these were guides’ who offered their lives to save their clients who had not followed instructions.  The Zambezi is a large river and the safety rules and regulations must be followed as per the instructions from your guide.  The guides’ are all extremely friendly, fit and fearless.  If you ignore their instructions though, you may expect extreme repercussions and even appropriate punishment.
Statistically the percentage of accidents are insignificant. Nevertheless, no costs will be spared to keep the number of accidents to a minimumA group of safety personnel will accompany the Vasbyters’.  Safety equipment includes inter alia kayaks and a helicopter with divers. 

WILD ANIMALS:  No illusions.  Wild animals can be dangerous.  I personally accept responsibility here.  I am grateful that I have never experienced any incidents. The safety measures which are in place have been tested on lions and elephants.  Luckily this has always worked.  The young men are strongly advised to wear shoes in the veld which often provide protection against scorpions and spiders. 

“ROUTE MARCH”:  The “route march” is long and difficult.  Precautions are taken regarding wild animals.  Nobody ever walks around at night and I am continuously in contact with the group.  Snakes also pose a problem.  The best possible first aid is always available. Snake bites can be fatal. Scorpion and spider bites are far more common, but less dangerous. I have administered this type of treatment successfully in the past and have no reason to believe that I will not be able to do so in the future. 

WHO IS THE TOUR LEADER?  Andries Erwee (1958 model) father of 2 daughters, 5 grandchildrenI believe that I am living and answering my calling in respect of the youth of today.  I have previously organised Die Burger’s youth tours (41 in total).  As a field- and nature guide I have huge experience, and am registered with the South African Department of Nature Conservation, Environmental Affairs and Tourism) (WC 2853).  I am a respected member of the FGASA Field Guides (Nr. 7486) and have obtained 6 national qualifications (TG01, TG08/TG11/TG12/TG14/TG18) and as a field guide of the highest level.  Ek beskik oor ‘n nagraadse onderwysdiploma en het ‘n meestersgraad in leierskapsontwikkeling.  Verskeie tydskrifte en nuusblaaie het al positiewe artikels geplaas oor my opvoedkundige metodes. Ek sal bygestaan word deur minstens 2 jonger volwassenes.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?  The Kalahari Vasbyt movement strongly believes in empowering young men and not to accept handouts.  On this course you will be taught not to make demands on others, but to find a way of helping yourselves.  Vasbyters’ look after each other, and the idea is that at a later stage more bursaries will hopefully be available to ex-Vasbyters.
IS IT PHYSICALLY EXHAUSTING?  You will definitely cross boundaries on the Vasbyt.  These boundaries are physical. It is possible to physically do more than you realise and we are going to help you to cross those boundaries.  You probably use only a part of your brain and we will you to cross those boundaries as well.  You do not ask for any assistance from those around you who are willing to help.  You will also overcome these hurdles.  You will probably in a position to help your friends’ and family as well as the community at large, by what you are currently doing.  This hurdle will be overcome.  The Kalahari Vasbyt is for young men who are tired of their boring lives and who wish to do things that are worthwhile.  For those who will stand out from the rest.   Uitstuig is moeilik en lekker but always tiring and difficult.  This course helps you to realise your dreams and to dream of things that you would never have thought of before. 
TOO MUCH FINANCIALLY FOR A LOCAL TOUR?  Take note of what you will be getting.  Transport for 17 days – plane tickets R2900 – bungee jump US$110 – white water rafting US$215 – 17 days accommodation of which 3 will be in chalets, course material R500 – National Park entrance fees R3780 – excellent meals for 17 days – Certificate R450 – clothes and tog bags R500 – and much more for less than a plane ticket to Europe.

IS IT EXCEPTIONALLY HOT IN JANUARY? The northern parts of Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls are relatively comfortable.  I have endured exceptionally hot weather in the Central Kalahari during January.  As a result of the cloud cover in January, the average temperature is 4.3 degrees cooler than in November and 2.8 cooler than in October.  Prepare yourselves for very hot weather.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF FOR SOME OR OTHER REASON I HAVE TO WITHDRAW FROM THE VASBYT? As long as you are actively involved on the course and reach your goals, you will still be part of the Vasbyt.  To pass the course you will need to achieve certain physical targets. 

IS IT DIFFICULT TO PASS THE COURSE?  Very difficult indeed.  It sets high physical and spiritual standards. No academic tests are required.  Everyone with the right motivation can pass the course.  For example, you will need to complete the 3 000m in under 16 minutes and the group will be need to achieve an average of 14 minutes.  This is possibly the easiest hurdle to cross. 

WHY ARE THERE NO GIRLS’ ON THE TOUR?  We do a similar tour for girls’ in September.  Feel free to have a look at the Girls’ Adventure on our website.  We will not have the girls’ and boys’ on the same tour.  There are certain aspects of the tour which are nearly impossible for girls’to carry out and the same applies to boys’.  In addition, the boys’ lose their focus if girls’ are part of the tour, as a male dog loses his focus if a bitch which is on heat is close by. 

HOW ARE THE BOYS’ CHOSEN?  There is no selection process but it is important to realise that you will be required to match certain physical requirements to pass the courseIf you are more than 15% overweight or have a physical disability, you will not be able to manage the course.  If you have any doubts you need to ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.  You must be able to do 3 000m in less than 16 minutes if you want to complete the course.