How the Put Foot Rally will embark through Namibia

Put foot – a phrase that has often been associated with driving and traveling – has taken on a whole new meaning with the Put Foot Rally. This unique and exciting rally has been an annual event since 2011 and has offered its participants the ideal opportunity to experience southern Africa in a way it hasn’t been experienced before.

Put Foot Rally Route

Put Foot Rally Route (Source: http://www.putfootrally.com/theroute)

The rally will kick off once again, starting on 19 June 2016. The crews will leave Cape Town and eventually, in 18 days, end their journey in Mozambique. Contrary to the traditional meaning of the term, this rally is in no way a race. The aim of participation is to learn about and experience the five countries you’re traveling through. Heading north from Cape Town, crews will move through Namibia, head into Zambia, make their way through Malawi and end in Mozambique. However this is not a set route, crews and teams can follow any route they wish as long as they arrive at the five set check points along the way. Why this exciting and different form of rally tickled our fancy is because the route through Namibia stretches from the Orange River in the south, all the way to the Caprivi, in the north.

We took the liberty of looking into the whole business of the rally, and find it to be an incredibly exciting and different way to experience Namibia, as well as all the countries along the routes. On top of this not being a race, there are no set requirements for your vehicle, other than the obvious legal aspects. Crews and teams that partake in this interesting trip fall into categories, which are determined by the cars they use to enter the race. These include:

Vintage Class

Vintage class - rights to Put Foot Rally

Vintage class – rights to Put Foot Rally

Just-a-car Class

Just-a-car class - rights to Put Foot Rally

Just-a-car class – rights to Put Foot Rally

SUV / 4×4 Class

SUV 4x4 Class - Rigths to Put Foot Rally

SUV 4×4 Class – Rigths to Put Foot Rally

RV / Minivan / Camper Class

RV Minivan Camper class - put foot rally

RV Minivan Camper class – put foot rally

Motorcycle Class

Motorcycle class - put foot rallyy

Motorcycle class – put foot rallyy

Specialty Class

SPECIALITY class - put foot rally

SPECIALITY class – put foot rally

These classes were designed to be all inclusive, to allow the teams and crews to get as creative and inventive as possible, and also to prove that you do not need a specific type of car to travel the African continent. All you need is a good vibe and a determined group of people. Of course there are certain things to keep in mind when picking your car (bought or hired): You will be traveling in Africa and doing trips through the Etosha National Park, you may need to think about lion proofing your car, windows and doors are a definite must.

Another component of the Put Foot Rally is charity. One of the main focuses is offering young children the opportunity to get school shoes! Last year a school close to the Etosha National Park was given school shoes and socks and this year will follow similar suit. Another big part of their project is nature conservation and through this project large amounts of funds have been raised and given to the Project Rhino and the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage.

shoes+on+feet - put foot rally

shoes+on+feet – put foot rally

One of the entry-requirements for individuals and teams is the ‘legend’ aspect. Africa, as we know, is filled with legends…elephants, lions, rhino and the people who surround these incredible beasts. The Put Foot Rally wants entered teams and crews to embrace this, to be legends and join the countless explorers who came before them. The Gondwana Collection often speaks of the Legends of Etosha, the wise elephants who gave themselves to nature to ensure the survival of others. This is an opportunity to join the great ancestral legends that came before us and dive into Namibia, Africa head first.

nature conservation - put foot rally

nature conservation – put foot rally

For more information on the Put Foot Rally, visit their website. If you would like to see what these crazy crews get up to during the rally, visit the website’s Video Vault for all the wild and wacky moments. And if the timing doesn’t work for you, you can always set up your own version of the rally following this route:

Put Foot Rally Namibia Route

Put Foot Rally Namibia Route

Call it the Namibia Route and experience this glorious corner of the globe on your own terms. There are countless sights to see and moments to enjoy in Namibia. Are you brave enough to take the opportunity presented?

If you have travelled through Namibia or would like to take up the opportunity, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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50 Shades of travel in Namibia

50 Shades of travel in Namibia

50 shades of travel

Photo credits

Eloise Visser – Take long walks and breathe in fresh air | Roswitha Kluge – Fall in love | Jaatje Pretorius – Rest | Jessie Vermeulen – Trace the contours of nature | Angelique van Wyk – Stop and notice the little things | Tangi Nepolo – Be silly | Buyer Raylin – Kiss the day good-bye | Alexandra Klohn – Reflect | Alexandra Klohn – Go camping | Allen Somseb – Laugh Abundantly |Marius Rohloff – Wish upon a star | Verenata Minnie – Make new friends | Michelle Horn – Take long naps | Yolande Engels – Take selfies | Petrus Katonyala – Support local crafts shops | Ami Sell – Take a self drive safari | Neil Bradfield – Be free | Franco – Do something adventurous | Sedney Nuwuseb – Experience local cuisine | Christopher Card – Do your morning stretches | Carsten von Lüttwitz – Meet the locals | Hannes Pretorius – Blend in with nature | Andreas Elifas – Visit the capital of Namibia, Windhoek | Joseph Kafunda – Take selfies | Martha Nangolo – Find inner peace | Jessica Sack – Soak up the sun | Herman Dormehl – Drop a pebble in the water | Natascha Bezuidenhout- Discover history | Rosemary Walden – Go to an art exhibition | Robert Karlikowski – Sit around a fire | Leon van Rooyen – Listen to the singing of birds | Joeyie Steenkamp – Watch a sun set and a sunrise. | Anke Diana Marks – Get up early | Beate von Dewitz – Be curious | Petro Walters – Do something out of the ordinary | Martinette Visser – Appreciate the small things | Verenata Minnie – Go swimming | Robert Karlikowski – Play a bit of hide and seek

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A Namibian hikers guide to packing

A Namibian hikers guide to packing

This blog post is only a recommendation and is based on personal experience.

When you go hiking there are a number of things you will need to make your life a breeze. It is inevitable that you will pack unnecessary items on your first hiking trip, but I can assure you that it gets easier and easier with every hiking adventure you embark on.

The first set of necessities for hiking is your attire.

Hiking shoes are your companion and you should get well acquainted with each other. Buy your shoes at least 6 weeks before you go on a trip, and try to buy a shoe size a little bigger than you would normally wear.

Hiking shoes

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Wear your shoes on a daily basis to make sure they don’t cause any blisters while on your hike. By the second day, these blisters will cause a lot of pain and will make your hike an uncomfortable torture session.

The clothing you choose also plays an important role throughout the hike. Days are very hot and the nights can get chilly to freezing cold. Your day time clothing should be comfortable, loose and cover your shoulders. Don’t pack too much clothes. I can assure you, you will not use it. Pack a light shirt, pants and socks for each day, and one set of warm clothing. The rule of emergency clothing being despicably clean does not apply when hiking. Your clothes will get dirty but hey, so will you.

To protect your neck from getting scorched, a buff or hiking scarf is a very handy tool. The great thing about a buff is that there are more than 10 ways to wear it and can serve as a hat, balaclava, hair band or a neck gaiter. A buff, derived from the Spanish word ‘bufanda’ which means scarf, is a nifty little piece of seamless fabric every hiker should own.

Jual-buff-murah-di-balikpapan

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Hiking gear

The first and very important thing you need is a backpack. Do not just randomly walk into a store and buy the first backpack you see that looks beautiful, expensive and comfortable. You will be sorry. Get the help of a shop assistant to help you choose your backpack. Most hiking and adventure shops have bags that are already stuffed with items to give weight to the bag. If not, request it. Try on the bags and walk around the shop with it. Be sure there is nothing causing discomfort to your neck, back or any other part of your body. All the weight of your backpack should be carried by your waist and should not rest on your shoulders.

hiking pack

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A walking pole is something that will help you a great deal on your journey. At first it might seem like an unimportant piece of equipment to take along, but it reduces the impact on your knees and legs. It helps you keep a steady rhythm, its handy to push away branches when walking through dense vegetation, and can serve as a tent pole. When you have to cross rivers or mud, you can use your pole to test the depth and improves your balance on slippery surfaces or river crossings. When buying your walking pole, make sure it’s the correct length and that it feels comfortable in your hand.

trekking pole

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Let’s talk water and other fluids.

Water tablets or water drops are very important to take along if you will be dependent on streams and rivers for water. I would just like to issue a warning about water tablets, drops and some water filters. Most of these products contain iodine. If you are allergic to iodine or have a tendency to get allergic reactions from shellfish or products containing iodine, rather stay away and make sure you buy the correct products that do not contain iodine. Read the packaging very carefully.

To keep your water cool throughout the day, buy a canteen that has insulated wool or blanket cover. When you fill your water bottle in the river or streams, dip the whole bottle so it’s soaking wet, and your water will stay cooler for much longer periods of time.

canteen

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Keep a smaller water bottle at hand to fill with water and replacement electrolytes. Electrolytes not only control the amount of water in the body, but also the electrical signaling of your heart, brain and muscle system. There a lot of products on the market that you can mix with your water to ensure your body don’t lose the necessary amount of sodium, potassium, chloride and magnesium.

These are some of the most important items I could think of but to help you pack your bag. Outdoor Warehouse have compiled a great hiking checklist for you to print out and they even have a great illustration of exactly how you should pack your backpack. Click on the pictures to go directly to the website.

pack your backpack rightHiking_ChecklistThe last tip I can give: When you are hiking in a big group, try to divide items amongst each other, like medical aid kits and hiking stoves etc. Get together and discuss which items can be divided to ensure the weight of your back pack is reduced to make your hike more comfortable.

Last but not least, never ever leave a teammate behind. When you are hiking in a group, look after each, cry, laugh and scream together and care for each other but never leave your team behind.

Fish River Canyon I would love to hear your hiking tips or about your adventures or if you want recommendations and tips, you are more than welcome to send me an email at : pr@gondwana-collection.com

To experience the Fish River Canyon with Gondwana Collection Namibia, click here.

Happy Hiking!

Jessica Thomas is a local freelance writer. She is an eccentric young lady who has a love affair with writing. Get on board her journey of discovery.

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