You will commit to hard work and an effort to make a success of this adventure if you enroll. However, you are welcome not to do so and stay at home, but, if you do join us, it will be compulsory to cooperate!
The price of the tour is R18600, plus US$350, plus the cost of an air ticket from JNB to Victoria Falls. The price of an air ticket was approximately R2500 at the time of setting up this webpage in January 2022.
The above price includes all meals, accommodation, travel and leisure activities such as “White-water rafting, Bungy, Victoria Falls, etc. The cost for the leisure activities will cost an individual much more than USA$350! Please note that pocket money of only R800 per person is permitted.
Multiply the USA$350 by the purchasing price of the Dollar such as on 15 October 2022.
The total bill will be finalized during mid-October and subject to the circumstances created by COVID-19. As an administration fee we only require R2 000 along with your application.
The first deposit of R2 000 is payable when booking for the Vasbyt. The balance is payable on or before 15 November 2022. Your flight ticket from the coastal areas to Johannesburg on 30 Desember 2022 is not included in the tour price and will also be payable together with the deposit.
KALAHARI VASBYT 2023
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.
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KALAHARI VASBYT GOALS AND PRINCIPLES:
For those who want to be part of the Vasbyt, the following goals and principles will be applied:
AT WHAT AGE ARE YOU ELIGEBLE TO EXPERIENCE VASBYT? If you are attending grade 10 during this year you will be eligible as you need to be in grade 11 to join the 2022 Vasbyt. However, as a once off concession, you may enroll if in grade 11 during 2023. However; the acceptance of grade 12s remains conditional. Should a Grade 12 believe a Grade 11 to be a junior or in any way subservient to him, he will not be welcome at the Vasbyt. ALL enrollees of the program will experience a great adventure and be equal as men.
WHAT ABOUT COVID? We are very proud of the fact that we, despite many challenges, managed to host the Vasbyt this year, but are determined to do even better during 2022! Obviously we do not know what the COVID-19 situation may be, but being able to adapt to unexpected challenges is a characteristic of a Vasbyter and we will simply adapt to whatever.
IS THIS A SURVIVAL CAMP? No, not at all as you will be presented with sufficient and quality food and water at all times. In fact, you and your buddies will be taught how to prepare food and the expectations re size and quality of portions are high. You never purchase food if you are hungry whilst on the Kalahari Vasbyt; you simply ask and it will be provided.
ARE THE VEHICLES SAFE? The Toyota Landcruisers are fully road worthy and driven responsibly in order to prevent accidents. Travelling by road and off road remains a risky part of the tour, especially because the chaps occasionally sit on the back of the vehicles. However, all humanly possible is done to ensure the tour members’ safety at all times.
The biggest danger is when a bus or off-road vehicle should roll and, more often than not, such accidents cause fatalities. The roll bars on off-road vehicles do offer protection, provided the vehicle does not roll over one. Adhering to speed limits and generally adjusting the speed travelled at as well as being vigilant assists in ensuring a safe journey.
BUNGEE JUMPING: Although some people have been injured where the jumps were much lower, nobody has ever been seriously injured at the Victoria Falls bridge which is very high and where an average of 70 jumps have been made per day during the last 15 years. Extreme Adventures is the operator and are very experienced in managing this activity in South Africa and New Zealand as well. There was an incident where a person was slightly injured and Temba College was involved in upgrading the safety precautions employed!
WHITE WATER RAFTING: This sport was founded during the 1980s and to date 7 people have died participating in it, 5 of which were guides who sacrificed their lives to save clients who did not heed instructions given. The Zambezi is a mighty river and all safety precautions as well as instructions of the guides must be adhered to and followed at all times. You will ignore the friendly, but fit and brave guide’s instructions at your peril; do not be shocked if the necessary aggression is employed to get you back in line.
In order to maintain the negligible number of accidents and ensure your safety, no expense is spared to ensure such. An entire rescue team consisting of a helicopter, divers and kayaks will be accompanying the Vasbyters.
WILD ANIMALS: Wild animals are wild and therefore dangerous. I accept full responsibility to ensure the safety of the chaps and am eternally thankful that I have not experienced any mishap or accident to date. Truth be told, the safety precautions I employ have been tested and tried by lions and elephants, but with no success. Vasbyters are advised to wear closed shoes as it offers the best protection against snake bites and scorpion stings.
“ROUTE MARCH”: It covers a long distance and is a tough challenge. Other than the afore-mentioned all necessary precautions are taken re wild animals, nobody ever walks after dark and the best first aid is at hand. A snake bite can be lethal, but spider bites and scorpion stings are much more common and less dangerous. To date all such that occurred have been successfully dealt with by me.
WHO IS THE TOUR LEADER? Andries Erwee (1958 model), father of two daughters. I truly believe that I am fulfilling my calling regarding the youth and have, amongst other, led all Die Burger’s youth tours to overseas destinations. (42 ‘Jip’ tours).
ISN’T JANUARY AN EXTREMELY WARM SEASON? Botswana and Victoria Falls usually has a moderate climate, but, on occasion, it has been very hot in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Due to being overcast the average temperatures tend to be 4,3 degrees and 2,8 degrees cooler as during respectively November and October. Nevertheless, prepare for warm weather.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DROP OUT? In order to pass the course, you will need to meet certain criteria. Should you not be able to achieve the afore-mentioned, you will remain a member of the group and the tour provided you continue to participate and subscribe to the declared objectives of such.
IS IT DIFFICULT TO PASS THE COURSE? It isn’t easy, but, despite high physical and psychological demands, everybody with the right motivation can pass it. There is no academic examination, but you, as an example, will have to complete a 3000-meter run within 16 minutes and the group needs to do so with an average time that is less than 14 minutes per person. This is, however, the most difficult hurdle to overcome.
WHY NO GIRLS? We host a Vasbyt for young ladies during September. Other than some things the young men do being too difficult for the young ladies and vice versa, the young men tend to lose focus when the female gender is around. Almost like a male dog when on heat females of the species are around.
WHAT ARE THE SELECTION REQUIREMENTS? There is no selection, but you must understand that you need to meet certain physical requirements in order to pass the course. If you are 15% over weight or suffer from some physical disability it may be very difficult to pass. Have a chat with your doctor or pharmacist if in doubt and remember; you need to complete a 3000-meter run within 16 minutes.
You will be learning the Afrikaans lyrics and melody of the Vasbyt song. Never will you forget it, but the following verse will always resonate to this adventure: