Since 1987, the Kalahari Vasbyt has made a difference in the lives of many young men. The course is physically and spiritually demanding. However, the scientific basis on which the Vasbyt is based ensured that you learn discipline and become physically fit, without being humiliated or degraded in any way. Without a doubt, it will be the best holiday of your life. Nothing will be required of you which the tour leaders’ are not prepared to do.
The Kalahari Vasbyt is a subsidised course. Funds are transparently utilised and all funds which are paid by you (as well as from our sponsors’) are used to the benefit of the tour leaders’. We believe that young men who dream of making a difference in the world should partake on this course. In addition, this course will give you a great start in life which would otherwise be difficult to achieve.
The Kalahari Vasbyt is without a doubt one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, physical and emotional course which any teenager anywhere in the world can do. If you endure, you will always be proud thereof and it will certainly make a difference in your life.
Our course kicks off on 2 January 2018 at 09h00 at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. You will still be able to enjoy Christmas and New Year with your family and friends.
We will fly with British Airways to to Victoria Falls, before visiting the Okavango Delta and Maun. Then… the Central Kalahari.
The Central Kalahari is undoubtedly the wildest area that you can think of. During January, large numbers, to name a few, of Sprinbok, Blue wildebeest, Gemsbokke and other predators, such as lions, move around, as well as the brown Hyena. (Approximately every 10 years there are fewer animals).
When applying for the Kalahari Vasbyt, and to ensure that you make a huge success thereof, it is imperative that you agree to work extremely hard. If this is not for you, we suggest that you preferably stay at home. You will need to be a team player and to be able to work together.
The standard is high. We strive to be under the 1000 best in the world. Should you be required to wash a vehicle, the question is not whether the vehicle is clean or not, the question is if we will have 1000 teenagers who will be able to do better in this respect. Should the answer be yes, you are simply not good enough. This applies to general knowledge, fitness, leadership and everything that we do.
From 2018, we will only be accepting entrants’ at the start of gr 10 and 11 respectively. Entrants’ who are matriculating in 2018 will not be accepted to ensure that they do not miss out on any schooling during their matric year.
The cost of this course amounts R14 300 + US$350. This includes all meals, transport, free time, “white water rafting”, bungee jumping and the Victoria Falls. This alone costs more than US$250 person, but is included in the price. Entrants’ are not allowed to take more R800 “pocket money” on the Vasbyt.
Vasbyt is full of unexpected surprises. You will be extremely fit after the Kalahari Vasbyt. The Vasbyt is by no means a survival camp. We work extremely hard, get fit and find it extremely tough from time to time. In addition, it will be expected of you to adhere to the principles attached hereto. Strong discipline applies to the Vasbyt and you must stick to the rules.
We do not drink or smoke on the Vasbyt; this applies to me as well as to the tour leaders’. We suffer together and relax together. Adults over 40 will have a slight gap regarding PT though. What you eat and drink applies to us as well. If we are having cold drink, the adults will only have any should there be enough to go around, and at mealtimes, the adults are last in line. If we should per chance have any luxuries, we will ensure that you are afforded the same. Be assured that this is the character of the Kalahari Vasbyt.
As a young man with character and who is adventurous, learning to drive long distances in the veld, learning about the environment and who wants to achieve the very best, Vasbyt may just be what you have been looking for.