The Kalahari Vasbyt adventure has influenced young men’s lives constructively since 1987. The level of the physical and mental difficulty is very high, but you are never humiliated whilst learning discipline and enhancing your fitness. This due to the tested scientific methodology employed. At no time will you be expected to attempt anything that the tour leaders will not be willing to do themselves. Truth be told; this will probably be the vacation of a lifetime!
Despite almost impossible challenges created by COVID-19, we are immensely proud of the fact that a 2021 Vasbyt was successfully hosted! To achieve it we had to adapt and we most certainly learnt from such resulting in a determination to do even better during 2022. It is simply what Vasbyters do!
The Kalahari Vasbyt is a subsidized course and therefore all funds received from you and various sponsors are managed transparently and for the sole benefit of the tour members. If you are keen to make a difference in life, you are the perfect candidate and simply must enroll. It will furthermore give you an advantage over others who did not enroll and they will find it difficult to catch up with you.
If not the most difficult physical and emotional challenging course, the Kalahari Vasbyt certainly is one of such that a teenager can enroll to anywhere in the world. You will be filled with pride and achievement if you pass the course and it such will positively influence all you do and are for the rest of your life!
After celebrating Christmas with your family and friends, the tour commences at 11:00 on 5 January at the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. Obviously all arrangements are subject to the influence COVID-19 may have on the school quarter dates. It is assumed that the 2021 grade 12s will be writing their final exams until 15 December which may result in papers being marked as from 5 January and that the 2022 school year will commence on 27 January.
Our first destination is Klein Kariba where lectures will be attended and where we will be preparing ourselves for the adventure to follow. Thereafter we are off to Woodlands, Nata and Victoria Falls. At the latter we will spend three nights, do Bungee and White-Water Rafting! Next its is Chobe and the Moremi Game Reserve before we depart to the Central-Kalahari Game Reserve which is, arguably, the wildest wilderness imaginable; Springbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Oryx as well as predators such lion and the endangered Brown Hyena abound. (The number of game seem to be much less every +/- 10 years.)
You obviously need not enroll if it does not interest you, but, if you do, you will need to commit to ensuring the success of the adventure by way of maintaining the high standard developed over many years and do so through hard work and co-operation. It is the declared objective of Vasbyt to always be counted amongst the top 1000 in the world at anything it does. Example: if you wash a car, the test will not be if it is clean. It is if anyone of a 1000 other teenagers could have done better. Should such be the case; you are simply not yet good enough! This standard applies to general knowledge, fitness, leadership and everything else that is taken on.
Pleasant surprises abound during this tour, but note that you will return substantially fitter than you were at the commencement of the tour. Despite the hard work, fitness exercises and occasional hardship, the Kalahari Vasbyt is not a survival course at all. However, it will be expected of you to accept and subscribe to the attached principles as discipline will be strictly enforced.
No smoking nor any alcohol intake is allowed and that applies to the leaders as well. Although individuals older than 40 is allowed some liberties come PT time, everybody suffers and plays as one team. Adults and leaders eat last, but everybody eats and drinks from the same set menu as planned. Should cooldrinks be available, the adults and leaders will only partake if any is left after the tour members had received theirs. Likewise, re any unexpected luxuries that may be presented to the adults and leaders; only if the entire group can partake, will it be accepted. Such is the culture of the Vasbyt and such is our solemn promise to you.
If you are dreaming of an adventure in the wild where you may, amongst others, drive a vehicle for substantial distances, will learn about the environment and excel above the mundane … then this is the course for you!