Who is the tough­est?

The ex­treme off-road route and phys­i­cal chal­lenges will test the strength of all con­tes­tants

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Wit­ness Re­porter.

THREE KZNn­ers will be com­pet­ing in this year’s Ranger Odyssey which starts to­day.

Ginette Chubb from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg and Dur­ban­ites Mo­hammed Omarjee and Xoliswa Non­tanda are among the 20 con­tenders who are hop­ing to win an Odyssey Ranger for a year, plus an equiv­a­lent in lo­cal cur­rency of R5 000 worth of fuel per month, against 17 con­tes­tants from South Africa, Nige­ria, the Ivory Coast, An­gola and Mozam­bique.

The route in­cludes ex­treme off-road driv­ing through the moun­tain­ous Khuwarib re­gion, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the breath­tak­ing Purros canyons, tack­ling the des­o­late Gainas Plains, vis­it­ing the Unesco her­itage site at Palmwag, trav­el­ling through the aptly named Des­o­la­tion Val­ley and travers­ing the steep 2 500-me­tre Brand­berg by foot.

While many of the chal­lenges will be taken on be­hind the wheel of the Ford Ranger, the ad­ven­ture is a test of brains and brawn. Aside from test­ing each con­tes­tant’s driv­ing and ve­hi­cle-re­lated skills, they will have to prove that they are tough enough to be crowned the win­ner.

The con­tes­tants will be as­sessed by a panel of judges on their men­tal and phys­i­cal en­durance, as well as a va­ri­ety of other as­pects such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, lead­er­ship abil­i­ties, camp craft and over­all de­meanour.

In a new twist for this year’s event, the trip will end pre­ma­turely for the low­est-scor­ing con­tes­tants, as two peo­ple will be elim­i­nated from the com­pe­ti­tion at the end of day four (Sun­day), and a fur­ther four will leave af­ter day eight (July 30).

The www.rangerodyssey.com web­site fea­tures a leader board that is up­dated daily. The rank­ings for the high­est-placed con­tes­tants will be placed ran­domly on the chart, adding a fur­ther el­e­ment of in­trigue to the com­pe­ti­tion. The win­ner of Ranger Odyssey will be re­vealed in Sand­ton on Au­gust 11.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

The con­tes­tants in the Ranger Odyssey, which starts in Wind­hoek to­day.

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