here are some who seek solace in the luxury of off-road vehicles. With their bums perched comfortably on leather-covered seats, they get their kicks from the quality of their surround-sound systems and everything electric – from push-button seats, sunroofs and even DVD screens on the headrests. Then, like our team, you get those who seek real adventure. Those willing to travel on arduous roads in 50-year-old Series Landys and where amenities and luxuries are quickly forgotten. All they seek is the smell of lingering dust, the sound of crickets chirping and the rolling, lunar-like landscape of the Karoo which is more vivid and highdefinition than anything you’ll ever find on a 6-inch, widescreen monitor. Along with a couple of die-hard Land Rover AFRICA Magazine readers, I settled in for some breakfast at a familiar coffee shop in the quiet ‘burbs of Durbanville at 07h00. From here, we were scheduled to meet up with the rest of our party in Wellington. After breakfast, Piet arrived with his 1965 Series Station Wagon 109. The exterior looked a bit worse for wear, but Piet assured us that it had just come back from a full service at a reputable Land Rover garage and everything mechanical is in tip-top condition. The early morning drive along the backroads to Wellington provided dramatic scenery of dry, harvested wheat fields and contrasting lush, green vineyards. As we arrived, we were greeted with a voicemail message (you can’t hear a cellphone ring in a Series for obvious reasons). It’s Piet. His Landy won’t start and he’s stuck. So a rescue team were deployed to save Piet and his Landy. After a long wait, we decide to take the convoy to Ceres via the beautiful Bainskloof Pass. For Stephen in his slightly unstable 1958 Series, the winding pass proved to be a bit of a challenge as the man has a severe case of acrophobia ( bang vir ’n bergpas). I remembered that my wife has the same fear and all I could do was to encourage her to “not look down”and “close your eyes”. We stopped at the top for a leg-stretch and a few photos when we received the message from Piet. “The Landy is fixed…(something about burned points and a fuel pump)… and we’re finally on our way.” When we arrived in Ceres, I received more bad news: “Piet’s broken down again. Somewhere between Tulbach and Wolseley”. This time, Nekkies and his 1972 Station Wagon came to the rescue. An hour later we got the call, “please bring five meters of fuel hose, a filter and clamps”. Fortunately, with 10 minutes to spare before the local spares shop closes, Christian set off to their aid. The rest of the party headed off towards Tankwa stopping at the famous Tankwa Padstal (farm stall) to cool down with a few drinks. About 70 km out of Ceres in the direction of Calvinia lies the padstal. It’s a gem of a place, recently burned to the ground by a disgruntled local and now completely re-built with a sepa-rate bar and restaurant, including a shop area. We met Hein Lange, his brother Wally and their wives, and were amazed at what they did to make the place more ‘green’.