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Mak­Ing tracks, in an Isuzu MU-X on our Great Ad­ven­ture Se­ries (GAS) fam­ily project. The events are all filmed, and we’ll be putting to­gether a doc­u­men­tary about the se­ries, to be screened on Ig­ni­tion chan­nel (DStv chan­nel 189) early in 2019.

The Great Ad­ven­ture Se­ries, or GAS, is now in full swing, with two qual­i­fy­ing rounds left to run in De­cem­ber. This month we have a look at some of the high­lights of the first events, and look ahead to 2019 and the grand fi­nal where the top three teams will be in line to win prizes to the value of R50 000.

TheRe they were. A few good men, all look­ing like they’d rather be fac­ing off with All Black rugby cen­tre Sonny-Bill Wil­liams than be on that stage, at that mo­ment. A tele­vi­sion and ra­dio celebrity bristling with en­ergy, ready for any­thing. And two young kids, both star­ing wide-eyed at a tra­di­tion­ally dressed Zulu man.

This is the Great Ad­ven­ture Se­ries (GAS). Brought to you in part­ner­ship with Isuzu South Africa and sev­eral co-spon­sors, GAS is all about ad­ven­ture, fam­ily fun, cul­ture, na­ture, art, and plenty more. Oh, and about a bit of a tra­di­tional dance.

That’s how the day kicks off. Each of the eight teams must nom­i­nate one per­son to com­pete in a chal­lenge. For the tra­di­tional dance round, some of the teams had taken to play rock, pa­per and scis­sors to de­ter­mine who would get jiggy with the Zulu dancers. Hence the few good men with sulky faces.

It’s one thing to frolic around a braai, beer in the hand, with your bud­dies. But here, in front of ev­ery­one, with cam­eras all over the show... there was much sulk­ing, and sigh­ing and ‘you owe me’ go­ing on.

Then the drums started beat­ing. The Zulu war­rior showed his charges the ba­sic moves. They all did a, well, er, a rea­son­able job. Then they each had to go freestyle. The Zulu dancers judged this part, ad­ju­di­cat­ing a point out of 10 for each team.

Maybe not sur­pris­ingly, the sulky men did not score par­tic­u­larly high. If only they had been given the op­por­tu­nity to per­form the haka. In the end it was an eight-year-old girl who scored a per­fect 10, af­ter per­form­ing the splits as part of her freestyle rou­tine.

Based at the Lesedi Cul­tural Vil­lage near Broed­er­stroom, the ad­ven­ture then moved on to Sad­dle Creek Ad­ven­tures

Op­po­site page: On their merry way… the GAS teams all use Isuzu’s MU-X SUV to cover the day’s 120km route. Be­low, clock­wise from left: Teams get to drive them­selves through the Lion & Sa­fari Park’s lion and wild dog en­clo­sures, for some up close and per­sonal in­ter­ac­tion with the an­i­mals (Photo: Lion & Sa­fari Park). Is that Robin Hood? Er, not quite. The teams have to get their arty vibe on, too. One mem­ber of the team is re­quired to draw a pic­ture of an Isuzu.

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