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.