Voetspore in South Africa – Voetspore in Suid Afrika
As the sun rises over Southern Africa, we set out on a journey to discover the off the beaten track roads of our country. We tour to explore. This is the start of Voetspore in South Africa. This year’s journey is planned to take place within the borders of our country.
It’s the start of a new adventure. Local is “lekker”! We are looking for the roads less traveled. Places we haven’t been to before. But there is another challenge to overcome. This time we want to broadcast the series as we travel.
Die son kom op oor suidelike Afrika. Ons vertrek op ‘n reis op die ongebaande weë van ons land. Dis ‘n ontdekkingstog. Dit is die begin van Voetspore in Suid Afrika. Vanjaar se reis word beplan vir binne die grense van ons land.
Dis die begin van ‘n nuwe avontuur. Local is lekker! Ons soek na plekke waaar ons nog nie voorheen was nie. Maar daar is nog ‘n uitdaging. Dié keer wil ons die reeks uitsaai, soos wat ons reis. Daarom moet ons in veel meer detail beplan.
Our trip will start in the Kalahari, through the Richtersveld and Namakwaland and then turn in a south-easterly direction towards the Tankwa and Klein Karoo. We will explore the Baviaanskloof, Wild Coast and the Drakensberg region before continuing on to the battlefields in KZN and further north to the lesser known wilderness areas and gems in Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Finally we will travel along the Botswana border before heading back to Van Zylsrus and Askham where we will have completed our circle route and end our tour back in the Kalahari.
Ons begin vanjaar in die Kalahari en van daar reis ons deur die Richtersveld en Namakwaland. Dan draai ons noord-oos na die Tankwa en Klein Karoo voor ons die Baviaanskloof verken. Daarna via die Wildekus en Drakensberge na die slagvelde van Kwa-Zulu Natal en dan verder noord om die weggesteekte wildernesgebiede van Mpumalanga en Limpopo te ontdek. Ons sal al langs die grens van Botswana reis en dan terugdraai na Van Zylsrus en Askham om ons sirkelroete weer in die Kalahari af te sluit.
Episode 1: Kalahari
Episode 2: Richtersveld
Episode 3: Namaqualand
Episode 4: Tankwa Karoo
Episode 5: Klein Karoo
Episode 6: Baviaanskloof
Episode 7: Wild Coast
Episode 8: Drakensberg
Episode 9: Battlefields
Episode 10: Mpumalanga
Episode 11: Wolkberge
Episode 12: Ivory Route
Episode 13: Kalahari
Johan is the Voetspore Team leader. This is his 13th Voetspore adventure since 2000. Covering more than 250 000 kilometers and visiting 40 countries in Africa makes him one of the most well-traveled modern-day explorers of the continent.
In 2017 the team ventured further abroad to India and it‘s incredible diversity, but this year Johan is bringing Voetspore home to showcase SA’s unique beauty and hidden gems. Johan is married to Alma and lives in Kleinmond in the Western Cape.
Stefan has worked on a number of Voetspore series as editor, photographer, and videographer since 2005. Because of his move to the Western Cape some eight years ago, he became less involved in the production, but made a welcome return in 2016 with the Reunion trip and again in 2017 as photographer and editor on the India series. Stefan is the cameraman for the ViSA series. He is married to Elizna (production manager for ViSA) has an 8-year old son and lives in Wellington in the Boland.
One of the longest-standing Voetspore team members, Gideon once again joins the team as the photographer on this year’s trip through South Africa. Gideon has been working with Johan for over 20 years on various productions, including most of the Voetspore series. This will be his 10th Voetspore trip. Gideon is well known for capturing breathtaking star trails and a Voetspore camp under the African skies without Gideon on the harmonica, is just not the same. He lives in Pretoria and has a daughter, Neva.
Streicher embarked on his first Voetspore journey when he was just 9 years old. He continued traveling with the team until the age of 16 when first school obligations and later university studies prevented him from joining the expedition. Now, as a post-graduate of the University of Stellenbosch, Streicher yet again joins the team on a journey through South Africa. Streicher is primarily responsible for capturing a different point of view through the action cameras and for updating the social media pages.
Simon is a relatively new member of Voetspore, yet through his experience as a tour guide in the Namib offers a serious contribution to the team. Voetspore in South Africa will be his fourth journey. Simon also has an uncanny talent for whipping up a delicious meal out of the most basic ingredients and feed an army. His chili relish is legendary. Simon is responsible for logistics during the trip and is also the driver of one of the vehicles. Simon lives in Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Norbert is a field guide and hails from Riemvasmaak where he has been actively involved in the development of the tourism facilities and 4x4 routes in the area. His first trip with the team was from Casablanca to the Cape in 2009 and this will be Norbert‘s 7th Voetspore journey. Norbert’s knowledge of the veld, the Namaqualand and Richtersveld areas makes his contribution to the team invaluable and the fact that he is great at baking bread on the open fire is a bonus!