Category Archives: Lodging / Camping

ATG Ribzz CAMP SLEEPER

Sleeping comfortably in a tent is a challenge and struggle for many campers and often the reason why people opt not to go camping. There are various products available on the market ranging from inflatable mattresses, various stretchers and a variety of foam-type mattresses. The problem with most of these products is that they either deflate, are too thin, don’t give any support or when folded/rolled up are too big or heavy for most hikers, over-landers and adventure motorcyclists.

I recently received an ATG (All Terrain Gear) Camp Sleeper which can be described as a lightweight stretcher. This stretcher comes in three guises of which I have the heaviest version weighing in at an approximate 1.9kg. It consists of a tear resistant, super strong high tenacity nylon sail/canvas, 12 extremely strong and durable plastic feet and 24 hi-tech aircraft quality aluminium poles. It takes me about 3 minutes to assemble the stretcher/sleeper but I am sure as one gets accustom to using it on a frequent basis assembly will be considerably quicker. I must admit that it did take me a while in the beginning to figure out the most comfortable sleeping position on this stretcher, but as soon as I had that sorted I slept like a baby time after time. Personally I will never again use any other sleeping option than the ATG sleeper. Waking up tired after a long day’s ride on the bike is a thing of the past for me.

As an adventure motorcyclists space and weight is always an issue when loading/packing my motorcycle for a ride and if I compare the ATG sleeper to what I am used to take with in order sleep comfortable, the ATG sleeper un-doubtly frees up oodles of spaces while helping me to travel lighter.

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ATG advertises this product to be super strong, compact & light weight, waterproof, rot & UV resistant and easy to assemble. Except for durability (because I haven’t owned it for very long now)I can testify to all of the above. I am convinced that as I continue to use this sleep on my excursions I will sleep comfortably everywhere and anywhere.

So in summary, the ATG sleeper is the best sleeping option if you are an extreme endurance racer, adventure motorcyclists or hiker. Incredible strength and light weight is this product’s forte. The only down side to this sleeper could be the price. Depending on which of the three versions you purchase and where you purchase it, you can expect to pay anything from R1500 to R2300.

  • Size when assembled – 185cm X 60cm
  • Height when assembled 12cm
  • Can sleep up to 140kgs (heavy duty model of the 3 model range)
  • Lifetime Guarantee
  • Made in South Africa

By: Hector Jamieson

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Arcadia Guest House

We don’t go to the Free State (province in South Africa) regularly and less so to Kroonstad but recently the perfect occasion arose for us to visit this Free State city. There was a motorcycle gathering organised by the Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) and being dedicated members of that ministry and passionate bikers we simply had to ride to Kroonstad.

To arrange for accommodation we were both fortunate and privileged to have a night at the Arcadia Guest House sponsored by dear friends of ours. We immediately jumped on the internet to         Google the guest house and I must commend them for a well laid out site that’s up to date.

Riding from Pretoria (capital of South Africa) we got onto the N1 freeway and rode towards Bloemfontein.

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After approximately 220 kilometres we took the Kroonstad off-ramp on the N1 freeway and rode about 9 kilometres through the Kroonstad city centre before arriving at a dirt road. Traveling about one kilometre on the hard and bumpy gravel road we finally arrived at the Arcadia Guest House that seemed like an oasis after spending two and a half hours on the motorbike. I am not familiar with Kroonstad but I won’t be surprised if this guest house is known as the” jewel of Kroonstad”. Arriving there we were instantly impressed by the good security, cleanliness and friendly staff that welcomed and served us with a smile. Our room was clean and had a fresh look and smell to it, though some might find it a bit clinical we thought that it was laid out. A comfortable bed with clean and warm linen ensured that we had a good night’s rest.

Our room was equipped with a double bed, bed lamps, 2 seater couch, television, shower, bath, kettle and complementary coffee and tea, soap and moisturiser.

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The next morning we enjoyed a mouth-watering breakfast that is included in the price (R700 per couple). The breakfast had a self-service buffet set-up with all food well prepared, tables perfectly set with the aroma of freshly ground coffee grabbing you by the nostrils.

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We had a pleasant experience at the Arcadia Guest House and will most definitely recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a secure and proper venue to pack off at for a night or two.

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Contact Arcadia Guest House at: www.arcadiakroonstad.co.za

By: Hector Jamieson

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Magalies Park

Magalies Park

We were fortunate enough to arrange for a weekend away at the start of spring to Magalies Park. Magalies Park is part of the “First Resort” holiday group and is situated approximately 70km from the capital Pretoria close to the Hartebeespoort dam. The resort is not motorcycle friendly and allows no motorcycles on the premises.  The area has a typical Highveld climate, with temperatures ranging from 25-35 degrees Celsius.

On arrival we were well received with complementary coffee, biscuits, fruit juice and popcorn and check-in was speedily done. The chalet units were impressively equipped with a braai area, satellite TV, air-conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and a shower. In your chalet you will find everything you need to make your stay just that more pleasant. This includes; towels, blankets, cutlery and crockery, dishwashing liquid, soap, shampoo, body lotion etc. The resort has 185 thatch-roofed chalets of various sizes but no camping or caravan facilities. Among things to do while relaxing in the bush-veld environment is designated hiking and running trails, driving range, golf range, various swimming pools and heated indoor pool, mini golf, fishing, cycling (bicycles can be hired), outdoor chess, a Teen Zone with dedicated activities and well-priced restaurant that serves all meals. The area is rich in bird life and offers plenty opportunity for the bird lover to utilise his/her camera. There’s no need to leave the resort’s premises to go and shop whatever you forgot at home as there is a fully stocked mini-supermarket and tuck-shop on the premises. If however you do feel the urge to explore the local area there is plenty to do. This includes visits to the following; Ukutula Lion Park, Van Gaalens Cheese farm, Elephant sanctuary, Hartebeespoort Snake & Animal Park, Hot-air balloon safaris, The Ann van Dyk Cheetah centre, Cameleon Village Lion Park and a wide variety of restaurants and shops.

By: Pavlovski

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Weekend Away – Nkwe 2012

Weekend Away – Nkwe

In October (2012) me and the misses went to the Nkwe caravan park with a group of friends. And to keep the fun going, we all went on the “iron horses”. Me on my immensely overloaded BMW R1150GS and the misses on her BMW F800ST. Nkwe is out on Lynwood road in the east of Pretoria. We departed at 17:00 on the Friday afternoon just as a small thunder shower came to an end. After braving peak-hour traffic and a short dirt road (approximately 1km) we finally arrived at our destination just after 18:00. After a 3 man effort to pick up the GS (it was too heavy for the side-stand to keep up on the soaking wet ground)…we proceeded to the far end of the camp terrain next to a small river. There we pitched our tents in darkness and enjoyed a mouth-watering braai. Nkwe gives the feeling that you are hundreds of kilometres from the busy city life and a fantastic one day hiking route that gives you the opportunity to see some wild monkeys and a small variety of
herbivore wildlife. Definitely worth a visit if you crave a weekend get way with a limited budget.

by Pavlovski

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San Cha Len Guest Farm: Bela-Bela

If you are really in need of a peaceful
relaxing weekend I would strongly recommend the San Cha Len Guest Farm. We were
privilege enough to visit this resort during the weekend of 16 March 2012.
Although it was raining since the early hours of the morning we were sure that
we need this break-away no matter what. Not even the rain will stop us.

We left Pretoria around 10:00 on Friday
morning and arrived at the resort just after 11:00 – it was still raining
softly. We found ourselves a nice spot and setup camp. All the stands are paved
and have a peace of grass surrounded with mall bush to create the feeling of
privacy. Throughout the camp there are more than enough spotlights for the
night. We have read that some campers’ complained about the noise of the
highway running next to the camp – this did not bother us at all. We hardly
heard the highway.

This resort is very well maintained and
is being looked after. The feeling of being in the bush is great. Each stand
has got its own braai, tap, electricity point and dustbin. The ablution blocks
are very neat and clean. There are even clean towels next to the sinks. An
ablution block for every 10 stands and for those who prefer the comfort of a
family bathroom, you were not forgotten. There are 2 family bathrooms.

This resort offers a hot and cold
swimming pool, playground for children and more than enough peace for adults.

We can only speak very high of this
resort and be sure to see us again. Thanks to the management for a clean
peaceful resort, keep it up

 

James & Elize Jamieson

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Kruger National Park – December 2011

 

Our Kruger National Park Story

The Kruger National Park, MPUMALANGA, one of the  few places where my husband and I can recharge our “batteries”.  There is nothing like being close to nature  and experience nature first-hand and everything that was created by God.

The cry of a Fish Eagle before sunset, to wake up in the middle of the night by the sound of roaring lion and also hear the cry
of hyenas. What better can one asked for? What an awesome view to experience the sunrise just after five o’clock in the morning over the bushveld, what an
awesome sight.

My husband and I had the privilege to spend 5 days in the Kruger National Park during the first week of December 2011, camping with our CONQUEROR Comfort off-road trailer in Skukuza camp. We entered the Park at the Crocodile bridge gate. We prefer to camp in Skukuza because the stands is quite big and there is a lot of stands to choose from.

Our rides during these 5 days took us to Tshokwane, Satara, Olifantscamp, Pretoruiskop, Afsaal and Lower-Sabie. We also explored  quite a few gravel roads with our Land Rover Defender Puma. Our experience was that we did not see as much animals on the gravel roads as on the tar roads,

however, we were lucky enough to see the BIG FIVE.

On our way from Pretoriuskop we took the S26 (gravel), here we were fortunate enough to see a pack of wild dogs lying in the grass next to the road. We also saw a leopard on the road between Skukuza and Tshokwane. We say a pack of 7-10 hyenas just when we exit Skukuza camp at the
big crossing.

My most awesome experience was all the baby-animals we saw: elephants, rooibok, giraffe, hippo, apes, baboons and vlakvark.

As I have said, we stayed in Skukuza camp. The apes visited the camp everyday around 12:00 o’clock and again round-about 16:00-16:30. They were always looking for something to eat, so they searched every campsite and exactly knew how to open stuff.

One day I was sitting on my camping chair taking photos of birds with my back toward the entrance of our Conqueror, not more than 1 meter from the door. My husband was taking a nap inside. I heard something inside and my first thought was that my husband was getting up. I heard something again and when looked around, there was the ape, sitting inside the tent looking my strait in the eyes. Luckily he did not damage or take anything. I walked around the tent banging on the outside and the ape fled. I had a big fright.

I wish we had more time to explore the entire Kruger National Park. There is so much more to see. The Kruger National Park will certainly see us again. It was so wonderful just to get away from the rat-race in the cities.

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Riviera on Vaal

I recently had the privilege on 3 and 4 November 2011 to stay at this beautiful place for a work related matter. It was a tremendous difficult matter to resolve. On the morning prior to dealing with the matter I prayed intensively and read Hebrews 13:5 from the amplified Bible. I can now only testify unconditionally that Jesus walked with me this day and did good to me beyond my dreams. It is indeed true that He will never, never forsake you. Thks Lord.

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