Useless facts of a Gentlemen’s trip outside the city
- One whatsapp group (no side groups were created to our knowledge)
- Two cars. One for equipment and bags and the other to load in the gents.
- Three destinations, two provinces.
- Four whole fishes to cater for two pescatarian’s and one person who is off Red meat.
- Minimum five hours on the road per day
- Six professions across 8 people
- 7 days of final preparations
- Eight gentlemen all focused on the mission at hand.
We recently went on a trip outside of the city to shoot a campaign that seeks to highlight an important extension of Thesis Lifestyle, which is the outdoors. Making the trek with friends we embarked on a trip to Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
What happens when you ask a few friends to embark on a trip outside Johannesburg to help execute a plan that’s been 5 years in the making? Well that’s how long it has taken us to make this plan come together. A lot can happen in 5 years obviously, I mean Donald Trump and his long lost brother are Presidents of their respective nations and are having fun pissing the world off and SA won the Rugby World Cup in the midst of an economic downgrade. That’s 5 years for you. But we have to respect time because it will always be the deciding factor for our desires and we’ve always known that this trip must happen.
Like any road trip, the has to be someone who will be late and throws the schedule off. We left later than planned, but that doesn’t beat the fact that we had done everything in our power to make the trip happen. Armed with 9 cases of beer, alcoholic and non-alcoholic thanks to our people from Devils Peak, two cars and 8 men, we hit the road. First location from Thesis Lifestyle was Magoebaskloof, Limpopo to a camp resort called Zwakala. We arrived late and missed out on the beauty of the area.
Magoebaskloof is a area known for it’s lush vegetation and greenery. Tea’s, Avocado’s (the finance minister of SA has a Avo farm here), Mango, Tomatoes and Macadamia nuts are some of the fruits and nuts that are commonly found in this area. Unlucky for us, we didn’t experience any of that sight seeing as we drove well into the night with traffic in Pretoria and Johannesburg being part of the reason.
Once settled, tents up, the gent’s sort to reflect on the trip and what lay ahead. The trip was a work trip after all. Around a campfire on what was the coldest night of the trip, the conversation flowed from land usage to fatherhood and the pride of being a father. More will be explore in this 3 part series of the trip.
Everyone settled back into their tents, but it must be stated that this was the coldest night and only marijuana and beers could keep the gents warm that night.