OverlandX Africa Expo is coming! Make sure you book your ticket for the biggest overland and 4×4 event of 2017
So what exactly defines overlanding? Overland travel includes discovering remote locations, cultures other than your own and being self-reliant in unfamiliar territories for multiple days in your 4×4 vehicle. Let’s not forget that it includes spending some quality time in the great outdoors with close friends and family.
Well, with the upcoming OverlandX Africa Expo happening at The Old Mill Drift in Clarens, Free State from 31 March 2017, you’ll get to experience all that and more!
OverlandX, the brainchild of Robert Dziubdziela, was born from a passion to explore our beautiful country whilst pushing his Overland vehicle to the absolute extreme. Rob, founder of Xpedition Africa, has been an avid overlander and adventure enthusiast for most of his life.
The event is set to be the biggest of its kind with more than 150 exhibitors expected to attend. From overland and 4×4 accessories to lifestyle and adventure operators, you’ll be able to not only enjoy a weekend of remote camping in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa, but also get to see (and purchase) the latest and greatest gear and toys on the market.
Nestled between the majestic Maluti Mountains, embraced by nothing but panoramic views of peaceful horizons, the crystal-clear waters of the Caledon River, and the swaying grasslands of the Eastern Free State Highlands, lies the Old Mill Drift Guest Farm.
Gifted to Colonel Hull by Queen Elizabeth II, for his bravery in the Boer War, steeped in history, this masterpiece of Mother Nature has been the canvas for many guests to create unforgettable memories. Some of the farm’s historical buildings were transformed into chalets that today offer visitors the comforts of modern living, without sacrificing the charm of yesteryear.
The farm’s fruitful landscape is enclosed in parts by forest and saturated with three natural springs, three dams (summer season only), a few small waterfalls, and various natural pools that will soak the soul of any wary traveler.
Because of its central location, The Old Mill Drift is the perfect halfway mark for 4×4 enthusiasts travelling from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern, Northern and Western Cape.
The event strives to cater for the entire family rather than just the drivers of off-road vehicles. There will be over 150 exhibitors at the event to cater to all the curiosities of the avid overlanding enthusiast.
There’ll also be a breathtaking two-hour 4×4 trail running along the Maluti mountains featuring spectacular sceneries and a few level-four obstacles where experienced marshals will guide you step by step. OverlandX sponsors will host lectures, demonstrations and training sessions where visitors can sharpen their off-road skills and knowledge.
There will also be something for the ladies; they can be treated to a facial, a massage, a manicure or a pedicure. Start the day by watching the sunrise while partaking in a yoga session on top of a flat rock overlooking the valley where OverlandX is held.
For the kids, there will be seven different jumping castles ranging from the little sized castles to huge gladiator style inflatables to rockets propelling the kids into the air. Kids can try their hand at paintball or for the more adventurous ones they can grab a tube and raft down the Maluti river which forms the natural border between South Africa and Lesotho. At night the kids can relax while some of their favourite movies / cartoons are screened on an outdoor style cinema.
Should visitors not wish to cook, there will be 30 exciting food stalls turning the banks of the Maluti river into serene ‘Foodie heaven’
Accommodation at OverlandX Africa Expo event is camping only. However, Rob and his organisers are busy working with several B&Bs and hotels in the area to offer an all-inclusive ticket option for those wanting a bit of luxury. These packages will be made available in January 2017.
For ticket price options and information, CLICK HERE.
For more information, visit their website: www.overlandx.com
Read our interview with OverlandX Africa Expo founder, Robert Dziubdziela in the next issue of Land Rover AFRICA Magazine.