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Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:36

Bridgestone tyres in it for the long haul - take us the equivalent of travelling to Lusaka, Zambia

Bridgestone tyres in it for the long haul - take us the equivalent of travelling to Lusaka, Zambia

In the month of September alone, the CLT bus travelled a total of 3050 km going to and from the Cederberg for our environmental educational camps. Each trip from Cape Town area or the Boland to the Cederberg and back is approximately 600 – 700 km, and this trip was done four times in September. About a third of this travel will have been done on the harsh Cederberg gravel roads.

September was the start of our 2nd season of camps for 2016, and we completed four camps each ranging from 3 to 4 days.  On every camp we travel approximately 60 – 100 km along bumpy and rocky gravel roads to get to the various beautiful hiking and rock art spots. Our bus is by no means a 4x4, but it still manages to take us safely along unpredictable and challenging roads.

The aim of this article is to show people the type of work we do in the education project and the lengths we go to as environmental educators, to give people an unforgettable wilderness and learning experience. We would like to showcase and thank Bridgestone, who have been sponsoring and servicing the Cape Leopard Trust’s vehicle tyres since 2009. This is also a testament to Mercedes, their vehicles are made to be reliable, tough, hard-working and to stand the test of time.

Our trusty Sprinter bus is a work-horse of note.

We hope you enjoy this gallery of photos from our most recent camps, and a map to show that we definitely go the extra mile!

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