Adrenalin Adventures and outreaches with Bush Babes
Bush Babes? Who dat?
Most of you might have heard of the cute, cuddly primates that pounce around in a forest. These are a different ‘species’. The Bush Babes I’m talking about is a group of spirited ladies who thrive on adventure and love to have fun. Leilani Basson, a photo journalist who previously worked for Leisure Wheels magazine, had the fantastic idea to initiate this organization.
We are independent and don’t mind roughing it, yet we certainly don’t object to some pampering. We love playing in the mud, learning off-road skills and being part of an adventure, especially with a spurt (or a deluge) of adrenaline thrown in. We conquer fears and make friends for life. Although it is not always possible to partake in every event, some of the things we’ve done is sand boarding, rap jumping, river rafting and sky diving.
Because many of us are mothers, we don’t want the little ones to miss out. There are ‘Bush Babies’ too – a club for children from 2 to 10 years of age so they can enjoy nature and the outdoors as a family.
To see what Bush Babes have done, click on the photo.
Bush Babes make a difference
Our organization is not just about having fun. As you can see from our name, we love animals and adore helping them when required, from guarding rhinos to zip-lining while raising funds for animals in need. Once we have set our minds on something, we won’t give up until it is done even if the weather doesn’t play long. With a bit of mud painted on our faces and some dirt under our perfectly manicured nails, we arm ourselves with wellington boots and any other tools we require and head for the hills…or some needy charity.
Our convoy usually consists of about ten vehicles and we were sponsored by Isuzu in the past. They provided us with vehicles, fuel and a representative, Marius van Vuuren.
We usually fill those vehicles to the brim with equipment and food for the charity we have chosen for that time.
Ladies only…except for this weekend.
Periodically we allow our partners and children to join us for some fun. Going to Moolmanshoek was one such occasion.
The area where the animals gather is affectionately known as the miniature Serengeti. Herds of springbok, wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, zebra and blesbok gather on the plains. A few months before our visit a fire spread over the mountains and burnt much of the vegetation. Such a tragedy but fortunately the buildings were saved and there was some green grass for grazing.
The weekend was spent driving on the off-road trails, horse riding or walking and relaxing. Our 12 vehicles were guided through the Langesnek 4x4 trail trail for 5 hours by the expert guidance of Marius, some of the staff of Moolmanshoek on horseback and the boundless capabilities of the Isuzus. Our reward was experiencing the impressive scenery.
As you can see, with Bush Babes there is no shortage of adventurous ventures.
What’s in a name?
You might have noticed the names on the sleeves of the Bush Babe’s t-shirts. Each ‘Babe’ is given a nickname - an alter ego - just for some added entertainment. It usually relates to something about them. No need to ask what mine is.