The Beyond Expeditions are a series of 5 expedition that Peter Van Kets and Jacques Marais will embark on for Charity. More information on the remaining 3 expeditions will be announced closer to each expedition.

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The Aukoerebis

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Beyond the Aukoerebis Expedition

Peter van Kets and Jacques Marais will set off on a journey with their families on the June 18th. 

After their two previous adventures into the heart of Africa, the adventure duo of Peter Van Kets and Jacques Marais has focussed on some local flavour on their third expedition. Their two ISUZU #Xriders will set off to navigate the world’s oldest desert on June 18th, and this time, their families get to join in the fun …read more..

The Aukoerebis

The name is derived from the Nama word as the Khoi people would refer to “Aukoerebis” meaning the “Place of Great Noise.” This refers to the Orange River water thundering its way down the 56 m spectacular main Water Fall.

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Beyond the Aukoerebis Expedition

BEYOND EXPEDITIONS TEAM GOES LOCAL

After their two previous adventures into the heart of Africa, the adventure duo of Peter Van Kets and Jacques Marais has focussed on some local flavour on their third expedition. Their two ISUZU #Xriders will set off to navigate the world’s oldest desert on June 18th, and this time, their families get to join in the fun …
 
Two inspirational BEYOND EXPEDITIONS adventures in the bag, with three more to go! Following on from their BEYOND THE DESERT EDGE (2017) and BEYOND THE RIFT VALLEY (2018) Expeditions, Peter Van Kets and Jacques Marais have their sights set on something brand new and close to their hearts …
“Every year we set of on incredible journeys into far-flung corners of the Mother Continent and the world, but it isn’t often that we get to share these experiences with those closest to us”, explains Van Kets. The two BEYOND EXPEDITION partners both share close bonds with their families, and on both the previous expeditions, they tried very hard to get their partners and children to join them, but logistics and finances made it difficult.
“This year, we made it our priority, and fortunately it plays right into the marketing focus of our key sponsor, ISUZU (SA)”, says Jacques Marais, taking up the story. “Their vehicles, especially the new m-UX and DMAX models, are specifically created to take you safely and efficiently into the great outdoors, and this is where our families come into their own” …
Our XRIDER bakkies – Treva and Noah – underscores a key ISUZU Tag Line: ‘With You For The Long Run’, and as such we can utterly trust them to get us to our destination after two previous successful trips. These trips include their original mission – conjured up over a few beers around a bush fire – BEYOND THE DESERT EDGE.
This world-first desert crank saw the inspirational Van Kets mountain bike all the way from the Angolan border to Swakopmund in Namibia, with adventure photo-journalist Marais joining him on much of the ride while documenting some of Africa’s most remote places.
Their route crossed the uncharted wilderness between the Cunene River up against Angola and the Namibian coast, and they used both fat-bikes and GIANT mountain bikes on their pedal via the inhospitable Skeleton Coast, Kaokoland and Damaraland regions.
Continued sponsorship from DUNLOP and ISUZU – as well as a range of respected outdoor brands – saw them take on BEYOND THE RIFT VALLEY in 2018. This second expedition – in a five-part series of African adventures aimed at highlighting remote African regions under environmental threat took them on a 16 000km road trip into deepest Africa.

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