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Oom Jan Fourie: The man with all the keys

Oom Jan didn’t intend to become a Heritage Hero. His plan was to move to Parys and enjoy retirement after working in education most of his life. Little did he know that one of his greatest legacies would only start after retirement.

Guide to the ancient ways

The word Kalahari means ‘the great thirst’. Kgalagadi, as it is commonly known these days, means ‘a waterless place’. Not everyone can survive here. This is a place for people who can handle the unforgiving heat, the barrenness, and the extremes. And yet, the ǂKhomani San Bushmen have lived here for thousands of years. They are an ancient tribe of trackers, tracers, hunters and gatherers – arguably the oldest race of humans still around.

Genesis of Life

Here among the ancient rocks where we can read the tale of how the earth itself began, Nico Oosthuizen and Mark Ngwenyama have been the driving force behind the application to have the Makhonjwa Mouintains declared a World Heritage site.

#FynbosBae

Amelia’s first time in a conservation area was when she was 18 weeks old. That’s only start-rolling-over-age, but Rupert feels that the younger you get them out there, the better. These days the Cederberg is her favourite place to hang out. Having a dad who knows the names of all the plants obviously helps.

Tokyo is kwaai KAWAII!

Spoiler Alert: this article contains information regarding the awesomeness that is Tokyo. When considering a visit to Tokyo, I strongly recommend that you make sure you have a child/dog/delicious monster et al waiting for you back home, since the temptation not to return may get the better of you.

Safety Gear on the Trail

Preparation for any multi-day trail is very different from just a simple day walk. There needs to be a lot more thought and calculation about the amount of gear that is required to keep you as safe as possible over a longer period of time. It’s best to have a checklist of items you will need to take with you so that you don’t forget something vital for your safety when you in the middle of the mountains with help a long way away.

Be The Difference

In 2021, Hi-Tec has proudly partnered with an extraordinary organisation, the Be The Difference Foundation (BTDF). The BTDF is a non-profit aimed to empower the lives of South African children through education, nutrition and sport.  

How to care for your Hiking Boots

Purchasing hiking boots can become a very expensive exercise, and many times we are focused on keeping our boots looking clean and sharp for everyday use rather than ensuring that we gain the longest wear out of them for our outdoor adventures. We sat down with Chris De Bruyn, avid hiker and hiking shoe expert for a few tips to make sure your hiking boots are well prepared for what mother nature throws at you

7 Hiking Safety Tips

Thousands of people traverse the Western Cape’s mountains daily and the vast majority make it home safely. Unfortunately, there are a few incidents that keep our mountain rescuers busy, but while there are always risks in every endeavour, some forethought and planning will help to keep you safe.

Understanding Waterproof Ratings

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Harpoon Reimagined: Garth Wareley

We collaborated with local visual artist @awehmigo to reimagine our heritage logo. His style can be describes as a natural fantasy world utilising an original character and letter style based in grafitti.

Harpoon Reimagined: Elléna Lourens

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