HU Travellers Meeting South Africa 2018


5th Horizons Unlimited South Africa Adventure Travellers Meeting

Thursday Nov 8 - Sunday Nov 11, 2018 - Elgro River Lodge

It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Inspiring, Informing & Connecting

Some people value Horizons Unlimited events for what they learn from the unique line-up of presenters. Some people value the chance to discover new products and services at the trade stands. Some people value just kicking back with a beer among old friends and new.

Most people enjoy a little bit of everything, and everyone goes home fired-up for adventure with a smile on their face.

Group photo at HU Switzerland 2018.

The event will include a packed schedule of presentations and activities. All within the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that Horizons Unlimited is known for.

Horizons Unlimited South Africa Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, Nov 8 to Sunday, Nov 11, 2018.

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 13:00 on Thursday, Nov 8 with the first presentations beginning at 18:00. Last presentations will be Sunday morning.

There will be inspirational slide shows, practical demonstrations and tech clinics throughout the weekend, and lots of time for connecting with fellow travellers. Come early and make it a great weekend! We recommend riding on Thursday and Sunday, and participating in the presentations and clinics in the evenings, Friday and Saturday.

HU South Africa 2017 - Johan Gray coaching at HU South Africa 2017 - pic by Claudine Kidson.

As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics.

HU South Africa 2017 - Matthew and Megan Snyman share their travel stories - pic by Zanda Gray.

Kobus and the team at Elgro River Lodge have also arranged game drives and ride-outs on Friday and Saturday, so there will be something for everyone!

HU South Africa 2017 - giraffe on game drive - pic by Zanda Gray.

You can download the event schedule here approximately a week before the event, and a copy will be available at the event, but it is subject to change!

Presenters at HU South Africa 2018 so far...

Hein van Rensburg

Hein van Rensburg

Riding 175,000 km in South Africa
Adventure travel over five years

Heinrich started travelling in 2011 and has circumnavigated the country three times. He has been on many great adventures in many places, which he will share with you. If you're interested in following some of his routes, he'll share those, too. NOTE: Hein is also giving a workshop about using Basecamp.

HEIN VAN RENSBURG is an electronic engineer with wanderlust and a love of taking photos and videos of his journeys.

Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell

Donna and Andrew Reid

Donna and Andrew Reid

Bike to Hike - The Adventurous Way!
Travelling the world on two wheels with the aim of hiking on every continent

The trip started as a chat in a pub: "Let's ride bikes to Tanzania and climb Kilimanjaro." All we needed to do was buy bikes and start training... easy. An 800GS was purchased and training was done at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. The big day arrived and we wondered what lay ahead. It took nine days to ride up, with each day being simultaneously exhausting and exhilarating. We discovered that Africa lives along the road feeding off the endless source of trucks and buses. We climbed Kilimanjaro, summitting on New Year's Day to watch the sun rise over the African Savannah. It was breath-taking. We are now hooked and have continued the bike-to-hike on other continents, with a couple more still to come!

ANDREW REID has been a motorbike enthusiastic for most of his life. DONNA REID followed first as pillion, then as a rider. Their adventurous spirits took them on their first motorbike trip to climb Kilimanjaro in 2008. A couple's relationship can be an adventure. That is, if you design it that way.

Donna and Andrew at Uhuru Peak

Donna with the bikes

Workshops and Educational Sessions

Because Horizons Unlimited meetings are also about informing, not just inspiring!

Hein van Rensburg

Hein van Rensburg

Basecamp Made Easy
Use Basecamp successfully and get the same results on GPS

Hein leads a Basecamp workshop. There is an easy method to plan routes in Basecamp and to make sure the same route is accurately loaded into your GPS. Basecamp will work for most Garmin GPS units. Bring your PC with Basecamp, your GPS, and let's get you easily planning a route during the workshop.

HEIN VAN RENSBURG is an electronic engineer with wanderlust and a love of taking photos and videos of his journeys.

Heinrich Rensburg at Rooiberg Pass

LOTS of presentations to come! As people register to present we'll list them here.

How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact us here to volunteer.

Presenters at HU South Africa in the past have included...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Megan and Matthew Snyman

Megan and Matthew Snyman, Great World Trek

The Great World Trek
A married couple of South African doctors traveling the world for two years on motorcycles.

Matthew and Megan recently returned from a two-year motorcycle trip through South America, North America, and Africa with even more on the cards. Come and see some beautiful pictures, some crazy videos, and hear some funny stories. Plus, insights into living as a couple on-the-road and how Matthew performed a miracle by getting his wife to agree to ride a motorcycle around the world. All questions welcome!

Matthew and Megan are two medical doctors, and a married couple, who rode their motorcycles across three continents for two years in aid of Doctors Without Borders. They're also proudly South African!

Megan and Matthew Snyman on the salar.

Graham Hoskins.

Graham Hoskins, Host of Adventure Bike TV

Circumnavigating the Mediterranean Sea and
"Old man's version of the Dakar Rally"

Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur and Adventurer, Graham's early promise of a career flying fast jets in the Navy was cut short by a battle with cancer aged 21. Side-effects of his cancer treatment caused him to go through 4 total hip replacements in the last 16 years. All of which drive his resolve to take life by throat and make the most of it.

In 1990, Graham made his first charity motorbike ride after he found out that he had cancer. He and his best pal dressed as chickens and motorcycled from college in Plymouth to London and back. In 2005, they decided that a much bigger challenge was needed so they rode 4000 miles to Moscow and back in under 7 days for BBC Children In Need. He enjoyed the 'short' adventure so much that he now filmed 3 TV series on just that and also is the host of Adventure Bike TV.

Graham Hoskins.

Circumnavigating the Mediterranean Sea

Inspired by his Moscow challenge to produce a TV series on a similar theme, Graham spent three years working on a TV commission. In spite of many near misses, in 2010 Graham persuaded Danny John-Jules from Red Dwarf to ride 7000 miles through 16 countries and 3 continents, circumnavigating the Mediterranean Sea in just 16 days for UK Sport Relief. As far as we know, Graham and Danny were the last Europeans to make this amazing adventure before all the trouble in north africa and the middle east brought the possibilities to an abrupt halt.

"Old man's version of the Dakar Rally"

Two years after they circumnavigated the Med, Graham and Danny took on another challenge - an old man's version of the Dakar Rally, from Spain though West Africa to the Gambia, again in just 2 weeks. From being chased by bandits, to being turned back down the road at gun point and from sandstorms to broken bikes - did they complete this amazing 2 week adventure? Come and find out...

Ronell Scheepers.

Ronell Scheepers

Angola, Africa's Rough Diamond

Bike roadtrip from Oranjeville in the Northern Free State - solo to Windhoek, Namibia, then with adventure group to Angola, approx. 8300km

Angola, Africa's Rough Diamond - a bike road trip undertaken solo from Oranjeville to Windhoek, Namibia , then onwards as part of a recce tour group to Angola, consisting of 4 bikes, and 4 offroad 4x4 vehicles, exploring what Angola offer. Route followed from Ruacana westwards, up Northward to Luanda, and back in a southerly direction inland to Rundu. From there I went solo again via Caprivi Strip to Botswana, visiting Chobe Nature reserve. Long road back home via Palapye, Zeerust, Oranjeville. Total distance aprox. 8300km. Angola, a land with very diverse landscapes, from desert in the south to tropics in the north. Also very contrasting living standards, from very poor to extremely rich. Angola's people have a fantastic vibe! Angola is not a premier tourist destination yet, so for the adventure traveller it has a lot to offer.

Ronell Scheepers.

What the well-dressed motorcycle traveller wears! ;-)

I am a Free Stater from RSA. Lesotho Snow 4x4 tour in July 2015, -13 temperatures! Then off to Angola in Sept 2015 on my motorbike. Other times I am a farmer, agribusiness woman and photographer. Love the outdoors, kayaking and adventure.

Uwe Schmidt.

Uwe Schmidt

Cape Town to Ethiopia and back

We are honoured to have Uwe as a Presenter at our Horizon Unlimited SA event 2016. Uwe is a well known traveller in Africa. He will do a presentation on his trip from Cape Town to Ethiopia and back. In his second presentation he will share his knowledge about technical details on overland travelling.

Uwe Schmidt.

Alex Jackson.

Alex Jackson

A Ride on The Wild Side - Making Motorcycle travel work for conservation

I will be talking about my trips around Southern Africa in 2013 to highlight the issues of poaching within South Africa. I have been working with an Anti Poaching Unit in Limpopo for around 4 years and also my company Kaapstad Motorcycle Tours makes a donation to for every booking we take. I will also be outlining a new project that I am planning for May 2017 in partnership with South African National Parks.

Alex Jackson.

Alex Jackson has spent 18 years riding in Southern Africa, with 12 years guiding in the wildlife industry. He has run Kaapstad Motorcycle Tours for the past 8 years.

Gareth Jones.

Gareth Jones

Pan without a plan - 6 months, 20,000 km solo journey through 10 countries of Southern Africa on my modified 1951 Harley Panhead

From Cape Town to the first Horizons event in South Africa at Elgro River Lodge, through the deserts of Namibia to the wildlife and waterfalls of Zambia, the lake at Malawi and the mountains of Lesotho. 6 months, 20,000 km solo journey through 10 countries of Southern Africa on my modified 1951 Harley Panhead. No rear suspension, no electric start, no back up and no plan. A truly fantastic adventure of fabulous riding and the friendliest people – a lifelong dream realised.

Gareth Jones.

Gerard Saouter.

Gérard Saouter, France

Four months in South Asia - Rent a bike (or buy) in Thaïland and Vietnam ?

4 months in South East Asia, riding several bikes rented in Thailand, another one bought in Vietnam... Leaving with the purpose of travelling 10,000km from home, thousands of kilometers with an unknown bike, naturally comes with a certain level of concern. The reward is many satisfactions all along the journey : 2,500 km in the North of Thailand riding Honda 250 and 500 bikes, 10,000 km in Vietnam and North of Laos riding a Yamaha 125.

Gerard Saouter.

Countries are quite varied, people always endearing... From the 1864 curves road to historical Ho Chi Minh trail, and including the straight forward trails along the Mekong delta canals, each one gets enjoyed at its own pace.

Gerard Saouter.

Just retired, I wished to travel abroad... After 3 months in Turkey, 4 months in South-Asie, a couple of weeks in Siberian Altaï, I'm visiting now South Africa for 2 months... On motorcycles, how happy I am! On the road again...

Lorraine Chittock.

Lorraine Chittock

Wild Life Woman - Lorraine uses motorcycles, Land Rovers, Jeeps or camels as she tours the world while publishing books about the animal/human bond.

Lorraine will take you through a tour of the project specific transport she's used — motorcycle, Land Rover, Jeep, camel — while working on the road to publish books about the animal/human bond.

She first hit the road solo on a Honda CB360 at the age of 18 - in 1978 when women on bikes were a rarity. It was during the twelve years living in Africa and the Middle East that she traveled from Sudan to Egypt along an ancient caravan route with 200 camels and eight Sudanese men.

Lorraine Chittock, 200 camels and 8 Sudanese men.

In 2003 Lorraine decided to take her career and two Kenyan ex-street dogs on the road. The pack of three began exploring North America in a Jeep Wrangler. Two years, 30,000 miles, and twenty-two states later, Lorraine transferred her belongings to an old Chevy van once used as a surveillance vehicle by the Arizona police department and headed to Latin America. Her cabin overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Chile is now a haven for travelers in the HU community.

Lorraine has been a presenter for the past five years at Overland Expo and was a speaker in January at India Bike Week in Goa. She is an advisor for the Ted Simon Foundation. This will be her 5th Horizons Unlimited Meet.

Jo Rust.

Jolandie (Jo) Rust

Around Africa - Woman Alone!

Over 40 000 kilometers, through 28 countries around the African continent, on a motorcycle - woman alone! Share in the ups, downs, laughter and tears of Jo Rust, the first woman in history to have solo circumnavigated the African continent on a motorcycle!

Jo Rust in Egypt.

"My name is Jolandie Rust. Most people know me as Jo. I'm from Johannesburg, South Africa. My dream was to become the first gal to circumnavigate Africa solo.

The dream started out back in 2007 and I initially got around on a bicycle. I cycled through Israel, through and around South Africa in 2008 and became the first person to have cycled around South Africa in 2010, having covered 5951 kilometers in exactly 100 days!

In April 2011 I set out from Cape Town to start an epic journey of pedaling around the African continent, but four machete-wielding boys had other plans for me in Northern Angola. And as I stood there, next to the road, in the middle of nowhere, watching these guys take off with just about all my belongings, I just remember thinking to myself: "There has GOT to be a better way of doing this". Soon after (whilst walking back to the nearest town) I decided that I'd start over, buy this time on a motorbike. Best decision ever!

Jo Rust and friends in Nigeria.

In April 2012 I set out, again, from Cape Agulhas (southernmost point of Africa) on my BMW Dakar, and started making my way up the west coast of Africa, again. With a tad more speed this time round though."

Paul & Jan Dwyer

Paul & Jan Dwyer, Australia - Globetrekkers

Road to Mustang - Cold, Rough & spectacular

Cairo to Cape Town - Mosques, deserts, beaches & elephants

Paul & Jan are an Australian Husband & Wife on a RTW. They will show two short films - riding to Mustang (Tibetan enclave in Nepal) and Egypt to South Africa.

Paul and Kan Dwyer in Africa.

Kevin Davis.

Kevin Davis

Film Making on your Bike - An introduction to shooting, editing and delivering high quality video while on the road.

Kevin Davis is a well known motorcycle adventurer and photographer. He will be doing a two part series presention on film making on your bike. It will without doubt be worth attending and you will definitely learn more about the finer details of photography and film making on your trip.

Kevin Davis.

Kevin will also be doing a presentation on his trip through Europe and the Scandinavian countries.



Other activities at HU South Africa include...

Game Ride!

A very special activity that is unique to HU South Africa will be the game ride on your own motorbike through our Game Reserve with more than 11 species of game. The Lodge is home to a great diversity of game, like Impala, Zebra, Eland, Waterbuck, Kudu, Giraffe and much more. The drives takes you through the spectacular mountains and up to view points with beauty that you can only imagine.

HU South Africa 2014 game drive.

Skills practice

How good are your handling skills at slow speeds? Pit your skills against other riders for prizes!

HU South Africa 2016 - Skills Competition.

Panel Discussions / Walk Arounds / Show and Tell

Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!

Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.

Camping gear on display at HU South Africa 2017.

Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.

For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!

HU South Africa 2016 womens discussion.

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!

Bike mods - Show off your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

The Adventure Travel Zone

  • Equipment Specialists
  • Manufacturers
  • Tour Operators
  • Adventure Travel Authors and Film-Makers
  • The HU Store

Exhibitors - To be Confirmed

Exhibitors at HU South Africa 2017.

Scott Adventure Motorcycle Accessories.

Howard Scott and Hannelie Francis of Scott Adventure Motorcycle Accessories will be there! Manufacturer of hard-parts motorcycle accessories. One of few that totally designs, develops and tests all its own products. With a range from levers to foot pegs to bash plates to canvas bags to full exhaust systems to crash bars to panniers to top box plates and even camera mounts. Wide range of items for widest range of bikes. You request it, we design and manufacture it for you.

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them! Vendors please contact me for details.

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

Elgro River Lodge
Conference Centre & Game Lodge
Potchefstroom 2520
South Africa

Zebras at Elgro River Lodge.

HU South Africa venue, Elgro River Lodge, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Kobus Fourie of the Elgro River Lodge is our host for the Horizons Unlimited South Africa meeting. The Elgro River Lodge is the true African experience situated on a bend of unexpected beauty on the Vaal River, 30 km from Potchefstroom.

The Lodge sits on the bank of the mighty Vaalriver and is on the Western side of the Vredefort Dome created some 2000 million years ago where a meteorite of about 10 km in diameter plunged to the earth and hit it with a velocity op 20km per second (+/- 72,000 km/h). The meteorite created a unique geological structure of unsurpassed beauty recognized as a World Heritage Site.

HU South Africa venue, Elgro River Lodge surrounding area, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

The Lodge has hosted many competitions as well as prestigious events including the National Archery Championships and the World Bowhunter Championships 2013.

HU South Africa 2014 - main presentation room.

Main presentation room

HU South Africa 2017 discussions on the patio - pic by Zanda Gray.

Discussions on the patio

HU South Africa 2016 - Fireside discussions at Elgro River.

Fireside discussions

HU South Africa 2017.

HU South Africa 2016 - Group discussions.

Group discussions at HU South Africa!

Accommodation & Meals

The Lodge is offering a choice of 3 accommodation packages including HU meeting registration fee (R500), all meals (from Thursday lunch through Sunday breakfast) and all activities (workshops, presentations, ride outs, discussion groups).

Choose your accommodation package (and t-shirt, membership, etc.) when you register for the meeting, you will then have the option to pay by PayPal in USD or by bank transfer in ZAR.

Accommodation Packages

Package 1 - R2950 p.p. sharing includes:
  • HU Registration Fee (R500)
  • Luxury Accommodation for 3 Nights
  • Full English Breakfast, Lunch & Buffet /Barbeque Dinner x 3 Days
  • Game Drive / Outrides / Skills Course
  • Goodie bag
Package 2 - R2650 p.p. includes:
  • HU Registration Fee (R500)
  • Rustic Accommodation for 3 Nights
  • Full English Breakfast, Lunch & Buffet /Barbeque Dinner x 3 Days
  • Game Drive / Outrides / Skills Course
  • Goodie bag
Package 3 - R2350 p.p. includes:
  • HU Registration Fee (R500)
  • Camping for 3 Nights (Own Tent)
  • Full English Breakfast, Lunch & Buffet /Barbeque Dinner x 3 Days
  • Game Drive / Outrides / Skills Course
  • Goodie bag


The Lodge offers top class accommodation options to fit any budget:

Luxury Chalets (various available)

The Lodge has 9 beautiful self-catering riverside units, fully equipped with access to a swimming pool and walking distance to the lapa & bar area ideal for a cocktail on the deck overlooking the beautiful Vaal River. Just imagine sipping sundowners with a gorgeous sunset right on your doorstep!

Elgro River Lodge deck.

Owl's Cottage & Annex Rooms

Owl's Cottage boasts its own swimming pool and conference facility. The Owl's Cottage exist of 4 separate rooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 separate toilet, 1 kitchen with a stove and microwave and fully equipped with cutlery, plates and glasses, 1 living room and dining room, TV with DSTV satellite and a braai area.

Elgro River Lodge - Owl's Cottage. Elgro River Lodge - Owl's Cottage.

Elgro River Lodge Camping

HU South Africa 2016 - Glamping by the river.

Camping by the river at Elgro Lodge

View from the camping at Elgro River Lodge - pic by Claudine Kidson.

View from the camping at Elgro River Lodge


Sharing meals are an excellent way to meet fellow participants and talk to presenters - the 'connect' part of Inspire, Inform and Connect! Also, since you're eating right there on site, you won't miss any of the after-dinner slideshows.

"It was a real pleasure to meet some of the world travelers and to eat in their company."

"The atmosphere was relaxed and I liked the networking opportunities."

Conversations are an important part of a Horizons Unlimited event.

Meals are included in the Accommodation Packages above. The food is AWESOME!

Elgro River Lodge dining.

Activities at Elgro River Lodge

This is adventure paradise! Whether it is a game drive you're after, with more than 11 species of game, or an adrenaline rush down the river on a raft, this is the place to get all the action. All activities are guided by our qualified staff and we ensure you will have an experience of a lifetime!

During the Adventure Travellers Meeting, Elgro River Lodge will be providing Game Drives and River Rafting on Friday and Saturday at no extra charge. Why not stay on after the event and enjoy the facilities and other activities at the Lodge, including Bird watching, Mountain biking, Fly fishing and 3D Traditional Archery!

HU South Africa 2017 - Game drive! Pic by Zanda Gray.

Cameras and binoculars at the ready - we're on a game drive!

HU South Africa 2017 game drive - zebras! Pic by Zanda Gray.

HU South Africa 2017 views from the game drive - pic by Zanda Gray.

Game Drives - The Lodge is home to a great diversity of game, like Impala, Zebra, Eland, Waterbuck, Kudu, Giraffe and much more. The drives takes you through the spectacular mountains and up to view points with beauty that you can only imagine. Book and experience a magnificent African sunset. There is also a Mampoer tasting game drive available definitely an adventurous experience.

Wildlife at Elgro River Lodge. Rafting at Elgro River Lodge.

River Rafting - A rafting trip on the Vaal is definitely a big consideration to add to your overall experience. Trips differ in length and the river is suitable for children as well. Our experienced guides will take care of your safety and educate you on the ways of the water.

Bird Watching & Wildlife - Over 180 bird species have been identified on the Lodge, so take the binoculars and go for a stroll along the river bed or the established trails throughout the reserve.

Waterbird on the Elgro River.

Mountain Biking - This is part of our monthly guided activities and is ideal for the mountain bike enthusiast or for the more serious riders preparing for a race. Beautiful trails surrounded by wildlife and game.

Fly Fishing - Welcome to the best fly fishing water for yellows on the Vaal. We offer about 20 km of pristine fly fishing water for small and large mouth yellow fish. Take the stumble out of the Vaal and do one of our float & fly trips or you can enjoy the streams around the lodge and catch that elusive yellow. A basic Fly Fishing Shop is available at the lodge. Fly fishing trips can also be organized with experienced guides, these trips must however be booked in advance. For the last 15 years the Elgro River Lodge was the proud host of the Bell's Fly Fishing Festival.

3D Traditional Archery & Target Shooting - The Elgro River Lodge boasts one of the best 3D Archery courses in the country. With exceptional course layouts that change frequently. The Elgro Traditional Archers Club is based at the lodge and we host a club shoot every second and fourth weekend of the month.

I've already registered - I just want to pay!


Includes admission to all workshops, presentations, discussion groups, Tech Clinics and demos on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
All prices are PER PERSON!




Register and pay before Nov 1, 2018

US$ 45



Pay Cash or credit card on Arrival

At the event pricing

US$ 55



Package includes accommodation and all meals, game drives, out rides on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday plus a Goodie Bag. See above for details.
All prices are PER PERSON!




A - Camping and all meals

US$ 155


B - Stables Accommodation (in the Game Reserve 3km from Main Lodge) with all meals

US$ 185


C - Chalets (River Front/Main Lodge) & Owl's Cottage with all meals

US$ 205



Pay Cash or credit card on Arrival




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Join the Volunteer Crew

From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.

Claudine and Wilma greeting travellers at HU South Africa 2017!

"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun! You can sign up to volunteer when you register for the meeting, OR click here if you have already registered and want to add volunteering.

Comments about HU Events

"So many trips, tips, subjects, discussions, questions, answers, experiences, insights... I could go on and on. I will be back, and back, and back."

"It was like being with family... a friendly group with shared love of adventure."

"Everyone was humble, genuine, and encouraging, and I really needed that kind of 'we're all just people' kind of atmosphere."

"You'll see and hear the most useful ideas on so many subjects that it boggles the mind."

"Thank you all for such a superb extended weekend. So good to see everyone, to hear so many stories, to learn so much, and just to feel so at home with my tribe. Thanks to you, my batteries are fully recharged and rarin' to go!"

"Brilliant, entertaining and informative presentations."

"Yoga class was not something we had ever considered but really helpful."

"Full of very inspiring people who got me fired up again and motivated for my next trip!"

"What a fantastic inspirational weekend...we will be back."

"I have picked up so much information... and met some new friends and wonderful people."

"A superb event that was really well organised. I found the atmosphere amongst the attendees to be very positive too."

"I have not done much travelling so it was like visiting with a world traveller - Presenters were very approachable."

"...a new league of awesomeness."

"Great atmosphere and camaraderie, especially at dinner time, and interesting presentations."

"Folks were all great and the most amazing thing was there was NO ATTITUDE."

"I have learned so much, made some great mates and met some of the best people. I was buzzing by the time I got home. I have a little trip planned and just can't wait to get out there."

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You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download a poster (Adobe pdf format) or postcard and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

Poster in pdf format (469kb) full colour Event poster:

HU South Africa 2018 poster.

Hi-res poster (1.6 MB)

Elgro River Poster in jpg format (1.4 MB):

HU South Africa 2018 at Elgro River poster.


Postcard in pdf format (708kb) full colour Event postcard, can be printed 4 to a page:

Horizons Unlimited South Africa 2018 postcard.

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Be a Presenter

We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation / GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications / blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging / bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 minute and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

Click here to submit your ideas


Submitting a Presenter registration DOES NOT mean you will automatically be included in the schedule, as we often have more presenters than available presentation slots. We will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can (but not immediately!)

Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?

We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.

Advertise at HU South Africa

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU South Africa but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.

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South Africa Venue Location

Elgro River Lodge
Conference Centre & Game Lodge
Potchefstroom 2520
South Africa


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Elgro River is:
145 km from Johannesburg
392 km from Gaborone, Botswana
1329 km from Cape Town

Local Hosts

Kobus Fourie, host of HU South Africa. Claudine Kidson. 

Kobus Fourie is the local host for this event. Kobus has been riding motorcycles for 35+ years, and has travelled throughout Southern Africa, including the Cairo to Cape Town tour. Kobus is ably assisted by his daughter Claudine Kidson. We're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.

We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register!

HU Events Refund Policy

We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

New to Horizons Unlimited?

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.

Susan and Grant Johnson
Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.