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Louise_Gerhard: Time to go. But one day soon we will go visit again. it is one of the best location in the Southern Side. Thanks to all for a great day and the chance to visit the less travelled areas. I will see you soon. Gerhard


2011 Out of RSA; Event 1 – Swaziland

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Hidden : Saturday, 19 February 2011
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Size: Size:   other (other)

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Geocache Description:

1. Background and Introduction:

This year we are aiming to hold an event in each of the seven surrounding African states. This is your chance to have some foreign countries on your stats and to enjoy the beauty of these countries with the geocachers. This is the Swaziland event. There will be four different trips during this year to cover all of these countries.


A single person and/or one vehicle can have trouble if anything goes wrong in some of these countries. You need to be at least 3 vehicles. In a group you are adequately covered for the majority of mishaps. Here you have the chance to visit these countries as a group. Details such as where to meet, what to take with, how long, etc will be dealt with on the forum and will not be discussed here.


Our primary objective is to meet and to interact with the cachers in these African countries. We hope to learn something from them and we hope to promote geocaching with our interaction inside this community. The number of cachers in these countries is not great and in some cases the cachers are isolated from the normal geocaching community. The best we can do is to interact with them on a personal basis and to make friends and to encourage them if needed. An event is the best option to share your experiences, your stories and to enjoy the African country with a group of cachers. At each and every event I have learned something new.


It is also a time to celebrate the milestones achieved of our fellow geocachers which achieved great milestones just recently. There are three men on the list which both obtained the 500 milestone mark. In alphabetic order they are Bakgat, Hosta and ScotScot. Unfortunately Bakgat and ScotScot will not attend due to family responsibility. Last but not least we will also have the opportunity to celebrate with team Fish Eagle their recent milestone of 2000 finds. A 2000 finds coin award will be handed to them on behalf of the geocaching community as a token of appareciation of their commitment, achievements and the input they offered to geocaching both as cachers and reviewer. Well done on this great milestone. If you know team Fish Eagle you will understand that this is his world and one have to go far to find a better location than this one to do the hand over of the award. UPDATE: DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES TEAM FE CAN NO LONGER ATTEND. WE HOPE FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY AND WISH YOU THE BEST.


A secondary objective is to find caches in a group. We will deal with the relevant issues on the forum as a separate issue away from this listing. The event is the focus of this listing and not the finding or organizing of the caches. To log this event only attendance of the event is needed anything from 1 minute to the full period. The organizing of any cache hunts and the gathering at the border post is an additional bonus away from the event.


2. Event details:

Where:  At Malolotja Restaurant. S26 8.652 E31 07.908. You can also camp here for the weekend if needed.  


When:   At 09h00 for an hour. If you run late we will extend the event until everyone is taken care off.


What:   Just a breakfast event. The breakfast is not compulsory and only attendance to the event is a requirement to log the event. Please complete the logbook which will be available. This is not a requirement to log. We hope to meet with some Swaziland cachers and we hope to hear some good caching stories with hints (blink, blink). Please note that this is a very basic breakfast and nothing fancy. If you need a large breakfast  special arrangement must be done for such. Indicate this in your log on the listing and also the number of people that will attend. 


3. Forum and discussion details:

Please feel free to raise any questions or any concerns at the following forum. Use the forum to plan for cache hunts, border times, etc.


4. Entrance fee to the reserve:

Entrance fee is R28 per person for RSA cachers and R22 per person for local cachers.


5. Trackables:

If you have any trackables please forward the tracking numbers to the event owner so that he can compile a list of all. This list will be forwarded to all members after the event and after verification that they were present. This is not compulsory and it is not descriptive.


6. Acknowledgement:

A special thanks to teams jojo.van and Col123 for their input and assistance to get this event listed.


7. Special warnings:

·        Please take precautions against malaria. Consult with your doctor.

·        Stay inside the speed limit. It is 60 km/hr in town, rural 80 km/hr, unless otherwise indicated. Stay below the indicated speed limit.  

·        Slow down for any pedestrians, chickens, donkeys, cats, dogs, children.

·        Carry you vehicle papers with you and if you are not the owner, ask permission from owner in writing and keep the permission letter with you.

·        Consult with your insurance broker to make sure that you are adequately covered.

·        Passports are needed.

·        Make sure the vehicle is serviced and road worthy.

·        The money exchange rate; one unit of our money = one unit of their money. They do accept Rand in most places.

·         Please have the ZA sticker on your vehicle.

·         Carry your red triangle with you in the vehicle.

·        Border entry fee is R50 per vehicle.


8. Team Fish Eagle Stats:


Started - Sunday, October 23, 2005

Achieved his 2000th Cache: "NPNR Trail (8) Bats Cave" - 23 January 2011.
Find Rate - 1.0422 caches/day

Longest Streak - 24 consecutive days with finds from 02 February 2011 to 25 January 2011

Best Day - 48 caches in one day on 03 January 2011

Best Month - 385 caches in January of 2011

Best Year - 469 caches in 2007

Hides: 183 caches.

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