Newsletter - August 2012
Summer is arriving as I write this “summer” newsletter after record rains throughout the country. The jet stream is moving north again taking the rain with it, which I am very glad about as I shall be sailing in July, August and September.
Whispering Willows Sailing is the name that I have given to a new branch of Impala that is taking to the water in the most magnificent traditional wooden Broads yachts. I have always had a passion for the gaff rigged yachts that were built in the 1930’s in Norfolk and the opportunity to sail them has come my way so we have decided to offer skippered sails on these yachts. Impala may even purchase one so that we can run sails all year as the Hunter Fleet finish sailing in October and do not start again until March. The winter on the Broads can be very beautiful with some of the best sailing anywhere on rivers and broads empty of other boats. Richard is sorting a website out for Whispering Willows which will be up when I have finished writing all that is needed for him to finish it. We even have some testimonials from clients who have been sailing with me this year.
The spare wheel covers have been very successful with 7 Impala cars wandering around the country sporting our cover. If you have not ordered yours yet then send me an email
and I will get one of these magnificent pieces of artwork on its way to you.
Reconnaissance to Morocco
The Impala Reconnaissance to Morocco has six members now. There is room for three more cars so if the idea of wandering around exploring Morocco with a group of friends sounds exciting, then give me a ring or drop me an email and I shall send you the booking forms.
For those of you who are coming put the 8th December in your diary as this will be the training day for this event. The route is taking shape and is as follows:
Day 1. We will meet at Tarifa and head off into Morocco on the FRS fast ferry to make our way to a campsite near the sea at Essaouria where we will wait for the car of Porsche Driving Consultants to arrive in a hired car from Marrakech.
Day 2. Essaouria to Aglou Beach using an old roadbook but that we will check and improve on. I envisage that we will run in teams of 3 cars today. Each team will have a blank roadbook and a map showing the route. Should be a bit of fun as you work your way across the landscape trying to decide what needs to go down on paper. When you make a roadbook it is very easy to end up with hundreds of pages!!
Day 3. Aglou Beach to Fort Bou Jerif. I am happy with this leg of the journey as the route follows the Atlantic to the fishing town of Sidi Ifni. This means that today the cars can travel in one’s or two’s to the campsite near the old French Legionnaires Fort nestling against the Oued Asaca. There is a very good restaurant here with wine and beer.
Rest Day. From the fort we will be exploring new routes and camping wild so it is important just to regroup and check over our cars to ensure that all is well.
Day 5 to 11. This is why you have booked onto this exciting reconnaissance; to explore river valleys and mountain passes. Sand dunes of a good size will be sought out to conquer and each night will be spent under a sky of a billion stars-fantastic
Day 12 and 13. Will be rest days near Mhamid El Gezlane which is the furthest east that we go, this time!. We can check our cars for the journey north in the shade of the hotel Kasbah Azalay. You will have an option to stay here or at the campsite next door.
Day 14 and 15. It will take two days to get up to Tanger. Our hire car team will leave on day 13 so that they can fly out while we pass Marrakech.
Impala Adventures 2012 / 2013
Treasure Hunt in Wild Wales
27th to 29th December 2012
For those of you who want to book this adventure could you please let me know so that we can firm up this event. We have booked 10 rooms for dinner, bed and breakfast in The Hafod Hotel at Devils Bridge. The clues have been completed and you will enjoy the following on your way to victory:
We will also have some fantastic prizes down to 5th place.
You can download the booking form to reserve a place.
Treasure Hunt in Wild Wales £525.00 (inc VAT) per car (2 People)
Picos Mountains and Cantabria
19th to 26th April 2013
I have decided that we will run this first event as a reconnaissance later in 2013. Jesus Pellon will be our guide as he knows the local tracks and more importantly the local dignitaries so that we can get the necessary permissions to use tracks as well as camping wild.
We will be using the Molina del Ebro near the village of Polientes as our base. This converted mill sits in amongst the tracks that criss cross the Arroyo Ebro as well as the surrounding mountains and has an excellent restaurant and bar for our evening unwinds. The resulting adventure will be ran later in 2013, so if you are interested then give me a ring. We are taking bookings now so follow this link to reserve a place with a deposit of £200.00: download
Morocco, High Atlas And The Sahara
1st to 15th April 2013
This adventure is running for the second time and uses the last two un-surfaced tracks across the High and Anti Atlas, before entering The Sahara from the delights of the Hotel Kasbah Azalay which sits on the banks of the Oued Draa at Mhamid El Gezlane.
The Sahara at this time of year can be very exciting as the stillness and serenity of the start of the day can by sunset to have turned into a billowing sandstorm. Our Wild campsites are very much dependant as to which direction the weather has turned so by late afternoon you will either be camped in the shadow of the dunes or in amongst the rocks of Fossil Valley.
After the desert we will be camping high in the foothills of the Atlas near Cascade D’Tizgi where you will be able to meet the eccentric Omar, who will if you take some milk down to the Cascade prepare a cup of coffee or a glass of mint tea and will even charge in that delightful Moroccan way for the pleasure of making it for you.
As always our journey back to the north of Morocco pauses in Marrakech so that a last visit to the maelstrom of life in The Place can be absorbed before the structure of Spain and beyond.
Hotel Option: £2,700.00 per car (2 people)
Camping Option: £1,900.00 per car
Further details on our web site and you can download a booking form to reserve a place.
Russia, The Kola And White Sea
27th August to 10th September 2013
What can I say: this adventure is astounding! The route that we take across the forests and lakes near Monchegorsk, The summer track along the ridge between Umba and Oktyabrsky and the old sand road running along the White Sea make this adventure a challenge of Camel Trophy proportions .
Both you and your car will be tested well here in the forests of Russia. We will be crossing rivers with bonnet high water, rock fields and marsh as well as working our way around the edge of a lake. Along The White Sea the tracks are sand with some exciting estuary crossings as well as mud through the forest.
The rules of Russia insist that you stay at an hotel within seventy two hours of crossing the border, so that your movements can be traced easily .Even though this adventure will still be one of Wild Camps deep in nature, to conform to the rules we will stay at some lodges beside The White Sea as well as a magnificent Soviet hotel in the centre of Kandalaksha.
Further details are available on our web site and you can download a booking form to reserve a place.
Russia, The Kola and White Sea £2600.00 per car (2 people)