Vatikaki Crew

What started as a family and friends group back in 2010, turned into a big friendship group of 4x4 enthusiasts who loves to go and explore by driving on or creating new roads.
Vatikaki is managed, promoted and driven by a group of volunteers who go out of their way to make this club the best, most enjoyable and most fun family 4x4 group for all our members. We rely solely on our own funds, our sponsors and your donations to keep Vatikaki going. See our events here. Anybody is welcome to share their 4x4 and camping adventure photos and stories on our Facebook group or send them to media@vatikaki4x4.co.za and we'll post them on our website. Have YOU signed up for THE OPERATORS MANUAL?

Crew Management

aka the Founders
the founders
the members

Reinard Visser

Born and raised in the Western Cape
Vehicle: Which one?
Nickname/Callsign: Pr@nkster
At Vatikaki: He co-founded Vatikaki and is also involved in Events, Marketing and Management. He (apparently) sits quietly in the background and thinks of what sh#t he can cause next!
Did you know? Strangers think I’m quiet. Friends think I’m outgoing. My best friends think I’m insane!
Reinard is married to Mariska
By day he sorts out his bosses personal issues at a construction plant. He's also the owner of Africa Offroad He says: "I’m only pretending to be me!"



Mariska Visser

Born and raised in Pretoria
She's an off road princess that likes to get a little dirty. I'm also a mother of 4, actually 5 but I don't think my husband will be happy if I classify him as a child. I love camping, socialising around the fire and cooking. Die boeremeisie vatikaki
Vehicle: Landrover Disco 2 en Landcruiser 80 series as ek in die duine ry.
Nickname/Callsign: Mev. Klas Kaptein, Kamp Moeder en word deur my man; Moana genoem
At Vatikaki: She co-founded Vatikaki and is also involved in Charity, Finance, Branding and Management. Sy doen alles en nog meer.
O ja, en sy werk op die mans se senuwees.
Did you know? She's actually a beauty therapist and very afraid of driving on a mountain pass.
Mariska is married to Reinard and has 4 kids.
By day she sell 4x4 accessories and parts at Africa Offroad



Crew members

Terence Smeda

Born and raised in Durban
He enjoys being outdoors, around friends with a fire burning and a braaibroodjie.
Vehicle: Whichever one is closest to the gate.
Nickname/Callsign: Ted - "my cousins battled to say my name when they were young. Kind of just stuck after my mates heard it."
At Vatikaki: Terence is involved in Fundraising and Sponsorship and apparently also "what ever I’m told!"
Did you know? He has a Disco 1 that never drivesED. what's new?
Terence is in a relationship with Monique
By day he is a Production Manager at Minus 40.



Donovan Marais

Born and raised in Pretoria, Donovan loves camping, water sports, motorcycling and 4x4.
Vehicle: Jeep Wrangler
Nickname/Callsign: Staffie
At Vatikaki: Donovan is involved in Events planning and logistics.
Did you know? Donovan is an avid children -and animal rights activist. He has 2 sideline businesses.
Donovan has a Legal qualification from the University of Johannesburg although he does not practice Law.
By day he is the Integration Architect for electronic systems integration at Netcash and by night a father of two and a husband to Camilla



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