Inspired by Cassper Nyovest’s Move For Me music video, which showcases the beautiful Mpumalanga mountains and picturesque waterfalls, SA Tourism partnered with the award-winning rapper in a campaign aimed at unveiling and promoting the country’s hidden scenic gems.
Calling its campaign Move for Me, SA Tourism invited fans to share pictures of their own Sho’t Left experiences, with the best standing a chance to join Cassper on a trip of a lifetime.
I was fortunate to join him and the two winning fans for a three-day tour of Gauteng and the Free State. The impressive Vaal River Lodge and Spa in Vanderbijlpark, in the Emfuleni Local Municipality, was our starting point.
Although Cassper missed the first day in Gauteng, we were booked into the lodge for a great pampering and relaxing spa day.
If ever there was a negative to this first day of the tour, it would be that these serene treatments could have lasted longer.
Adding to the grandeur of the trip were the Vaal River Lodge’s spacious four-star rooms and the immaculate service by the staff.
Other activities on offer included a jet-skiing cruise that one can do with the whole family and a boat cruise along the scenic river area.
The only dampener to the entire experience was the food. After ordering veggies, I received a plate of dry and partly burnt vegetables while a colleague who ordered pap and a well-done steak received a medium-rare instead.
CASSPER SUCKS AT CLIMBING
Day two saw us making our way to the Emerald Hotel Resort and Casino, also in Vanderbijlpark, where we engaged in another unique activity offered in the area – wall climbing. Cassper showed up with his friends, among them his bestie Carpo.
It soon became apparent that the superstar rapper is actually human and does not excel at everything he does. Cassper had a dismal attempt at the rock climbing challenge.
One of the winners, Lebo Dlamini, who came with her brother, said she was so excited to meet Cassper as she claimed to be his number one fan.
Unfortunately, half the time Cassper was caught up in his own world – he was always on his phone. I don’t know if he was shy, hungry or didn’t know how to act around his fans, but the guy had minimal interaction with Dlamini and the rest of us.
When she asked him for a photo, he reluctantly obliged. After the wall climbing, lunch was served on the Liquid Lounge Vaal River Cruise.
This being my first time on a boat, I was bit scared. But once we settled down, I enjoyed myself, especially seeing people fishing on a Monday. Some people have nice life problems, hey!
Unfortunately, Cassper fell asleep during the cruise. I guess the dude was tired. My personal opinion is that famous people such as Cassper have a right to be left alone when they’re out in public, just living their lives.
You can understand if he doesn’t always want to be “on” and entertaining the fans when he’s out shopping for instance.
But this was his campaign and he was literally paid to be there. Ignoring the people around him seemed unprofessional to me.
LATE TO THE PARTY
Our third day of the tour saw us heading to the Free State for quad biking and river rafting on the Vaal River, hosted by the Parys-based Real Adventures.
Unfortunately, Cassper was very late for the quad biking and the fans went ahead without him. Not to be shady, I don’t remember him apologising for being late. Maybe he did, and I wasn’t around. I must say though, he was more lively compared with the first time we met him.
He joined the group for the river rafting excursion and signed five albums his Free State fan, Moagimang Polori, brought along.
During the rafting some of us had to change partners 10 times. Cassper was doing well with his partner, he would paddle and then when we had a break he would take out his phone and click away. For the most part, he was interacting with his own people.
At one point he stopped paddling and hopped on to his photographer’s boat and they paddled around.
By the time we got to the end of the activity, everyone was tired. We got off the boats, took a group photo and then hopped on to the truck that drove us back to the Real Adventures guest house.
Only then did Cassper go quad biking with his crew.
To be honest I feel like they could have called the campaign Move with Carpo because the dude was alive – ready to rock and roll, and joked with the fans. I think the fans enjoyed Carpo’s campaign more than his bestie Cassper’s efforts.
A big shout-out to the Real Adventures workers for making our activities great and enjoyable, especially the river rafting.