Meet the team
Nico, Willie and Nicolaas grew up together on farms in the Langkloof valley. These three friends establishing Ride Out Africa was the natural next step in cementing their love for the great outdoors and exploration.
Nico BesterThe Master Guide
Nico received and rode his first motorbike at the age of 7.
At 25 he started a hospitality business on the family farm which included motorcycle enduro courses, a guest house and 4x4 routes.
In 2007 he initiated a training course for Honda and travelled extensively over the country to train new owners of Honda Dual Sport and Enduro motorbikes. During this time Nico was involved in the filming of the Old Mutual 'World of Endurance' series for television, driving camera crew on his motorbike across rugged terrain. Since then he has been in demand as a camera crew member for various prestigious MTB events like the Cape Epic and Cape Pioneer Trek.
Willie BesterThe Wing Man
Nico’s brother, Willie, shares his enthusiasm for exploration and adventure which was also cultivated from a very young age.
He completed the Honda training and assisted Nico by providing rider training on Quad Bikes and 4x4's while Nico was working with the Dual Sport and Enduro Bikes. Willie joins the team as the backup driver and first aider.
Until recently, he was a longstanding NSRI member, exposed to resue situations for more than six years, leaving only to pursue his passion for riding with Ride out Africa.
Nicolaas FaureThe Suit
Nicolaas grew up on Eseljacht Farm, situated next to the Bester family farm. He started riding at a very young age and has a passion for the open road, biking, and adventure.
Nic is what we call a bike-aholic trapped in a suit. He holds several degrees in accounting and is currently working for the Osiris Group, heading the fund administration division.
Nicolaas joins the Ride Out Africa team in an accounting and administrative role, but we’re still trying to get him on the road with us!
Chris MeyerThe Trophy Collector
Chris Meyer joins the Ride Out Africa team as an expert rider with a string of riding trophies. Chris started out as a professional quad racer in 2000. He completed several national races including Roof of Africa, Tusk 400, Caledon 400, and the Red Cherry 400.
He entered the GS Trophy Challenge for the first time in 2015 when he and his teammates won the Regional South African GS Trophy Championship. In August 2018 he represented South Africa in Mongolia at the GS Trophy International. His team brought the prestigious trophy back to South Africa.