Geocaching is a digital treasure hunt game with a difference – it takes you and your family away from the TV and out of the house. To play, all you need is a GPS-enabled device like a smartphone. 

Geocaching is an app that parents can finally endorse. Participants have to navigate a set of GPS co-ordinates, which will lead them to the hidden treasure (geocache). The app combines fun and learning by encouraging children’s natural curiosity while teaching navigational skills, with the promise of finding some swag. 

If your kids usually have to be dragged (or nagged) outside to go for a walk, geocaching’s powers of persuasion will change that reluctance. Entice them with the promise of a mystery find. If you’re worried about your fragile smartphone in small hands, the robust Land Rover Explore is perfectly suited for this activity. It will survive being dropped on the ground or in water; the Adventure Pack boosts your GPS signal; and the battery won’t let you down mid-hunt.

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Here are seven tips on how to get started with geocaching:

1. Take one, leave one

The one golden rule of geocaching is that you should always take something along, no matter how small, to put back in the cache. Good suggestions include pencils and pens, keyrings, a hair band, a deck of cards, but never sweets. 

2. Bring a pen

Even though all caches are sealed tight and usually waterproof, the pen to sign the logbook often doesn’t work so make sure you bring your own.

3. Use the Explore’s Adventure Pack & Case 

Connect the Adventure Pack to boost the GPS signal of the phone. This will give a more accurate position, helping your navigation, as well as improving battery life. Put the phone and pack inside the case and use the carabiner to clip it onto a belt loop or shoulder strap for that real explorer look.

4. Plan your geocaches where you know there’ll be treasure

Your kids will be terribly disappointed if they get to a geocache but there’s no treasure, so plan accordingly. When you’re searching for geocaches in your area, first look for “traditional” caches and then when you click for more info, check the size chart. If it’s small, it may just be a logbook. If you see a large geocache, you’ve lucked out as they’re rare to find.

5. Turn on instruments

Optimise the outdoor dashboard on the Explore phone to increase the fun for your young explorers. The dashboard displays key weather data and outdoor tools in one place. Add altimeter, wind direction, chance of rain or features like the SOS torch or share location feature.

6. Use the torch 

Some geocaches are buried deep within trees, hedges, under bridges or rocks. A torch is invaluable, but you don’t need to take one: the Explore has a built-in torch. Add it to the dashboard (see above) for convenient access and switch it on to light up a shadowy area.

7. Work as a team

When it comes to navigation, having one person in charge of the map is better than trying to do it by committee, but make sure everyone feels a part of the team. Appoint observers to relay information about the terrain ahead to check it matches what’s on the map.

Or divide responsibility between the navigator and the cache hunters, so whoever’s not on the phone gets to search when you’re close. Inspired? Discover some of the world’s most amazing geocaches and remember to tag us in your treasure-hunting adventures! 

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With the Land Rover Explore, you can find new routes, tracks, trails and views. Get outside and away from it all – live adventurously with the Land Rover Explore, currently available on Vodacom contract packages from as little as R499 p.m. (was R899 p.m.)

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