100 World Class South Africans: Kingsley Holgate

2013-07-18 12:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Adventurer with a purpose

One could say that Kingsley Holgate knows Africa better than any other person on the planet, in the whole of history.

He’s travelled to every country – often multiple times – returning with thrilling tales to share.

He’s no safari tourist; he truly travels on the ground, to the remotest places, among and with the people (he’s said he always has a seat open in his Land Rover for a local).

He respects traditions and customs; he celebrates the differences.

He’s faced danger and death countless times, but nothing has diminished his love for Africa.

Holgate is a living encyclopedia – who else could tell us that until quite recently the Afar tribesmen of Ethiopia wore their enemies’ testicles like trophies around their necks?

Although he was initially inspired by the European explorers of the 19th century (Livingstone, Stanley, Speke, Selous) and followed in their footsteps, as well as racking up his own ‘firsts’, his expeditionshave become humanitarian – providing mosquito nets, spectacles, water-purifying straws, teaching aids and libraries, while gathering priceless data.

Last year his wife Gill died of cancer in a village in the Rift Valley, far from modern medical care – something, Holgate would point out, millions of Africans face every day.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.