Holgate: 35-year fan wins his Land Rover

2008-08-25 00:00

A KwaZulu-Natal nature lover who has been following the adventures of African explorer Kingsley Holgate since he first met him some 35 years ago, is now the proud owner of Holgate's Land Rover, which transported the explorer around the edge of Africa.

Johnny Foxcroft, a builder, local restaurateur and animal farm owner from Drummond near Pietermaritzburg, won the vehicle in a national competition hosted by Captain Morgan, a sponsor of Kingsley's Spirit of Adventure expeditions around the globe.

"We do love an outdoor lifestyle and travel from time to time, but with a vehicle like this, we will definitely do more adventurous trips up the KwaZulu-Natal coast in future," Foxcroft said.

Foxcroft was presented with the keys to Holgate's Land Rover recently.

Holgate's latest epic around Africa saw him travelling 62 000 km, often in extreme conditions, distributing more than 240 000 mosquito nets as part of his One Net One Life malaria prevention campaign.

"Just driving a car like this makes me feel part of his exciting adventure," said Foxcroft, who entered the competition to win the Land Rover through a label on a bottle of Captain Morgan Black Label.

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