Explorer plans two oceans trek

2008-11-05 00:00

Cape Town — KwaZulu-Natal explorer Kingsley Holgate has announced his next expedition: he and his team are to cross southern Africa from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, starting at the mouth of the Orange River.

Holgate said yesterday the objective of his next project is to link all seven transfrontier conservation areas and 30 game reserves.

“This one is all about conservation,” he told the Cape Town Press Club.

The expedition is due to start in March next year. It will go through the Ai Ais/Richtersveld, Kgalagadi, Kavango Zambezi, Limpopo Shashe, Great Limpopo, Lubumbo and Maloti Drakensberg conservation areas and pass through nine countries — South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho.

He will take with him a grader, to be pulled behind a Landrover, with which to build seven new soccer fields for the communities living adjacent to each frontier park. “We will put up the posts, provide the kit and call on the wardens to keep the sustainability alive…” Holgate said.

The explorer said a key part of the project will be to visit as many schools as possible. They will show films on pull-down screens on the sides of the Landrovers. “We will explain the route to them and tell them the role they can play in conservation,” he said.

The team will also select a young man from each community who will be provided with a bursary to go to the Wildlife College in Hoedspruit.

“When we are finished, we want seven young men who, theoretically, could become good game wardens,” Holgate said. The team will also identify future tourism potential in each community, such as possible campsites and boreholes.

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