Around the campfire with Kingsley Holgate

2016-04-19 06:00
Photo: supplied Kingsley Holgate to talk in support of the SPCA.

Photo: supplied Kingsley Holgate to talk in support of the SPCA.

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KINGSLEY Holgate is considered one of Africa`s most colourful modern-day explorers. A humanitarian, adventurer, author, TV personality and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Kingsley­ has travelled to and embraced every country on the African continent.

He will give a talk at the the Kloof and Highway SPCA on Friday 22 April and the community is urged to attend.

What makes Kingsley and his team so unique is their theme of using adventure to improve and save lives through malaria prevention, water purification, Rite to Sight and community conservation education.

With son Ross, Kingsley has completed many world-first challenges, including a Cape Town to Cairo crossing of Africa in open boats, the Zambezi and Congo Rivers, and a circumnavigation of Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake. Kingsley sailed the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in land yachts and in another expedition called “Extreme Latitude” the Holgates circumnavigated the globe by land following the Tropic of Capricorn.

Their yearlong “African Rainbow” expedition took them in an Arab sailing dhow to the Somali border and back, followed by the Outside Edge expedition – a 449-day, 33-country geographic and humanitarian expedition to track the outline of Africa that was hailed as the most successful expedition ever undertaken in support of malaria­ prevention.

Other expeditions have included a number of journeys in the footsteps of the famous Victorian Explorers, men like Livingstone, Stanley, Thomson, Count Teleki and Chuma and Susi, the two black unsung heroes of exploration.

Kingsley and his family team have survived countless attacks of malaria, the threat of bandits, rebels, wild animals and the danger of unexploded landmines.

A recent Nile River adventure took them to Juba in time for the birth of the newest country in the world, South Sudan.

Then Kingsley and his team followed the Great African Rift Valley from Djibouti on the Horn of Africa to Mozambique – all part of his quest to embrace “Mama Afrika”. Having crisscrossed Africa from south to north, east to west and then circumnavigating the outline of the continent, embracing all 54 African countries through several journeys of discovery, it’s was only natural that the next challenge was to find her heart, Africa’s geographical­ centre, an epic odyssey that became one of Kingsley’s toughest challenges.

Tickets are R250 per person and a cash bar with snacks will be provided as well as fantastic lucky draw prizes and auction item.

For bookings and more information, contact Sarah van Heerden on 031 764 1212 or email operations@

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