5FM's Afternoon drive show host Nick Hamman is off to Antarctica

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  • 5Drive presenter Nick Hamman is joining explorer Riaan Manser on a trip of a lifetime to Antarctica.
  • "It's quite possibly the most exciting thing I've ever done," says Nick about the incredible opportunity. 
  • "I am preparing to be freezing cold and to have my life changed by experiences that couldn't be further removed from the sunny South Africa I am leaving behind," he adds.

5Drive presenter (weekdays, 15:00 - 18:00) Nick Hamman is thrilled to be heading on the Southernmost tip of the world as part of the Matrics in Antarctica campaign with explorer Riaan Manser. 

The campaign was open to all Matric students, offering 5 lucky entrants the grand opportunity to head on an educational trip. The students had to write essays as an entry mechanism, and the winners were selected earlier this month. 

Nick will be joining youngsters Anika le Roux (Paarl Girls High School), Keaton Stansfeld (Jeppe High School), Kgosatsana Mabalane (St Michael's School for Girls), Mattheus Hendrikus (Kol) Wessels (Grey College) and Tsoaledi Mosa Hlakudi (Brainline) on the epic journey. 

We chat with him about taking the trip of a lifetime. 

So, on a scale of 1 to un-freakin-believable, how do you feel about your trip?

Haha! It truly is un-freakin-believable! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I get to share with young South Africans where we travel to the edge of the earth at such a pivotal moment in their lives, leaving high school and entering into the world that lies beyond. It's quite possibly the most exciting thing I've ever done.

Tell us a little bit about how 5FM became involved in the project

Over the years, I've always been passionate about the power of travel. Journeying to different parts of the world has been an exceptional way of sharing stories that can inspire and excite people. 5FM has given me that platform because, as a station, they also believe in cutting edge content that can't be found anywhere else. Riaan Manser is someone who shares this passion, and we have come to know each other well over the years. When the idea to take young South Africans to Antarctica to share stories about this exceptional continent [came about], it was a no-brainer that we would be the station to do it.

What are you most looking forward to?

Meeting the Matrics who were chosen to come on this trip. They were carefully picked by a rigorous months-long process of trying to find the students who most displayed qualities that meant they would be able to return to their families and communities and share stories that would make a positive impact. I get really excited by people like this, and I can't wait to be inspired by incredible young minds.

When do you leave, and what are you doing to prepare?

I leave for Antarctica on the 10 February and fly over the ocean in a 6-hour flight in a cargo plane. I am preparing to be freezing cold and to have my life changed by experiences that couldn't be further removed from the sunny South Africa I am leaving behind.

What can listeners expect from 5Drive while you're on the trip?

Expect to tune into the radio and find out first-hand what it is like to be in Antarctica. Just like I have brought shows live from across the country and continent, I am going to be using theatre of the mind to transport anyone listening on a journey to the edge of the earth.

Be sure to tune into 5FM's 5Drive and keep an eye on the station's social media platforms for content on Nick's journey.

ALSO READ | SA adventurer Riaan Manser and his wife Vasti were stuck on a small boat together for 173 days - What they learnt could help you through lockdown

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