Categories Business Tech World Defender Transcontinental Expedition: Kingsley Holgate still roaming at 75 Post author By vanirexodus Post date February 21, 2022 No Comments on Defender Transcontinental Expedition: Kingsley Holgate still roaming at 75 At 75, you would expect the humanitarian and adventurer Kingsley Holgate to sit back and reminisce about an extraordinary life with his beloved Land Rover parked safely in his garage. Not in the least. After nearly three decades of tireless adventures from Africa to Europe, the KwaZulu-Natal native has embarked on the 40th expedition of his remarkable career. And according to him the most difficult. The lead expedition leader has embarked on what is being called “Defender Transcontinental: Hot Cape to Cold Kapp”. The Kingsley Holgate Foundation, in partnership with Land Rover, has helped underserved communities by delivering meals… At 75, you would expect the humanitarian and adventurer Kingsley Holgate to sit back and reminisce about an extraordinary life with his beloved Land Rover parked safely in his garage. Not in the least. After nearly three decades of tireless adventures from Africa to Europe, the KwaZulu-Natal native has embarked on the 40th expedition of his remarkable career. And according to him the most difficult. The lead expedition leader has embarked on what is being called “Defender Transcontinental: Hot Cape to Cold Kapp”. The Kingsley Holgate Foundation, in partnership with Land Rover, has helped underserved communities by delivering meal packs to school children. Photo: Delivered Kingsley, his partner Sheelagh, son Ross and family friend Mike Nixon take their trio of latest generation Land Rover Defenders from their home base in the north of KZN, across Africa and the Mediterranean to Norkapp in Norway, Europe’s most northerly point. From there, the convoy travels across the old continent to the United Kingdom, more precisely Red Wharf Bay on the Welsh island of Anglesey. This is where Land Rover’s chief designer, Maurice Wilks, famously sketched the outlines of what would become the very first Land Rover in 1947. In total, they plan to travel 30,000 km across 30 countries. ALSO READ: ‘Father Christmas of Africa’ helps SA’s children with meal pass On the way to Anglesey, they will – according to the mantra of the Kingsley Holgate Foundation – provide humanitarian aid. This includes the distribution of mosquito nets in partnership with Goodbye Malaria from Mozambique; providing reading glasses to the elderly and visually impaired as part of Mashozi’s Rite to Sight program; and assistance in providing clean water in the form of a water purification system. “We did not sit still for a moment and said: maybe we should become like an NGO to support the fight against malaria. It came from the sheer practicality of experiencing and seeing people affected by it,” Kingsley says with more passion than most men half his age. “We should not see people as impoverished. They are different cultures with different needs. It’s all about collaboration and leaving a story behind for the future. This is all extremely humiliating for us and we are so moved.” Kingsley Holgate shows the journey he and his team have taken so far, mapping South Africa’s borders. Photo: Delivered Kingsley said the “journey with purpose” of the trip, aside from reaching Red Wharf Bay, will help about 300,000 people living in sub-Saharan Africa. This includes not only the goals set by its foundations, but also the provision of nutrition to children through a water-mixed porridge that will be distributed. Two million of these meals have already been provided to communities in Holgate’s home province. For the first time, the journey, which actually started last October at Cape Agulhas – hence the Hot Cape part of the title – is carbon neutral, as all emissions emitted have been offset by the planting of 6,000 bacon trees in the Tanglewood Protected area outside Makhanda in the Eastern Cape. The expedition was originally scheduled to begin in April 2020, at the Land Rover factory in Solihull, rendezvous in Red Wharf Bay and make its way across the African continent to Cape Town. After an indefinite delay and possible shutdown due to the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, changing plans was the only way to save the expedition. “We knew we had to do this, so we decided to just do it in reverse. Instead of going from the most northerly point in the world where you can take a Land Rover Defender, we are now going from the most southerly to the northerly point,” Ross Holgate recently explained at the Jaguar-Land Rover Experience in Lonehill. Holgate Jr attributed the challenges of the trip to not only Covid but also the various conflicts and civil wars in Africa, saying various logistical plans had to be made for the trip to go ahead. “It has become impossible to cross Africa from north to south or from south to north. Borders are closed because of wars. The success of these expeditions is all about teamwork,” Holgate said, referring to the convoy forced into South Sudan as the only way to travel through Africa and Egypt. “South Africans living in South Sudan, Kenyans building roads in South Sudan and NGOs helping the military with South African aid have found a way for us to cross from Kenya to South Sudan. “From there, we will reach North Sudan where they (the North Sudanese authorities) are willing to open the border for us through good military relations and friendship.” There was just no way Holgate Snr was able to dodge the age-old question, “Why Land Rover?” “It’s always been that way,” he nodded politely. The progress of the convoy can be followed on social media via the Kingsley Holgate Foundation Facebook page† WATCH: Kingsley Holgate’s Africa-ready Land Rover Defender ← The importance of document management → Tuchel fights to revive Chelsea fire Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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