2010 UNITED AGAINST MALARIA EXPEDITION

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led by Kingsley Holgate 15 April 2010

Background
Considered a bit of David Livingstone – Kingsley Holgate is one of Africa`s most colourful modern day explorers.

An adventurer, author, TV Personality and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Kingsley is often referred to as the Grey Beard of African Adventure. The Zulus call him “Nondwayisa uya Shinga” – the Jacana, the African Lilly Trotter that stalks the rivers and lakes of Africa on long legs. Quite an apt name for someone who has become one of Africa’s greatest present day adventurers.

Getaway Magazine calls him their Explorer in Residence, the most travelled man in Africa.

Kingsley`s Land Rover supported adventures, many of which are world firsts, include his wife Gill, son Ross and now Anna, and together they:

Have crossed the continent from Cape Town to Cairo and Alexandria in open boats;

Survived the Zambezi and Congo Rivers in the footsteps of Livingstone and Stanley;

Completed a circumnavigation of Lake Turkana (Northern Kenya) in the world’s largest desert lake;

Were the first people to circumnavigate the Makgadigadi Salt Pans in central Botswana by land yacht. They circumnavigated the world by Land Rover following the Tropic of Capricorn;

Conducted expeditions that included a number of journeys in the footsteps of the early explorers in which the family has survived countless attacks of Malaria, the threat of bandits, wild animals and the danger of unexploded landmines.

“After countless expeditions it was time to give something back to Mama Africa.”

In an expedition called “African Rainbow” – Travelling by Land Rover convoy, Arab sailing dhow and inflatable boats from Durban to the Somali border and back, they distributed tens of thousands of mosquito nets to pregnant mothers and children under the age of five in a campaign called “One Net One Life”, supported by Land Rover.

The “One Net One Life” campaing continued in “Africa: The Outside Edge Expedition” – a 449 day 33 country geographic and humanitarian expedition – that has been hailed as the most successful expedition ever undertaken in support of Malaria Prevention – including Rite to Sight and Teaching on the Edge.

This wonderful legacy of Land Rover supported humanitarian effort continued with the successful 2009 “Boundless Southern Africa Expedition” to link nature, culture and community through 9 countries from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic

Now in 2010, supported once again by Land Rover, they go even further by becoming a partner of United Against Malaria through the 2010 United Against Malaria Expedition departing from Lesedi Cultural Village situated within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, on World Malaria Day Sunday 25th April 2010.

Objective:

The expedition aims to capture the energy and common purpose of the FIFA 2010 World Cup and use this to overcome malaria on the African continent. The expedition will highlight the fight against malaria ahead of the World Cup coming to Africa.

United Against Malaria Expedition Activity:

Will include soccer themed malaria distribution events, all with a strong malaria prevention education initiative with United Against Malaria branded colouring-in books and posters. Malaria prevention Land Rovers will be fitted with P.A. systems and trained malaria prevention educators will be used.

2010 United Against Malaria Expedition Scroll:

United Against Malaria partners endorse a 2010 United Against Malaria Scroll that will be carried to and messaged by 12 countries across Africa – This historic Scroll will be returned to South Africa ahead of the World Cup. Football stars will endorse the Scroll and after the expedition the Scroll will visit and be messaged around the world.

United Against Malaria supported Expedition Route:

The expedition will visit the following 12 countries:

South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya

Iconic Geographical Challenges:

To create further awareness for the United Against Malaria partnership, the expedition plans to carry a United Against Malaria banner to the following iconic geographical points:

  • To Gorongosa in Mozambique
  • To the top of Mount Mulanje in Malawi
  • To where Dr Livingstone’s heart lies buried near Lake Bangweulu in Northern Zambia
  • To the lip of Mosi ao Tunya, the Victoria Falls
  • To Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s longest and deepest lake
  • To the lip of the Kalambo Falls (more than twice the height of the Victoria Falls)
  • To the southern most source source of the Nile in Burundi
  • To beautiful Lake Kivu in Rwanda
  • To the summit of Mount Stanley in the famed Ruwenzori’s – Mountains of the Moon
  • To Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake
  • To a malaria prevention event in the Serengeti and Ngorogoro
  • To Speke’s source of the Nile and the Bujagali Falls
  • Uhuru Peak, summit of Kilimanjaro – highest freestanding mountain in the world.

Siyabonga and best regards

Kingsley and the 2010 United Against Malaria Expedition team members