With great excitement and nervous anticipation, Kingsley Holgate and his team collect their expedition Land Rover 130 in the vibrant city of Accra in Ghana on Africa’s Gold Coast before setting off on their epic overland journey to complete Africa.
This African odyssey will take them through the remaining countries of Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea and so in their lifetime connecting with all 47 countries that make up the continent of Mama Africa – Kingsley and his team are making adventure and malaria prevention history. Herewith the latest news from the Greybeard himself…
Dispatch #10: Saluting our friends in Dakar with the Captain’s Best
With the music of Cabo Verde still in our hearts, our small turboprop plane touches down in Dakar, Senegal. A bakkie flying a South African flag races across the runway to meet us – it’s local South African Piet Bosduif, an aircraft mechanic, dressed in full Bafana gear. It’s incredible how there’s always a South African making a plan in Africa.
Through customs and immigration and there’s Gerhard Botha, an old friend in adventure who had helped us get our Landies around the Horn of Africa when we were doing the outside edge of Africa. Now it’s an All Afrika attempt to complete Mama Africa in our lifetime.
A gang of South Africans gathers around the braai. There’s homemade boerewors and the Captain’s best. There’s talk of Saturday’s Curry Cup final. Here’s a gang of South African mates once again supporting our efforts.
It’s 3am and Gerhard puts us on a Nigerian plane bound for Accra, Ghana on West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea from where our United Against Malaria Land Rover odyssey to Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea will commence. We’ll keep you posted.
Dispatch #11: With our expedition Land Rover loaded up with bales of mosquito nets, we’re off!
Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra heart of the Legacy Group, with its famous flagship in Johannesburg, the Michelangelo Hotel, sponsors our All Afrika Expedition send-off from Accra which includes the official handing over by PHL Motors of an expedition Land Rover 130 and bales of lifesaving mosquito nets by Vestergaard-Frandsen and AngloGold Ashante, who with Land Rover are partnering our UAM work in Ghana.
In a great media send-off, attended by UAM partners and the South African Embassy, Adrian Landry the general manager of Labadi Beach Hotel, wishes us well. It’s our last night in a hotel for a few months. We’ll keep you posted.
Dispatch #12: Winning the fight against Malaria and the Curry Cup
Akwaaba! Greetings from The Ashante Gold Kingdom of Ghana where with Dr Toby Bradbury, Senior Vice President of AngloGold Ashante Ghana, and his winning Malaria Control Team, we have a malaria prevention awareness day in which we distribute mosquito nets to pregnant mothers and children. For the men there’s a UAM soccer challenge with the theme of kicking malaria out.
The AngloGold Ashante Malaria Control Team are the best and most dedicated we have ever worked with and have reduced malaria incidents by 70% in their community. United Against Malaria can be proud of the association. Then we get the great news… Sharks win Curry Cup rugby final! Burkina Faso, here we come!
Dispatch #13: African country no. 43 out of 47 – it’s hot as hell
Greetings from Bobo’Dioulasso in friendly Burkino Faso. The people are delightful and the market is one of the most colourful in all West Africa. We have a UAM event for pregnant mums in the mud hut outskirts of the city, and then we point the big Land Rover 130 towards the capital of Ouagadougou. Hot as hell – we’ll keep you posted.