Using adventure to improve and save lives – that is the key concept of the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, founded by one of Africa’s most colourful modern day explorers. Kingsley Holgate is a humanitarian adventurer, author, TV personality, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, speaker at the New York Explorers Club and a legend that Getaway Magazine calls their ‘Explorer in Residence’ and the most travelled man in Africa.

On every expedition – many of them world-firsts – the Kingsley Holgate Foundation team distribute life-saving mosquito nets, water purification LifeStraws and Rite to Sight spectacles to remote villages throughout Africa and support wildlife conservation through community conservation education. Having explored all 54 countries on the African continent, no other team of modern-day explorers have achieved so much in using the energy of adventure to make such a positive difference to the lives of so many.

They are also the only expedition team in the world to have discovered the geographic centre-point of Africa and reached all 7 ‘extreme’ geographic points on the African continent.


THE MISSION: A world-first 30,000Km geographic and humanitarian expedition for the Kingsley Holgate team in New Defenders through 30 countries in Africa and Europe over some of the roughest and toughest terrain on Earth. Read more


children in rural communities bordering Africa’s wildlife areas.

3,3 Mil

pregnant women and mothers with young children protected.

43 Mil

litres of clean drinking water to reduce water-borne diseases.


reading glasses distributed to elderly & poor-sighted people.

1,5 Mil

nutritional meals for  children & mothers and other ECD support.