EXPEDITIONS

DEFENDER TRANSCONTINENTAL EXPEDITION

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Objectives

The Defender Transcontinental Expedition is the 40th geographic and humanitarian journey for the Kingsley Holgate team. Starting at Cape Agulhas, the southern-most point of the African continent in October 2021, this 30,000Km journey through 30 countries will be a gruelling real-world test for the new Land Rover Defender over some of the harshest terrain on Earth.

Route

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GEOGRAPHIC OBJECTIVES
A world-first 30,000Km geographic and humanitarian expedition in New Defenders through 30 countries in Africa and Europe.

  • First “Hot Cape To Cold Cape” journey in recent years from Cape Agulhas on the southern tip of the African continent to Nordkapp in the Arctic Circle in Norway.
  • Culminating at Red Wharf Bay on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales, where the vision of Land Rover was first sketched in the sand by Maurice Wilks in 1947, 75 years ago.
  • A Journey of Purpose that conducts humanitarian work to assist 300,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa.

HUMANITARIAN OBJECTIVES
As with all Kingsley Holgate expeditions, the principle of using adventure to improve and save lives’ is a strong focus of the Defender Transcontinental Expedition and will undertake the following humanitarian and environmental work in sub-Saharan Africa:

  1. MALARIA PREVENTION:
  • Distribution of effective, long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to pregnant women and mothers with young children along with malaria prevention education.
  • Support to our Goodbye Malaria partners and their indoor residual spraying programme in Mozambique.
  1. MASHOZI’S RITE TO SIGHT:
  • Eye tests and reading glasses for poor-sighted, mostly elderly people in remote communities.
  1. WATER PURIFICATION:
  • Provision of reservoirs, water tanks and pipelines to rural homesteads, creches and community food gardens in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
  • LifeStraw units for individuals and communities in drought-stricken regions of sub-Saharan Africa.
  1. EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (ECD):
  • Distribution of vitamin-enriched DoMore Foundation porridge packs to reach the goal of providing 2million meals to children at impoverished rural creches on the boundaries of game reserves in South Africa.
  • ECD teaching materials and infrastructure support to poorly resourced rural creches.
  1. CONSERVATION & COMMUNITIES:
  • Instilling a passion to conserve and protect Africa’s endangered rhinos, elephants and their habitats amongst school children in South Africa and other wildlife-rich African countries en route.
  • Other conservation, environmental and humanitarian activities to support wildlife teams and communities bordering game reserves.

A CARBON NEUTRAL EXPEDITION
This will be the first carbon-neutral transcontinental expedition ever undertaken. 6,000 Albany Thicket indigenous trees and shrubs are being planted in the Eastern Cape, South Africa to offset the 3 expedition Defenders’ carbon footprint, in partnership with the Conservation Landscapes Institute, Rhodes University and the Tanglewood Foundation.

UNIQUE EXPEDITION ELEMENTS
As with all our expeditions, the following iconic elements are incorporated:

  • A new Expedition Scroll of Peace and Goodwill is being carried from the southern tip of Africa to the northernmost point of Europe that can be reached by vehicle, and on to Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey Wales, collecting thousands of supportive messages from citizens of all countries visited.
  • The expedition’s traditional Zulu Calabash will carry symbolic water from where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet at Cape Agulhas; the expedition’s mid-point at Alexandria in Egypt on the Mediterranean; and from the Norwegian and Barents Seas at Nordkapp. The Calabash will be symbolically emptied into the Irish Sea at Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey, Wales at the expedition’s end.
  •  4 Iconic Zulu Isivivanes (stone cairns) built at key points on the expedition route: Cape Agulhas (South Africa), Alexandria (Egypt), Nordkapp (Norway) and at Maurice Wilks grave (Anglesey, Wales).

EXPEDITION PARTNERS
Our grateful thanks to the Defender Transcontinental Expedition’s partners, without whom this epic journey would not be possible: