Over 10 years of Kingsley Holgate-led Land Rover journeys to honour the early Victorian explorers who faced starvation, fever and even death to open up Africa to the Western world.


  • Burundi
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

The Adventure

These expeditions followed in the footsteps of famous men including Dr David Livingstone, HM Stanley, Frederick Courtney Selous, John Hanning Speke, Joseph Thomson, and Chuma and Susi, -Livingstone’s two loyal African  companions who, with the remaining porters, carried his sun-dried corpse over 1000 miles to Bagamoya on the East African coast.

Tackling Africa’s mighty rivers, circumnavigating the great lakes, encountering AK-47 wielding Congolese youth, seven-foot Warimi tribesmen and fierce Turkana warriors, these odysseys were documented by National Geographic and the History Channel.  They resulted in a book called ‘Africa – In The Footsteps Of The Great Explorers’, which was dedicated to the true unsung heroes of early African exploration – the African guides, askaris, translators and porters who were the backbone of every successful expedition and deserved to be recognised.