THE GREY BEARD OF AFRICA
Kingsley Holgate is considered one of Africa’s most colourful modern day explorers. A humanitarian adventurer, author, TV Personality and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Getaway Magazine calls him their Explorer in Residence, the most travelled man in Africa.
His humanitarian adventures, many of which are world firsts, have included: A Cape to Cairo crossing of Africa in open boats, the Zambezi and Congo, rivers and a circumnavigation of Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake.
He has sailed the Makgadigadi Salt Pans in land yachts and in another expedition called ‘Extreme Latitude’ they travelled on foot, by bicycle, bullock cart, dugout canoe and Land Rover circumnavigating the globe by land following the Tropic of Capricorn.
“After countless expeditions it was time to give something back to Mama Africa.” Their year long “African Rainbow” expedition to the Somali border and back in an Arab sailing dhow allowed them to distribute tens of thousands of mosquito nets to pregnant mothers and to children under the age of five in a campaign called “One Net One Life”.
Using adventure to improve lives, “The Outside Edge”, a 448 day 33 country geographic and humanitarian expedition to track the outline of Africa has been hailed as the most successful expedition ever undertaken in support of Malaria Prevention.
Kingsley and his team have just returned from the All Africa Expedition, a somewhat dangerous and difficult odyssey aimed at embracing the entire African continent.