Kingsley Holgate
His family adventures, many of which are world firsts, have included:

-    A Cape Town 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 Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in land yachts and in another expedition called ‘Extreme Latitude’ where they travelled on foot, by bicycle, bullock cart, dugout canoe and Land Rover, circumnavigating the globe by land following the Tropic of Capricorn.

-    Their year-long “African Rainbow” expedition to the Somali border and back in an Arab sailing how 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 449 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.

Other expeditions have included a number of journeys in the footsteps of the famous Victorian Explorers, men like Livingstone, Stanley, Count Teleki and Chuma & Susi, the two black unsung heroes of exploration who after having buried Livingstone’s heart in a biscuit tin carried his salt dried corpse all the way from Lake Bangweulu to Bagamoyo opposite Zanzibar. These Kingsley Holgate journeys are included in a book titled “Africa – In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers” in which he and his family team have survived countless attacks of Malaria, the threat of bandits, wild animals and the danger of unexploded landmines.

Staying true to their motto of using adventure to improve lives, Kingsley and his team have in a somewhat dangerous and difficult, world first odyssey, embraced the entire African continent, traversing all of Mama Africa’s 54 countries to include her island states. A recent Nile River adventure took them to Juba in time for the birth of the newest country in the world, South Sudan. In 2012 Kingsley and his team followed the entire Great African Rift Valley from Djibouti on the Horn of Africa to Mozambique below Gorongosa. Before setting off on the 2013 Izintaba Zobombo Expedition to follow the Lubombo Range of Mountains through 3 countries in support of malaria prevention, Rite to Sight for poor sighted, water purification and Rhino Protection, Kingsley visited Somaliland and then Mogadishu, Somalia – all part of his quest to embrace Mama Afrika.   

Through his charismatic storytelling and great sense of humour, Kingsley captivates the imagination of his audience. He inspires them to explore, overcome the seemingly impossible and celebrate life. In the Greybeard’s own words:

“Life is a Great Adventure, Isn’t It?!”

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