A Journey to Embrace All Africa
Last year after a lifetime of travel, well know Land Rover adventurers, Kingsley Holgate together with his family and Malaria Prevention Volunteers completed an "All Afrika" odyssey to embrace every country on the continent - but as Kingsley explains 'Africa is not that easy and it delights in throwing the occasional curved ball - so here we are back home after an incredible journey only to find that after 30 years of war, Southern Sudan is about to secede from the North.
The Independence Day event to celebrate the birth of the world's newest country is on the 09th July.
We're calling the expedition "A Journey to Juba". As part of the expedition departure on the 21st June, there will be a United Against Malaria Cultural Festival at Lesedi Cultural Village from where the Land Rover party will carry a Scroll of Peace and Goodwill in Support of Malaria Prevention to their base camp at Nile River Explorers at Bujagali Falls where the largest and most historic river in the world leaves Lake Victoria in Uganda.
From there the party will split, some taking a 600km Nile journey by inflatable boat to meet the Land Rover team in Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan in time for the Independence day celebrations and an expedition United Against Malaria football day for children where backed by Global Fund, the team will provide thousands of life saving mosquito nets to pregnant mothers and children in war torn Sudan.
True to the humanitarian spirit of all of Kingsley's adventures, the Journey to Juba Expedition will also continue with its Rite to Sight campaign to distribute spectacles to poor sighted people in remote areas so keeping alive their motto of "Using Adventure to Improve and Save Lives" Sadly in Sudan, things are hotting up again with the border town of Abyei having just been taken by troops loyal to President Al Bashir of the Islamic North.
Some predict that the war in the South could start again. As Kingsley would say "we'll keep you posted".
"As on every journey the expedition will fill the symbolic calabash at the beginning and empty it at the end. As Always, they'll carry a Scroll of Peace and Goodwill in Support of Malaria Prevention"