WILD WON­DER­FUL WORLD

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - MAIL - Grant Pengilly via email

I would like in­tro­duce our project, Wild Won­der­ful World. My part­ner Michelle and I are pre­par­ing to em­bark on a con­ser­va­tion-fo­cused ex­pe­di­tion (along with our trusty Land Rover De­fender 300Tdi) through South­ern, Cen­tral and East Africa.

With over 15 years of com­bined wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween us, we left the sa­fari lodge in­dus­try to put our­selves at the dis­posal of peo­ple in re­mote places who are in need of hands on the ground to help con­serve Africa’s rare and won­der­ful flora and fauna. We take with us the skills that we have ac­cu­mu­lated from work­ing in the bush: guid­ing, track­ing an­i­mals and ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about wildlife and con­ser­va­tion, as well as my ad­di­tional fly­ing skills from my in­volve­ment in game cap­ture and wildlife vet­eri­nary work fly­ing he­li­copters (R22 and R44s).

We are pas­sion­ate con­ser­va­tion­ists, na­ture lovers, travel ad­dicts, huge ad­ven­tur­ous spir­its, as well as fairly good ama­teur pho­tog­ra­phers. Our ex­pe­di­tion model would be sim­i­lar in some ways to that of Kings­ley Hol­gate: we iden­tify from his work the mas­sive need of sup­port in re­mote places as well as the level of mar­ketabil­ity a project like this brings. We dif­fer­en­ti­ate our­selves from him in that our fo­cus will be more wildlife-based and of course a brand built around us; a life­style of ad­ven­ture and a wor­thy cause. Our route and times­pan are flex­i­ble and will change as new projects come up or get ex­tended. We have al­ready started a port­fo­lio of projects and are in dis­cus­sions with other con­ser­va­tion com­pa­nies.

At this stage, we are in the process of find­ing sup­port for our project, in the form of equip­ment spon­sors and fi­nan­cial sup­port to help re­duce our costs, as this is an en­tirely self-funded project (the more we save pre­par­ing for the ex­pe­di­tion, the longer we can be on the road help­ing projects).

We have identified that an ex­pe­di­tion such as ours will pro­vide fan­tas­tic ma­te­rial from a blog and ar­ti­cle point of view, from travel sto­ries, equip­ment re­views, des­ti­na­tion re­views and, of course, con­ser­va­tion project ar­ti­cles.

We will be trav­el­ling mostly off the beaten track to lesser­known con­ser­va­tion oper­a­tions through­out Africa.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to re­view some of our ma­te­rial thus far, please visit our web­site at www.wild­won­der­ful­world.com.

You can also look us up on In­sta­gram (@wild­won­der­ful_ world ) and Facebook (Wild Won­der­ful World) and as soon as we get go­ing on the road, on YouTube V-blogs, too.

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