LAND ROVER EX­PE­DI­TION

Cape Town to Kathmandu

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They will travel through South­ern Africa to the edge of the Euro­pean world and then through an­cient Asia to the Himalayan King­dom of Nepal – a dis­tance of 17,000 kilo­me­tres through 19 coun­tries.

In­trepid ex­plor­ers and Land Rover am­bas­sadors Kings­ley and Ross Hol­gate have em­barked on their next world-first hu­man­i­tar­ian and geo­graphic ex­pe­di­tion on Man­dela Day (18 July) from No­bel Square in the V&A Wa­ter­front in Cape Town to Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Cape Town to Kathmandu Ex­pe­di­tion will travel through South­ern Africa to the edge of the Euro­pean world and then through an­cient Asia to the Himalayan King­dom of Nepal. The Hol­gates will again use the premium Land Rover SUV, the Dis­cov­ery, to cover 17,000 kilo­me­tres through 19 coun­tries.

The Land Rover jour­ney will fol­low in the foot­steps of Marco Polo along a branch of the an­cient Silk Route, from Turkey to Iran, Turk­menistan, Uzbek­istan, and China. In 2013, Land Rover pur­sued one of their bold­est driv­ing ad­ven­tures with the first ever hy­brid ex­pe­di­tion in the world along the Silk Route. Part of this route was com­pleted by three Range Rover Diesel Hy­brid pro­to­types travers­ing 13 coun­tries over 53 days from Soli­hull in the UK to Mumbai, In­dia.

Hos­tile con­di­tions on the route in­cluded as­phalt roads rid­dled with vast and deep pot­holes, dusty desert trails in 43 °C heat and nu­mer­ous miles of mud and gravel tracks and cat­tle trails. In ad­di­tion, river cross­ings, passes cling­ing to the edges of moun­tains partly blocked by rock falls, the thin air of ex­tremely high al­ti­tudes, and the dense and er­ratic traf­fic of Chi­nese and In­dian roads all added to the test of man and ma­chine.

In the shadow of Mt Ever­est

The team will re­port from these coun­tries, filled with some of the finest and ar­chi­tec­tural gems in the world as they travel through more than 15 UNESCO

World Her­itage Sites to their des­ti­na­tion in the shadow of the high­est moun­tain in the world – Mount Ever­est.

Hav­ing com­pleted jour­neys of dis­cov­ery to all 54 coun­tries on the African con­ti­nent and be­ing the first ex­plo­ration team in the world to dis­cover the geo­graphic cen­tre of Africa and reach all seven ex­treme geo­graphic points on the con­ti­nent, as well as ex­plor­ing four South Amer­i­can coun­tries, Aus­tralia, and Mada­gas­car dur­ing their Capri­corn round-the-world jour­ney, the Cape Town to Kathmandu ex­pe­di­tion is the first in a new ad­ven­ture theme of ‘Africa & Be­yond’.

A first for Dis­cov­ery

Start­ing in Africa, the ex­pe­di­tion will ini­tially have strong hu­man­i­tar­ian and com­mu­nity fo­cus be­fore Kings­ley, Ross, and their band of ad­ven­tur­ers go be­yond the con­ti­nent to ex­plore new coun­tries and ex­cit­ing new lo­ca­tions. Ac­cord­ing to Hol­gate, South African ex­plorer, hu­man­i­tar­ian, and au­thor, it will be the first time that the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery ve­hi­cles un­der­take a trans-con­ti­nen­tal jour­ney through Africa, the South Cau­ca­sus re­gion, Cen­tral, and South­ern Asia. “We will be us­ing our two spe­cially-kit­ted ex­pe­di­tion Dis­cov­er­ies that re­cently com­pleted a world-first jour­ney to reach the most East­erly point of Africa at Ras Xaa­fun in North-eastern So­ma­lia on the Horn of Africa.”

The ad­ven­ture be­gan on the cen­te­nary of Man­dela’s birth with the col­lec­tion of Cape Town sea-wa­ter in the sym­bolic Zulu cal­abash of the ex­pe­di­tion, at No­bel Square. The cal­abash will be car­ried to Kathmandu and emp­tied at a site of his­toric sig­nif­i­cance. To com­mem­o­rate Man­dela Day, the ex­pe­di­tion team was pre­sented with spe­cial edi­tion ‘Madiba100’ beaded bracelets, hand­crafted by the Khayelit­sha-based Re­late Trust. The ex­pe­di­tion will carry a new Madiba Scroll of Peace and Good­will, which will col­lect mes­sages and sig­na­tures of sup­port from dig­ni­taries and or­di­nary cit­i­zens en route. At the end of the ex­pe­di­tion it will be pre­sented for en­dorse­ment to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Kathmandu, in a sym­bolic ges­ture of good­will from the peo­ple of South Africa.

Do­ing good for 70 years

Land Rover deal­ers and re­tail­ers along the route through South Africa will play host to the ex­pe­di­tion team and use the oc­ca­sion to pro­mote the Land Rover Hope Box project with Red Cross as part of the 70th an­niver­sary theme of Land Rover of ’70 years of do­ing good’.

A key fo­cus of all ex­pe­di­tions of Hol­gate is to ‘use ad­ven­ture to save and im­prove lives’ and this world-first jour­ney of dis­cov­ery is no ex­cep­tion. Hu­man­i­tar­ian and com­mu­nity con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties will play a ma­jor role in the ob­jec­tives of the ex­pe­di­tion in Africa and Asia. This in­clude Malaria pre­ven­tion, Mashozi’s Rite to Sight, Lifes­traw dis­tri­bu­tion, Com­mu­nity Con­ser­va­tion Ed­u­ca­tion, and Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment (ECD).

Ross Hol­gate, lo­gis­tics and tech­ni­cal man­ager of the ex­pe­di­tion, said the of­froad ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the lat­est Dis­cov­ery are truly in­cred­i­ble. “The all-ter­rain sys­tem makes easy work of sand tracks, mud tracks, goat tracks – even no tracks, swollen rivers, desert cross­ings, and dan­ger­ous moun­tain passes. We look for­ward to yet an­other great ad­ven­ture once again with the ca­pa­ble ve­hi­cle.” Fol­low the progress of the ex­pe­di­tion on the hash­tag #hcat on so­cial net­works or at www.lan­drover.co.za.

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