Q& A with KINGSLEY HOLGATE
Kingsley uses the 2013 Landy Festival as a launch pad for his African expedition.
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Explorer, humanitarian and author Kingsley Holgate, described by many as the most travelled man in Africa is no stranger to the Land Rover fraternity. Kingsley will be making an appearance at the 2013 Landy Festival where he’ll be actively campaigning Project Rhino before embarking on his next African expedition. We get Kingsley’s thoughts on Izintaba Zobombo, saving the rhinos and why Land Rovers are the preferred vehicle for the African explorer.
Tell us about your latest planned expedition.
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Why use the Landy Festival 2013 as a launch pad for your expedition?
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Wha7T6 7h( 6, g1, fica1c( of the Project Rhino fundraiser at the Landy Festival?
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Are you surprised at how Africa smashed the World Record for the biggest convoy of Land Rovers last year?
The LaMCX FeRSHvaK HR a FreaS VaX So BeKebraSe LaMC 1overR aMC She BamaraCerHe amoMF SheHr oVMerR. IS’R MoS RurOrHRHMF ShaS AfrHBa RmaRheC She VorKC reBorC aFaHM. IM 2007, Ve eWOerHeMBeC firRS- haMC She OaRRHoM LaMCX oVMerR’ have for SheHr vehHBKeR VheM Ve KauMBheC She 448- CaX AfrHBa . uSRHCe ECFe eWOeCHSHoM CeOarSHMF from She CaOe of GooC HoOe. We maMaFeC So RmaRh She VorKC reBorC for She bHFFeRS BoMvoX of LaMC 1overR baBk SheM. ThHR SeamVork bX LaMCX oVMerR juRS FoeR from RSreMFSh So RSreMFSh – congratulations to all involved. What makes Land Rover such an appropriate vehicle for African adventures? LaMC 1over haR aKVaXR beeM mX vehHBKe of choice, and has never missed a beat, even in She SouFheRS BoMCHSHoMR. LaMC 1over vehHBKeR have taken me and my team along the entire ouSKHMe of AfrHBa ShrouFh 33 BouMSrHeR aMC BomOKeSeC a RouSh So MorSh jourMeX from She CaOe of GooC HoOe So AKeWaMCrHa aMC She mouSh of She NHKe. ThHR VaR foKKoVeC bX an east to west crossing along the Zambezi aMC CoMFo 1HverR HM She fooSRSeOR of earKX eWOKorerR LHvHMFRSoMe aMC SSaMKeX, aMC SheM a RerHeR of jourMeXR rouMC She VorKC foKKoVHMF She TroOHB of CaOrHBorM. TheRe vehHBKeR have RurvHveC She muC RKoFR of CamerooM aMC Var- SorM LHberHa HM She raHMX ReaRoM, She FreaS Sahara DeRerS, She DaMakHK CeOreRRHoM HM MorSh- eaRSerM EShHoOHa aMC ARRaK, She KoVeRS OoHMS oM She AfrHBaM BoMSHMeMS. Wherever our geographic and humanitarian adventure SakeR uR, LaMC 1over haR Mever KeS uR CoVM, allowing us to go above and beyond.
What do you think of a dedicated Land Rover AFRICA magazine to be launched in South Africa?
We aKK kMoV ShaS She hearSbeaS of LaMC 1over HR HM , ama AfrHBa – She KHMFRKeX Holgate expedition team wishes Land Rover AFRICA every success.