And then it was done… After an exhilarating journey of 19 days, we’re finally saying goodbye to this remarkable desert we’ve been tripping through on our Dunlop Tyres SA Beyond The Desert Edge Expedition.
It is a wilderness world unlike any other, and the diverse ecosystems – from the Damaraland Torra rock fields to the alluvial plains and rugged shale peaks of the Kaokoveld, the arid savanna of Hartmann’s Valley, and the remote Dorop National Park coastal plains – both tested and amazed us as we navigated south from Angola and the Cunene River.
Over approximately 1200km, we tested the Grand Trek tyres, Isuzu South Africa KBs, Hi-Tec SA apparel and Giant Bicycles to their absolute limits, and were fortunate to not once have any major issues. We were also fortunate enough to pass through some of the most remote and beautiful Wildeerness Safaris concessions, including Serra Cafema, Hoanib, Desert Rhino and the Damaraland Camps – and this was an incredible privilege.
Tomorrow we fly back to our families and I cannot wait to to see Karyn Marais and my gorgeous kids. This is also when the real work starts: sorting through images, writing articles, editing documentaries, reconnecting with sponsors and, of course, intensifying our fundraising efforts around Children In The Wilderness, our official charity – more on this soon.
Once again, a huge thanks to Dunlop Tyres SA Isuzu SA for the vehicles, Wilderness Safaris for guiding and access through their concessions, Hi-Tec SA for their quality apparel, Holdfast for their mtb racks and kit, SPOT Africa for tracking, Giant RSA for their never-say-die mountain bikes, Ciovita for the top class cycling shirts, DripDrop SA for quality rehydration, and Racefood, Darling Brew and Bean There Coffee for fuelling us.
Peter Van Kets and I are already setting the wheels in motion for our next Beyond Expeditions adventure mid-2018,so stay tuned. And if Peter Kirk and Graham Kirk can join us, that will just be Beyond Bedonnerd.
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