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Overland Journal Podcast Episode 190 - Kingsley Holgate

Overland Journal Podcast Episode 190

There are a handful of true living legends in the overland world: Tom Sheppard, Lois Pryce, Ted Simon, Mac MacKenny, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, among them. But for my money, Kingsley Holgate is in a category of one. His laundry list of accomplishments in overland travel is enough to make your head spin around twice, including leading the first team to reach the geographic center of Africa, and an incredible circumnavigation of that continent—all mostly accomplished after the age of 50. Truly, it’s never too late to start exploring. Overland Journal Podcast host Scott Brady had the great privilege to chat with Kingsley at his home in South Africa about his travels and his charitable work across Africa. This is not an episode to be missed.

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Guest Bio:

Kingsley Holgate

Born under African skies into a missionary family, Kingsley’s adventures started at a young age. Countless hours spent on his father’s lap, he was enthralled by stories of the great Victorian explorers. This led to many missionary journeys with his parents into the wilds of Africaas far as the old Belgium Congothat were to plant the seeds for Kingsley’s own epic journeys of discovery. His foundation has provided life-saving and life-bouying medical supplies for hundreds of thousands of Africans.

It’s taken much of a lifetime, but no other group of adventurers have completed journeys of exploration (many of them world-firsts) that include: an expedition that tracked the entire outline of the African continent through 33 countries in 449 days; a south-to-north journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Alexandria and the mouth of the Nile along the waterways of Africa; an east-to-west crossing along the Zambezi and Congo Rivers in the footsteps of early explorers Livingstone and Stanley during the years of civil war in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo; following the Tropic of Capricorn around the world by Land Rover; a year sailing a traditional lateen-rigged Arab dhow up the east coast of Africa to Somalia and back; two transcontinental expeditions: Cape Town to Kathmandu, and the first “Hot Cape-Cold Cape” journey for the new Land Rover Defender from Cape Agulhas (Africa’s southern-most point) to Nordkapp in Norway’s Arctic Circle, and in a series of humanitarian and geographic expeditions, embracing all 54 countries on the African continent including all the island states. @kingsleyholgatefoundation

Host Bio:

Scott Brady

Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal and is often credited with popularizing overlanding in North America. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and includes three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar expeditions include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. @scott.a.brady

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Stephan Edwards is the Associate Editor of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. He and his wife, Julie, once bought an old Land Rover sight unseen from strangers on the internet in a country they'd never been to and drove it through half of Africa. After living in Botswana for two years, Stephan now makes camp at the foot of a round mountain in Missoula, Montana. He still drives that Land Rover every day. An anthropologist in his former life and a lover of all things automotive, Stephan is a staunch advocate for public lands and his writing and photography have appeared in Road & Track, Overland Journal, and Adventure Journal. Find him at @venturesomeoverland on Instagram.