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Kingsley Holgate (1946 - ) was born on the 28th of February in Natal.  He is an explorer, humanitarian and author.  He has been described by Getaway Magazine as “the most travelled man in Africa”.  He travels around the world with his family and friends, often delivering aid and relief to impoverished people.

His family adventures, many of which are world firsts, have included:

A Cape Town to Cairo crossing of Africa in open boats, the Zambezi and Congo Rivers in the footsteps of Livingstone and Stanley, and a circumnavigation of Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake.

He has sailed the Makgadigadi Salt Pans in land yachts and in another expedition called ‘Extreme Latitude’ they travelled on foot, by bicycle, bullock cart, dugout canoe and Land Rover circumnavigating the globe by land following the Tropic of Capricorn.

Their yearlong “African Rainbow” expedition to the Somali border and back in an Arab sailing dhow allowed them to distribute tens of thousands of mosquito nets to pregnant mothers and children under the age of five in a campaign called “One Net One Life”.

Using adventure to improve lives, “The Outside Edge”, a 448 day 33 country geographic and humanitarian expedition to track the outline of Africa has been hailed as the most successful expedition ever undertaken in support of Malaria Prevention.

Other adventures have included a number of journeys in the footsteps of the early explorers in which he and his family team have survived countless attacks of Malaria, the threat of bandits, wild animals and the danger of unexploded landmines. After a lifetime of travelling Africa he has just returned from a dangerous and difficult journey to complete the entire African continent.

He says: “I feel blessed to be born under African skies and with my family and team of fellow adventurers to be privileged to live the life of a modern day adventurers and with your support to be able to continue to use these adventures to improve and save lives.
Good luck and thanks for all the support
Life is a great Adventure.
Siyabonga, Asante Sana.”

Extract from Africa, In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers:

Born in 1946 in Durban, South Africa, I was christened Kingsley by my God-fearing parents after, I'm told, the early Rhodesian missionary adventurer, Kingsley Fairbridge.

The Zulus call me Nondwayiza, the African jacana or lily-trotter, a bird with long legs and big ungainly feet - but nowadays I am often referred to as the 'greybeard of African adventure'. My real good fortune, however, is to have been born in Africa - and to have lived the fascinating but sometimes dangerous life of a modern-day explorer.


2003. Capricorn: Following the Invisible Line. Random House Struik.

2005.  Cape to Cairo: A Family Expedition Along the Waterways of Africa. Random House Struik.

2006.  Africa: In The Footsteps Of Great Explorers.  Random House Struik.

2009. Afrika: Dispatches From The Outside Edge. Random House Struik.