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Kingsley Holgate takes the new Land Rover Discovery into the ‘real Africa’

25 October 2017

Kingsley Holgate and his team of intrepid adventurers have set off on another expedition through Africa. This time in the all-new Land Rover Discovery.

As Kinsley says,”It’s the first time these state of the art vehicles are tackling such a tough expedition route, and the motoring world – I’m sure – are standing by to find out if they are ‘boulevard cruisers’ or as tough or better than their Disco 4 predecessors, which we used with such great success. Will keep you posted.”

The expedition started by heading into Mozambique and then And then north, following the old Zimbabwe-Maputo railway line to Chicualacuala.

Next the team entered Gonarezhou – place of elephants – in south-eastern Zimbabwe, where they set up a base camp” under the old leadwood trees below the beautiful Chiloja Cliffs on the banks of the Runde River.”

Kingsley’s son Ross is leading the expedition in a specially kitted-out All-new Discovery, fitted with 18-inch rims and “tough Cooper Tyres”, a rear-mounted winch and Front Runner roof-rack. Kingsley and Sheelagh are in another such Disco, while bringing up the rear is ‘Mashozi’ the big old Landy 130 Defender.

Mashozi is carrying, besides a whole lot of kit, veterans of many Kingsley Holgate expeditions, Bruce Leslie and Mozambican Babu Cossa. The Defender is fitted with a tough Old Man Emu suspension, ARB bull-bar and winch, and Engel fridges from 4×4 Megaworld, with Front Runner supplying roof racks and other essential equipment and a specialized Alucab back.

“Land Rover Ballito have adopted the old girl in terms of maintenance and she is loaded to the hilt with humanitarian items and supplies,” says Holgate. Shovashova Mike Nixon (a Cape Epic Land Rover team member) is once again mountain biking this journey.

Source: Kingsley Holgate Foundation