It’s been an action-packed few days for this convoy, as Peace Parks Foundation’s CEO Werner Myburgh and his wife Kozette are taking a group from the COmON Foundation, one of Peace Parks’ most long-standing donors, on an exciting 4×4 road trip through Mozambique.
With each couple equipped with a 4×4, rooftop tent and supplies to make their trip as comfortable as possible, this home on four wheels has certainly taken the group to some remarkable locations where many others have not gone before.
The Past Few Days
Their trip took them from Vilanculos Beach Lodge inland to Zinave National Park, where they got to go on a game drive and get a glimpse into what day-to-day operations look like when protecting a park like Zinave. After two nights of wild camping at the beautiful Fig Tree Pan – a prospective spot for a luxury lodge, the convoy headed south to the grassy plains of Banhine.
The Land Of 4×4 Adventure
As with any adventure in Africa, it is always best to expect the unexpected, and this leg of the journey certainly didn’t come without its own set of challenges, with the first being a river-crossing. Despite its shallow depth, appearances can be deceiving, and the last and perhaps most important vehicle that held the supplies got stuck in the mud.
Thankfully with some good humour, patience and the expertise of some locals, all the vehicles crossed safely and made it to Mapai Gate, where a well-deserved lunch was served.
After a few more 4×4 challenges, the team finally arrived at their campsite along the banks of the Shingwedzi River.
The Final Day
It’s the last day of the trip, and what better way to get the day started than to explore on foot. Limpopo National Park’s Senior Project Manager, Dr Bradley Schroder and his wife, Nicola, have joined the crew to take them on a guided bush walk to some of the lesser-known spots in the park.
After a beautiful morning learning about the bush and, of course, running into some more unexpected setbacks, the team makes it to the end point of their journey, where they will be picked up and taken back to South Africa before flying back home to Europe.
Adventures like these deeply connect people with Africa and all she has to offer. It leaves travellers inspired and motivated to keep supporting conservation efforts, which is critical to securing a healthy future for planet and people.