A talk presentation by Ian McCallum about the journey he, friends and other travellers undertook, to explore external and internal answers to the environmental issues and the future expansion and development we all face in southern Africa.
Another part of the journey was to meet, travel with, and acknowledge some of the many unknown giants of conservation in the 6 countries travelled. In the background they were seeking information, understanding, realisations and to find solutions to promote, encourage and institute biodiversity corridors linking the present large conservation areas of southern Africa.
This was a 5000 kms journey by foot, bicycle and kayaks, taking about 4 months.The support crew were the only motorised personnel. Sharon, Ian’s wife was the Project Manager and based at times in Cape Town, co-ordinating all the logistics of the peoples needs, arrivals, departures, supplies arrivals, destinations. Entry and exit permits to countries and reserves were just some of the issues dealt with.
The planning and recce took about a year before the departure. There were 4 film makers along and a documentary is planned for release in 2014. Also Ian will do a presentation to the World Wilderness Congress in October this year which is to be held in Salamanca, Spain.