Zandvlei Trust – Following in the Tracks of GIANTS

Feb 06

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.

There were some magnificent photographs in the presentation by both Ian and Ian Michler, of places, animals, vegetation types, landscapes and people and their activities.


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Feedback from Zandvlei Trust presentation

It was a privilege to have functioning hearing and be present last night to receive what was for me an infusion by passive osmosis of naked passion for life that literally glowed in the theatre darkness. I can say to any absentee “You had to be there”

You must have provoked a myriad of reactions in your listeners, from the realization that one has completely failed to discover what you have long ago captured, nurtured and shared, to the dawning despair that time is no longer a friend and it may be too late to catch your train.

Your palpable fervour is infectious and very welcome in the desert of this mind. You live in a special world inhabited sadly by very few enlightened souls. I have enjoyed glimpses in the past but failed to act as intended. Now I’m ready once again.

Thanks once again for this gentle reawakening.

Dr Brian McMullen

What a wonderful, breathtakingly beautiful, extraordinary, sobering and poetic evening. Thank you Ian for those thousands of kilometers, both the inner and the outer – and thank you Sharon for the very demanding and vital part that you played in keeping them all going – and bringing them all back!
Our whole party just loved the talk and were only sorry that it came during the week for school students. If you do another it would be great if it was a Friday/weekend or during school holidays.

Barbara Fairhead

My heartfelt thanks for an excellent and thought-provoking lecture at The Masque, last night. I am so relieved that the human-animal connection is gaining academic, and greater credibility, as we human animals seem intent on continuing to stuff things up!

I was particularly impressed with the reference to all those unsung heroes who dedicate time, money, effort and passion to over a million community based environment and conservation projects globally. Not such a voice in the wilderness after all!

I am reminded of Margaret Mead who once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.

And in closing,
“may all beings be at peace; may all beings be free from suffering” (Tibetan Buddhist mantra)

Charmaine French of the Medical Research Council

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