Crossing Africa- Cape Town to Cairo

$9,400 of $15k goal

Raised by 90 people in 22 months

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– A voyage covering the length of Africa from South to North entirely by foot and paddle boat. Crossing Africa expedition is meant to document and share with the world everyday lives of Africans in an entirely unique way all while pushing the human body to its physical limits.​

One continent. One country. One step at a time. Mario Rigby is about to begin the second half of a rigorous journey across Africa from Cape Town, South Africa to Malawi where he continued on a Kayak to Tanzania along Lake Malawi (the 3rd largest lake in Africa). The rest of his journey will include, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Northern Sudan and Egypt, he will need more help as this leg of the journey is the most difficult. His journey began on Nov. 24, 2015. During this anticipated two-year expedition, Rigby expects to fulfill a burning drive for exploration and adventure as well as to reinforce his belief in humanity, all while testing his body and mind to the absolute limit. Equipped with essential travel gear, Rigby is trusting his preparation and belief in the goodwill of strangers he’ll meet along the way to complete this journey. While walking through 9 countries, and a diverse range of environments, including deserts, jungles, and areas of civil unrest, Rigby will document his travels on his website MarioRigby.com in order to let the world follow every of his steps.
Rigby has prepared for this moment for nearly a year before setting foot in Africa. There’s the paperwork, like visas and travel documents, hours and hours of research studying maps, survival tactics, travel gear, and so much more. Rigby also consulted with expedition experts such as Julian Fisher who has crossed Africa from east to west. To overcome physical barriers, Rigby trained his body to withstand long endurance walking and terrain trekking, along with survival skill tactics and learning how to use the environment to his advantage. Just recently, he completed a 15 day walk from the CN Tower in Toronto to the top of Mount Royal in Montreal, walking 12-15 hours each day, and covering more than 550 kilometers, all by foot. Along the way, Rigby was overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers who took him into their homes, providing warm meals and a place to sleep.

“The drive for curiosity and exploration is vanishing in today's fast-paced and digital world,” said Rigby. “I think unlike past generation, more people are hesitant to venture out and meet strangers. We are all filled with unimaginable potential - perhaps my adventure will inspire others to move away from their comfort zones and unleash theirs.”

Crossing Africa has international coverage by CTV National News, The Globe & Mail, Turks & Caicos SUN, CBC radio, other radio hosts and multiple newspaper publications. I invite you to join me on this unique and compelling journey exploring Africa. 

CTV News Coverage


SOCIAL MEDIA
Webwite: www.mariorigby.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/crossingafrica1
Blog: www.mariorigby.wordpress.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/Crossingafrica 
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Update 29
Posted by Mario Rigby
4 days ago
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Finally passed the Equator in Nanyuki by foot. Never thought it was even possible to walk across latitude lines across the earth until I began these crazy long journey. Continue following my voyage as I walk across Africa entirely by foot and witness some of the most inspiring events. @crossingafrica .
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The Equator passes about 4 miles south of the town Nanyuki in Laikipia County, Kenya. The equator is halfway between the North Pole and the South Pole at '0' degrees latitude. The equator divides the planet into a Northern Hemisphere and a Southern Hemisphere.
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Update 28
Posted by Mario Rigby
6 days ago
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As many of you might know I have past the halfway mark for Crossing Africa; your help now more than ever is imperative, out of 15k we have raised $8,775. Your funds will be used for the next part of my expedition where I will be walking through the desert along Sudan and finally into Egypt in the coming months. Below is a list of things I need funding for adding up to $6,225:

- A new tent (old tent is torn apart)
- new hiking boots
- desert guides to help me navigate
- camels for carrying water across the desert
- Unfortunately root canal treatment (Started a dentist treatment in Tanzania but I couldn't finish it due to lack of funds)

You have helped fund me through the first part of the journey and your help will be most needed for the second half where dangers and difficult-to-reach terrain will be harder to get at.
This is the broken tent
First step of root canal treatment
Reached town of Nanyuki next to Mt Kenya
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Update 27
Posted by Mario Rigby
23 days ago
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There are no words to express the gratitude I feel toward these people I have from the tiny villages in Tanzania. Fadhili, he is in the green shuka, has invited us to stay in his home. He has fed us some of the best food we have ever eaten. Their hospitality was incredible. I will have more stories of what Fadhili and his wife are doing in the village of Mawala. Their aim to make each village self sustaining and empowering people to economic independence throughout Africa.

For more on Mario's Crossing Africa expedition visit www.mariorigby.com
Mawala Project short video
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Update 26
Posted by Mario Rigby
1 month ago
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In the heavens - Climbing the highest mountain in Kenya - second highest in Africa
1 day before the peak of point Lenana
Hiking up with Neil
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Sthembiso Johnson
14 months ago
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goodluck and may god give you strength.

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Mike Collins
1 month ago

God bless you man! Please check out my campaign for my sister, would mean a lot :)

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$9,400 of $15k goal

Raised by 90 people in 22 months
Created June 10, 2015
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FRANCOISE LIU MAN HIN
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Nicole Kay
4 days ago
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$50
Timm Harding
4 days ago

Love you man. Rally proud of you xxxx

AM
$40
Anya Matrosova
5 days ago
$200
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Camille Slattery
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Travis Russell
5 days ago

proud of u man

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John Graves
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6 days ago
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1 month ago
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Cheering you on...

Sthembiso Johnson
14 months ago
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goodluck and may god give you strength.

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Mike Collins
1 month ago

God bless you man! Please check out my campaign for my sister, would mean a lot :)

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