Team South Afristan - Mongol Rally 2014
We have entered a South African team into the Mongol Rally - 15,000 km in a car completely unsuited for the adventure.
Your donation will go to supporting the team and help them along the way. You can make a REWARD donation or a **NEW** option is to sponsor specific items. Our Budget is in excess of £20,000/$40,000 and includes the car, flights, food, accommodation and 1 Yak ride for each team member...!!
Support the team by making a donation here or support our partner charity Gumboots by following the link below: http://www.justgiving.com/TheSouthAfristans
You can support the rally charity Cool Earth by the link below:
Africa is an inter-weaved story of journey and of humanity. It is the birthplace of humankind and the starting point for the migrations that resulted in the distribution and variety of people we see today. We are all a part of that original African diaspora.
Africa also has a legacy of grand expedition, intrepid exploration and voyage into the undiscovered. This is why we as Team South Afristan have put ourselves on this journey. We hope to bring a message of “Ubuntu - the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”, to those we meet on our journey and to celebrate our cultural and ethnic diversity. We are privileged that 2014 marked the first time that a generation of South Africans that were Born Free were able to vote in our country’s elections.
For adventurers with a passion to take on extreme challenges the Mongol Rally is ideal as it takes participants across some of the most remarkable and difficult terrain in the world. 300 teams choose their 15,000 km mad dash route starting in London (UK) and ending in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) travelling in a sub-compact car completing the rally in a 4 to 6 week period. It is NOT a race! For the South African team this challenge fits in perfectly with our philosophy of exploring and discovering the world; following the road less travelled; and, experiencing the richness and diversity of places, people and cultures in as many countries as possible. We have planned a route through 19 different countries. However, the opportunity for us is so much more than this!
We are a proudly South African team, we come from a country of cultural and ethnic diversity, and Ubuntu is part of our heritage and within our spirit. For us this is not just an extreme adventure, it is an opportunity to partner with our chosen charity Gumboots and help inspire underprivileged African children to follow their dreams, and to meet as many people as possible in the countries we visit and get to experience their cultures as well as share our love of our country with them.
we've made it to north eastern Kazakhstan in the town of Oskemen. We're in a mining / nuclear test site district. We probably won't actually visit either as one needs to register to go to the mine sites and one needs protective radiation gear for the latter. Just west of here there were a reported 490 nuclear detonations and you can go stand at ground zero, alongside some damaged military bunkers, model villages and a few frazzled cows. We'll give it a pass as we have a deadline in Mongolia ...and we'd like to keep our options open for procreation one day! (We haven't seen any two-headed yaks yet though)
Wish us well, keep following and challenge your friends and colleagues to donate to our charity Gumboot and help us sponsor an entire school for an entire year!!
We've gone from countries with the cheapest fuel (Turkmenistan at $0.22 /l) to the most expensive (Turkey at $2.00 /l). We've only had two breakdowns (if you haven't been following the blog) but going strong now and running with the car heater full blast in 45 deg heat!
Thanks to everyone again for their support and helping us to keep us on the road. Love the SAfristans.
We've prepared a full route with destinations prepped along the way. Today, after stopping to collect Jessica's tent at Gatwick, we'll make a stop at the Battle of Hastings site where the monarchic tradition of the Viking kings filled the power void left by the collapse of the Roman Empire. Then it's a quick hop across the Chunnel to visit Dunkirk where Allied forces evacuated from. Following that we head to Waterloo. Not sure why, nothing historic ever happened there!?!? It's only a hop skip and a jump to the Netherlands to visit the birthplace of the EU where the Maastrict treaty was signed, and ushered in a period of Pax Europeana ...and bailouts, heheh.
There's of course a few more stops to make and we'll see how far we get tonight, it's gonna be a pretty full on day! Wish us luck, keep following (and liking)!!
Jessica, JP, Susanne & Richard
We're soon to enable our "wishlist" and supporters will be able to sponsor specific items - yes, even including 1 Yak ride per team member. Who knows, if we run out of horse power we may harness the power of the Yak. As my great-great-great-great-great grandfather Genghis used to say, "Yakkety Yak, Don't Turn Back!!" hahahahah
also check out our new website:
where you can track our progress, see our updates and photos, and where you should even be able to send us text messages via satellite!! Amazing.
Hello,sir.I come to ask any help about my study in training for Machinery:360 Excavator&Bob Cat.Can you help me to do it,I'm ready if you guys can support me.I'm register at Academic Training Narvara in Edenvale but I don't have money to start.Hope you'll help me.God bles you in Jesus-Christ's name.
Hope you guys have had some basic car mechanic training; get the feeling you are going to need it. Do us proud and let everyone know about Ubuntu!