A carbon-neutral scooter safari through South Africa.
It started out as a dream - a dream of exploring, photographing and documenting South Africa's natural beauty, the inspiring environmental projects that aim to conserve this and replenish what's been lost, and to share our discoveries with the rest of the world.
This project would not have been possible without the support and assistance of our sponsors. Thus we'd like to offer our sincere gratitude to the following organisations and people:
Bike Zone is a group of individually-owned Motorcycle and Accessory Trading Stores with a huge range of high-quality, durable and performance gear. Bike Zone are sponsoring us two Caberg helmets so that we can be safe while we enjoy the ride.
Overboard supplies high quality, long-lasting, durable and 100% waterproof bags and cases, an essential for any adventurer. They've provided us with waterproof backpacks and kayak bags, which we'll use as panniers and front bags for our bikes.
Evosat is a Tier-1 Inmarsat distribution partner of broadband mobile satellite communications. They've provided us with an Immersat Satellite Phone, which ensures we're connected in the event of any emergency!
Scoot Cafe, located in Stellenbosch, do rentals, sales and maintenance on all kind of scooters, from vintage Vespas to modern 4-stroke types. They also do complete and awe-inspring restorations. Niel and Johan have been there from the start - advising us, training us in scooter repairs and assisting us with maintenance and support. Many thanks to you both!
Scoots, in Fourways Johannesburg, sponsored us some TLC for our tired and dusty scooters when we arrived in Johannesburg on the last leg of our journey. They gave our scooters a service, fixed my electric starter, cleaned them up beautifully and were practically purring when we left!
X-Kulcha designs extreme lifestyle apparel and biker wear that's comfortable and looks great. We've got a pair of Easy Overs each - water-resistant and extremely durable pants that easily fit over our jeans with front zips. Super cool!
Sabonamza offers tours, safaris and expeditions throughout Southern Africa. We received invaluable advice on responsible tours and conservation in South Africa, as well as on our route. They also sponsored us the Garmin Oregon 300.
A top branding, digital and print studio in Cape Town, Deep Design offers creative and strategic partnerships to help brands communicate and grow. Deep Design is committed to having a carbon-neutral operation and uplifting the country.
They provided us with eco-friendly printing of our business cards, posters, stickers and other branding materials using vegetable based inks, recycled products and energy-efficient presses.
The Green Expo is a sustainable exhibition held in Johannesburg and Cape town to showcase green and sustainable products and services. They've sponsored us a stand for three days where we can spread the word about the work Food & Trees for Africa is doing, and promote responsible lifestyles and travel. We'll also be giving a presentation at the event!
Print Design Studio located in Johannesburg, was kind enough to sponsor us eco-friendly printing of our banners and poster for the Green Expo - just in time to get our stand up and looking great! Our large banner was printed on a material called gem light using an ink-jet printer. Special thanks to Liz Matticks for coming through at such short notice!
Asgard Apartments offer superior self-catering accommodation in Somerset West, Cape Town. One of our first sponsors, Asgard allowed us to stay in one of their fully-equipped apartments for as long as we needed to plan our trip. Thanks Annagret and Carl!
C-el Unlimited provided us with robust waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant cases to transport our valuable and sensitive photographic equipment and electronics.
Wintec Solutions provides Sub Saharan African Territories with revolutionary technology brands and unrivalled service delivery. They've supplied us with a Powerchimp and Solarmonkey to charge our batteries and phones, all powered by solar energy!
Tracks4Africa offer great maps packed full of detail for the self-drive traveller. Tracks4Africa has sponsored us GPS maps for the whole of Africa, ensuring we always know where we are.
Ads4Trees is a pay per click ad network that plants trees and food gardens on behalf of advertisers. Running on 100% green energy, carbon free, and committed to global reforestation and the enviroment, Ads4Trees was a natural partner for us. We'll also be promoting their associated green search engine, Greensrch.com, which plants one tree for every 500 searches.
Buff is an innovative, multifunctional headwear garment that can be worn as a scarf, cap, headscarf, headband, mask or ski mask. Adventure Inc has provided us with Polar Buffs to protect us from the elements.
Sea to Summit manufactures high-quality outdoor, backpacking and travel products and accessories. They're committed to conserving the environment, and have contributed to the planting of 1200 native seedlings in rural revegetation projects.
The Natural Way, by Mary-Ann Shearer, was my first introduction to healthy eating and nutrition, and today, she is the best-selling health-author in the Southern Hemisphere. As such, it's fitting that the Natural Way will be sponsoring us with a range of healthy snacks and goodies for the road.
Shoprite is sponsoring us with vouchers which we can use for food or airtime throughout our trip. We'll be buying fresh fruit and vegetables, locally-produced and sourced, in line with our commitment to eco-friendly travel.
Rocky creates rough and rugged products with high-performance durability to meet the needs of the adventurous at heart. Keeping the environment in mind, they use recyclable and renewable products for all their boxes and stationery. They'll be supplying us with two pairs of tough, waterproof hiking boots.
LML is basically a Vespa made in India (with the agreement of Piaggio). When Piaggio stopped making this model, LML continued their good work under their own branding. Tough, durable and easy to repair, LML's are built to last. SA's LML distributors, Making Africa Mobile (Pty) Ltd, will be sponsoring us with our spares and support throughout our trip.
Big thanks to:
Cava Motorcycles, who sponsored us our front racks at cost and serviced our scooters at half price.
Dewald de Jager of Omnico, who sponsored us a Go Pro HD Hero 2 camera at cost.
Corrie Van de Merwe from Xtreme Motorcyle Fitment Centre, who sponsored us some spares at cost.
Uschy Gentner - who sponsored us the all-natural remedy for nearly any serious ailment called the Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS).
Calle and Annagret List, who made it all possible. We couldn't have done it without you :-)
Chris Venter, for the unlimited advice, helpful tips and support. We really appeciate it.
Michelle and John Garmin, for your boundless enthusiasm, and for putting us in contact with Tony Weaver of Cape Times.
Roy Ries, for assisting us in getting our jackets!
Lisa Andrews, for giving us our very first cash donation.
Food & Trees for Africa, for giving us a cause we can believe in.
And everyone else who has supported us, in every way!
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