After eight months of research in 2011, the first expedition was set for 1 January 2012. This 250 day trip laid the foundations for some of the primary towns and projects we would connect with each year.
In 2012, we had the privilege of meeting a number of inspiring people and projects like Nourish, Nature’s Valley Trust, Zululand Conservation Trust, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, the Amakhala Foundation, and the Mogalakwena Group, which have become our core projects.
These project visits were made possible by the sponsorship of hundreds of hospitality partners all over South Africa and the overwhelming support of towns and communities from Ladismith to Bray, Hermanus to Kosi Bay, St Francis Bay to Augrabies. This collaboration of people, places and projects is what The EXPEDITION Project is built on.
It is clear that South Africa is a land full of cultural and scenic diversity, but what became more apparent during our 2012 expedition is that the country is unique and comprises a dynamic not seen anywhere else in the world. We saw enough that year to realise that every region should be treated as unique.