Southern Africa, a most primordial place, capable of evoking primordial environments and legendary tales of exciting explorations and adventures. That was the very destination of this year’s Donnavventura expedition.
The team landed in Johannesburg and soon drove to Kruger Park, looking for its luxuriant vegetation and abundant wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants and hyppos!
After clearing the Customs, our reporters arrived in Mozambique and hit some dusty, off-road tracks leading to the very heart of the nation and many small villages of simple stray and mud huts. Thanks to on-board satellite positioning systems, the caravan never lost the way, even when stopping for the night in some tiny settlements lost in the thick of the savannah. Our brave reporters often slept on thin layers of intertwined tree branches, under the most beautiful starry skies ever, while anxiously listening to sudden noises in the thick of the forest.
By the time the caravan was about to tackle the coastline in Mozanbique, everybody knew what was about to come down the pike: a highly demanding and challenging expedition, thick with dangers and with no room left for laziness or careless attitude.
Exchanging their vehicles for boats, the Donnavventura team then sailed to the Bazaruto Archipelago, a group of six islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque, Santa Carolina (also known as Paradise Island) and Shell.
Life proved quite difficult down there and the girls had to take showers using the very saltwater!
Using the blazing-red Mitsubishi pickups, the team then drove across Malawi, heading to Tanzania. All of a sudden, two members of the group fell sick with malaria and Amoebiasis – as diagnosed by the nearest hospital: they had to go back to Italy in haste.
While getting deeper and deeeper in the savannah, the remaining members of the team came across the very Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and Cape buffalos) as well as many other wild animals thriving in the thick of the luxuriant vegetation. After Tanzania, the Donnavventura reporters entered Kenya and met with the local Masai tribe in a village next to the very foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Once back in Tanzania, the team drove the most secluded wildlife haven of Kota Kota: home to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, home to several antelope species, buffalos, and leopards.
After 14 hours of driving under a scorching sun, everybody had a chance to stop and relax while fishing on Lake Kariba, between Zambia and Zimbawe: watch our for alligators though!
A nerve-shattering rafting experience down the Zambesi River came next, when the team arrived in Livingstone. A rush of sheer adrenaline was then followed by some other challenging driving to Botswana and its beautiful Chobe National Park. The caravan zipped across the Okavango River, while taking some glorious shots of the wild, untainted nature and wildlife there. The exploration went as far as Namibia, where our brave travel reporters had many chance encounters also with sealions and seals on its pristine white beaches. Driving South along the Skeleton Coast, the Donnavventura team eventually tackled the Namib Desert, the oldest one in the world, with its white, orange and red dunes reaching as high as 1.000 ft.
Cape Town welcomed the arrival of the Donnavventura expedition, at the very end of this exciting and adventurous Grand Raid. Each member of the team will treasure everything she saw in South Africa forever in her heart, while the International audience will benefit from dozens of breath-taking pictures and some truly fascinating footage.