Young Explorers: Africa Expedition
Stellenbosch, South Africa: Francois Malherbe and his crew are set to depart on their Africa Expedition today. They are taking 36 young explorers from Stellenbosch High School on an expedition through Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Once they land in Livingstone, Zambia, they will be met by fully equipped overland-trucks, ready to hit the road!
“We will start our journey at Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders), is a waterfall in Southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. From there we will head into Botswana and explore the Chobe National Park - a first for many of the young explorers.” Francois and his crew will then head further west towards the Caprivi, Mamili Park and the Okavango Delta, crossing several borders. “What I love about crossing a border, is that somewhere deep inside us, some unknown part of us that might be afraid of change, also receives a passport stamp.”
Francois’s organization, Unravelling Exploration, is an organization focused on vocational coaching and facilitating self-exploration through adventure. He believes that figuring out what you want to do with your life is not a problem to be solved, but an adventure to be lived. Thus, offering an alternative to the mainstream quick-fix-answer-based career guidance system in South Africa. “Going on an expedition like this might be one of the most challenging things these high school learners will ever do, but committing to such an experience shows they have the courage to live the questions in their hearts.”
“There are too few explorers left in this world. I aim to inspire a love of exploration in these learners and teach them that the world is theirs to explore, but also theirs to care for and protect. They can be agents of sustainable change. They are the custodians of hope and inspiration.”
Francois will use this expedition as a platform to encourage these young explorers to better understand their own unique set of passions, talents and skills and how this combination can be used to address the needs of the world. This will all be done while sitting around a campfire at night hearing lions roar in the distance, driving through Chobe, learning from the local guides about the land or drifting peacefully along the Okavango Delta in search of elephants.