Tom Ulysses Da Silva

  • AGE: 29
  • nationality: Australian
  • residence: The World
  • athletic skills: Fire Twirling, Running, Skating, Rock Climbing, Motorcycling, Mountain Biking and Scuba Diving
  • hero status: Fire Pirate of Adventure
  • hero statement: An overland explorer and a pirate without a ship that stares Death in the face and laughs.


My name is Tom and I am an amateur photographer, a wannabe writer with too many ideas in my head and not enough time. A pyro fire twirler, a tasty fruit picker and a vine wrapper. I’ve been a Field Guide in South Africa and started my life in a lush forest on the NSW coast of Australia. Im a vagabond and a skater and one of those bloody dreaded travellers. An overland explorer and a pirate without a ship. I want to fly to the Moon and around the Sun and Stars, and fill peoples hearts with laughter, fun and happiness.

My mission is to experience and understand as much as I can in this Life, and to help those that I can, in whatever which way and to put a smile and joy in the lives, of even those that I cannot.

I’m from Australia but believe I’m from this Earth, and will not be stopped by borders and misconceptions between this Earths’s Peoples or it Places. Be it the racial divisions, or the incisions of fear that come from the misunderstandings of another’s religion. The difference’s of ones features and of the vast and different landscapes and countries, we all hail from. The way we talk and the way we behave. If we were all the same, wouldn’t we be a boring lot? We are all different, but we are all One and just distant cousins really. And in the end if not.. screw it, who cares? Why does it matter that someone is different? Why do we create these borders to separate ourselves? Grow up and open your eyes.

I want this motorbike adventure with Trent, Istene and Mike my fellow Nitty Gritty Nomads, through Southern Africa, to be many things;

I want to feel and live firsthand how many on this Earth do. To try and understand another’s culture and see their point of view.

I want to implement the beginning phases of The Silva Sun Foundation and improve the lives of people in impoverished and remote areas. To help were we can and do what we can do, to make even a small positive difference and change in the world.
Be it cleaning the streets and bush of rubbish, to teaching sex education and wildlife conservation at schools. Improving literacy and donating books to those who wish to read and to nourish imagination and creativity in the unknown artists soul.

I want to raise further awareness and help fight the poaching of the lives of fast disappearing species of animals such as Rhinos and Elephants for their horns or their tusks. To stop the deforestation and the habitat destruction of the forests and homes of creatures like the Silverback Mountain Gorilla.

I want to climb rising escarpments and jagged mountains and look down upon epic views. To swing through the jungles and trees, butt naked if we please. To paddle across the watery oasis, that is the Okavango Delta, when all around is dead and dry, and cross over vast plains and shifting desert dunes.

I want to hunt for our own food with sling and stone and pick edible berries from between the leaves and return to our cave home.To swim between the crashing waves chasing fish and pluck oysters from the rock just to survive.

I want to look for clues and puzzle pieces of the past in a land full of history. To delve into the mystery of the Sangomas and the raw and powerful magic that is Majestic Africa. And learn what there is to learn and then some.

I want to run with the stampede and sleep in the dust. To stand amongst the first rains and bask in the suns rays. To roll in the mud and not give a fuck!

I want to sing and dance around the fire under the stars with you and howl at the silver Full Moon.

I want to stare Death in the face and laugh.

I want to Live.


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