EXPEDITION PROFILE

The Nitty Gritty Nomads

  • Location: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Madagascar
  • Total Distance: 25000km
  • Distance to Date: 0km
  • donation goal: 50 000
  • donations to date: 0
  • start date: Apr 1, 2017

Expeditionists:

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Team:

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MISSION

Discovering the "Dark Continent's" rich archaeology, wildlife, ecosystems, cuisine, fishing locations and cultures, thus, creating a more approachable image of this largely misunderstood continent. We will also be educating communities in Africa about heritage and environmental preservation.

OBJECTIVES

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1) Discover ancient archaeological settlements, cities, trade ports, rock art and ancient artifacts. There is so much undiscovered African archaeology, so we will document, photograph and record the artifacts their culture and location and explain the archaeology to the local communities. Thus leaving everything in context and preserved as well as engaging with the communities. 2) We intend to hold meetings in local communities where we will teach the youth the importance of their wildlife and heritage as well as the current rate of poaching and the impact it is having on our larger mammal species like Rhino. 3) Document some of the more unique and obscure local dishes, adding twists and presenting the ideas to the cooking world. 4) Collect scientific data on African ticks as well as wildlife and fresh water fish populations and biodiversity.

ABOUT

The Nitty Gritty Nomads are a band of four adventurous, young, good looking Africa enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds. Our gang consists of myself Trent Barefoot Seiler: archaeologist/fisherman/mushroom hunter, Istene Rousseau: pilot/chef/yoga boss, Tom Da Silva: our dreaded Australian fire dancing adventure companion as well as our newest and last member Michael Watson: Motorcycle enthusiast/mechanic and adventurer.

We will be leaving April 2017 for a year long pilgrimage through Africa, zig zagging across the continent interacting with locals to find the best archaeology, wildlife and the next location/destination.

We are determined to find those roads less traveled, interact with people from diverse cultures while discovering and visiting their archaeological sites as well as uncovering their culinary secrets. We intend to hold meetings in local communities where we will teach the youth the importance of their wildlife and heritage as well as the current rate of poaching and the impact it is having on our larger mammal species like Rhino. Explaining the impact of human overpopulation and over reliance on natural resources while suggesting alternatives. Explaining concepts like renewable energy, global warming and animal extinction.

We will try to educate as many people as we can along the way, find the most beautiful locations, best people, most delicious cuisine and greatest fishing spots. Then compile it into The Nitty Gritty Nomads and Expeditionists' blogs so that you can experience it with us or follow in our footsteps one day.

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