EXPEDITIONIST PROFILE

Michael Watson

  • AGE: 28
  • nationality: South African
  • residence: South Africa
  • athletic skills: Motorcycling, rafting, fishing and sailing
  • hero status: Mr Fixit
  • hero statement: Africa is in my heart and soul and as they say – ‘You’re Only Young Once!’ – make the most of opportunities which come your way!

BIO

I was born and bred in Limpopo. Went to school at Capricorn High School and Merensky (Tzaneen). It was at Merensky where I met most of my crazy friends who stayed in the small mountain village of Haenertsburg. I fell in love with the mountains and did a lot of exploring in the indigenous forests, on foot, bike and with 4×4.

After school I started working at an engineering company in Polokwane and qualified as a Fitter & Turner. I’m also a very competent welder. I’m a practical kind of guy and will be the ‘Mr Fixit’ on this trip. 2015 I bought my first bike – a Triumph and that’s when the biking bug bit.

My real love for Africa began in 2011 when I successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro. Since then I have also been up close and personal with the Gorillas in Uganda, done white water rafting at the source of the Nile, fished in Botswana and lay on the white beaches of Mozambique.

Then I heard about the Nitty Gritty Nomads and I knew biking through Africa was going to be my next adventure. This trip, for me, will be about meeting new people, experiencing and understanding different cultures, facing new challenges and growing in myself.

Africa is in my heart and soul and as they say – ‘You’re Only Young Once!’ – make the most of opportunities which come your way!

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