Timbuktu to Table Mountain

Meet the Timbuktu Team 2006-05-31

COLIN BROWN: Expedition technician Colin Brown is a familiar and respected face on the 4×4 scene having long been a keen off-road adventurer who specialises in vehicle preparation and the design and manufacture of 4×4 accessories and equipment.A number of vehicle manufacturers have adopted his designs as original equipment on their 4x4s. An inventor of note, Colin has won an SABS design excellence award for an environmentally friendly board game he created called FourSite.

TIM CHEVALIER: Tim is an expedition cameraman who specialises in adventure, travel, environmental and human interest documentary work. Career highlights include trips to Antarctica, Patagonia, Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Timbuktu, India, and Madagascar.Tim has also worked on Camel Trophy, the Cape to Rio Yacht Race, Kilimanjaro, and various expeditions with explorer Kingsley Holgate including Cape to Cairo, the Zambezi, and an around the world odyssey on the Tropic of Capricorn.

GEOFF DALGISH: Expedition leader Geoff Dalglish is a travel and environmental writer with a passion for Africa’s wild places.Past adventures have included competing in the South African off-road championships, participation in the international Camel Trophy, representing South Africa in the Malaysian Rainforest Challenge and being lead driver in the African Connection Rally from Africa’s northern tip to its southern extremity.Earlier this month he completed an overland trip to Cairo and he has recently hiked both Kilimanjaro and Peru’s Inca Trail.

JOHAN GOOSEN: A military career saw Johan hone his considerable skills as an adventurer, survival expert and security consultant. Career highlights included a posting as an instructor to the SA Air Force Advanced Training Wing, later specialising as a diving and small boat instructor with the Special Forces.He has served as a security officer for a diamond mining company and more recently as security advisor to Chevron on the Angolan Offshore Oil Fields. Johan represented South Africa in the international Camel Trophy in Mongolia in 1997.He speaks five languages including Portuguese.

ADELLE HORLER: Author, award-winning editor and freelance photo-journalist Adelle Horler combines a love of travel with editing Mercedes and Heart magazines, also contributing features to a variety of other magazines and newspapers.Formerly managing editor of the Drive Out 4×4 destinations guide, she is the author the Cape Route Finder. Adelle is a qualified 4×4 expedition guide exploring a variety of Southern African countries and has planned Earth-friendly media events.

MICHAEL LESTER: A former professional soccer player and inflatable boat racer, Michael worked for Toyota South Africa for 25 years, most recently handling exports to Africa, Europe and Australia.A keen off-roader, he jumped at the opportunity to join the expedition and is playing an invaluable role in the planning, although he has accepted an extended assignment in Kuwait and won’t be able to join the adventure.

DR PANKIL PATEL A medical doctor and trauma expert, Pankil’s career has included a stint as a managing partner and casualty officer in the Edenvale Medi-Clinic Hospital, also flying regular rescues for the Flight for Mercy helicopter service and International SOS.He was involved in the last year’s Pakistan earthquake rescue and more recently featured in the ?Elite Ops? series on SABC’s TV2 channel. He’ll take charge of the convoy’s health requirements north of the Equator between Dakar and Libreville.

HUGH PRICE-HUGHES: Paramedic Hugh Price-Hughes jets into Libreville, Gabon, to take care of the convoy on the second half of the epic adventure.He heads the City of Johannesburg’s emergency services training as well as flying extensively for International S.O.S.He’s also a technical rescue specialist and was part of the South African rescue initiative after earthquakes in India, Algeria, Iran and Pakistan.Hugh’s also been a familiar face on new vehicle launches in South Africa where he is often on medical standby.

SAAMI AND MELONY SABITI: TV presenter Saami became a household name in 2001 when Idols fever swept South Africa.He has also presented several travel programmes including MNet’s African Adventures and more recently the internationally acclaimed Globetrekker series.Always up for anything, Saami has trekked across Northern Kenya on camel, climbed Mount St. Helen in the US and Africa’s mighty Kilimanjaro. He has lived in several African countries and hopes to produce a programme that both educates and entertains viewers about some of Africa’s people and places.He’s joined by his wife Melony, a fashion model turned television producer who will be an integral part of the film crew. Saami and Mel enjoy travelling and the expedition will be their first opportunity to work together doing what they love.