We are Michael and Emma, and have been running a smallholding in South Devon for several years, whilst attempting to earn a living in the construction industry. We have 3 daughters who have now, flown the nest (well, almost!) and although we shall miss them and all our family and friends enormously, this will be a once in a lifetime experience,which we hope you will enjoy too by following our progress along the way on our blog and twitter feed (whatever that is) which we will endeavour to keep updated !
Our intention is to drive down the west coast of Africa in a Land Rover Defender 130 which will be our home for quite a while and renting our house out whilst we are away.
This is something we have always dreamed of and we came to the conclusion it was now or never before we get too old and decrepid . The depressing economic climate added another spur, as did the timing in respect of our animal stock which has been either,sold,rehoused with friends and neighbours etc.
It was our initial idea to simply drive, however having seen Jerry and Lisas website and read about their experiences in Nyika National Park, Malawi we were inspired to make contact with the Nyika Trust, by coincidence, several Trustees lived quite locally. The original idea was that we would tour for 2012, hopefully ending up in Nyika towards the end of the year with a view to taking up the volunteer post when the current volunteers term was over but developments in Malawi namely the setting up of a Trans frontier Conservation Zone with neighbouring Zambia meant there will hopefully be additional funding available to enable the project to be brought forward.
The aim now is to travel to Nyika for July 2012 with a view to assisting with the construction of a permanent dam on Lake Kazuni in the Vwaza Marsh Park which neighbours Nyika.
In doing some research, we came across a website started by Sophie, a nurse from Liverpool, who set it up to help her in assisting the Chigwere Orphanage, in Kazuni village nearby. Her efforts in respect of the nursery and in general, are amazing and we have made initial contact to hopefully help where we can by possibly taking stuff out and helping whilst out there. Huge things have been achieved on a limited budget including much funding by Sophie herself, so, if you think you can help have a look at the get involved page.
To achieve this we need to leave by early March 2012 to avoid too much of rush.We hope to compile a daily blog of our travels posting photos etc as we go.
|Cook||Not a lot||Mostly|
|Mechanic||Hopefully||Not very likely|
|Fire starter||Yes||Trainee arsonist|
|Nurse||Don’t know how I did it||Stupid!|
|Twitcher||Its one of those thingys!||Thats nice dear|