About our trip
The trip will start from Manchester in January 2014 and finish in Cape Town, South Africa in May. Nick is the Chief Executive of Henshaws Society for Blind People, from where he is taking an unpaid sabbatical from his post and Claire is an author, journalist and magazine editor. The journey will take four months and will be narrated as we travel by Claire, creating an audio, as well as a written blog. Our aim is to not only update people on the progress of the trip, but also give those that have a visual impairment a taste of what can be seen in Africa. We have been trained by staff at Henshaws to describe what we see in a way that will include those that have never had any sight at all.
Our sixteen-year-old Toyota Landcruiser has been specially prepared for the challenges ahead, including the fitting of a safari roof tent, cooker and fridge that means that we will be able to travel independently and sleep on the roof of the vehicle. We are lucky to have travelled extensively around the world and have shared our passion for travel with our two boys. They are both at university but will join us for part of the trip in central Africa.
Our travels will start in Egypt. Following the Nile south, we will move through the deserts of Sudan into the highlands of Ethiopia. In Kenya and Tanzania we will travel through a number of big game reserves before moving into Malawi and Zambia. Revisiting one of our favourite places Botswana, we will then head west through the Namibian desert to the Skeleton Coast and finally head south to Cape Town in South Africa.
By using this website and an audio blog we aim to open up our journey to the blind and VI communities across the world and include them in our exploration of the African continent.
Henshaws provides expert support advice and training to blind and VI individuals, with the aim to increase confidence, improve communication skills and encourage independence. They use a variety of modern technology, including iPhones and iPads. Communicating these opportunities to others will in turn open the doors to many other types of exploration.
We will cover all expedition costs personally and all funds raised will go directly to delivering the work of Henshaws.
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