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THE CAYENNE SAFARI GOES ON! POST-CORONA UPDATE

This was the post-COViD19 update we were dreading to have to write. But it’s not all bad news. There is no doubt that the coronavirus outbreak has changed the world as we know it. As lucky as we were to be in a fortunate position to retain our jobs and be in a safe environment, our plan to tour the length of the African continent has been stopped in its tracks.


Our sacrifice of travelling pales in comparison to others who have lost their livelihoods and loved ones to the pandemic, to which we extend our most sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences.


The knock-on effects of border closures and economic lockdowns have all but decimated the tourism industry in Africa. For many Africans, tourism is the lifeblood of the continent. The income generated by the swathes of visitors to national parks and wildlife reserves drives economies and finances conservation efforts. It creates jobs and sustains entire communities. Without it, people have been suffering greatly.


So, with that in mind, we have decided to expand our reach too and do more to encourage localised tourism initiatives. Obviously, we cannot travel through many countries affected by the virus with many borders remaining closed to visitors. However, as South African citizens, we are able to travel locally. The Cayenne Safari will continue - albeit with a slightly different narrative.


Our new plan is to ship the Cayenne directly to Durban and start our travels there. South Africa and the countries bordering it offer a world of opportunity for overlanding. As far as creating content goes, we will truly be spoilt for choice.


The mission will also change slightly too. While we’re still 100% committed to raising awareness for the Boucher Legacy, we want to use this opportunity to also raise funds for the men and women of the frontlines of anti-poaching. In that respect, we are looking for an organisation to partner with. If you know if any or happen to be one, get in touch!


And for those wondering - we also intend on ‘making good’ with our original plan to travel from Europe to Cape Town by Porsche - perhaps in 2022 when the dust settles.


Stay safe!



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