Yup, we're doing this...
Updated: Mar 20
Hey! First and foremost - Thanks for visiting our page and showing interest in this project. Now, I bet there are a number of questions. Many of them have to do with our vehicle choice. There were a number of reasons why we decided to take our Porsche Cayenne Turbo through Africa, and you can read more about our thinking here. But more often than not, the question we get most is “Why are you doing this?” The answer to that makes the perfect intro to this project, so here goes - Let’s start with who we are. Penning this blog post is me, South African-born marketing executive and rookie adventurer Shane Oosthuizen. Sitting beside me, acting as my navigator, slash co-driver is fellow Saffa and also my fiancé, Lauren Curlewis.
We’ve been living in Salzburg, Austria for the last few years and decided that, if ever there was a time to do this trip - it was now. But why… surely there are better ways to spend one's time than living out of a rooftop tent and bouncing around in an SUV through the wilds of Africa? Without trying to sugarcoat it, our biggest motivation to travel from Europe down the eastern coast of Africa in a Porsche is for selfish reasons. We’ve just always wanted to do it.
However, when this project started getting more and more attention, we decided to use that to do some good along the way. Our hope for this journey is to raise a little more awareness around the illegal trafficking and poaching of endangered animals in Africa. To do this, we’ve partnered us with the Boucher Legacy, who do really awesome things to combat rhino poaching by using science. They have effectively created a DNA database through the use of the Rhino DNA Indexing System (RhODIS), with the mission to get every living rhino added to the system. This rhino DNA database will enable law enforcement to link the poaching of a particular rhino carcass to a perpetrator, which greatly increases the likelihood of poachers being convicted and brought to book. This along with educational drives (excuse the pun) and general conservational efforts add up to creating mass awareness around misconceptions and myths around rhino horn. Our route will take us top to bottom of the continent, with the aim of visiting as many sanctuaries, reserves and awesome landscapes as possible. And we very much look forward to sharing these experiences with you.
So, feel free to follow us on Instagram at @CayenneSafari, on our YouTube channel (However, we’re complete newbies when it comes to vlogging - so you’ve been warned) or keep checking here for updates as they happen. And lastly, if you’d like to make a contribution to the Boucher Legacy, hit this link!