Zandvlei trust

 Following in the Tracks of Giants - 23 January 2013.

A talk presentation by Ian McCallum about the journey he, friends and other travellers undertook, to explore external and internal answers to the environmental issues and the future expansion and development we all face in southern Africa.
Another part of the journey was to meet, travel with, and acknowledge some of the many unknown giants of conservation in the 6 countries travelled. In the background they were seeking information, understanding, realisations and to find solutions to promote, encourage and institute biodiversity corridors linking the present large conservation areas of southern Africa.

This was a 5000 kms journey by foot, bicycle and kayaks, taking about 4 months.The support crew were the only motorised personnel. Sharon, Ian's wife was the Project Manager and based at times in Cape Town, co-ordinating all the logistics of the peoples needs, arrivals, departures, supplies arrivals, destinations. Entry and exit permits to countries and reserves were just some of the issues delt with.
The planning and recce took about a year before the departure. There were 4 film makers along and a documentary is planned for release in 2014. Also Ian will do a presentation to the World Wilderness Congress in October this year which is to be held in Salamanca, Spain.  

There were some magnificent photographs in the presentation by both Ian and Ian Michler,  of places, animals, vegetation types, landscapes and people and their activities.

Lucia and Sharon receiving the ticket holders.

The eats were sponsored by Food Lovers Market, Tokai and the wine by Du Toitskloof Wines 
for which we acknowledge and thank them very much.

Evanne and Terry Rothwell (ZVT members, guides at the 2 Oceans Aquaririum,
SANCOB, Friends of Silvermine and more......) catching up with friends.


Liz and Dave Wheeler (Friends of Liesbeek River, and more.....) catching up with friends.


John Green (Friends of Tokai Park and a previous Chairman
of WESSA South Africa, and more.....) talking to the ticket ladies.


It was a balmy warm evening and it was much cooler outside in the fresh air.


The people were arriving and enjoying the eats and drinks.


Julie at the table with ZVT T-shirts and membership          The ever hard working Gerrard, modelling a ZVT
application forms.                                                            T -shirt.


David Muller, the Chairman of ZVT introducing the evening while
the last guests arrive to take their seats.


Ian checking everything is in place before he starts.


A screen shot of the route they followed.


The appreciative audience, some rising to their feet, most were foot sore from the long
journey they had just been on!!!


David thanking Ian for the wonderful presentation with the traditional ZVT gift.


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