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Nanyuki To Cape Town On A Tuktuk: Meet The Four Men On A Backbreaking Road Trip To Support Wildlife Rangers

A road trip. Among many, this term means excursions involving an off-road vehicle, food and water, comfortable clothes, means of sleeping and perhaps equipment to document the whole adventure, if that is your sort of thing.

So what happens when we switch things up a little bit and throw auto rickshaws, commonly known as tuktuks, into the mix? 

Make the journey about 6,000 kilometres, perhaps? And instead of your usual weekend off work, email your boss requesting a 9-month break for this one, maybe?

This is the story of Ivo Horsey, his brother Jasper Horsey, and their friends Robbie Thouless and Josh Porter (the tuktuks and distance, not the e-mail part).

The four have christened themselves Tuk South and they are on a trip from Nanyuki to Cape Town, South Africa, a journey that would ordinarily make one cover a distance of 4,857 kilometers.

Because of their mode of transport, however, the men will cover a mind numbing 6000 kilometres.

After spending some time touring Kenya’s wild spaces and making videos about it, the quartet says they realized that just as the tourism industry was struggling owing to the pandemic, the rangers protecting these areas were, too.

They decided to help by organising the charity trip, with the help of sponsors, and make a documentary about it.

So what is like road-tripping from central Kenya to southwest SA?

It is using your Ksh.1.2 million savings to buy two Tuktuks, renovating them and covering them in sponsorship stickers of leading names, from telecoms to environmental conservation.

It is assembling your filming equipment and a microphone, then kicking off your journey through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana to South Africa.

It is, too, not being very rigid on sticking to the usual Kenya-Tanzania-Zambia-Botswana-South Africa route, but instead visiting as many conservancies, parks and reserves as you can, and collecting stories and video footage.

For the many who cannot dare embark on such an adventure, following Tuk South’s activities on social media, or donating to the For Rangers charity would be a suitable option.

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