My name is Camilla Kernes and I am a marketing and licensing professional and aspiring adventure blogger Cambo Adventures.
I am married to Warrick Kernes, owner of ActionGear, SA’s online outdoor gear specialist, and have two adorable dogs – Callie the Jack Russell and Sir Lanark the Scottie dog. I am extremely passionate about the outdoors whether it be going on a game drive to spot the Big 5 in the Kruger, mountain biking in Lydenburg or running up Table Mountain – I am ‘that girl’ that will be there.
In recent years I have really come to acknowledge that in order to enjoy life you need to do things that you love, with people you love and you need to set challenges for yourself that you never thought were possible. As our late President Nelson Mandela once said “It always seems impossible until it’s done!” and this has really become a motto I live by.
With this in mind I have taken up the challenge to complete some of the iconic endurance races in South Africa over the past few years including Ironman 70.3 East London in 2014, Ironman in Port Elizabeth in 2015 and the Ultimate Human Race the Comrades Marathon this year. In addition to doing Comrades this year, my husband and I have decided to embark on a once in a lifetime expedition we have called #Joburg2Kili.
The objective of the #Joburg2Kili expedition is to cycle approximately 4630km from Johannesburg to Moshi in Tanzania over a 10 week period riding a Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycle. We will then join Soul Adventures Tour group to climb and summit Mount Kilimanjaro. We aim to literally be on top of Africa on our 5th Wedding Anniversary – 15th October 2016.
Our departure date is the 30th July 2016 and we will drive back to South Africa in early November.
Warrick has plotted a route which primarily stays on main roads where there are more campsites, fuel supplies and shops along the way. The route goes from South Africa up Eastern Botswana to Victoria Falls in Zambia and then onwards to Lake Malawi. Here we will ride along the Western shore of the lake as they head North into and across Tanzania to the town of Moshi at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.
We have a Jeep Wrangler as a support vehicle to follow us along the route up to Tanzania which will be driven by our two support crew members, Bobby Fuller and Bryan Fawcett. We have also recently had two additional cyclists join the expedition, Derrick Fourie, owner of Rug Doctor and Gareth Pickering from TheFreedomFighter.net.
As part of the expedition we wanted to support a charity called Qhubeka, which is the World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa.
World Bicycle Relief is a global non-profit organisation that helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.
Our goal has been to raise R100 000 for the Qhubeka charity before our departure and we have been so humbled by the support we have received over the past few months.
To date we have managed to raise close to R110 000
so we are absolutely thrilled to have exceeded our goal and we plan to continue the momentum to raise even more funds for this fantastic NPO.
As we are supporting Qhubeka on this expedition, we will be riding on the Qhubeka Buffalo bicycles from #Joburg2Kili. Although these bicycles are very robust and low maintenance they have one gear, weigh about 23kg and have a back-pedal braking system which will make the journey a lot slower and possibly will mean we may need to push up a hill or two but I guess this will make the adventure a whole lot more interesting.
In order to follow our journey from #Joburg2Kili you can keep updated on our website blog
or alternatively via the following social media links:
I will also be updating my personal blog along the way called www.camboadventures.com
As I will be the only girl on the expedition…
I thought it would be interesting to give my own perspective
on the trials and tribulations of the journey.
Update from Camilla
Monday, 8th August 2016
We have now raised over
R125 000.00 for
Qhubeka to date.
We are enjoying our time in Botswana so far. We made it to Francistown yesterday and will be heading up towards Nata today. Will keep you updated on our progress and will update our blog www.joburg2kili.com and my personal blog www.camboadventures.com as much as possible – depends on connectivity.
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