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JAY SIMPSON : The Intrepid Videographer

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This October-December I will walk 650 kilometers in the mountains of South Africa to create the Rim of Africa Multimedia Trail Journal: a locally informed, interactive resource designed to educate South African youth on the Cape Floristic Region and conservation through the story of creating Africa's first Mega Trail.


Along the 2010 GreatGuides.Org Southern and East Africa trip, I was eaten by mosquitoes, filmed in some of the windiest conditions possible, slept in a tent for months, worked under trees, and endured two young children who treated me like a climbing frame.

I also ventured off on my own for a while across wild country, navigating mighty lakes and hitching rough roads through Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, the Congo, Uganda, and the further reaches of Kenya. My trip brought me on every form of transport on the road or otherwise, from bicycle taxis and tuktuks, to huge trucks, trains and ferries made (and one sunk!) during WWI. The moments of horseback riding in the Congo, drinking fresh goat blood in Maasai country, snorkeling for fish in lake Malawi, and tracking monkeys in Ugandan jungle I will never forget. Africa is beyond special!

Sitting atop Nyiragongo Volcano, DRC

 

This October-December I will walk 650 kilometers in the mountains of South Africa to create the Rim of Africa Multimedia Trail Journal: a locally informed, interactive resource designed to educate South African youth on the Cape Floristic Region and conservation through the story of creating Africa's first Mega Trail. This project was but a dream in January, but over the last nine months it has become my baby - with all the work and anticipation and tests of love that one can expect. Now that October is knocking on our doorstep, I am excited beyond belief for what is going to unfold over the next three months!
At Dulles International Airport
 
The Rim of Africa is in it's seventh and final year of trail-building, which is exciting because it will be the longest hiking trail in Africa and stretches over areas with some of the highest concentrations of plant biodiversity and rarity in the world. It's part of what's called the Cape Floristic Kingdom, the most bio-diverse place on earth that's not tropical jungle, and parts of the trail are recognized as a World Heritage Site for it's ecological importance. The Rim of Africa creates a safer and more sustainable way for people to walk these mountains, and also offers a range of benefits for the property owners and local communities along the trail.

I will tell the story of the Rim of Africa Trial, and use it to create a localized resource for educators and non-profits to teach about the environment and conservation. That way youth can learn about the significance of the region, and maybe even consider future studies or jobs related to conservation or tourism.

Creating the Rim of Africa Multimedia Trail Journal will not be easy. It’s going to be two months of backpacking in the mountains and most of the trail is unmarked and without a footpath. The last month or so will be areas of the Rim of Africa that have never been walked before. That means finding our way over the mountains, meeting with landowners to arrange permission to cross or camp, and really being there for the work of creating this trail. The entire time I will be collecting video, photos, and audio to best capture my experience of walking the Rim of Africa Trail. I’ll also be constantly thinking about how to create exciting, online multimedia packages to help teach about the environment and conservation issues.
 
 
I’ve partnered with, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center in Masiphumelele to directly put this in the hands of South African youths. Through exciting and accessible environmental education materials, I hope that South African youth will be better prepared to create the conservation solutions that are needed for this region’s ecological survival.

I am also encouraging followers to send messages and questions to me while I walk via email, Twitter, or Facebook. Please check out my website for more information!

 


Author: Jay Simpson
Source: Jay Simpson
Published Date: 16 Jun 2011
Location: Worldwide
Themes: travel