Kayak The Kwanza

By Oscar Scafidi

Two friends paddle, hike and wade 1300km along Angola's longest river in support of The HALO Trust's demining work.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Our journey to publication: the first twenty days

Hello to all our supporters and anyone else interested in our 1,300km kayaking expedition along Angola's River Kwanza. If this is your first time hearing about the project, please check out this ten minute talk where I explain what we did and how we hope to make Angola landmine free by 2025. We are tantalisingly close to being a quarter of the way towards our funding target, so I thought this would be a good time for an update. 

As many of you already know, I am currently based in Antananarivo, Madagascar. There are a whole variety of reasons why this is great, but it does make fundraising a little more difficult. Most of the journalists interested in our expedition are a long, long way away! I discovered on my Reddit AMA the other day that time zone differences are a real pain when trying to connect with your audience. Likewise, I have been doing radio interviews and podcasts at all sorts of random times of day and night to fit with the schedules in Europe and the US. But that's enough complaining! I am very grateful for all the publicity we are receiving from websites such as The Business of Adventure. Hopefully it will help us reach our fundraising goal ASAP.

Upcoming media to look out for:

If you are keen to hear my most recent interview on Kayak The Kwanza with Sam Bretzmann, then please check out our Twitter feed. The interview should be going live in the next few days.

This weekend Alfy and I also finally managed to submit all the documentation required by Guinness World Records to consider our journey for a record. Perhaps you will see us on their website in the coming months...

While uploading all the required video evidence for Guinness World Records (basically footage of us paddling every day that we said we were paddling) I found some interesting footage that never made it into the documentary film of our journey. I will be periodically Tweeting these out over the coming weeks. For example, check out this evening tour of our camp by the river!



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