At 75 and 40 journeys in, Kingsley Holgate shows no sign of ...

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At 75 and 40 journeys in, Kingsley Holgate shows no sign of slowing down

The adventurer speaks to Sunday Times Daily ahead of his new expedition, which covers 30,000km and 30 countries

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It’s hard to imagine that Kingsley Holgate still gets butterflies in his stomach after nearly 30 years of expeditions — but as the gruff-voiced bearded adventurer prepares to embark on another epic trip, he admits that he still gets a little nervous.

On Thursday, he and a team will wake up at Cape Agulhas after a night of eating, drinking and sharing tales around a fire and fill a beaded Zulu calabash with water as they start a 30,000km trip that will cover 30 countries across Africa and Europe. 

Even though he’s been there and done that literally dozens of times since his first expedition in 1992 — when he went on a year-long adventure from Cape to Cairo in open boats along the continent’s waterways — he was still little on edge...

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