Erlo and Lauren Brown are both proud South Africans, hikers, and believers that boundaries truly exist to be challenged so they are following a dream which has been many years in the making: Walking the West Coast of South Africa and Namibia.
Erlo and Lauren will be starting at Agulhas, the Southern-most tip of Africa, from there they will travel through deserts, fynbos, rehabilitated diamond mines, and across some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Their epic journey will reach its end at the Kunene river at the Namibia / Angola border. They started their epic outdoor adventure of 2700 km, in November 2017, but their journey to get here, has taken them via South-Korea, Kimchi, teaching the local children English.
About Erlo Brown
Erlo is an Award-Winning Photographer and has walked the South African coastline from Mozambique to Namibia before, accompanied by his faithful companion Zita.
About Lauren Brown
Lauren Brown, an artist in her own right, better known as “The Adventurous Artist”, is braving her dislike of sand in her shoes to join Erlo once again and this epic adventure.
The Black Oystercatchers
The vulnerable Black Oystercatcher birds are found all along the coastline of South Africa and Namibia. Walk Africa will be uniquely positioned to help in monitoring the spread and numbers of these and other coastal bird species. The researchers at the Animal Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town will use this valuable information to evaluate the impact of climate change and other factors on the wildlife and their environment.
Monitoring the Human Impact
Erlo and Lauren will be monitoring Human impact by the plastic waste found along the coast, which will be recorded in a systematic way. Any deceased birds or wildlife, especially those that have clearly died due to a man-made cause, will be carefully noted and photographed for further studies. This vital information will form part of valuable research into the extent and impact of plastic waste on the environment. This is especially of value in areas with little to no visitors and large knowledge gaps.
Contact Walk Africa
For more information you can send Walk Africa an email, but please be patient, they might be out on a walk somewhere in Africa!
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