Fast forward to 2018, I set off again on my second successful all female expedition called the “Rise of The Matriarch” 50 days, four countries and 11 235km. This time I was driving my beloved “Dora” a 1997 TDI90 Landrover Defender. The Rise of the Matriarch expedition spanned South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, and attracted 12 women from around the world. We had no back up team, or support crew. Just a group of ladies with passion and a “fire in our bellies”, a deep love for travel in Africa, and endless passion for conservation and adventure.
Cooper Tyres sponsored me my LT235/85R16 Discoverer S/T Maxx tyres which have endured and stood the test of time over the past 4 years and over 90 000km of driving time. We chose these tyres as they are a Hybrid between the extreme mud terrain tyre and the all-terrain option. The conditions in which I have been travelling for the past few years, I have most certainly needed them, and they have never failed to impress me. My expeditions have continued since then, and without doubt, the 3 ply sidewall, amongst other features has given me absolute confidence while driving off-road. From thick sand in Mozambique while collaring elephants at Gile National Reserve in 2019, or through slippery mud closer to home in Manyoni Game Reserve (Zululand), for my “Soul2Sole” humanitarian projects. We delivered 449 pairs of school shoes to communities in rural and marginalised villages, in thick mud due to the immense rain that we had had, a few days before the delivery of the shoes. To date we have handed out close to 10 000 shoes to children in underprivileged areas.
The adventures have been endless, and I look forward to the day when I can turn the key, turn my bonnet north again, and head out back into Mama Africa’s territory. To march to her ancient drumbeats, indulge in her wild beauty and rest my soul in her uniqueness. My little Landy and I are chomping at the bit and are ready for more long bumpy roads, amazing wildlife, breath-taking scenery and a lifetime of memories. Thank you Cooper Tyres for your endless support and for always keeping us safe.
Carla Geyser (KZN-based adventurer, humanitarian, eco-warrior, and founder of NPO, Blue Sky Society Trust.)