I was sad to leave Namibia as it is a beautiful country with extremely friendly people and we had such...
2016: Southern Africa
2016: Southern Africa
In June – August 2016, Matt walked 2,296km across Southern Africa to raise awareness of global poverty and raise funds for his charity partners. Matt’s journey started on 4 June 2016 from Walvis Bay in Namibia, which is on the West coast of Southern Africa. Ahead of schedule by 2 and a half weeks, he reached Maputo, Mozambique on the East coast on 2 August 2016. The route took him through the Kalahari Desert, Botswana and the northern part of South Africa – a total of 2,296km. The exact route and Matt’s travel diary can be found in this google map.
During the walk Matt survived on US$1.50 per day for food to show how hard it is to survive on so little. There are currently around 2 billion people in the world that survive on this amount so it will be a challenge for him to put himself in their shoes for about 10 weeks. He lost 15 kg with 8 of those being in the first 10 days. He describes it as the hardest thing he has ever done.
Matt kicked and carried a football the entire way to connect with people in the local communities. ‘Football is a sport that brings people together from all walks of life,’ he explains.. Whilst his football dribbling skills aren’t great, he managed not to loose a single ball! Matt also gave away 200 soccerballs to children at schools and community groups along the route. The balls being donated by an amazing 12 year old Mac Millar.
Click the “fullscreen” button in the Map above to view the full Google Map including comments and photos from Matt along the journey
Hi, Wendy here, Matt’s wife. A couple of days ago I got the opportunity to walk a whole day with...
The walk kicked off on 4 June from the Walvis Bay Yacht Club, Namibia. The launch was amazing with many...
I often get asked what role the soccer ball has in my walk across Africa… I believe sport and physical...
13 min documentary about 2016 Southern Africa journey
Video overview of 2016 journey
Interview on Good Morning Namibia – 4 June 2016
Video Message: Australian High Commissioner
The following projects were funded by donations received during the 2016 journey.