The Challenge

Inspired by books I had read on the adventures of aviators in the early 1900’s, Victor Smith, Mary Heath, Alex Henshaw and many others and coupled with my love of Africa, I knew one day I wanted to fly solo London to Cape Town.

A friend Stephen Tortice and I decided in 2007 we would import an aircraft kit from the US that we would build and hopefully one day I could use to fly the London – Cape Town route. There were a team of us building and we quickly realised the build was not easy and was going to take far longer than the budgeted 12 months. The first flight took place 4 years later in 2011!

My fundraising challenge now begins which is to fly over 7200+ miles crossing 13 countries, mountains, deserts and seas. 100 years on from the first flight to the Cape.


England, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa


My choice of charities were those that resonated most with me. In my choice I have tried to target charities that have small admin fees to ensure the maximum donation goes to helping the cause.




Vans RV 8
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Illington Farm Strip
Sunday 3rd November 2019


Stellenbosch – Cape Town, South Africa