PUT FOOT RALLY 2024

By Glynis Taylor

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Victoria Falls, Zambia

Friday 19th Jul

Elephant Sands Lodge

Friday 19th Jul

Livingstone to Elephant Sands Lodge (Botswana)

Friday 19th Jul
We left Livingstone this morning (18th) after spending yesterday fitting 1500 pairs of shoes to underprivileged kids feet. What an experience. It took four hours and everyone was completely exhausted. Well done to the Put Foot Foundation for the manufacture of the shoes and the hard work of planning and organising the kids and the schools. So rewarding. The after party on the shores of the Zambezi was to celebrate everyone’s hard work. 

Today we crossed from Zambia 🇿🇲 into Botswana 🇧🇼 and journeyed to Elephant 🐘 Sands lodge near Nata, where we have spent the afternoon just watching the myriad of elephants coming and going to the waterhole. We’ve done over 6200kms now and our next stop is the Okavango Delta at Maun. 

Etosha National Park to Livingstone

Tuesday 16th Jul
We spent two days driving on punishing corrugated roads through Etosha but were rewarded with giraffe, zebra, lion, elephant, wildebeest, warthog, dik dik, eland, gemsbok, and the elusive rhino. So many healthy and protected animals. Such majesty and beauty. We stayed at Halali camp which is midway through the massive  
22,270 sq kms. 

Out the other side we headed for Grootfontein for fuel which is at the bottom of a long driving V before heading up towards Rundu. We camped at Roy’s Rest Camp in the middle of nowhere. Next day we continued up to the Caprivi strip which is a long piece of Namibia which borders both Botswana and Zambia. There is a top road straight in to Zambia but the truckers know it to be largely difficult sand and deep unforgiving pot holes. We chose the road south east which took us out of Namibia and into Botswana. We thank you Namibia for an incredible experience. Only a short distance across the top of Botswana brought us to the Zambian border. As borders go we knew this would be the most challenging. It took an hour and a lot of paperwork but we got a 7 day VISA (importing the car is the hard part). As darkness was closing fast we hurried to Livingstone where we have 3 nights. This is a location with some issues so camping is not easy or advised. We’re in a lodge which is as quirky as it is stunning. Tomorrow …….. Victoria Falls. 

👋 TEAM Sticky Beak  🦓🦛🦏🐘🦒🐆🦌

The reality of driving long distances……..

Tuesday 16th Jul
The REALITY: driving long distances (even for those with one, two, three co-drivers) is exhausting. The concentration needed is full on. The gravel on the unsealed roads is not rounded from the rock crushing process found in Australia, which tumbles and dulls sharpened corners and edges. The Namibian road gravel is sharp. Every driver is concentrating on where the tyres are on the road. Every bump and every rock is a hazard. Too much swerving to avoid larger rocks in the gravel and the car is off the road. The graders leave lines of sharpened rocks at the road edges (using the term road loosely here), but the vehicles skip over the surface often sliding and slipping regardless of the driver trying to steer! Once the car gets into a state of “slide” (aqua-planing but on gravel), sudden movements of the steering could create an immediate danger of rolling. Drivers hold the steering loosely to guide the car over the gravel or sand. Driving too slow and the suspension wallows exaggerating every corrugation and increasing puncture risks. Driving too fast and hitting a dip could shred a tyre (or two), and bounce the tyre off the rim. We’re all trying to find safe tyre tracks with less sharp stones. Everywhere, there is evidence where a driver has swerved and gone off the side of the road, mostly into deep gravel or sand. There are lots of “passes” cut through high ridges and mountains where a slide or skid would result in long drops with “no return”. 

We dropped from height down to almost sea level at the southern tip below the Skeleton Coast which reaches all the way up to Angola. The rough Atlantic is unforgiving and pounds the shores. The name comes from the whaling industry of long ago, and also from the large number of shipwrecks where hidden rocks and unpredictable waters have caught many a seafarer out. From here north the coast is given the haunting tag of being the largest ship graveyard in the world. It is estimated that over a thousand vessels were washed up on the coastline. The sailors who did survive the strong ocean currents and made it to land subsequently then died of thirst in the harsh and arid desert conditions. Sadly we only had a short time to explore but made it north from Swakopmund to Cape Cross to see one of the world’s largest fur seal colonies. Then we turned inland for more punishing roads before turning inland for more punishing roads to get to Spitzkoppe checkpoint. We made the checkpoint then turned north for Etosha national park. 

The end of every day brings relief we and the vehicle are still in one piece. Tiredness is becoming a real friend and enemy. Freezing temperatures in the mornings mean a full blast of heating in the Ute, except keeping warm also reminds the brain it’s still sleepy. 

👋 TEAM Sticky Beak  🦓🦛🦏🐘🦒🐆🦌

Crossing into Zambia

Tuesday 16th Jul

Crossing into Botswana

Tuesday 16th Jul

Halali camp watering hole - Etosha National Park

Tuesday 16th Jul

Checkpoint Spitzkoppe 11th July

Tuesday 16th Jul

Tropic of Capricorn on the way to Swakopmund

Tuesday 16th Jul

Largest Sand Dunes in the world?

Wednesday 10th Jul
We’re here for the dunes

Huge Resort - 2 guests

Wednesday 10th Jul
We booked and paid for camping but were upgraded to a twin chalet ❤️

Hardap Dam Resort

Wednesday 10th Jul

Martian landscapes

Wednesday 10th Jul
The landscapes change hourly

Namibian Grand Canyon ?

Wednesday 10th Jul
Fish River Canyon

First border crossing ……

Wednesday 10th Jul

Nothing worth doing is easy…..

Wednesday 10th Jul
6th July: check-in, stickers, party, Springbocks vs Ireland, bed. Odo reading 1525 (Jo’Burg to Cape Town, Table Mountain and out to Melkbosstrand).

7th July: start line 5:50am TORRENTIAL RAIN. Drove first 2 hours in darkness. Extreme winds. More rain. Bit of dry then we started to climb the pass. Eventually what looked like ice started to appear side of road, then slush. Then we came across a totally disintegrated car where the driver had hit ice and clearly pirouetted from one side of the road to the other destroying his car. Fortunately all three people were walking around. We couldn’t stop - no phone connection, no major first aid etc. Onwards. Then we hit a Mission Impossible dust storm. Finally, the border. Very slow but without issue, took an hour. We got to Ai Ais Reserve at 4:30pm - first time setting up the rooftop tent hmmmm it looks easy. Very cold overnight, 5°c. Odo reading 2326kms. 

8th July: out of bed 7:30am (rooftop tent is seriously warm) and loaded and packed for 9:05am departure. On road to Fish River Canyon but road numbers don’t match Google or Garmin. Reached a D road we don’t recognise so backtrack (total of hour wasted) to find the correct turn off to Fish River Canyon. It did not disappoint - WOW. Unsealed roads are good (C) and bad (D)! Onwards to Mariental to refuel (100 litres). Now at NWR Hardap Resort. This is a low reservoir with a huge dam. Off season and low water = few paying guests. We booked and paid for camping but were upgraded to a chalet 🙏 Odo reading 2943kms.

9th July: Sesriem at the foot of Sossisvlei and it’s expected we’ll encounter extreme roads.

In addition we still both have extreme chest infections, never ending and none stop coughing and tiredness.

Weather nightmare!

Wednesday 10th Jul

6th July - Check-in day.

Wednesday 10th Jul

Jo’burg to Cape Town

Thursday 4th Jul
We spent a few days in Jo’burg where we collected the Ute then drove the 1425kms to Cape Town over two days. It’s a taste of things to come except the incredibly straight motorway N1 is sealed with driving speeds up to 120kms/hr. There’ll be no such thing once we get out of South Africa. Now in Cape Town we’ve stocked up on some dehydrated food packs and bottled water. Temps are low at this time of year so we have winter sleeping bags, thick blankets and extra down Nakies to help us stay warm in the roof top tent. Police station tomorrow (4th July) to have copies of our passports and driving licences certified. Weather is “wet” but we’re hoping to “see” table mountain at least on Friday. Saturday we check-in for the Rally at Melkbosstrand.

Dare me to do it!

Wednesday 29th May
If I reach my fundraising target by 16th July (our rest day at Victoria Falls) I will do the BRIDGE SWING (free fall) LIVE on Facebook. BRIDGE SWING Swinging between heights, bridging adventure and adrenaline. Swing, Rock and Roll off the famous Victoria Falls Bridge which is one of the most iconic landmarks in the area. Take a leap of faith before freefalling for up to 70 metres before you fly out over the raging rapids of the Zambezi River in a huge arc with the mighty waterfalls rumbling by your side… what a thrill! Our crew offers clients the most fun & adrenaline packed Swing while keeping you “alive and kicking” (literally). Options include: Forwards, Backwards and Tandem… whichever way you choose to swing into no-man’s land! Includes exclusive access to the walkway platforms under the historical Victoria Falls Bridge.

Flights are locked in

Wednesday 29th May
We leave the Adelaide Hills on 26th June with an overnight at Adelaide airport before our flight leaves for Sydney at 6am on the 27th. We’re then on a direct Qantas flight to Johannesburg landing the same day (their time). 

We collect our 4x4 single cab Ute with rooftop tent from Britz on the 1st July & head down to Cape Town for registration day on the 6th. 

We start the drive at 4am on the 7th and have to drive for some 10 hours over the border in to Namibia for our first stop at Fish River Canyon.

We have planned the route but to see it you’ll need to start donating. 

We have an incredibly tough trip ahead with some very long days in the driving seat, camping in some of the wildest locations on earth. Oh and did I mention the lions, rhinos and elephants! 

This is a very serious undertaking and remember Farmer Chris is now 70 years old and I’m 62! 

We don’t land back in Adelaide until 8th August. 

Join Team STICKY BEAK on this incredible (but well dodgy) adventure, and follow along as we try and avoid broken windscreens, punctures, getting the Ute sat on by elephants, sneaky hyena, the odd dozen and more hungry lions, driving across deep desert sands, mountain passes, the skeleton coast, Etosha national park, multiple border crossings, and ending up on horizon blistering salt pans to cross the finish line.

DONATE NOW to Prostate Cancer Research because sooner or later every man will be affected by it x


What is the PUT FOOT RALLY 2024?

Friday 12th Apr

Every day, 70 Aussie men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. 


Over 7 weeks in 2022 Glynis paddled 2220kms, the navigable length of the River Murray raising almost $19,000 for PCFA.


This year Glynis and her husband Chris are taking on a new challenge in memory of Jamie Hancock who died from prostate cancer in 2022. 


As Team STICKY BEAK, Glynis & Chris will be participating in the 100% Adrenalin filled PUT FOOT RALLY through South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana starting on July 6th. 


They’ll be driving a 4x4 single cab Ute, sleeping in the roof top tent, driving through some of the most challenging (sand dunes, deep river canyons, rubble tracks, not to mention the lions / elephants / rhino / buffalo / zebra / hyenas / hippo) locations and countries on earth. 


Team Sticky Beak must reach the finish line at the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana on the 21st July to successfully complete the rally.


This rally is 100% unsupported, not “designed”, with no set or safe route. Each team must extensively plan the daily drive (driving during the day as darkness brings danger), calculate distance, road conditions, safe campsites, where to find supplies of food and fuel, how to deal with breakdowns, wild animals, border crossings and of course the unexpected.


We want to support men and their families impacted by a prostate cancer diagnosis. From game-changing research to specialised mental and physical care, there is so much more we can, and must, do to save the lives of the men we love.


We are raising funds for PCFA here but also for the Put Foot Foundation (PFF).

Please support the team that can save lives by making a tax-deductible donation to our campaigns in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Thank you to my Sponsors

$105.50

Julie & Murray

Well done guys. Keep on truckin

$61.19

Paul Miatke

$21.10

Fiona

$52.75

Linda L

Worthy cause . My dad passed away with prostate cancer

$52.75

Sandra Douglas

Knowing Glynis and Chris I have no doubt they will complete the challenge, so I wanted to be the first to donate to the cause