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2013-07-17 15:12

EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEY ENDS: Though their African odyssey is over, contestants will reunite in August to find out who will claim the ultimate prize - a special edition Ford Ranger. Image: Ford

The 10 contestants in the Ford Ranger Odyssey Africa 2013 are back in South Africa after a gruelling 22-day drive covering 7860km through six countries.

The participants undertook humanitarian projects along the way but also battled each other for the ultimate prize – a special-edition Ford Ranger... but more on that later.

'RANGERS CONQUERED AFRICA’

Gavin Golightly, Ford SA's marketing manager, told Wheels24: “Ranger Odyssey Africa 2013 set out to prove that the Ranger is 'Built Ford Tough' and more than capable of tackling the worst Africa can throw at it.

That the Ranger Odyssey has exceeded its objectives is beyond doubt... the bakkies truly conquered Africa by covering 7860km of the most challenging terrain with confidence and with a perfect record in terms of reliability.

"The contestants, too, did us proud. We could not have asked for a better group to take on the challenge. Each fully embraced the spirit of the Odyssey, did us proud by coping with the many challenges and become not only effective brand ambassadors for the Ford Ranger but also for Africa."

JOURNEY BEGINS

The Odyssey begin in Nairobi, Kenya, on June 23 2013. The convoy of eight Rangers made its way to Amboseli National Park at the foot of Kilimanjaro where the bakkies delivered food and supplies to a Masai village before moving on to Tanzania with a side trek to the Ngorongoro crater and a stop-over in Bagamoyo, the historical centre of East Africa’s slave and ivory trade.

Day 7 was a significant change for the Odyssey with political turmoil along the route through Mozambique requiring a detour through Zambia, crossing the Zambezi into Botswana on Day 11 and travelling the Hunter’s Trail to the site of Livingstone and Stanley’s historical encounter en route to discovering what became known as the Victoria Falls.

On Day 15 the convoy made a brief return to South Africa before passing through the Kruger National Park and later entering Mozambique at the Giriyondo border post into the Limpopo Transfrontier National Park.

The Odyssey finally returned to its original route on Day 17 in the town of Inhambane. The Odyssey also conducted its second CSR project at Paindane, village where it handed over food and agricultural equipment.

The convoy completed its journey on July 14 at the Hartebeespoort Dam.

BATTLE FOR ULTIMATE PRIZE

Throughout the expedition contestants were evaluated on their driving, camp-craft, communication skills and product awareness. They were also scored on their daily blog which was posted on the Ranger Odyssey website.

The results will be tallied and an overall winner, who will be handed the keys to an Odyssey-edition Ranger 3.2 XLT 4x4, will be announced on August 8.

Ranger Odyssey contestants speak on their experiences:
Alex Cruickshanks
Bernard Hollander
Chloe Boshoff
Dania Petrik
Donatella d’Aloisio
Kugesh Reddy
Paula Smith
Richard Rammoneng
Ryno Swart
Wisaal Anderson
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