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2004-07-02 13:45

The six, calling themselves Savanna Jane (ordinary women doing extraordinary things) decided to tackle this project to show that ordinary women can travel alone into Africa with ordinary vehicles ? no bundubashing 4x4 bakkies ? and to put the cherry on top, they will not climb the well-known Kilimanjaro like everyone else, but will attempt to climb a live volcanic mountain, Ol Doinyo Lengai (Mountain of God).

The journalists of Savanna Jane are Erika Gibson, a senior reporter at the daily newspaper, Beeld, in Pretoria; Elza Thiart, a freelance motoring journalist formerly from WIEL magazine; Jenine Coetzer from the SABC radio channel, Channel Africa and Susan Puren, a freelance television producer.

Kitty Thiart is a sports massage therapist at the highperformance centre in Pretoria while Hanrie Greebe is doing the research and communication. And after the initial plan took on form, they've decided not to climb Kilimanjaro, but to try a mountain that is off the beaten track and apparently one of those that all hikers want to climb, but never get around to do.

This is not a hike which will take them days, but an extremely difficult climb on surfaces that range from loose pebbles to soft volcanic ash. And if the stories are true, Ol Doinyo Lengai is like a giant that keeps snoring and you can hear him sometimes and feel the earth shake beneath your feet...

Being real girls, the Savanna Jane girls do not plan to camp on the route, but to try out the different types of accommodation.

These are carefully planned so that the driving sections do not take place after dark.


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