Sunday, 9 May 2021
Nine Omani goodwill ambassadors who began a road trip to Africa on December 12, have returned after reaching their final destination – Cape Town.

From Oman to South Africa and back in 60 days

The group, Team Adventure, undertook the tour from Muscat to Cape Town by road to discover new areas in the African continent, spread a goodwill message about Oman and also celebrate Mandela Day.

The group was provided an official welcome on Tuesday at a ceremony held at the Oman Automobile Association by officials from the South African Embassy in Oman, loved ones and buddies.

“After 60 days on the road and possessing travelled 35,000km from Muscat to Cape Town and back across 15 nations, Team Adventure is lastly and safely back house in Oman. It was a fantastic honour to have been recognised for our achievement as goodwill ambassadors.

“We wish to thank both the Oman Automobile Association and the South African Embassy for their support and encouragement throughout the trip,” Sultan Hamood Hassan al Naamani, the group’s leader, told Muscat Daily.

“To borrow some words from previous explorers – ‘we went, we saw and we conquered’ – we went a lengthy distance, passed by means of several nations, met individuals and saw several landscapes.

“We experience different cultures and traditions and exchanged our experiences with them. We saw the riches of Africa as well as the simple lives of its people; we also saw poverty and sufferings of others trying to make ends meet. We saw plenty of flora and fauna including the ‘Big Five’ animals of Africa [lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino].”

He added, “We also conquered our fears and lived a life closer to nature.”
While in South Africa, the team met Oman’s Ambassador to South Africa. “In Pretoria we had been delighted to have been officially welcomed by the Ambassador H E Mubarak bin Salim al Zakwani who also hosted a lunch for us at the embassy. We took 35 days to attain Cape Town from Muscat and we covered a distance of 16,000km.

“We were so happy to reach our destination. Throughout the trip, we managed to visit various places and had some amazing encounters with nature while beautiful landscapes made us forget the hardships though terrain was tricky. It was challenging to drive through the muddy roads and on some days we could cover only 200km in eight hours. Rain too made the journey difficult.”

The motto of the trip was, ‘Journey to Remember’.

The group initial travelled to the UAE, followed by Saudi Arabia, and from there took a ferry to Sudan. The drive continued by means of the African continent till they reached South Africa.

Naamani stated the team was in Cape Town for a week just before heading back. “It was our dream to reach Cape Town to celebrate Mandela Day, which is significant around the world. Mandela Day should be celebrated every day. It is about changing the world for the better.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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