Team Tane and Badger head for Mountains of the Moon

  • Across the continent for love of Africa
  • Scaling five highest peaks part of adventure
  • ‘We want to showcase vibrant, luscious, Africa’
SET TO CONQUER AFRICA: Image: Suzuki
SET TO CONQUER AFRICA: African adventurers Tarryn and Shane Quinnel and the rugged Jimny they call Badger.   Image: Suzuki SA / Motorpress

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Tarryn and Shane Quinnel and their pet Badger want to get outside, see the real Africa and scale Africa’s highest mountains – and they want to take you along for the ride.

Married couple Tarryn and Shane Quinnell, Suzuki told The Corner, are the intrepid adventurers in Team Tane, an adventure outfit created by them to inspire mindful travel and living.

BADGER? THAT’S THE SUZUKI JIMNY

And it has become synonymous with minimalistic, Africa-based, socially and environmentally focused outdoor adventures.

In 2014 Team Tane drove to Mount Kenya to raise funds for leadership skills development charity GOLD. This year (2017) it will raise the ante by taking their 2011 Suzuki Jimny – that’s the Badger in the team – through 10 African countries and to the summit of Africa’s five highest mountains.

SET TO CONQUER AFRICA: Image: Suzuki
SET TO CONQUER AFRICA: The whole team, including Suzuki SA PR, that will be backing and supporting the adventure. Image: Suzuki SA / Motorpress

Shane explained: “During our travels we realised that there are still a lot of misconceptions about Africa. We want to use this latest adventure to showcase the friendly, vibrant, luscious Africa that we’ve come to know.
“We’re counting on Badger the Jimny to help us.”

Shane and Tarryn call their adventure Africa Sky High. Suzuki SA has taken the naming rights to the eight-month adventure during which Africa Sky High will travel through South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Angola and Namibia, often on little-travelled roads, in search of stories and pictures to showcase the friendly, exciting, Africa they have come to know.

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Along the way they will share Africa’s environmental and cultural marvels to inspire awareness and encourage more people to explore the continent.
During this trip Team Tane will attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (5895m), Mt Kenya (5198m) and three mountains in the mighty Rwenzories, once called the Mountains of the Moon.

‘WE WANT PEOPLE TO LOVE AFRICA’

Mt Stanley (5109m) and Mt Speke (4890m) on the Uganda-DRC border and Mt Baker (4844m) in Uganda.

Tarryn explained: “While each is an adventure in its own right, the five summits are secondary to our goal. We want to show the world our home continent’s diverse beauty and rich ecology.

“People protect what they love, and they love what they know and understand. We want people to love Africa.”

SET TO CONQUER AFRICA: Image: Suzuki
SET TO CONQUER AFRICA: A tent will be home to the young couple during their extended Suzuki Trek across Africa.   Image: Suzuki SA / Motorpress

The adventure will start on April 29 2017 though Suzuki SA formally bid the team a good journey during a function on April 21 at Bryanston Suzuki, Johannesburg.

André Venter, divisional manager for sales and marketing with Suzuki Auto SA, told The Corner: “It should be no surprise that Suzuki is so enamoured with Team Tane’s adventure. Their dream of showcasing Africa’s mysteries and making them accessible to other adventurers is a personification of the Suzuki Jimny’s design philosophy.

“The Jimny has certainly made overland adventures accessible to more people and in so doing has developed a cult following.”

JIMNY: ‘SIMPLE BUT RUGGED’

And here’s the plug for the stubby but rugged on/off-roader… Starting at R256 900, the Suzuki Jimny remains one of the most affordable ladder-frame, low-range, off-road vehicles on the South African market.

While its design as a simple-to-maintain but rugged 4×4 is unchanged Suzuki has upgraded the Jimny over time to include two crash bags, rear Isofix child-seat anchors, anti-lock brakes and the option of an auto gearbox.
Every Jimny is sold with a four-year or 60 000 km service plan and 36-month mechanical warranty.

Team Tane’s Suzuki Africa Sky High Adventure will also be supported by Wizerd Custom 4×4, Opposite Lock, Osprey, Smartgrid, Mont Bell, Tracks 4 Africa and Black Diamond.

AND YOU CAN STAY IN TOUCH…

You can Follow Team Tane’s #SuzukiAfricaSkyHigh adventure at on their website, on Twitter, on Instagram, and on Facebook. They will have a LIVE map so followers can see exactly where they are.
Suzuki SA will also report on the adventure on Twitter and  on Facebook.

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