7000km, five summits, two adventurers – and one Suzuki Jimny

  • Living in – and working for – Africa
  • Modern-day trek for young couple
  • Plucky little Suzuki Jimny key to adventure
JIMNY IN AFRICA: Image: Team Tane / Quickpic
JIMNY IN AFRICA: Big African sky, one small Jimny all-wheeler, and big dreams for Tarryn and Shane Quinnell . for Image: Team Tane / Quickpic

SOMEWHERE on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a tough little Suzuki Jimny nicknamed Badger is parked in the shadow of the Mountains of the Moon.

This 2011 4×4 is the team vehicle for Team Tane – Tarryn and Shane Quinnell on their Suzuki Africa Sky High Adventure through 10 African countries to scale the continent’s five highest peaks and to showcase Africa to the world.

Team Tane and Badger left South Africa on April 29 2017 for an eight-month adventure. They have since traversed Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania and Rwanda en route to the first three of five mountains.

JIMNY IN AFRICA: Image: Team Tane / Quickpic
JIMNY IN AFRICA: How the Quinnnells see each African morning on their 7000km bush trek. Image: Suzuki / Team Tane / Quickpic

“It really has been an incredible trip with so many amazing sights and experiences,” says Tarryn. “The animals, vegetation and remoteness of Botswana were amazing and the people of Zambia and Rwanda particularly welcoming.

SHOWING OFF AFRICA

“My favourite adventures so far have been swimming in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika and interacting with the locals while walking through the villages of Kigoma, Tanzania, to find the mango tree where Stanley met Livingstone.”

Tarryn and husband Shane are documenting their adventure in an effort to showcase the culturally rich, environmentally diverse, and inviting side of Africa to South Africans and the world. They’ve had many similar adventures on the continent and abroad but for this their most challenging adventure they’ve partnered with Suzuki South Africa.

Only two months in but Team Tane has already had adventure and challenge. In Botswana they had to navigate the flooded Makgadigadi pans, clean their rear drum brakes and fix a sway rod damaged by an unseen deep hole in the road.

Shane told Carman’s Corner in a media release: “The Jimny has has performed faultlessly, despite a payload of 400kg, some very challenging off-road driving, and endless deeply rutted and corrugated dirt roads.”

JIMNY MAKES IT TO EVERY SUMMIT

Badger has performed without a hitch but the humans went down with a mystery bug that landed them both in a Kigali hospital and forced them to recuperate for a few days.

Once recovered, they climbed Mount Muhabura and took with them a model of their trusted Jimny, which they called “Badgito”. Muhabura is an ancient volcano though at 4127m is four times higher than Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

JIMNY IN AFRICA: Image: Team Tane / Quickpic
JIMNY IN AFRICA: Good night! A great day done and the Quinnells’ tent goes up on the back of the Suzuki. We hope they had some good South African wine in the cooler box for a sundowner. Image: Suzuki / Team Tane / Quickpic

Later, despite their still weakened health, they climbed Mount Sabyinyo on the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo two days later, again with Badgito in their backpack. These two test climbs, they said, proved them ready for their five high summits – the African High Five.

Team Tane has since then summited three of them: Mount Baker, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke. Each, the couple reported, was more challenging and technical than expected with large and jagged rocks and even ice near the peaks.

The couple are now heading for the Rwenzori National Park and Mountains of the Moon and then to Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa.

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André Kruger, divisional manager for sales and marketing at Suzuki South Africa, told The Corner: “Team Tane is keeping their promise and will regularly update us and their fans on their wonderful adventure.”

They have a live map so followers can see exactly where they are.

Suzuki SA will also report on the adventure on Instagram and Twitter. and on Team Tane’s website.

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

JIMNY IN AFRICA: Image: Team Tane / Quickpic
JIMNY IN AFRICA:  …and good morning! A bush breakfast, vehicle check, and Tarryn and Shane Quinnell (and Badger) will be heading for the next mountain. Image: Suzuki / Team Tane / Quickpic
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