In January 2018, a team composed of three former Royal Marine Commandos will be treakking the length of the Orange River in Africa, from source to sea, raising much-needed funds for both Veterans for Wildlife as well as the Royal Marines Charity.

These former Bootnecks will complete the 2,200 km journey completely unaided and unsupported, as they pass through three countries, Lesotho, South Africa and Namibia. Their res will start in the highlands of Lesotho and the route will follow the river from its source, traversing the barren Karoo region of the South African interior, ultimately reaching the Atlantic Ocean in Nambia.

The Orange River is the longest contagious river in South Africa. Originating in the Drakensberg Mountains in Lesotho, the river flows westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. The river also forms part of the international border between South Africa and Namibia, as well as that between South Africa and Lesotho.

The team have chosen their two charities in order to assist injured colleagues and raise funds for their rehabilitation process. Whilst also raising funds to protect the world’s critically endangered species.

Expedition leader Glen Steyn originally hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. He will be joined on the expedition by Director of Photography, Alex Davidson, an ex-Royal from Shropshire, with Terence van Hoogsraten, another ex-Royal from Johannesburg taking on the role of expedition medic.

We are thrilled that Glen, Alex and Terence have chosen to support our work via their fantastic fundraiser! To find out more and donate, click here. You will also be able to follow the team's progress via their social media page.