Monday the 28th of September saw the end of not only four weeks in South Africa, but also the end to the Handshake’s collective four month tour of the African continent.

Starting in Johannesburg on the 1st of September, 20 volunteers from different backgrounds, of different ages and varying motivations, all came together under one objective – to raise awareness of primate conservation in South Africa.

The last four weeks have been an incredible journey. From the staggering amount of content produced over the expedition; to the bonds, ties and friendships formed between the volunteers – I think I can speak for everyone when I say it truly has been an experience of a lifetime. Spanning South Africa from Jo’burg to Cape Town in our big yellow truck, setting up our mobile production unit anywhere with an available plug socket, it has been an epic voyage that I don’t think any of us will forget.

Over the coming weeks the digital media produced by the Handshake volunteers will make its way online – and to the sanctuaries and organizations it was created for.


  1. And what a fantastic expedition it was! Really missing the Handshake and Nox! But for now its back to reality!

    Go Handshake!
    😀 x

  2. Goodbye then George. Hope you are now home safely. Thank you for all the updates.
    Great to meet the handshakers even it is only to say goodbye.

    Keep up the writing. Keep up the cause.

    Loved the photograph.

  3. Lovely article George – thank you.

  4. It was a pleasure to see the Handshake in action and meeting some of you at Chimp Eden. Keep up the good work. What you do is vital to the conservation of primates and appreciated very much by those of us who love them. Kudos to you all!

  5. Amazing work you’re doing. Wish I could join you.

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