“I am thrilled to be exploring urban Africa, especially these two vibrant global cities of Durban and Cape Town,” Evans said. “No place on Earth has so many centuries of global culture packed into such rare and beautiful coastlines.”
Evans will be filming a documentary for the National Geographic Channel along the way, focusing on the broad multiculturalism in both cities. As part of the documentary, he will interview some of South Africa’s young and aspiring leaders, including Nelson Mandela’s grandson Kweku Mandela and architect Luyanda Mpahlwa. The documentary will air in early 2013.
Evans is a veteran travel writer for National Geographic Traveler magazine and National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog. His most recent assignment, last month, was a trans-Atlantic journey from South America’s Cape Horn to Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. He finished his trip in Malawi, where he was one of the first people to report the death of Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika. In February he visited Maya sites in Mexico, and in June last year he documented his Canadian adventures as he explored the best of Ontario, from festivals to fly fishing. In September 2011, he tweeted and blogged his way around Japan, and the following month he wined and dined his way through Louisiana, experiencing the best of the bayou and New Orleans. He finished the year skiing, snow-shoeing and trekking through western Canada’s ski country with renowned mountaineers, ski instructors and naturalists.
In 2010, Evans journeyed from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica — a 10,000-mile trip through 14 countries — using public transportation as far as he could go. He rode buses to Ushuaia in Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, and then boarded the MV National Geographic Explorer to Antarctica.
“Andrew Evans truly embodies the National Geographic mission — to inspire people to care about the planet,” said Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler magazine editor in chief. “As he explores Cape Town and Durban, Andrew’s real-time posts will allow his digital community to immerse themselves in the wonders of South Africa.”