In 2002, Patricia and 13 of her listeners walked 500 kilometres from the lowest to the highest points of Zimbabwe at a rate of 50 kilometres per day. Their efforts raised much needed funds for the animals suffering horribly as a result of political turmoil in that country. She’s canoed sections of several of Africa’s great rivers, she’s climbed Kilimanjaro twice, and Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) once – all but the last 300 metres when the team was beaten back by a killer storm. The experience was so terrifying that she ain’t going back for the rest!
In 2003, Patricia spent three months at Mount Everest, reporting on the Discovery team’s efforts to stand on top of the world. Her daily journal describing life on this great mountain was later published as a popular book called ‘Off Peak’.
In 2005, she walked from Durban to the Victoria Falls in the footsteps of two of her ancestors who got to the Falls shortly after David Livingstone. The two thousand kilometre journey took her along the old hunter/trader routes to the interior of Africa, often off-road and often in Big Five territory. It gave her unique insights into the life of people and animals on our stupendous continent and renewed passion for its preservation.‘Footing with Sir Richard’s Ghost’ is the book Patricia wrote about this odyssey and it is a bestseller in South Africa.
In April and May of 2011, Patricia spent time in the Kalahari with the Khomani Bushmen, recording and archiving their heritage sites in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and assisting the elders of the community in teaching the youngsters about their history and fast-disappearing culture.