The Team

Mark Baxter

Mark Baxter

Mark is the treasurer of the group and has looked after the financial planning for the trip.

Mark lives in East London and is married to Jeannie with two children Bradley (23 yrs old) and Robyn (21 yrs old).

Mark is a quantity surveyor by profession. His interests are all outdoor orientated including scuba diving, hunting, camping, fishing and golf.

Together with his friends they have created a social club called FGH (short for Fishing, Golf & Hunting), hence the passion to enter into another outdoor challenge. His motto is “nothing venture nothing gained”







Rene de Kock

Rene de Kock

René is Mark’s co-driver; Rene lives in East London and is married to Esther with 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

He spends most of his free time outdoors and enjoys roughing it on the game farm that is a share partner in.

René believes in living life for moment and having “no regrets” .








The Vehicle

Team Bulldog

Our vehicle is the icon of Africa, a 2008 Landcruiser 70 4,2 diesel station wagon. You will find them around every corner and they have a proven track record in Africa, almost indestructible. Spares and repairs are available in most centres and the vehicle is very easy to work on with no fancy electronics and gadgets. Mark bought the vehicle second hand last year after it had clocked up 50 000km’s. The vehicle is in extremely good condition and has been well tested over the last year. Rene has spent many hours transforming the vehicle into the ultimate over-lander and it is now ready to go.

The vehicle is called THE BULLDOG because of its rugged looks and attitude.




Short Motivation and Team Objective

Our aim is to reach Germany come hell or high water. The recent troubles in Africa have probably made the challenge a bit more complex, but with sound planning and decision making we are sure we will get there on schedule. Over the years we have done a couple of crazy things like sailing a dhow up the Kenya coast and now we enter our next challenge. Who knows what lies in store after this……….in memory of our dearest colleague who could not make it. Rest in peace…you were a legend.

Team Bulldog

5 thoughts on “Team Bulldog

  • May 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Good Luck team Bulldog! Mark have you taken Rene on a diving crash course? I am sure you managed to squeeze in a BC or two into the Bulldog’s luggage compartment for the Situ stop over! Enjoy it & safe trip!!!

  • May 31, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Oh so “Team Bulldog” got its name from the cruisers rugged looks? Have a good trip guys I have no doubt you will make it without “hell or high water”

  • June 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Hey Mark and Rene,

    Impressive website – thinking of you guys… have an awesome time.

    Love from

    Meredith and Melissa

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