Toby Storie-Pugh

The Brief

Walk the Congo will see Toby Storie-Pugh lead a team on a source-to-sea walk of the Congo river.

The Solution

Walk the Congo is a 360° project covering expedition logistics, communications, broadcast, brand and talent management.

Toby Storie-Pugh and his team will be taking on the world’s first on-foot descent of the 3,000 mile Congo river.

The expedition begins at the headwater of the Chambeshi river in Northeastern Zambia, before descending 300 miles into the Bangweulu swamp. The Luapula heads north from the swamp, becoming, in turn, the Luvua and the Lualaba. Finally, just before the town of Kisangani, the waterway officially becomes the Congo river – an approximate halfway point with the hardest section yet to come.

Toby’s team is made up of Simone Bazos, Boston Ndoole and Mike Chambers. Simone is a multimedia journalist, producer, writer, filmmaker, investigator and researcher who will document the journey having spent extensive periods in the DRC previously. Boston is a highly experienced guide and fixer, native to the DRC. He has been leading expeditions in central, southern and eastern Africa since 2006. Mike is an expedition leader and charity director, having worked with Toby in Kenya to establish Flying Kites children’s home and school.

We are determined to show the human side of a country that is too often recognised because of its association with war, disease and humanitarian crisis.

We are on an uncompromising search for excellence. We know that only in this way can we fulfil our mission to the cause that we serve, and to those who have given us their support. The expedition was expressly developed as a means to create mass awareness of the incredible potential that exists in Africa, and therefore presents an ideal opportunity to take advantage of a proposition that will be highly attractive to the media.

Walk The Congo Map


The expedition will take courage, commitment and vision from the team — not to mention the compassion implicit in their social commitment — which will be reflected onto the corporate sponsors who have backed them.

Walk the Congo clearly understands this motivation for companies to participate in high-visibility initiatives and we will ensure that we deliver real value to our sponsors. We are determined to ensure that you receive a powerful return on your investment.

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The Details

The Congo River

  • The Congo river is just over 2,900 miles long, or 4700KM. It is the world’s deepest river and travel’s through both urban areas and thick rainforest.

The Team

  • Toby Storie-Pugh will lead, accompanied by Simone Bazos, Boston Ndoole and Mike Chambers.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

  • “The Walk the Congo expedition proves that the very best spirit of British exploration lives on. The expedition team is attempting an audacious and daunting world first in one of the world’s most remote regions.The commitment required by the team to succeed in this expedition ensures that the completion of the challenge will rank it among the world’s great overland adventures. I wish them the best and look forward to celebrating their achievement.”