From Kapp to Cape: Adventurer embarks upon 33,000km quest to discover traces of forgotten Polish lives and histories

Krzysztof Puternicki plans to explore places forgotten by the world, hoping to uncover the extraordinary stories of Polish daredevils and of ordinary men and women who somehow left their mark. Krzysztof Puternicki

An adventurer and traveller has set off on a 33,000 km journey across Africa and Europe to search for traces of Polish history and people along the way.

Covering 38 countries, Krzysztof Puternicki who sets off today will drive to places forgotten by the world, hoping to uncover the extraordinary stories of Polish daredevils and of ordinary men and women who somehow left their mark.

Puternicki, who comes from Trójmiasto, is a professional guide specializing in Africa.Krzysztof Puternicki

During the first six weeks the traveller will visit 16 European countries including Norway, Russia, Belarus, Romania, Kosovo, Spain and others.

In each of these countries Puternicki he will spend several days actively exploring oblique Polish stories, places and people related to the country.

Puternicki’s epic 33,000km, 38 country voyage will take him from Nordkapp, the northernmost cape of Europe, to Cape Agulhas the southernmost tip of Africa.Polskie Ślady/Facebook

Next, he will cross over to Africa, starting in Morocco and travelling down the western side of the continent.

Motivated by his innate curiosity and love of meeting new people, Puternicki already has several points mapped out where he can meet his fellow countrymen and those associated with Polish culture.

Puternicki has been travelling along the African continent for 20 years, choosing places shunned by mass tourism.Polskie Ślady/Facebook

The adventurer said: “I set off from Nordkapp, the northernmost cape of Europe, to reach the very tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas.

“I will go through glaciers, wade through the mud of Europe in winter, then the dust of Africa will stick to every part of my body.

“It will be an amazing experience in many respects: two ends of the world, hundreds of people met along the way.

“Thousands of kilometres to travel and almost the same number of stories with a Polish trace to discover.”

Although he obtained a diploma in political studies, Paternicki’s passion is African studies.Polskie Ślady/Facebook

Puternicki, who comes from Trójmiasto, is a professional guide specializing in Africa.

He has been travelling along the continent for 20 years, choosing places shunned by mass tourism.

Three years ago he completed a solo journey from Cairo to Cape Town, spanning the entire East Africa.

The first six weeks will see Puternicki visit 16 European countries were he will spend several days actively exploring oblique Polish stories, places and people related to the country. He will then cross over to Africa, starting in Morocco and travelling down the western side of the continent.Polskie Ślady/Facebook

Although he obtained a diploma in political studies, his passion remains African studies.

The First News is a media partner of the Polish Traces projects and will keep you informed about Puternicki’s progress and the discoveries he makes.