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Expedition Team

Thierry Banchet

Expedition Leader

Original from France, Thierry has a passion for the African Continent. For over more than twenty years he has explored the continent out of the beaten tracks looking for the exceptional, and also leading multiple expeditions. In the middle of nineties he discovers the PPG, at his opinion the Ultimate tool to discover the black continent. He’s a licensed PPG Instructor (French CAA license). With NKP Expeditions, Thierry likes to share with pilots around the world his experiences of a lifetime flying in the African regions, and also likes organising tailored expeditions for TV programs. As a Photographer, he has contributed to national and international publications. He has PPL and micro light aircraft licenses, is a scuba diving instructor and practices others disciplines like Enduro bike. Thierry speaks English, Spanish and French. He now lives in South Africa in a Big Five Game Reserve.

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Thierry Simonet

The “Boss” of Backbone

One of the leading Paramotors manufacturers in France. Simonet joins the team to bring his invaluable expertise. He is a Paramotor instructor, French CAA , with 29 years of experience in: parachuting,  paraglider, microlight delta,  trike, 3 axis, and glider. He speaks, English, Italian, French and Spanish.