After a hectic time, the Expedition became QRV on January 24, 1948. From that moment the world was listening day after day for signals "Out of Africa".
Unloading cargo in Mombasa
There were 9 white persons within the Expedition, 7 of them did make the trip with the African Pilgrim, Gatti and his wife Ellen (professional expeditioners), Bob Leo and Bill Snyder (the radio-crew), Weldon King and Errol Prince (the photographers), and James Powers (reporter). The other two white men, both British, joined the expedition in East Africa. The first, Norm Wakeford was Gatti's Camp manager, spoke fluently Swahili and joined the group in Mombasa. The other, Doug Edwards, joined the group in february, and was hired as Gatti's personal secretary. All other members of the expedition were natives, hired in Mombasa, to drive the trucks, to play cook, personal servant, security-officer, or as "boy", a pair of hands to do all kind of things. Totally there where 42 men involved. Bob remembers one name, Asmani, one of the local camp boys.After the African Pilgrim docked in Kilindini harbor in Mombasa on January 15, 1948, the unloading of the huge amount of material, the trucks, the trailers etc, started. Lots of pictures were taken that day, the workload in the harbor was very big. Attilio was the commander. According to the script Bill wrote for the movie shots, more than 700 boxes had to be custom-cleared. Bob was the driver of the KB3, number 5, the truck pulling Schult trail number 6, Attilio Gatti's private home. After the trucks were lined up, the caravan dorove through town and parked on the outskirts. There was a lot of work to do on the trucks, trailers, generators etc, which took 2 days. Bob had some arguments with Mr. Gatti, and wrote a letter about that, but they met afterwards and soothed things over.