MASTER OF CEREMONIES | FACILITATION ENTERTAINMENT | INSPIRATIONAL AUTHOR AND SPEAKER
As one of the world’s leading explorers he has captivated thousands of people through his bestselling books
& motivational talks; worldwide. Manser takes a personal approach inspiring an audience. He allows the
audience to decide for themselves with which attitude they are going to take on life’s challenges. Through
his message of courage, perseverance & attitude, he guides the audience to the realization that being
average is just not good enough.
His tales are of adventures without the luxury of a panic button. No excuses to give up. Tales of real life
threatening situations which; according to him; make an adventure a real adventure.
Thousands of people from blue-chip companies to community projects & from schools to non-governmental
organisations have been moved by Riaan’s extraordinary, & often hilarious, tales of perseverance &
unrelenting resolve. Manser speaks passionately about his adventures, motivating & inspiring all who attend
AFRICA (World First):
Manser’s rise to prominence began with the unbelievable world-first circumnavigation of the African continent by bicycle. It took him exactly two years, two months & fifteen days, alone & unaided, he pedaled a staggering 34 500 kilometers (22 680 miles) through 34 different countries, some of them ranked as the most dangerous & most inhospitable places in our world today. Manser’s achievement earned him the title “Out There Adventurer of the Year 2006” & his first book, “Around Africa on my Bicycle”, became a bestseller & continues to enjoy huge success.
During Riaan’s journey, he was imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea & was held captive by drugged teenage rebels in Liberia. Both occasions he negotiated his release through his charm, amicable personality & exceptional powers of persuasion. Along the way, Manser ate some exotic dishes such as monkey, bat, camel & rat.
As if cycling the perimeter of the African continent wasn’t enough, he also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro &
descended to Lake Assal, the highest & lowest points in Africa.
Once seeing Riaan’s story on television, Nelson Mandela personally requested a meeting with Manser,
saying it was “A performance that will inspire the youth of the continent!”. The Explorer’s Club in New York – whose members include the first man to reach the North Pole, the first to reach the South Pole, the top of Everest, the deepest point in the ocean & the first man on the moon – extended a special invitation to Manser to speak before its illustrious organization.