A SORBIE teenager is embarking on the trip of a lifetime on Monday as he sets off for Africa with the Army Cadet Force.
Following months of training and a vigorous selection process, Colour Sergeant Andrew Grimes will be one of just 40 UK cadets - and just three from Scotland - chosen to join the expedition to Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, where he will undertake community projects and visit battlefields.
The only cadet chosen from Dumfries and Galloway, Douglas Ewart pupil Andrew passed his summer mountain proficiency qualification as part of his training for the challenge.
Andrew will travel with group one to Kwazulu-Natal before four days in the Ithala game reserve, two days visiting Anglo Zulu Battlefields and then on to community projects in the area, such asrepainting the school amongst other activities.
The team then treck through the Drakensburg Mountains before a final two days rest and then returning home on 13 August.
Andrew, who has been a cadet for five years, has been training hard with his little rescue dog, Ruby, walking 15 miles carring 25kg in preparation for the expedition.
He would like to thank all locals and businesses who have helped him on his way.