Hanzelka and Zikmund’s Expeditions

An Indian Woman is depicted in the right corner of the Miniature Sheet issued in February 2019

The background of the miniature sheet outlines Hanzelka and Zikmund’s expeditions route using the three Czech national colours.

Hanzelka and M. Zikmund first met at school. Only a handful of their friends came to say goodbye when the young graduates in economy started on their first trip to Africa in 1947. They wanted to discover the world. They returned back home three and a half years later – as famous travellers. They started in Africa, travelling from the north down to the very south. They drove their Tatra 87 all across the Nubian Desert, climbed Kilimanjaro, reached Cape Town and crossed the ocean to Argentine to continue their expedition across the South and Central Americas. During the expedition lasting three and a half years, Jiří Hanzelka and Miroslav Zikmund passed through 44 countries and overcame a distance of 111,000 kilometres. Throughout the long journey, they continuously sent radio reports to their listeners at home. Afterwards, they described it in books. During their second expedition in 1959–1964, they headed for Asia and Oceania. They embarked on a journey to fulfil their student’s dream for the second time on 22 April 1959. The two travellers together with an accompanying team of two again started from the Autoklub building in Prague’s Opletalova street in two Tatra 805 cars. The expedition lasted five and a half years and Jiří Hanzelka and Miroslav Zikmund visited thirty countries

Date of Issue: 14 February 2019, Size: 203 x 153 mm, Graphic Designer: Eva Hašková a Jan Maget, Engraver: Václav Fajt

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