Peter van Kets

Tagline: Inspiring Adventure

Talent Highlights

  • Extreme Adventurer: Peter van Kets is a South African adventurer renowned for his daring exploits in some of the world’s most challenging environments. From the icy expanse of Antarctica to the unforgiving waters of the Atlantic Ocean, he has pushed the boundaries of human endurance in pursuit of adventure.
  • Record-Breaking Expeditions: Peter’s list of accomplishments includes numerous record-breaking expeditions that have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide. Notably, he completed the grueling Atlantic Rowing Race, traversing over 5,000 kilometers of open ocean in a small rowboat with his partner, Bill Godfrey, setting a new South African record.
  • Solo Journeys of Discovery: Beyond his collaborative endeavors, Peter has also embarked on solo journeys that test his limits both physically and mentally. One such expedition saw him tackle the formidable challenge of crossing Antarctica to the South Pole alone and unsupported, a feat that earned him international acclaim and solidified his reputation as an adventurer of the highest caliber.
  • Passionate Environmental Advocate: In addition to his adventurous pursuits, Peter is a passionate advocate for environmental conservation and sustainability. Through his expeditions and public speaking engagements, he raises awareness about the importance of preserving our planet’s natural wonders for future generations.
  • Author and Inspirational Speaker: Peter van Kets shares his extraordinary experiences and insights with audiences around the world as an author and inspirational speaker. His captivating storytelling and unwavering determination inspire others to embrace their own adventures and overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams.

Keynote Topics

Harnessing the passion for success

RESOLVE, takes a new look at how to foster passion, then harness that passion to create discipline and to construct a process, which will drive passion and discipline towards significant success.nnWe conduct both our professional (and personal) lives in a turbulent, dynamic, fiercely competitive and often harsh world.

And so, starting a business, meeting an insane sales target, turning a floundering venture around, these are all challenges that are infinitely comparable to trekking to a Pole or rowing an ocean.

The Business world is the new frontier, it is a place of extraordinary adventure, presenting an arena for uniquely challenging expeditions every day.

For the past decade of my life I have taken part in and led many expeditions to some of the most remote desolate and beautiful parts of the planet, and the lessons I have learned are astonishingly transferable to the world of business/sales/marketing/finance Vision, passion, grit, calculated risk taking, survival, collaboration, discipline, leadership, precise planning are as important in the boardroom as they are in the wilderness….although of course an error in the boardroom may not result in your death.

Of all of the attributes I have mentioned, resolve/vasbyt/Nyamezela is the one quality most likely to guarantee success. However, resolve isn’t created in a vacuum, it cannot and does not stand alone.

It grows out of PASSION.nnThis presentation, RESOLVE, takes a new look at how to foster passion, then harness that passion to create discipline and to construct a process which will drive passion and discipline towards significant success.

“If one is resolute about the journey ahead and passionate about achieving one’s vision, then with the right processes in place we can achieve that which has been considered to be impossible before.”

But it will take RESOLVE!

Every venture you embark on, both in a professional and personal capacity, will demand clear vision, dynamic strategy, precise planning and preparation, absolute honesty, integrity, discipline and fearlessness, but above all it will demand GRIT, perseverance!!

We currently conduct our ventures in a turbulent, dynamic , competitive and often harsh world. So how do we adapt and then thrive in this environment? How do we achieve and sustain true success and fulfill our purpose.

My presentation “GRIT” answers these fundamental questions with profound universal principles learned during some of my expeditions.

So if we put the right processes in place and we persevere we will absolutely be able to achieve those things we have considered ‘impossible’ before.

“Every venture in life is going to demand clear vision, dynamic strategy, precise planning and preparation, absolute honesty and integrity, uprightness of character and self discipline, but above all it will take perseverance, nyamazela, GRIT.

If we put the right processes in place, we persevere and never give up on our vision, we absolutely will not fail.”

This presentation is pure motivation and focuses on the 888km unsupported Scott-Amundsen Race to the South Pole with a few anecdotes from the rows across the Atlantic.

Target audience: PURE MOTIVATION!

  • Leadership, sales, teams etc
  • Vision
  • Having a winning attitude
  • Collaboration
  • Surrounding yourself with the best possible team
  • Identifying partners who share your vision and passion
  • Knowing that with the right resources, there is a solution to every problem!
  • Setting clear and achievable goals
  • Being properly prepared
  • Execution – Not being paralysed by the fear of failure
  • Perfect delivery
  • Having a clear, but flexible strategy
  • Being decisive
  • Making the move from external discipline to self-discipline.
  • Persevering
  • Innovation – always look for areas to improve upon
  • Understand the benefit of helping others succeed
  • Focus on the small things and the big things fall into place

“Peter’s talk was definitely one of the very best I have heard – and I have heard many! His description of the expeditions he has undertaken are a fantastic example of the vision, planning, courage and discipline required to succeed in any venture.

The talk is filled with insights of leadership, teamwork, focus and the ability to endure almost unbelievable stress and hardship. He is an outstanding example of a truly authentic and humble hero.”


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Travels from:

  • East London, SA

Fee Range:

  • Fees* $5,001 - $10,000




Peter van Kets is an acclaimed adventurer, renowned international keynote speaker, and fervent conservationist. Hailing from South Africa, he has forged his path as one of the country’s foremost adventurers, captivating audiences worldwide with his remarkable tales of resilience, courage, and determination. His recent expedition, an unsupported race across Antarctica to the South Pole, stands […]

Peter van Kets is an acclaimed adventurer, renowned international keynote speaker, and fervent conservationist. Hailing from South Africa, he has forged his path as one of the country’s foremost adventurers, captivating audiences worldwide with his remarkable tales of resilience, courage, and determination.

His recent expedition, an unsupported race across Antarctica to the South Pole, stands as a testament to his unwavering spirit and commitment to pushing the boundaries of human potential. With a narrative steeped in survival, passion, and the indomitable will to triumph, Peter’s presentations inspire audiences to embrace challenges, foster teamwork, and pursue their dreams relentlessly.

Peter van Kets | Adventure Speaker

The Antarctic Expedition:

Peter van Kets’ most recent feat, an unsupported race across Antarctica to the South Pole, marks a significant milestone in his illustrious career. Commemorating the historic race between Scott and Amundsen a century ago, Peter embarked on an arduous journey characterized by unfathomable challenges and breathtaking landscapes.

His expedition epitomized the essence of adventure, pushing the limits of physical and mental endurance against the backdrop of one of the world’s most inhospitable environments. Through blistering cold, relentless winds, and vast expanses of ice, Peter’s unwavering resolve propelled him forward, showcasing the epitome of human resilience in the face of adversity.

Key Themes:

Peter van Kets’ story encompasses a myriad of compelling themes that resonate deeply with audiences:

  • Survival: Through tales of navigating treacherous terrain and enduring harsh conditions, Peter illuminates the essence of survival and the primal instincts required to overcome formidable obstacles.
  • Courage: With every step towards the South Pole, Peter exemplifies courage in its purest form, inspiring others to confront their fears and pursue their aspirations with unwavering determination.
  • Perseverance: Against all odds, Peter’s relentless pursuit of his goals underscores the power of perseverance, urging audiences to persist in the face of setbacks and challenges.
  • Passion: A passionate advocate for the environment, Peter’s commitment to conservation serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of preserving our planet for future generations.
  • Loneliness: Amidst the vast solitude of Antarctica, Peter confronts the depths of loneliness, offering profound insights into the human psyche and the resilience required to endure solitude.
  • Tenacity: With an unyielding spirit and unwavering focus, Peter demonstrates the importance of tenacity in overcoming obstacles and achieving extraordinary feats.
  • Teamwork: Throughout his expeditions, Peter emphasizes the crucial role of teamwork, highlighting the power of collaboration and camaraderie in accomplishing shared objectives.
  • Will to Win: Driven by an insatiable desire to succeed, Peter’s story embodies the relentless pursuit of victory, inspiring audiences to harness their inner strength and strive for greatness.

Why Book Peter van Kets through Speakers Inc:

Event planners seeking a captivating and transformative speaker need look no further than Peter van Kets. As a seasoned adventurer and dynamic storyteller, Peter brings a unique blend of inspiration, authenticity, and practical wisdom to every presentation.

By booking Peter through Speakers Inc, event planners can expect:

  • Unparalleled Expertise: With a wealth of experience in conquering some of the world’s most challenging environments, Peter offers invaluable insights into resilience, leadership, and peak performance.
  • Compelling Storytelling: Through riveting narratives and vivid imagery, Peter captivates audiences from start to finish, leaving a lasting impression that resonates long after the event concludes.
  • Customized Presentations: Recognizing that every audience is unique, Peter tailors his presentations to align with the specific goals and objectives of each event, ensuring maximum relevance and impact.
  • Interactive Engagement: From Q&A sessions to hands-on workshops, Peter fosters meaningful engagement with audiences, encouraging active participation and dialogue.
  • Lasting Inspiration: Whether addressing corporate teams, educational institutions, or community organizations, Peter’s message of resilience, courage, and teamwork inspires individuals to unleash their full potential and embrace the adventure of life.

In summary, Peter van Kets is more than a speaker; he is a beacon of inspiration, a catalyst for change, and a testament to the limitless possibilities of the human spirit.

By booking Peter through Speakers Inc, event planners can elevate their events to new heights, leaving attendees energized, enlightened, and empowered to embark on their own journey of discovery and transformation.

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