Named after Charlotte Mansfield, a British explorer, novelist and poet. Most well known for her journeys through Africa in the early 1900s. Her trip, nicknamed “Cape to Cairo,” was a planned route starting in South Africa and ending in Cairo, Egypt and one of the most venturesome expeditions ever undertaken by a woman. Mansfield traveled over 16,000 miles (26,000 km) with a sole team of locals, but her journey was cut short due to an epidemic of sleeping sickness (parasitic infection). Mansfield made it to Lake Tanganyika before reluctantly returning to South Africa. Even though she had not completed the entire journey, she had gathered enough experience to write about in her new book which received praise and recognition by publishing companies.