Craving some adventure, but too tired to leave the house? Nine has you covered. Starting next week, you can tune in on Wednesdays to catch up on Walk the Nile, a ground-breaking series following British explorer Levison Wood’s expedition to walk the length of the River Nile from source to sea. An epic journey of 6760km.
Wood’s drama filled nine-month, seven million step journey takes him through jungles, savannah, deserts, cities and war zones in some of the continent’s most remote and spectacular locations. The Nile remains one of the last holy grails in exploration – no-one has ever completed its entire length on foot.
The filming of Episode One hit the headlines last year when tragedy struck the expedition and a journalist covering Levison’s epic journey tragically lost his life.
Here’s the synopsis for the first episode:
Lev and his local guide Boston follow the river from the jungles of Rwanda, through Tanzania’s most remote and lawless regions and into Uganda. They celebrate by the shores of Lake Bisongu and enter the ‘Badlands’ of Tanzania – an area riddled with gun smuggling routes – only to be robbed by a gang of highwaymen. Further down the river, they’re invited as VIPs to a traditional Tanzanian and given a heroes’ welcome in the capital Kampala.
Leaving Kampala, Lev and Boston are the first outsiders to be allowed to trek through the wilds of the Murchison Falls National Park, home to one of the highest concentrations of crocs and hippos on the planet but also ruthless poachers desperate for ivory and bushmeat.
It’s so dangerous Lev and Boston are escorted by armed park rangers, but even with rangers to carry their kit and extra water, nothing can prepare them for the extreme danger and the tragic consequences that lie ahead.
Catch Walking The Nile on Wednesday, June 24 at 8:30 pm on Nine.