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Walking the Nile
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Plenty of celebrities have travelled the Nile for what is an often trivial or, at best, rather slight travelogue. But ex-Army captain and explorer Levison Wood is more Bear Grylls than Joanna Lumley, so his nine-month trek along its length – often just him and a local guide – is a tougher proposition.
There are no tourist sites, set-ups or photo opportunities (although he gets an unexpected film-star reception when he arrives in Kampala and there are some beautiful views). It’s Africa in the raw – lads caught fishing illegally in Uganda get a thrashing by the police, Wood is robbed within days of setting off, and then something really shocking happens to one of his companions.
British explorer Levison Wood treks the length of the River Nile from source to sea, on a nine-month expedition taking him through jungles, savannahs, deserts, cities and war zones. The first programme follows Lev and his guide Boston for their first 1,000 miles, from the river's source in the Rwandan rainforest, through Tanzania's remote and lawless regions and into Uganda. Heading deep into the Ajai Wildlife Reserve, an impenetrable swamp forces them into remote, barren ground cut off from civilisation. But even with rangers to carry their kit and extra water, nothing can prepare the duo for what lies ahead.
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