Charley Boorman’s BIG South African Adventure
Adventurer Charley Boorman loves nothing more than wide open spaces and a road leading somewhere, anywhere, as long as the outcome is not predictable or boring!
The TV series Charley Boorman's South African Adventure was launched earlier this month on Channel 5, and sees him taking in some of South Africa's best spots – the top of Table Mountain, Tugela Falls, the Kruger National Park and Robben Island. He also goes shark cage diving, stargazing and scorpion-hunting; tracks lions in the bush; and takes his trusty BMW GS Adventure motorbike along the hazardous roads leading to the Sani Pass.
In the series, Charley traverses the length and bredth of South Africa, along with his producer/director friend Russ Malkin. The trip starts in Cape Town and takes him on an incredible journey around the country, covering more than 6 000 miles (about 9 600km) and ending back in Cape Town, where the trip culiminates in a huge morotbike convoy down Signal Hill.
Says Charley, 'I fell in love with South Africa the very first time I came here. The country is one of the most beautiful places on earth: rich in gastronomy, adventure opportunities and fantastic people.
I fell in love with South Africa the very first time I came here. The country is one of the most beautiful places on earth: rich in gastronomy, adventure opportunities and fantastic people.
'I feel so privileged and excited to have been able to return to really explore it further and to spend time with the fantastic people. There's also no better way to end a trip than with a massive convoy of bikes, as we did when we rode into Cape Town!'
For United Kingdom viewers, South African Tourism has launched a dedicated microsite following the expedition's route and showcasing some of the highlights. To assist budding adventurers get started on their own journey, South African Airways, in partnership with South African Tourism, has donated 2 return flights to Johannesburg. See South African Tourism's Facebook pages for more details.
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