Walking the world’s longest river

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British explorer and expedition leader Levison Wood has set off on a year-long adventure to walk the length of the world’s longest river, the Nile.

If successful, Wood will set a world record by becoming the first person to complete the 4,250-mile journey across Africa. Following his departure on December 1, Wood will journey from the highlands of Rwanda to the jungles of Tanzania and Uganda, before trekking through Sudan to reach Egypt’s Mediterranean shore.

Of the expedition, Levison said: “Walking the Nile is not just the most memorable and demanding expedition I’ve ever undertaken. It’s an amazing opportunity for me to report on all the incredibly positive stories that come out of Africa. Physically and mentally challenging, it will push me to the limit, requiring levels of resilience and determination that just cannot be prepared for! Despite the inherent risks, I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Having led numerous expeditions to Africa with adventure travel experts Secret Compass, of which he is co-founder, Levison has extensive travel experience dealing with all terrain types and has visited more than 80 countries worldwide. Throughout his journey, Wood will capture his day to day successes, stories and struggles and share them with his followers via daily tweets. His record attempt will culminate in a four-part documentary by Channel 4 to be shown in 2014.


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