The show, which begins airing Sunday night, May 31st, at 10 PM Eastern/9 Central, will drop four explorers into the African bush, and challenge them to cover 970 miles, through some of the toughest terrain on the planet, following in the footsteps of famous adventurers Henry Morton Stanley and Dr. David Livingstone. Their journey begins on the island of Zanzibar and will continue, mostly on foot, deep into the heart of Tanzania. Along the way, they’ll face wild animals, miles of uncharted territory, and plenty of other dangers.
The team of explorers on this expedition are not just four people who were hand picked from applications by a producer looking to fill slots on a reality TV show. These are experienced adventurers who have been on expeditions all over the world. They include Pasquale Scaturro, who led the first descent of the Nile from it’s source. He is joined by Mireya Mayor, a wildlife expert and former host of “Ultimate Explorer”, who has years of experience in the backcountry. Explorer Benedict Allen has survived in the jungles of the Amazon, and visited some of the most remote places on the planet. He’s a bit of a survivalist, and his bio says that he has been left for dead on two occasions by former expeditions. Finally, the last member of the team is Kevin Sites, a journalist who has extensive experience covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I’ve got the DVR set to record the first show, where I’m told that conflicts for these four “Type A” personalities start to come out right away. I obviously haven’t seen it yet, but judging from the previews, it seems as though the team is going to suffer mightily on this journey, and we get to come along for the ride. I’m looking forward to the amazing landscapes in Africa to play a role as well. This one should be a lot of fun!
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