Filmmaker and author Charley Boorman has once again teamed up with his producer/director friend Russ Malkin to complete an amazing motorcycle journey, ‘South African Adventures’, riding a BMW R 1200 GS Adventure.
Charley, who is no stranger to adventures on board BMW motorcycles, travelled over 6,200 miles on the GS to complete a full circuit of South Africa, taking in the southern coast of Africa as well as the borders of Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia. However, this was more than just a motorcycle tour; along the epic ride Boorman faced some of his most fearsome and difficult challenges to date.
Throughout his journey, Charley experienced the heart-pounding dangers, the unmatched wonders and the rich history of South Africa. From detonating dynamite deep underground in a gold mine, to cage diving with deadly great white sharks in the Atlantic, coming face-to-face with wild elephants and rhinoceros, even searching the ocean floor for the perfect diamond amongst the countless shipwrecks, Charley’s African adventure was no easy ride.
Boorman’s learned to live off the land in the vast and utterly inhospitable Kalahari desert, one of the harshest environments on the planet, while staying with bush tribesmen who call the region home. From blistering heat to freezing cold, Charley also took on the majestic Sani Pass, where he had to battle through almost impassable, frozen roads to reach the icy peak.
Charley Boorman said: "I've had the most amazing time travelling through South Africa over the six weeks I spent there. I fell in love with the continent the very first time I came here; riding a BMW R 1200 GS on our second riding adventure ‘The Long Way Down’.
“The big GS is the perfect motorcycle to discover this wonderful, vast country on, and I feel so lucky to have been able to really explore it once again on two wheels. There's also no better way to end a trip than with the massive convoy of bikes we rode into Cape Town with!"
Charley Boorman’s ‘South African Adventures’ begins on Channel Five on Wednesday 09 January. The four-part series will be shown at 8pm on Wednesdays, beginning this week.
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