Follow Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure online this January and be in with a chance to win return flights to South Africa
- Log on to South African Tourism’s portal www.southafrica.net from 9 January for previously unseen footage, guides to planning your own trip and to be in with a chance of winning two return flights to Johannesburg, courtesy of South African Airways
- Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure launches on Channel 5, Wednesday 9 January at 8pm
- New four-part series sees Charley and his co-adventurer Russ Malkin experience the wonders of the country like never before
Follow Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure online:
South African Tourism (www.southafrica.net):
South African Airways (www.flysaa.com):
Visit www.southafrica.net from Wednesday 9 January and you could be in with a chance to win two return flights to South Africa, with South African Airways.
To mark the launch of Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure on Channel 5 this month, South African Tourism, has created a dedicated microsite following the expedition’s route, showcasing some of the highlights of the trip and providing information on how you can follow in Charley’s tyre treads. To help budding adventurers get started, South African Airways have generously donated two return flights to Johannesburg; to be in with a chance to win, simply answer 10 easy questions and ‘like’ the Facebook pages of South African Tourism and South African Airways.
Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure sees the seasoned wanderluster traverse over 6,000 miles of this beautiful country on his trusty BMW GS Adventure motorcycle.
Due to air Wednesdays at 8pm from 9 January 2013, the four-part series sees Charley facing nature and his fears face on, whilst getting to know the locals and witnessing some true wonders of the world - sometimes more closely than he might have hoped!
Starting his journey in Cape Town, Charley sets the tone for the expedition by abseiling above the city from the peak of the iconic Table Mountain. Following this he embarks on a journey of extremes that includes cage diving with deadly Great White Sharks in the rough Atlantic seas; navigating the majestic yet incredibly precarious Sani Pass to reach the icy peak; tracking lions on foot in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park; and searching the ocean floor for the perfect diamond in the ship wreck-strewn West Coast. His incredible trip culminates in a huge motorbike convoy down to Signal Hill in Cape Town accompanied by over 250 local riders.
For this epic trip Charley teamed up once again with producer/director Russ Malkin, with whom he has undertaken previous adventures though Canada, Africa and Asia. The expedition was designed to really get under the skin of South Africa – from north to south, east to west - to allow viewers an insight into the challenging adventures and amazing characters of this majestic country.
Charley Boorman commented: "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 rode into Cape Town!"
Juan Herrada, Marketing Manager for South African Tourism says: “Viewers already familiar with South Africa will appreciate why our country was an obvious choice for Charley’s next expedition. Those who have yet to go are in for a an exciting ride as they watch these two adventurers come face to face with South Africa’s phenomenal culture, landscape, history and people.”
Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure launches 9 January at 8pm on Channel 5. For images and press releases visit http://mediacentre.kallaway.co.uk/South-African-Tourism-press-release.htm
For South Africa’s top ten extreme adventures see notes below.
South African Airways runs two daily flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg and a host of daily domestic flights serving five major cities on its local network – including flights to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Richards Bay.
Issued by Kallaway on behalf of South African Tourism
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About South Africa
Nearly half a million visitors from the UK are drawn to South Africa each year, lured by its rich history, vibrant contemporary culture, scenic beauty and wildlife. The country’s iconic attractions include Mvezo, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, cosmopolitan Cape Town and the 5.2sq mile Kruger National Park. South Africa was the first country in the world to include Responsible Tourism as part of government policy and for almost 20 years has acted as a major driving force for change in the sector. The visitor to South Africa can expect an unparalleled authentic experience, accommodation which is sustainable as it is stylish and affordable getaways which don’t cost the Earth.
About South African Tourism
South African Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for the marketing of South Africa as a preferred tourist destination.
South African Airways Competition Terms & Conditions
1. Return flights to Johannesburg valid for travel until 8th Dec 2013 with SAA
2. Entrants must ‘like’ both SAT’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MySouthAfrica and that for South African Airways http://www.facebook.com/SouthAfricanAirwaysUnitedKingdom in order to enter.
3. The competition will be open to entries from Thursday 9 January until Saturday 2 February
About Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure
For his latest adventure Charley teamed up with Russ Malkin, seasoned producer/director of Boorman’s previous hit TV series which include epic bike journeys Long Way Down and Long Way Round with Ewan McGregor.
Charley Boorman’s African Adventure was commissioned by Channel 5’s Head of Factual Entertainment, Steve Gowans; Executive Producers, Russ Malkin, Charley Boorman, Brendan Kelly, Guy Chambers and Jim Odoire; Producer/Director, Russ Malkin; Produced by Big Earth.
To see unseen clips from Charley’s adventure visit the Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers website: www.bigearth.com/extremefrontiers/south-africa/
South Africa’s Top 10 Extreme Adventures
1. Bloukrans Bungee, Tsitsikamma
Plunge head-first off the 216m-high Bloukrans Bridge, the highest commercial bungee jump in the world.
2. Diving with Tiger Sharks, KwaZulu-Natal South Coast
Cage free - at world-rated dive site, Aliwal Shoal.
3. Cable Gorge Swing, Graskop
The world’s highest cable gorge swing-68m of high-octane freefall.
4. Frozen waterfall, Giants Castle Massif
Let’s just say you’ve never experienced cold play like this before.
5. Crocodile Cage-diving, Oudtshoorn
Get snapped (by a camera) eye-to-eye with a 4m long Nile crocodile. See Number 2 – only this time there’s a cage for a reason…
6. The Mother of all Abseils
1000ft above sea level, Table Mountain boasts South Africa’s highest commercial abseil. It’s enough to send anyone over the edge…
7. Surf Dungeons in Hout Bay during winter
The biggest and most radical surf break on the African continent. Pro-surfers only!
8. White water rafting, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa’s wildest river ride: the mighty Tugela (Thukela) River meets unyielding rocky gorge.
9. Thunder City, Cape Town
Blow your mind on a supersonic jet interceptor as you hurtle through the sound barrier at 1,500km an hour above the ocean.
10. Orlando Towers Power Swing, Soweto
The world’s first bungee swing between 2 cooling towers