Timbuktu – the legendary city of gold. I followed the ancient salt routes from the very tip of Africa into its heart across the burning sands of the Sahara. I am an Adventurer based in Morocco and Presenter of the BBC2 Series, Morocco to Mali: An Arabian Adventure.
This particular adventure was like living history. I walked in the footsteps of the trans-Saharan traders of old, explored the salt mines deep in the Atlas mountains, camped with nomads in the prehistoric Jebel Saghro and met the beautiful descendant of an Ethiopian slave.
Other adventures include:
The Tour D’Afrique, the longest bike race on earth. It is 12,000 kms of hard cycling from Cairo to Cape Town. Wild elephant charges, armed robbery, malaria and typhoid, as well as mountain climbs, saddle-high mud, hellish heat and rutted roads faced us on the route.
The Marathon Des Sables, the toughest footrace on earth. It is 6 marathons in 6 days back to back across the Sahara Desert in Southern Morocco. The temperatures were in the high 40s and my backpack weighed 10kg. By the end, my feet were bleeding into my shoes and I had been battered by the sun, the dunes and the sheer distance. It was one of the great experiences of my life.
The Atlas to Atlantic trek. This was a world first My expedition partner, Rachid Ait Elmahjoub, and I started at the summit of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa at 4167 m and ended some 300km later at the lowest point, the surf resort of Agadir. It was a brutal but beautiful trek straight across the Atlas Mountains. No-one had done the route before. So, a British/Berber first! The Expedition was sponsored by adventure travel company, Epic Morocco.
I am also proud to be an Ambassador for Whereabouts Holidays, an adventure travel company, and look forward to lots of new adventures with them.