Charley Boorman will be returning to South Africa for his most intense journey through the country yet.
Setting off today for the six-week trip, the actor and adventurer will be really getting under the skin of what makes South Africa so unique.
He will be joined on the adventure by seasoned traveller Russ Malkin, the producer/director of previous hit TV series’ starring Boorman - including epic bike journeys Long Way Down and Long Way Round with Ewan McGregor.
Following a launch party at the Mantis Collection-operated Cannizaro House in London, Boorman will start in Cape Town before traversing the Western Cape by motorbike, exploring everything it has to offer culturally, geographically and gastronomically - with a healthy dose of adventure along the way.
Mantis Collection – considered the World’s Leading Luxury Boutique Hotel Collection by the World Travel Awards - will act as official hospitality partner for the trip.
Highlights of the trip include a visit to the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, climbing Table Mountain in Cape Town before paragliding from the top, diving with blacktip and tiger sharks, hiking in the Drakensburg Mountains to the second biggest waterfall in the world and paramotoring down the Limpopo river.
Charley’s expedition for Extreme Frontiers will be the third time he has visited the country as part of a major expedition.
In 2007 Cape Town marked the final destination for Long Way Down, which saw Charley and Ewan travel by motorbike from John O’Groats to South Africa.
In 2011 he led a group of 50 bikers from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and beyond – an odyssey he’ll be repeating later in 2012.
Boorman said: “South Africa is such a rich country that I felt I had to return to explore it further and to reconnect with some of the people from my last trip who have become like family.
“South Africa is one of the most beautiful places on earth, rich in gastronomy, activities and fantastic people and I feel really privileged and excited to returning.”
The team prepares for departure from the Mantis-operated Cannizaro House
Extreme Frontiers: South Africa
Extreme Frontiers: South Africa will be airing towards the end of 2012 in a four part series for Channel 5, and will also be released as an interactive kindle chapter by chapter while Charley is on location.
Lungi Morrison, South Africa Tourism, added: “Those who followed Charley’s expeditions before know he loves adventure and that South Africa has plenty to offer.
“This trip will provide new encounters with our country, its history, gastronomy, phenomenal landscape and people.”
Meanwhile, Breaking Travel News caught up with all the key players at the event here.