Have your own Long Way Down with me next August / Sept 2013 and have the ride of a lifetime from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and onward into east Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and SA. This is our annual trip and its getting better and better! Mica, from the USA was one of about 25 who joined our Cape Town to Victoria Falls trip last year and with nice helmet cam and digital camera, he’s crafted some pretty cool pieces and also ran a trip blog.You can check out the video here http://youtu.be/p4GTmh91tRE and the blog account here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=725446. Another couple of riders created youtube bits – here are a few:
John and Val – Photo Montage http://youtu.be/ITJvz8dKh1w
Hope you like them guys. Thanks for doing them – I think we’ll all remember that trip for a long long time! I’m en route now for the 2012 trip – I’m sure there will be equally amazing tales to tell in the coming weeks…
We enjoyed the life on the road and stayed in some awesome lodges – sometimes way out in the desert or on the banks of the Zambezi river and some right in the swamps – surrounded by crocodile and hippo. Read on »
Hi guys, one of our riders on the Africa trip has pulled together a really nice clip of some of the adventure. Micah was one of about 30 who joined our Cape Town to Victoria Falls trip. With nice helmet cam and digital camera, he’s crafted some pretty cool pieces and also ran a journey blog. Read on »
Hi guys, just answering about 20 emails today about “Where can I get a Race to Dakar Tee Shirt” or a “Long Way Round DVD”, or my latest TV Show “Charley’s Big South African Adventure” a follow on to “Extreme Frontiers Canada”. Well, the answer is HERE! I’m just answering here instead of doing hundreds of emails. The online shop here on my website offers everything there is to offer from all of the TV series – right down to Post Card Packs, Signed Photos, Tee Shirts, DVD’s Books, Buffs etc.
We sell this stuff all around the world, via this site. See below for some examples – just click on them to get a better view or go to the ‘Shop‘ on the top menu of my site and browse them all. Hope you like them – I’m not sure whey people dont see the ‘Shop‘ option – maybe it’s not clear enough? Either way, here ya go…
Rubber side Down…
STOP PRESS: THIS TOUR HAS JUST FINISHED – WILL DO A WRITE UP – BUT WAS BRILLIANT. TAKING NAMES FOR NEXT YEAR NOW. Guys, our African Tours have been so successful we’ve been asked to run something similar in Australia! So we’re on. In February 2013 we’re running two amazing rides in East Australia – Read on »
SORRY THIS IS NOW CLOSED – MANY THANKS
Hi Everyone, Charley is working with Bennetts Motorcycle Insurance at the TT in the Isle of Man this June and they’re running a competition where you can actually join them along with 3 mates! Fancy it? You’ll be treated like a right VIP and as well as meeting Charley you’ll go to all sorts of cool things – as well as a lap around the circuit in a high powered course car! You can get all the details from Bennetts Tweet here…
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Guys, my new TV show following on from Extreme Frontiers – Canada is ready for airing right now. It’s called “Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure…”. We’ve been filming in South Africa for most of the 2012 summer, with lots of more excitement and extreme action! We’ve been surfing – shark diving – absailing off the Table Top Mountain and a whole host of other scary & fun stuff! All the editing and post production is done and we’re ready to air on Channel Five on the 9th January - exciting! You can keep track on when it goes out by following me via here, Twitter and my Facebook – as well as our Extreme Frontiers website at www.extremefrontiers.co.uk.
Thanks for watching – I hope you all like it!
Chris is a mate – but apart from that, he’ s one of the worlds most exciting motorcycle racers! With wins and podiums in Superbike, Supersport and MotoGP – this guy is a true legend in the bike racing world. In February and March 2013 I’ll be running some small group trips out into the outback from Sydney and also touring Tasmania and the High Country Read on »
Guys, I just got to tell you about this gem of a place in Zambia – The Maramba River Lodge. This will be our third year staying there with Russell and Pippa the owners! The place is just wonderful. It’s not another Disney type commercial place, it’s very real and earthy. Sitting actually on the banks of the Maramba river, you’ll see tons of wild life. Elephants, Hippo and crocodile are there most of the time – it’s like being on a safari 24 x 7… honestly. Each time we’ve been there we’ve had visitors – several young elephants decided to come into the camp and eat anything – or in fact – everything they could find. We had some great tales to tell regarding how we helped Russell chase them out! Then, each night, if you’re lucky, you’ll hear the munching of grass from the mighty hippos – who stroll around at their night time leisure keeping the grass down – I mean whose going to stop them! In Ireland we used to use goats – over here in Zambia it’s a bit different.
If you want to get a way from the busy side of Livingstone, then come over to the Maramba and tell them Charley Boorman sent you! You never know, he may even give you a discount (or charge you more!). All the best to you Russell and Pippa – looking forward to seeing you all very soon – in fact, September!
ps. here is the link to the Maramba lodge http://www.maramba-zambia.com/
This is a snippet from the story of how Ben Baker was caught up in an IED incident in Afghanistan. He’ now riding across Africa with Charley – one handed! “The first vehicle in the convoy had already trundled over the lethal roadside device, with no effect whatsoever. Seconds later, Read on »
Hi, so – yes, we do lots of riding and yes lots of riding with groups. We ride both in the UK and in many other parts of the world eg Africa and Australia – to pick two pretty distant, out in the sticks examples. And what if the worst happens and we have a crash or one of our buddies hits the dust? Well, when you’re in the middle of the Namibian desert or at the side of a road in Mozambique or floating in a swamp in the Okavango Delta, you just have to deal with it – fix it – or at least keep ‘it’ good till you can get more help. In the UK, we’re all pretty confident that if the worst happens, you’ll get expert medical help in a matter of minutes – one phone call and your already moving the situation in the right direction. But what if that time window wasn’t minutes, but hours and possibly days? Can be a bit scary eh?
Hence our connection with Ian at Bespoke Medical Training Ltd. We decided that we needed more than just the ‘St Johns Ambulance’ type office First Aider course. We met up with Ian Greenwood, the owner of Bespoke Medical Training – and a biker Paramedic (Big respect eh!) and we got Ian to develop a course specifically for us, for our team. Something that took all the different situations into context – something that got us into a ‘capable’ zone, where we could react professionally and competently to an incident.
Ian took us out to the woods… Yes! The course was actually ran out in a beautiful part of England, a country house was our back drop and woods, streams, muddy banks and tracks were our ‘scenes’ for the training. Having spent some time in the beautiful farmhouse – check it out here:
We then went outside to rehearse what we’d learnt. We’d already explained to Ian, in great detail, where we go and the likely type of incident or being direct, accident, that we’d encounter. Ian took this information and developed a spot on course that dealt with the kind of injuries, but also the ‘incident scene’ ie. what the scene would look like – bikes strewn all over the place, luggage, clothes etc. We went through role play to get everyone into ‘making safe’ the surrounding area of the incident. Dealing with this side of things is equally as important as the injured party, else you could have a second accident on your hands within minutes.
The role play was fun – and as you can imagine, a bit crazy, with our crew taking the micky and a fair bit of banter going on. But you know what, we really learnt stuff, and we all came away feeling more equipment to deal with potential disasters. From small injuries to broken legs and big open wounds, we covered them all in an enjoyable, practical way.
Ian was also a great consultant with us regarding our Africa medical kit. He went through all our requirements in great detail and set the wheels in motion for our new kit – both our bike carried kit (for me and Billy) and our car based main kit for the two 4×4 support vehicles. We all carried out some extra learning on his online teaching site and after some ‘testing’ online questions, we were all issued with a certificate.
In summary, we feel that all our motorcycle crew are probably the most experienced and professional set of people in the World! (Clarkson eh!) and from the medical perspective, they’re trained up and ready for action – but hope we get none! But on top of all that – remember, we have with us our own trained surgeon, as with all our trips, having your own doctor on board gives you that extra comfort blanket.
For more information about Bespoke Medical Training – contact Ian on 0330 333 4949 or firstname.lastname@example.org and check out their website here http://www.bespoke-mt.co.uk/ – Tell Ian Charley sent you… and you might get an extra lump of sugar in your tea!
All for now – I better go back and get more filming done for Extreme Frontiers South Africa… got the ride in on Sunday… hope to see you there!
Charley and the crew!