Intrepid Journeys

Intrepid Journeys
Monday 19 March, 7.30pm

Te Radar celebrates life and music at Mali’s ‘Festival au Desert’ on ‘Intrepid Journeys’ (tonight at 7.30pm on TV ONE). He treks to a Dogon community and spends time with the locals, before cruising along the Niger river, trying to escape the incessant dust.

Radar says Mali airport lived up to all his expectations. “Landing on the tarmac in the midnight heat, it’s clear that Mali’s International Aerodrome is just as colourful and confusing as I had hoped. People scuttle from the plane across the asphalt to jostle for positions in what could be anywhere from one to four queues. Hapless and harried-looking men, who could be either security or baggage handlers, hurl bags into an ever-increasing pile in front of an x-ray machine. Everywhere it’s heat and confusion, vibrant colour and crying children – I was ecstatic to finally be in Africa.”
Te Radar’s ‘Intrepid Journey’ sees him travel to Bamako, Mopti, and the legendary Timbuktu, where he discovers the streets are not paved with gold. “In fact, they are not paved at all. Nor does the town, the subject of so much speculation and intrigue for so many, have a sign announcing its name. I suspect that the reason it was kept hidden from the European for so long was that they were secretly ashamed of its faded glory,” he says.

Along his journey, Te Radar also visits the spectacular mud mosque at Djenne and takes a Niger River cruise. His initial thoughts on facing three days travelling down the mighty Niger on a canoe, was that it would be a little dull. “How wrong I was. The river journey is one of blissful enforced solitude. No mobiles, nor the hope of any mobile. No news, just the river drifting on its journey towards the sea.” While on the canoe he developed an intense passion for bird-watching, he says. “There aren’t a lot of birds, but it passes the time.”

From sitting on a circumcision rock, to sacrificing a goat for good luck, see Te Radar’s voyage, on ‘Intrepid Journeys’, at 7.30pm on TV ONE.

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Always enjoy Intrepid Journeys. Vary so much depending on the person each week.

The journey with Suzanne Paul travelling from Hanoi to Hong Kong must be one of the most entertaining ever. I laughed all the way through it – just about non-stop. She was just so funny – by just being herself and saying what she was thinking and feeling, and laughing at herself.
But she also told us so much about the country and people she met too – being very respectful in spite of her difficulties along the way

Loved it, love Suzanne!:) So glad I videoed it and have saved it to watch again!

Would love to see an entire series of Suzanne travelling – but don’t think she’d be up to it!;)

Intrepid Journeys
Monday 12 February, 7.30pm

John Tamihere hangs up his radio microphone to head to the Kyber Pass in tribal Pakistan in tonight’s episode of ‘Intrepid Journeys’ (at 7.30pm on TV ONE).

The former politician started his journey at the Chinese Kashgar’s Sunday market. From Kashgar, Tamihere travels across the Khunjareb Pass, admiring the mountains from Karimabad, is amazed as he drives the Karakoram Highway, and peeks into Afghanistan at the Khyber Pass whilst holding an AK 47 and shooting some rounds. He also visits the giant mosques of Islamabad, and the palace city of Lahore.
Marvelling at how a lad from West Auckland could end up so far away from home, he says the experience was a challenge. On top of adjusting to the altitude, surviving the long, long hauls, and the clamouring humanity, he travelled during Ramadan.

To see John Tamihere surviving his ‘Intrepid Journey’, watch TV ONE at 7.30pm, Monday 12 February.

Ever since I went to TVNZ’s 2007 new season launch I have been hanging out for Intrepid Journeys. I’d heard many a good thing about the previous series and how awesome they were but had never seen an episode. Tonight, here I am. TV One is on, unusually, and I’m intrigued to see what will happen as some well known kiwis are placed in countries where freedom isn’t such a luxury.

Tonight, Jeremy Wells is in Libya. Alcohol is banned. As is the foreign media. This should be interesting!

Jeremy’s driver is doing 180km/hr and he is crapping himself and saying that if he was in NZ, he’d be thrown in jail. It’s costing about 20c/litre for gas. Everything is pretty cheap.

Jeremy is looking at local attire and hooks himself up with a XXXXL after feeding a small ‘springbok’ looking animal something that appears to be crackers or bread before ‘enjoying’ some of the local smoke with a ‘So stoked to be here’.

Inside the hotel room at the end of the first day, Jeremy thinks over his first day and some of the questions he asked about the colonel as you have to be careful. He laughs and says, “surely they can’t hear us in here”.

Next is a 650km drive across the sahara. No speeding out here I imagine. You wouldn’t want to hit a 600kg camel at 180km an hour.

Getting invited to a wedding would be weird. Especially when you don’t know the language and even weirder that the girls wont be there. He buys them a transistor radio and the wrapping paper has “Conjigal Bliss” printed on it which he explains basically means happy sex.

All men. No chicks. No alcohol. No smoking. Jeremy says that the vibe of this party is actually pretty good and he’s been made to feel incredibly welcome.

Jeremy has noticed that he hasn’t been allowed to be by himself. After eating camel for lunch Jeremy gets a chance to head outside by himself. It’s 3.00pm and there is no one around and it’s unbelievably hot. And it was 4 days he spoke to a woman. Then he spots one wandering by – showing a little ankle he ads.

Back in the hotel room, Jeremy checks to see if there are any listening devices before heading off on a drive and across the border into Algeria where he makes a tribute to Ahmed Zaoui for him to see his homeland. Then it’s time for a Camel ride – in a circle.

7th day is a trip to Leptis Magna where there a ruins that were once the Roman capital of North Africa. There is a group of Polish tourists that arrive and Jeremy takes the opportunity to pose as a local and pose with the ladies. It’s the first time he’s touched a woman in days… and he seems happy. Although he seems happy to hold the hand of his male guide as well.

As it turns out, someone didn’t get their passport stamped which is a jailable offence. Ahmed sorts it out.

Next stop is Libya’s city of Benghazi. He’s eating bettles which he describes as a cross between chilli and anchovis. He’s also changed his clothes cause his traditional garb was actually egyptian so there were a few people having a laugh at his expense.

Back at the hotel, Jeremy washes his clothes before heading out for some non-alcoholic beer.

It’s a two year prison penalty for having alcohol yet Jeremy has managed to find some which he drinks while show us how squeeky his bed is.

Next stop is the commonwealth cemetery in Tobruk where so many Kiwi’s are buried. An inscription reads the graves of soldiers are the greatest promoters of peace with which Jeremy solemnly agrees.

On day 13 Jeremy is having a traditional Libyan meal which includes a Lambs head, a sheep stomach and some sausages which he really isn’t sure about but really ends up enjoying it.

After two weeks of being in the country, Ghadafi isn’t as cool as he thought and is realising the oppression the people are under and how they can’t actually get rid of him even if they wanted to.

After two weeks he’s not spoken to one woman but it’s been a great trip and he’s thoroughly enjoyed his time in Libya.

What a great show! Next week, it looks like some fun times for John Tamihere. Can’t wait.

Don’t miss Jeremy Wells in Libya as the award-winning Intrepid Journeys starts tonight at 7.30pm on TV ONE.

Presenters include John Tamihere who hangs up his radio microphone to head to the Kyber Pass in tribal Pakistan; Mary Lambie dons a burqa in Iran; John Banks gets up close and personal with lemurs in Madagascar; Suzannne Paul hikes through a vertical rice paddy in China; Anton Oliver sheds his All Black jersey post tour as he treks the Anapurna Circuit; and Te Radar will exercise his hidden musical talent at the Timbuktu music festival in Mali.

Leaving his media lunch behind to taste camel in Libya was Jeremy Wells. He says Libya, currently run as a Socialist People’s Jamahiriya led by Colonel Muammar al Ghaddafi, is the most peculiar country he’s ever visited.

“I guess that is dictator-speak for Military Dictatorship. Certainly it feels like Ghaddafi looms large over Libya. Everywhere I went he went too, usually in the form of giant billboards portraying him wearing aviator sunglasses, a smallish hat and looking conqueringly over a map of Africa. He must be nice because nobody seems to have a bad word to say about him.”

Wells had hopes of meeting one of Ghaddafi’s personal female security guards who take vows of abstinence and are trained to kill, but he didn’t get to speak to a woman for the entire journey.

“We weren’t allowed to leave our hotel without a government-approved tourist guide, which became very stifling. Even though Libya has opened itself up to tourism, the government is still slightly paranoid about western influence. There is no room for alcohol, multi-national companies like McDonald’s, or Speedos.”

Episode one of ‘Intrepid Journeys’ sees Wells explore Tripoli’s ancient medina, he dines in traditional Berber settlements, journeys through the Jebel Nafusa highlands, and rides an angry camel. He drives to the desert border of Algeria, wanders the ruins of Leptis Magna, and views the impressive theatre of Sabratha while embracing the Arab custom of hand-holding between men.

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Intrepid Journeys returns for a fourth series on Monday 5 February, 7:30pm.

Episode one sees Jeremy Wells leave his media lunch behind to taste camel in Libya. He explores Tripoli’s ancient medina, dines in traditional Berber settlements, journeys through the Jebel Nafusa highlands, and rides an angry camel. He drives to the desert border of Algeria, wanders the ruins of Leptis Magna, and views the impressive theatre of Sabratha while embracing the Arab custom of ‘hand-holding’ between men.

Travelling from the exotic Middle East, the interior of rural Asia right through to the wilds of coastal Africa, there is no doubt that all of the presenters discovered highs and lows as they abandoned life at home for the unabashed, no frills experience of this unique opportunity.

Guests include John Tamihere who hangs up his radio microphone to head to the Kyber Pass in tribal Pakistan; Mary Lambie dons a burqa in Iran; John Banks gets up close and personal with lemurs in Madagascar; Suzannne Paul hikes through a vertical rice paddy in China; Anton Oliver sheds his All Black jersey post tour as he treks the Anapurna Circuit and Te Radar will exercise his hidden musical talent at the Timbuktu music festival in Mali.

INTREPID JOURNEYS
RETURNS MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

In this new series, Jeremy Wells travels to Libya, exploring Tripoli’s ancient medina, journeying through the Jebel Nafusa highlands and viewing the impressive theatre of Sabratha, while embracing the Arab custom of ‘hand-holding’ between men.
The Intrepid Journeys mini-site will be up and running from the launch of Intrepid Journeys.
It will feature exclusive content:
Interactive maps
Travel diaries
Exclusive footage that hasn’t been to air
Photos
Synopses
It will be updated immediately after each episode airs.

Intrepid Journeys always promises that you never know what is going to be thrown into the mix from one minute to the next – that’s because the presenters and crew have no idea either! Another batch of eager celebrity travel recruits return for the fourth series of the popular show, having received only basic information about their journey before they dived in, boots or sandals and all. And the result? Another surprising series of adventures, this time in Libya, Pakistan, Madagascar, Mali, Iran and Sri Lanka. On a good day the presenters on Intrepid Journeys will have a bed, a roof over their heads and running water. On a bad day, anything is possible. So who will be lugging their backpacks around this time?

Returning on One, 2007.

A few days ago in Social Studies, we started watching episodes of Intrepid Journeys, a show where NZ celebs are sent to poor countries (or less fortunate countries) overseas (places like Egypt, Tibet etc) for a few days. Among the celebrities that were sent, are Robyn Malcolm (Outrageous Fortune), Paul Henry (Breakfast) and many more.

I know this show has finished, but it is still a must-see for those interested in travel and other countries.