Walking the Nile
- Author: L. Wood
- Title: Walking the Nile
- Published: 2015 – 17 chapters, 320 pages
- Trivia: #WorldFromMyArmChair Challenge
- Trivia: #20BooksOfSummer
- The expedition to walk the length of the Nile was inspired by
- …explorers J. Speke, R. Burton, D. Livingston and H. Stanley.
- Wood was accompanied by guides (Ndoole Boston), journalists and friends along the way.
- The expedition was commissioned into a UK TV Channel 4 that aired in January 2015.
- Wood detailed the trip in his book Walking the Nile.
- Wood was forced to abandon a 450 mile section in South Sudan. (civil war)
- He hired new guides, Moez and Turbo…together they finished the epic walk.
Milestone: (ch 13)
- …after a 5 month walk
- a symbolic moment
- …when Blue Nile and White Nile meet.
- Wood dips his hands into the water….finally he has reached The Nile.
Obstacle: Meroe Dam in Sudan…importance cannot be overestimated
- Wood will never get near this place in Sudan….he would be shot.
- Wood would have to make a 1 week detour through the desert with 3 camels.
Pyramids of Meroe:
- As Wood gazes on the Pyramids of Meroe
- …built between 2,700 and 2,300 years ago
- …Wood he feels very small and humbled.
- The book is not what I expected….
- This was my own fault.
- The title is clear Walking the Nile and
- I envisaged a trip on The Nile with more attention to the river itself.
- There is a pattern at times in the writing:
- Walk, enter town, recap past history about the village or river, Wood’s guide,
- Ndoole Boston adds his views, travelers meet the locals, eat, drink
- ….leave town and try to avoid phython snakes,
- ….croc’s an hippo’s, red mites, insects and feral dogs.
- I found chapters 10-17 to be the best.
- The writing came imbued with Wood’s doubts, his emotions
- …after the death of a friend in Sudan from extreme heatstroke, Matt Power,
- …and Wood’s longing to finish what he had started.
- Day 271 of a ninth month journey
- I felt skin shivers…when I read Levison Wood finally
- plunged into the foaming surf of the the Mediterranean.
- Europe felt close and, with it, home.
- Well-done, Levinson, bravo!
- PS: if you can try to read the book and look at the Google images
- …so you can follow Wood’s journey in color!
Levison Wood, ex-British Army officer (1982)