Ever wanted a real adventure?
A journey that tested you to the limit, got your heart racing, made you feel alive?
A great adventure is all about risk, danger and excitement. Alas, in a world where “off the beaten track” is somewhere with two hotels and guided tours, where is the action really at?
I’m not talking about backpacking around Eastern Europe, or driving around Australia. I’m talking about REAL adventure, overlanding across entire continents and the world’s most hostile environments. Here are my last great adventures, journeys prescribed for only the ballsiest, suicidal nut jobs there is.
TOP 3 JUNGLE JOURNEYS
1. Cross Papua New Guinea (by foot)
Danger Rating : 3.5/5
Your mission: With no road connecting one side of PNG to the other, you have two choices: Fly or Walk. Do a survival course, choose you route and take a chance. PNG one of the least westernised and explored countries in the world. With over 600 languages, hostile tribes and rumors of cannibalism, a trek in the jungle here is no picnic. I plan to walk from Port Moresby to Lae some day.
Highlights: Incredible scenery, party in the cities, bragging rights.
WARNINGS: Malaria, starvation, cannibals and hostile tribes.
2. The Deep Amazon
- The Amazon Rainforest
Danger Rating : 4/5
Your mission: Get from Peru to Manuas in Brazil. That’s where the action is – the border area boasts unexplored jungle, isolated tribes and treacherous river journeys. You’ll be entering Brazil illegally -but who cares? Build yourself a raft just go with the flow. It will be awhile until you reach civilization so bring provisions and take a survival course. Good luck!
Highlights: The sounds and sights of the Amazon.
WARNINGS: Piranhas, Jaguars, starvation & poison darts/ arrows by angry natives.
3. Navigating the Congo River
Danger Rating : 5/5
Your mission: Come back alive. The Congo is a shit storm of violence, rape and tribal wars. Unknown species, constant payouts and more danger than you can handle awaits. Enter from Uganda, avoid getting shot in Kivu and join the river all the way to the capital. Our trip to Kivu was the biggest rush of my life.
Highlights: Stories to last a life time, blood diamonds, horny Congo chicks.
WARNINGS: LOTS! Kivu is a red zone. Travel “permits” are needed for certain areas. Being killed, robbed or arrested are real possibilities. Bring a lot of cash for bribes.
5 EXTREME OVERLAND TRIPS
Danger Rating : 2 /5
Your mission: Cross North and South America from top to Bottom. This is the ultimate road trip.
Highlights: Latin women, diverse terrain and bragging rights.
WARNINGS: Panama to Colombia requires you take a ferry.
5. Cairo to Cape Town
- Cairo 2 Cape (recommended)
Danger Rating : 3.5 /5 (4.5 with a nip into Somalia and Congo)
Your mission: Travel the entire African continent overland from top to bottom. I’ve tried this one – strongly recommended.
Highlights: Too many to name. The Nubian pyramids in Sudan, Ethiopian women and bungee jumping over Vic falls are serious highlights! Finish with a dive with great whites in Cape Town.
WARNINGS: Hot spots – Darfur, Congo, Somalia and the Kenya-Ethiopia border.
6. Casablanca to Cape Town
- You get the idea..
Danger Rating : 3.5 /5
Your mission: Top to Bottom. Like Cairo to Cape town but from the other side.
Highlights: Sex with Voodoo chicks, plenty of danger and hardcore travel.
WARNINGS: Bribery, robbery and AIDS.
7. Senegal to Somalia (Trans-Sahara)
- Trans-African roads
Danger Rating : 4.5 /5
Your mission: Get from the Atlantic to the Indian ocean via Central Africa. It can be done, but avoiding conflict is not an option. Start off in Senegal and head into Mali, Niger & Chad. Bureaucracy will be nightmare for Sudan, but the south may be accessible via the Central African Republic. You will need to bribe the North Sudanese as you have no “travel permit”. We had none when travelling to some areas, but avoided jail. Finish in Somaliland for good measure.
Highlights: You get to visit some of the least visited places in the world. The Sahara awaits…
WARNINGS: You will be in bandit country and active war zones.
8. The Southern Silk Road
Danger Rating : 4.5 /5
Your mission: Get from Istanbul, Turkey to Xian, China. Take the Southern silk route, this route features Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Throw in northern Iraq for extra thrills.
Note: The Khyber pass is currently closed. Get out of Afghanistan via Tajikistan and gain entry to China that way.
Highlights: Smoking Opium in an Afghan poppy field, growing a beard.
WARNINGS: Terrorism, kidnapping, warzones and no beer.
9. The Poles
- North and South Poles
Danger Rating : na
Your mission: Save up a shit load of money.
The north pole won’t be around for long so I’d hurry. The Pole can only be reached on expeditions specifically mounted for the purpose. Make your way Svalbard, Norway. It can be reached by a combination of air/water transport and then skiing the rest of the way. Your looking at €10,000 -€13,000
Regarding the South Pole: Covering the full 1170km from coast to Pole involves an estimated 65 days of skiing, for about 7-9 hours a day, hauling a sled weighing 110-130 lbs (50-60 kg), and the price for the privilege is US$59,000. Alternatively, you can cheat and fly halfway there with the “Ski the Last Degree” package, in which case you’ll ski for only about two weeks and pay a mere US$38,500.
I managed to get to Antarctica pretty cheap. Head to Ushuaia in Argentina.
Highlights: Life time achievement, iceberg safari.
WARNINGS: Froze-bite, waking up 3,000 in the future being ruled by an alien race.
10. Mt. Everest
- Let’s get high
Danger Rating : 4.5 /5
Your mission: Climb the highest mountain in the world – no biggy. You need about three years to train with no experience. Most trips start in Kathmandu, Nepal. Go in May. A low-budget attempt at the summit will still set up back $25,000 ($10,000 for the permit).
Highlights: You came, you saw, you conquered. With that incredible view comes the title of “Legend”. You will the talk of every party, men will admire you and women will desire you.
WARNINGS: Over 200 people have died trying this, you could be one of them! At least you went out in style.
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