Six countries, more than 6000km: one man’s walk along the Nile

A little monkey hitches a ride with Levison Wood as he walks the Nile.

A little monkey hitches a ride with Levison Wood as he walks the Nile.

Hoping to do something never done before, Levison Wood set out to walk the entire length of the world’s longest river in December 2013. Starting in Rwanda, he eventually trekked through Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan and Sudan before finishing his nine-month journey in Egypt. Wood happily admits that his survival was often dependent on the hospitality and generosity of local villagers. He said the people of Sudan were probably the most giving of all. Only the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan stopped him from walking the entire length of the Nile – he was forced to skip around 650km after being arrested and deported by an army commander. Though this negated any chance at a Guinness World Record, Wood isn’t disappointed. He said the journey’s days were the happiest of his life. Read more: cnn.com

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