Go wild, escape the lockdown from your couch

Brian Joss – Wild in SA, a new travel and adventure show, will make its debut on DStv’s Ignition channel (189) on Saturday, 15 August. The new series will offer the adventurous at heart that are stuck at home some escapism, and help them plan that big adventure once the lockdown is done and dusted.

In each episode presenters Tumelo Maketekete and Michelle D aim for an amazing destination in South Africa – a special, out of the ordinary experience. Every week the programme also features two mountain passes: a gravel one, and a tar version.

Each episode will also contain a short insert on how to survive in the wild on an adventure. Survival specialist Ian van der Vyver shares tips like how to start a fire with your vehicle’s battery, and to produce drinkable water from leaves, and more.

The series was filmed during lockdown, with the COVID-19 pandemic ensuring the production team often had to think out of the box to put this eight-part series together.

“The vast majority of venues we had on our initial wish list were still locked down when we wanted to visit,” explains presenter Tumelo Maketekete, who lives for adventure and the great outdoors. “So we had to look at alternative venues, ones off the beaten track. In this process we discovered some true gems.”

Michelle D enjoyed exploring the deserted roads, brought about by the lockdown. “It was great to get out of the concrete jungle, away from the news reports, and the doom and gloom. It’s really good for the soul to reset every now and again – and hopefully the viewers will get to share that with us to some degree,” says the entrepreneur and adventure junkie.

Premier episodes will be broadcast on Saturdays at 8am, with repeats during the rest of the week: Sunday at 2.30pm; Monday at 8pm; Tuesday at 5pm; Wednesday at 2pm; Thursday at 12am and Friday at 4am.

The series is produced by getMedia Networks, and is supported by Isuzu Motors South Africa, Suzuki Auto South Africa as well as Opposite Lock Africa.

Caption:  The notorious Robbers Pass, near Pilgrims Rest, Mpumalanga.  Picture: Motorpress

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