BMW GS-riding adventurer, actor and author Charley Boorman has set off on his second Extreme Frontiers adventure, this time to South Africa. In the follow-up to his popular TV series, which saw him travel around the most remote and wild parts of Canada, Boorman is spending six weeks journeying around the most southern nation in Africa.
As with his Canadian adventure, Charley’s travels across South Africa on his BMW R1200GS Adventure will be shown as part of a four-episode TV documentary, but for now, adventure fans can track the progress of Charley and his long-time travel and production partner Russ Malkin online, via Facebook and Twitter, as well as keeping up with their exploits and activities in a chapter-by-chapter eBook, which will be released during their trip.
Once again, Charley has chosen a BMW R1200GS Adventure motorcycle for his Extreme Frontiers trip, having previously ridden an R1150GS Adventure with actor Ewan McGregor on the Long Way Round from London to New York, and an R1200GS Adventure on their Long Way Down journey from John O’Groats in Scotland to Cape Town in South Africa. Charley also rode a special BMW F650GS RR race bike in the Dakar Rally.
Having arrived in Cape Town in the first week of June, Charley is currently exploring the diverse cultures and landscapes of South Africa. In his first week on the road, he has already experienced at first hand a range of activities including diving with sharks, rappelling off Table Mountain and visiting townships and nature reserves.
While in South Africa, his journey will include seeing Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and current hometown; a safari expedition in the Kruger; hiking in the Drakensburg Mountains; learning about rhino poaching in the Pilansburg National Park; paramotoring down the Limpopo River; and finishing the tour with a convoy of local riders.
Charley Boorman said, “I’m very excited about our second Extreme Frontiers adventure, and it’s the perfect trip for my R1200GS Adventure. South Africa has such a mix of terrain and climate that there’s really no other motorcycle that could do the job so well. Ever since I first journeyed to South Africa with Ewan I have always had a real affection for the country. South Africa is one of the most beautiful places on earth, rich in culture, landscape and people, and I feel really privileged and excited to be able to spend six weeks riding around it on my BMW GS Adventure.”