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Bear Grylls – African Savannah January 7, 2007

Posted by theoxymoron in TV Series.

Wikimedia This was one of my favorite episodes because I love Africa and the animals which live there. Grylls stranded in Kenya by jumping off a balloon with a parachute. He had a knife, a flint and a waterbottle with him.

There are 3000 species of wild animals in the savannah and the climate is very very hot and dry. The biggest dangers are a attack by a wild animal or dehydration. His first aim was to find a landmark to define the direction where he should go. On the horizon he saw a mountain with a glacier. He thought that this melting ice will cause a river and mostly villages are build near a river. So that would be his direction for the next days. It was about 30 miles away.

The heat was unbearable during the day so he decided to rest through out the day and to walk at night. He looked for a cool place to stay and found a cave. He blocked the entrance with wood because of the buffalos and rhinos…

After his rest he was very thirsty and because he hadn’t found yet some fresh water he had to take his last chance to get some fluid. He took some big moistly elephant dung and squeezed it out above his mouth to get the fluid. That was not really clear water and it tasted disgusting but to survive you have to do some unpleasant things. At least it saves some time before dehydration gets worse.

Hours later he found a pond where he could refill his waterbottle. Staying at the pond for long is extremely dangerous because lions and other wild animals are waiting for their easy prey.

Finding good food with proteins was not so easy this time. The first days he only found some plants and berries but then he had luck and saw a dead zebra. It was a prey of the lions but they left some meat. There are a few indications that the meat is fresh. First if the vultures are still there the meat should be good because they only eat fresh meat. And second if there are no maggots the meat is only a few hours old so it should be ok. Bear used his knife to cut some flesh out from the zebra and ate a few chunks. Another amazing scene to watch !

In the end he reached a small water stream and followed it streamupwards. It took him a few hours before he spotted some ropes which dangled into the gorge he was hiking. He climbed up the rope and saw some little houses which meant he had reached civilization again.



1. Ryan - January 11, 2007

Man vs. Wild has quickly become my favorite show and it’s not just because of Bear’s outrageous antics, but because of the reality of the situations he subjects himself to. Ok, admittedly watching a guy throw himself into a frozen lake and eat maggots from a rotting carcas is mildly amazing, but it just adds to the overall quality and realism the show provides for the viewers. How far would you go to survive?

2. Honzikova cesta - January 11, 2007

How long did it take him in total to reach the civilaztion?

3. theoxymoron - January 11, 2007

Hi cesta,
I think it took him about 5 or 6 days. I can’t remember exactly 🙂

4. theoxymoron - January 11, 2007

Hi Ryan,
It’s difficult to say what I would do in these situations but I think eating maggots or water snakes would be very hard for me. I would concentrate on plants and leafs and maybe a rabbit. The rabbit he catched in the Sierra looked quite tasty. 🙂
I like Man vs. Wild more than Survivorman although it is less realistic.

5. klaus - February 2, 2007

i don’t find it very realistic. because you always have the feeling as if there would be standing 30 people behind the camera. i think they drive him to next interesting spot, and then the show goes on.

6. theoxymoron - February 2, 2007

Klaus I already said that it is less realistic but I don’t think that they drive him, that would be ridiculous !

7. strat - March 10, 2007

I find it funny that the rabbit he caught in the Sieras was pure white…in the summer…and wasn’t running away…Reason being…it was a rabbit they bought from a pet store…real rabbits turn brown in the wild during the summer and are only white during the winter months to blend in with the snow…

8. Laetitia Casta - April 20, 2007

Laetitia Casta

I Googled for something completely different, but found your page…and have to say thanks. nice read.

9. J - April 23, 2007

I watch it, because he is so freaking hot…
The show is interesting enough, but he is the one that keeps me watching.


10. toddler water - May 31, 2007

toddler water

toddler water source

11. tyler - June 17, 2007

how did u learn how 2 survive like u do. because i love the forests!

12. k - July 7, 2007

I LOVE this show. All entire family is hooked on your show. I especially liked the Everglades show, since we live so close to the Glades, it was quite interesting.

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