Bear Grylls – African Savannah January 7, 2007Posted by theoxymoron in TV Series.
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.