An account of the author’s pioneering walk along the length of the Nile, “an immense feat of endurance, a magnificent journey and a great adventure” (Ranulph Fiennes)
Walking the Nile
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-8021-2633-7 • $16.00 • Forthcoming in Paperback • Feb. 2017
978-0-8021-2449-4 • $26.00 • Cloth • Feb. 2016
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
The Nile has long been an object of fascination and obsession, and from Alexander the Great to Victorian explorers it has enticed men into wild adventures. Levison Wood is just the latest. Starting in November 2013 in Rwanda, Wood set forth on foot, aiming to become the first person to walk the entire length of the fabled river.
Wood followed the Nile for nine months, over 4,000 miles, through six nationsRwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, the Republic of Sudan, and Egyptto the Mediterranean coast. Like his predecessors, he camped in the wild, foraged for food, and trudged through rainforest, swamp, savannah, and desert. He traversed sandstorms, minefields, and more, becoming a local celebrity in Uganda, where a popular rap song was written about him, and a potential enemy of the state in South Sudan, where he found himself detained by the secret police. As well as recounting his triumphs, Wood’s captivating account recalls the loss of Matthew Power, a journalist who died suddenly during their trek. As Wood walks on, often joined by local guides, Walking the Nile maps out African history and contemporary life. An inimitable tale of survival, resilience, and sheer willpower, Walking the Nile is an inspiring chronicle of an epic journey down the lifeline of civilization in northern Africa.