Mad Way South: The Sa­hara Chal­lenge

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Nat Geo Ad­ven­ture In which a pair of Aus­tralian ad­ven­tur­ers line up against two New Zealand hope­fuls in a race to break the world record for cross­ing the Sa­hara desert by kite buggy. Though it’s a tad musty with age — the doc­u­men­tary first aired in 2009 — there’s no deny­ing the in­domitable spirit of this lovable quar­tet of nut­cases. Their goal is to tra­verse the Sa­hara, from north to south, across an in­tim­i­dat­ing 2200km of one of the most in­hos­pitable en­vi­ron­ments on the planet — in kite bug­gies. They are con­trap­tions, a bit like wind­surfer’s rigs, pro­pelled by wind in a sail. I guess the pro­gram isn’t called Mad Way South for noth­ing. Each team con­sists of one ex­pert and one novice and nat­u­rally there are con­flicts and un­ex­pected bonds be­tween com­peti­tors.

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