"Sahara is one of the most powerful and evocative names on the world
map. As a child, the images I had of the Sahara were both frightening
and intriguing – palm trees, camels, turbanned travellers reclining,
whilst being poured sparkling water by urn-carrying maidens in flimsy
veils. It looked fun. I also knew that most western explorers who tried
to cross it never came back. The combination of seduction and severity
appealed to me. In the spring of 2000 I decided that it should be the
next television journey.
It promised to be tough, but that’s what the viewer seemed to like. It
also offered the chance of going into, if not the unknown, certainly
the very little known…"
Tonight on the Travel Channel