Man vs World

2013-11-13 10:05

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Cape Town - If you’re an avid traveller who loves planning your adventures through adrenalin-infused programming, then the new Travel Channel series Man vs World, set to air on DSTV channel 179 on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 at 22h00 is a no-brainer.

It features adventure athlete Rob Bell, undertaking a series of point to point journey’s across South Africa, Poland, the Czech Republic and the UK - with some of the world's most dynamic and exciting landscapes being showcased.

But there's a catch - no engines are allowed!

Setting off at dawn, Rob tests his manpower - often with a little help from Mother Nature - as he canyons, paraglides, mountain bikes and canoes towards his next destination – having to get there before sunset.

Some might deem Rob a bit of a nut case, considering some of the extreme challenges he’s attempted, but in reality he is as down to earth they come.

We caught up with him at the Man Vs World launch aboard the Royale Yacht at the V&A Waterfront.

When asked about the rigours of filming an extreme program such as this, the title surely says it all, he is candid in his reply, affirming that his film crew is undoubtedly a lot fitter after getting down in the trenches along with him.

In order to get the ultmate footage for the series, Rob and his team would be required to do a considerable number of retakes. Fair enough. That is until he explains how he had to abseil Table Mountain twice in one day.

When an adventurer is able to destroy one or two GoPros along the way you’d imagine his most harrowing experience to contain a bit of guts and gore. Turns out for Rob it was a Polish spa treatment in which a tiny woman dressed in a white coat pummelled him with a water hose. After a day of extreme cycling he admits he took quite a hammering and the treatment was nothing like he expected, although he was extremely grateful she avoided his delicate bits.

What’s especially exciting from a local tourism perspective is that the two episodes of the six part series are filmed in South Africa (Episodes 1 and 4) –  and these are set to be broadcast in more than 130 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

Nick Thorogood, SVP Content & Marketing at Scripps EMEA says “It’s been a priority for Travel Channel this year not only to bring fresh, new programming on-air, but also to localise content specifically for South Africa. We are pleased that Man vs World, like with Jenny Powell’s Luxury Uncovered now includes episodes filmed here, this time with Rob Bell venturing through both Cape Town and the Garden Route."

Catch Rob tonight as he takes on South Africa's Mother City for an epic journey across mountain, coast and city.

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