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Canoeing the Congo

The First Source-to-Sea Descent of the Congo River

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At 2,922 miles, the Congo is the eighth longest river and the deepest in the world, with a flow rate second only t the Amazon. Ex-Marine Phil Harwood embarked on an epic solo journey from the river's true source in the highlands of Zambia through war-torn Central Africa. With no outside help whatsoever he faced swamps, waterfalls, man-eating crocodiles, hippos, aggressive snakes and spiders' webs the size of houses. He collapsed from malaria, and was arrested, intimidated and chased. On one stretch, known as 'The Abattoir' for its history of cannibalism and reputation for criminal activity, the four brothers he hired as bodyguards were asked by locals, 'Why haven't you cut his throat yet?' But he also received tremendous hospitality from proud and brave people long forgotten by the Western World, especially friendly riverside fishermen who helped wherever they could on Phil's exhilarating and terrifying five-month journey. AUTHOR: Phil Harwood has worked all over the world as a Royal Marine Commando, expedition leader and outdoor instructor. He is qualified as a mountain leader, canoe and kayak coach, rock climbing instructor and wilderness emergency medical technician. Fir this journey he won a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Product code: 9781849534000

ISBN 9781849534000
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS21
No. Of Pages 320
Publisher Summersdale Publishers
On Sale Date 06/05/2013
Ex-Marine Phil Harwood embarked on an epic solo journey on the Congo, the eighth longest river in the world. He faced swamps, man-eating crocodiles, snakes and spiders' webs the size of houses. He collapsed from malaria, and was arrested. But he also received tremendous hospitality from proud people long forgotten by the Western world.