Christina Dodwell was born in Nigeria and has always loved travelling. She has been a traveller and travel writer since her mid-twenties. She has made journeys by horse around Africa, New Guinea and Turkey.
She has also travelled by canoe, dog sledge and microlight in China, Kamchatka and West Africa, though she hasn’t been to the Poles.
Christina once spent time with cannibals but doesn’t worry about danger. She never shows fear and when she thinks there could be trouble, she says, ‘My husband is a policeman. He’s waiting for me in the next village.’
Christina lives with her husband on a farm surrounded by horses and cattle. She works for a charity that she set up to help the Third World and she often makes TV and radio programmes. She is now working on a programme for BBC radio about indigenous culture in Ethiopia. Her books have been translated into several languages.
Benedict Allen is an experienced explorer who has visited remote natural environments all over the world. He has lived with the Amazon Indians, with a tribe in New Guinea and with Aborigines in Australia. He has crossed the Amazon forest with no map or compass, walked across the mountains of New Guinea and canoed from New Guinea to Australia. He has also made journeys across the Gobi and Namib deserts on foot and by camel and trekked across the Arctic. He has been lost in the jungle more than once and survived by copying the local tribes and eating plants.
Benedict doesn’t like travelling with people and he usually makes films of his journeys without a film crew. He doesn’t get lonely because he makes friends wherever he goes, even of his camels! He also talks to his video camera.
‘It’s getting hot out here. Hotter than I’ve ever been,’ he said on his trip in Namibia when temperatures reached 50°C.
Benedict has worked for the BBC for years and has made several television series. He has also written nine books. His TV programmes and books have made him very popular in the UK. He isn’t travelling at the moment but is promoting his latest book, Icedogs, about a 1,000-mile trek through Siberia.