Congo Trek - A Journey to Africa's Troubled Heart

Think Up (TED-style Talk) • Running Time: 50 mins
Tim Butcher
Join renowned author and award-winning explorer Tim Butcher as he crosses the Congo, an incredible overland journey many thought suicidal. The adventure, described in his international best-seller `Blood River’, takes you through the history and the reality of Africa’s most totemic and troubled country. And it serves warning to us all on the pitfalls and possibilities of nation building.
Tim Butcher is a British best-selling author based in Cape Town who has created a unique genre of travel-writing and public-speaking, blending history with actuality. Honoured with the Mungo Park Medal for exploration from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and recognised as an educator with an honorary doctorate from Northampton University, for Tim no journey is too dangerous, no story too complex. Educated at Oxford and with twenty years frontline experience as a war correspondent, his most recent book, The Trigger, tells the story of the teenager who sparked the First World War by killing the Archduke in Sarajevo. Heralded as a `masterpiece’ by the Guardian and `riveting’ by the New York Times, The Trigger was chosen as required WW1 centenary reading by the then British Prime Minister David Cameron. Tim topped the international bestseller lists with his first book, Blood River, an account of journeying across the Congo, before writing Chasing the Devil about a 600 km trek he made through the ebola hot zone of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Born in the town of Rugby, cradle of the game, he is currently based in Hout Bay with his family.

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