Surviving the Sahara

In the far reaches of Northern Chad there is a place where few outsiders have dared to venture. Surrounded by war and conflict, this breathtaking desert landscape is strewn with the wreckage of burnt tanks and land mines. Yet it is still home to several nomadic tribes who live a fiercely independent lifestyle in this severe Saharan region. After some intense planning, video journalist Bill Gentile, world champion paramotorist and videographer Alain Arnoux, National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz and writer Don Webster teamed up to explore this little known area. Using jeeps, camels, and motorized paragliders, they encountered a world unlike any other and brought home the goods for a two-part special that I produced and wrote for National Geographic Explorer.

Watch the trailer:

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