On September 19 2011, Tom Smitheringale set off on a 2,500km Egyptian odyssey in an attempt to kayak Africa's mightiest waterway, the Nile, and then travel overland on camels with the Bedouin into the remotest corners of the hauntingly beautiful Western Desert revealing the cultural and historical richness of this little known and seldom visited area of Egypt.
This 3 month journey begins in the middle of the Nubian Desert on the Sudanese/Egyptian border at the historic World Heritage site of Abu Simbel. From here Tom will kayak the length of the Nile to the Great Pyramids of Cairo visiting all the 'must-see' cultural and historic sites along its riverbanks. The expedition then restarts in Upper Egypt at the historic City of Luxor where Tom will rendezvous with his camels and Bedouin guides before heading into the shifting sand dunes of the Western Desert where traditional lifestyles have remained unchanged for centuries. The team will trek an ancient caravan route through the desert visiting a network of Oasis on their way finishing the 1,300km journey close to the Libyan border at the Eden of the Western Desert, Siwa Oasis.
A unique and unforgettable journey of discovery and transformation through the land of the Pharaohs braving dust storms and suffocating heat in one of the harshest environments on the planet.
This video showcases Tom's pre-expedition (training in Sahara) and launch (Lake Nasser and The Nile) stages.
Editing, video, still photography and time-lapse photography by Yellowknife, Northwest Territories photographer and writer, Dave Brosha. See more of Dave's work at http://www.davebrosha.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/davebroshaphotography
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This video was shot with:
- Canon 5D Mark II Camera Body
- GoPro Hero HD Camera
Edited with: iMovie.
Shot on location in Egypt, North Africa.
- Arcade Fire - "Wake Up" (main)
- The XX - "Crystalized" (credits)
Neither used with permission. May God have mercy on my soul. Arcade Fire and XX, I love you both. I would gladly photograph you for free, anytime....anywhere.
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