Explorer completes shooting Blue Nile film documentary

PUBLISHED: 09:25 04 February 2018

Benjamin Peters during the Blue Nile trip.

Benjamin Peters during the Blue Nile trip.


An explorer has completed a 1,000-mile trip down a ‘treacherous’ African river to shoot a documentary.

Ben Peters talking to students, Principle Jane McBride and Asst. Principle Gemma Roberts, about his paddle boarding adventure along the Blue Nile.Ben Peters talking to students, Principle Jane McBride and Asst. Principle Gemma Roberts, about his paddle boarding adventure along the Blue Nile.

Benjamin Peters, from Worle, and expert Charlie Head spent more than 40 days becoming the first people to paddle board down the Blue Nile in Ethiopia.

Starting at Lake Tana, the pair paddle boarded down the river – the Nile’s primary tributary – to film The Last Descent.

The documentary will showcase the river’s final weeks before the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is completed which will flood around 143 miles of the river.

Ben, who completed a similar project on the river Maranon in Peru in 2016, avoided dangerous animals including crocodiles and hippos on the trip and arrived home last week.

He said: “It was a pretty hectic trip as it is a really treacherous river.

“One of the villages we visited had never had a white person in their village before.

“They shared their music and dancing and we had a locally brewed drink.

“Sadly that village will have to move because of the dam.

“It was absolutely incredible (to complete the journey) and will never be done agan.

“We have since had sponsors from Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm and Crocodiles of the World which will be providing schools with information on the animals we encountered.”

Explorers Escape are also sharing some of the footage captured on the journey and giving talks to a number of schools in the area, including Priory Community School where Ben used to be a student.

Head of careers at Priory James Wilmot said: “Ben has been an inspiration to our year seven students while sharing his adventures with us.

“Talking to our students about caring for our environment, being brave, the importance of hard work, broadening horizons and how to avoid being a crocodile’s lunch has been an enormous success.

“I hope they will be inspired to go on their own adventures in the future.”

The group’s next challenge will see it look into the depths of the oceans to study the impact of plastic on wildlife.

For more information on the documentary, search for Explorers Escape on Facebook.

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 18:02

The first round proper of the FA Cup awaits Weston-super-Mare after beating Bath City 1-0 in a pulsating tie this afternoon (Saturday).

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Don’t miss our weekly round-up of readers’ pictures and share yours with the Mercury at: www.iwitness24.co.uk

Read more
Yesterday, 14:53

Events were held in Weston to mark World Mental Health Day.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

Weston’s X Factor hopeful has said she ‘would not change a thing’ after failing to progress to the next round.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Social media users are unhappy plans to expand The Mall shopping centre at Bristol’s Cribbs Causeway have been torn up, despite claims from political chiefs the decision is good for Weston-super-Mare’s businesses.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:58

The iconic songs of America’s most commercially successful rock band will be recreated in Weston-super-Mare next month, and Mercury readers could win tickets to the show.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:02

More people are dying in care homes instead of in hospital.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:40

A preschool will shut in Yatton at the end of the month as a lack of funding means it can no longer afford to go on.

Read more
Fri, 21:00

The familiar roar of motorbikes will be heard for miles around in Weston this weekend as the beach race returns.

Read more
Fri, 20:45

Live music, puppetry and a captivating fairytale world awaits this month.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists