Comedian Te Radar is a natural for Intrepid Journeys — by the time he signed up for this 2007 episode, he'd already taken his own TV journeys to Palestine and East Timor. This time he travels through the landlocked African nation of Mali, much of which lies in the Sahara. On his way to the legendary city of Timbuktu he visits a festival in the desert, has a close encounter with a baby scorpion and grooves to the local drumming. Along the way, cameraman Bevan Crothers captures eye-opening imagery of brightly clothed locals and a lime-clad Te Radar, against sunlicked desert sands.
I think I just got stung by a scorpion but I'm not dead yet. It's a little bit stingy. Wow, this is the complete desert experience!– Te Radar
Made with funding from NZ On Air