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Dara’s Zambezi Diary: Day Four

Dara O’Briain learns the etiquette of approaching a hippo on his Comic Relief canoe trip down the Zambezi.

There’s an etiquette to approaching a hippo in the water. You slow down, of course, and you beat the side of your kayak gently with your paddle to send a vibration through the water as a polite alert of your presence. Then you slip your kayaks into a single-line formation, cross to the other side of the river and slip quietly past. That’s the theory anyway. When you have six first-time kayakers like us, it’s not as easy as it sounds…

Firstly, every second stroke of my paddle tends to batter the side of the kayak, so that animals who have never even been in a river in their lives are aware of us. Even the monkeys have cleared the banks for miles.

Secondly, we still haven’t mastered the steering issues that me flung me out of the boat and left me clinging to a tree. Our single-file line tends to veer randomly from side to side – so randomly that Mel C said the only music that would fit over footage of us being attacked by a hippo would be the Benny Hill theme tune.

Nature watching at the same time as learning to kayak is like taking a driving lesson in Longleat Safari Park.

“Now, Mr Smith, depress the clutch and…Look! A monkey!”

“What!? Where? The clutch? Which one is that? A monkey? What?”

Last night we slept on an island with suspiciously large piles of relatively fresh dung scattered around. Still, they can’t eat us all. You can sponsor the BT Hell and High Water team now at rednoseday.com/Zambezi

 Source – The Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/9840124/Dara-OBriains-Zambezi-diary-day-four.html

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Dara’s Zambezi diary: day three

Dara O’Briain goes overboard on his Comic Relief trip down the Zambezi.

On the first day of this trip, I was asked what my greatest fear on the journey would be. Ever the clown my answer was “To die, off camera”.

I had ample time to consider the irony of that on a calamitous white water trip yesterday that left me clinging to a tree stump in the middle of the Zambezi for 40 minutes, waiting to be rescued.

Phillips Idowu and I were in the final boat to take the sharp left into the rapids, but missed the turn, and ended up exactly where we were direly warned not to, wedged under a tree. When it became clear that no help was coming we had to engineer an escape, tipping me into water twice, nearly sending us down the wrong channel and eventually after much struggle leaving us with the only option of launching ourselves down the rapids without either of our paddles.

We kept striking trees all the down as we ricocheted uncontrollably down the river. It was when we were travelling backward that I got tipped out for the third time, and had to grab the stump of a mid-river tree to save myself.

And that is where I stayed for forty minutes, ironically, in full view, mid-river of every camera we had. In fact it was one of the camera boats that, having spent those 40 minutes trying to rescue Phillips, then came past me, shouting at me to jump.

I’ll not forget that leap very soon, but then, I don’t have to, since they got a shot of me as I was as dragged me aboard.

Be careful what you wish for.

Dara needed the skills he learned on a training day (Tom Dymond/Comic Relief Ltd/ Rex)

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source – The Telegraph – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/9836233/Dara-OBriains-Zambezi-diary-day-three.html

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The team are on the home straight as they head back to camp following an afternoon on the rapids

To keep up to date on all things Hell and High water, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to our Blog, YouTube account and mailing list. You can also find out all about the challenge and see the latest news here.

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The New Lara Croft!?..Mel C is proving herself to be a real lady of action!