Reza Pakravan

Listed amongst the world’s top 20 most seasoned travellers, Reza Pakravan is an explorer, filmmaker and author. His documentaries and books combine epic journeys with social and environmental issues, and they have taken him to some of the most beautiful, dangerous and remote regions of the world. His TV series have been broadcast worldwide, on networks such as the BBC, Channel 4, Fox, Aljazeera, CBC, YLE and SRF.

Originally from Iran, the former City financier’s thirst for living life on the edge has earned him the Guinness World Record for crossing the Sahara Desert by bicycle in record time, which was the subject of a BBC World documentary.

Reza has also cycled all the way from Norway to South Africa (detailed in his book and TV series Kapp to Cape), cycled the Annapurna Circuit in the Nepalese Himalayas, and walked the Patagonia desert.

His most recent TV series, Transamazonica, saw him travel the length of the Amazon rainforest, highlighting the environmental destruction so prevalent in the area, and how it has affected the lives of the indigenous people and the isolated tribes who call it home. In September 2017, Reza travelled through Iran to feature in the Channel 4 prime-time series From Russia to Iran.

He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has received a prestigious Lloyd’s Charity Award for his work building six schools in Madagascar. Reza is an engaging speaker and has spoken all over the world, most notably at three TED conferences.

Links & Credits

Watch Reza's TV series Transamazonica

Teaser trailer

Watch Reza give a corporate talk

iBridges Berlin (for entrepreneurs and business people)


Kapp to Cape: Never Look Back, Race to the End of the Earth

Reza Pakravan

Steve and I clutched hands – his right in my left – and then we simultaneously pushed down with our feet. Cogs clicked, wheels turned, and we were on our way. We left Nordkapp within minutes. Cape Town was only 18,000 kilometres away.

Deciding to break away from his comfortable lifestyle in London, Reza and his friend Steven set off from the most northerly point on mainland Europe to cycle the 11,000 miles to the other end of the planet, completely unsupported.

Their expedition becomes a race against the clock, as they attempt to complete the trip in a world record of just 100 days. Battling punishing terrain and primitive roads, harsh and debilitating climates, malaria, food poisoning and heat stroke, their thrilling journey brings them face to face with some of the world’s most stunning, memorable and volatile regions.

This is the intensely personal story of one man’s mission to create a more positive, purposeful life, and the compelling account of the epic journey he took to get there.

‘Being adventurous is a lifestyle, it’s an addiction to uncertainty.’

— Reza Pakravan

‘Yet for every scrape with death, the explorer has a myriad of unforgettable and life-affirming experiences.’

— Independent