Reza Pakravan is a filmmaker, adventurer, author and motivational speaker. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and listed amongst the world’s top 20 most seasoned travellers. His documentaries, talks and books have taken audiences on his epic journeys to some of the most remote corners of the world.
Reza’s constant thirst for adventure has earned him the Guinness World Record for crossing the Sahara Desert by bicycle. Pushing his ultra endurance limits further, he cycled the 11,000-mile length of the planet from north to south in the record time of 102 days.
He has presented and produced prime time TV series aired worldwide on networks such as the BBC, Channel 4, Fox, Aljazeera, CBC and SRF and is currently a featured contributor to the Outdoor Journal.
Much of Reza’s recent work has focused on the issues faced by remote, indigenous peoples: revealed in his 6-part prime time TV series Transamazonica and his upcoming project about the tribes of Chad.
Reza is a highly regarded motivational speaker, and uses his inspirational stories to help businesses and individuals to achieve peak performance.
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.’