Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall is a Documentary programme.


Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall

Adventurer and naturalist Steve Backshall sets out to explore one of the wildest rivers in the world, the mighty Baliem River in the island of New Guinea, just north of Australia. The only way to discover these hidden worlds is to travel the river from source to sea - a feat that has never been achieved before. In this first episode, Steve starts his journey at Lake Habema, the body of water where the Baliem River begins its life. Embarking on a perilous expedition, Steve encounters some of the most extreme white-water rapids seen anywhere on the planet. Exploring the land alongside the river, Steve uncovers spectacular caves that have never been explored before. He also encounters some of the animals that are unique to this part of the island. Reaching the Baliem Grand Valley, Steve stays in a Dani village for the night, meeting members of this ancient tribe and sleeping next to the mummified remains of a 200-year-old Dani warrior.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 2 March 25th, 7:00pm and on BBC 2 Northern Ireland March 25th, 7:00pm. See more...