September 24th, 2005

Egrets Reading

Mystery of the Nile

After visiting the Winchester Mystery House last Saturday, Desiree, Jennifer, and I watched "Mystery of The Nile" at the IMAX theatre at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.

The film chronicled a river-rafting expedition from Lake Tana, which the filmmakers consider to be the main source of the Nile in Ethiopia (others claim it is Lake Victoria in Uganda), to the Mediterranean Sea. This is the first expedition to make the entire 3260 mile journey, which they did in 114 days. Others have failed, and in many cases, died trying to accomplish this stunt. Pasquale Scaturro and Gordon Brown and their team traveled down first the Blue Nile from Lake Tana until it meets up with the White Nile from Lake Victoria and becomes the Nile, then down the Nile to the sea in two river rafts and a kayak. Scaturro and Brown were the only members of the crew to travel the entire 3260 miles, the other team members felt it was too dangerous to travel through Sudan and traveled the Ethiopian portion and then met them back at Khartoum for the Egyptian portion of the trip.

The trip was thrilling but as much as I enjoy high-adventure trips, I prefer my high-adventure trips to be non-life-threatening ones. So, this is one I'd definitely suggest traveling by IMAX only! The river rafters and the crazy guy in the kayak faced extremely dangerous situations with crocodiles, hippos, armed bandits, exposure to malaria, what's touted as the "world's most dangerous rapids", militia carrying machine guns, in addition to the extreme heat of the desert sun.

After this film, I had a much better understanding of the Nile beyond that line on the map of Africa or the stories from the Bible and ancient history books - I'd felt like I'd been there.

Here is the link to the film's trailer:

Nile crocodile
stalking his kayak
my safe IMAX view