Andrew Flintoff in the wild Andrew Flintoff Alone in the Wild © Courtesy of The Discovery Channel

Having worn the Three Lions with pride, England cricketing legend Andrew Flintoff’s latest challenge is to survive in the wilds of Botswana in Africa surrounded by a pride of wild lions.

Armed with only a small survival kit including a small shovel, insect repellent and some Tupperware, Freddie summoned all his cave man skills to spend a week camping out in Botswana’s Okavango Delta for the Discovery Channel’s Alone In The Wild. He explains why…

Why did you decide to take part in Alone In The Wild?
It was an opportunity to experience something truly amazing – and spending a week completely in isolation on the plains of Botswana is not the kind of thing you do every day. It was a big step outside of my comfort zone but I would have been mad not to take up such a brilliant opportunity.

What did you learn from the experience?
That animals really do belong in their natural environment. This was not a safari or a visit to the zoo – you’ve got the world’s most incredible wildlife roaming around in their natural habitat, although I must confess I was slightly concerned about the more dangerous ones!

What did you find the hardest about your experience?
Lack of food – not eating was really tough! I received two days of survival training before I went into the wild, teaching me how to catch fish and search for food, but it’s a lot harder when you’re on your own in the bush. I lost a fair bit of weight and was absolutely ravenous by the end of the seven days.

Survival kit:
Flint and steel firemaker; GPS; head torch; lighter; multi-tool; rain poncho; rope; sleeping bag and liner; small shovel; tupperware container; whistle; waterbottle; cooking kit; sandwich bags; air horn; tent; mosquito nets; sunscreen; toilet paper; anti-malaria medicine; water purification tablets; insect repellent; fishing kit; duct tape; sewing kit; rubbish bags; binoculars for wildlife spotting; batteries; one cup of rice; 1.5 litres water; clothes including walking boots and a hat. 

 

Andrew Flintoff Alone In The Wild premieres on The Discovery Channel on October 5

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