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    Long Way Down is the most recent motorbike adventure with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. Leaving on 12 May 2007, they travelled through Europe, and then Africa – from Tunisia to South Africa, via countries such as Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia - a total of 15,000 miles. The team arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on 4 August 2007. It is a follow-up to the Long Way Round trip in 2004, where the pair rode their motorbikes from London to New York, travelling east across Europe, Russia and the United States. As on Long Way Round, they were accompanied by Executive Producers/Directors Russ Malkin and David Alexanian.

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    Explore the route map
    Meet the team

    Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are best mates, and passionate motorcyclists. As well as undertaking Long Way Round and Long Way Down, they ran a motorcross team together for years, and Charley took on the Dakar Rally in 2006.

    Read Ewan's profile
    Read Charley's profile



    Using the site

    Updates, clips and images from the team on the road were posted to the site as the trip progressed. However, conditions, in Africa in particular, were unpredictable. To ensure we maximised their safety, there was sometimes a delay between events taking place and content being posted to the site. The quality of clips is also variable - some were taken on mobile phones, others were edited from filmed rushes, but combine to provide a unique insight into their adventure.

    Track their progress on the map
    Read all logs



    Supporting UNICEF

    Ewan and Charley supported UNICEF on Long Way Round and continued to do so on Long Way Down. They visited various UNICEF projects along the way, and are raising money for the charity on the Long Way Down production website.



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    Comments were added to many of the features on the site, and to all of the log entries. The content was viewed by moderators before it was posted to the site. Links and content must abide by BBC House Rules. Read the BBC Terms and House Rules



    All content posted this to the site from the Long Way Down team - clips, images, text - on the road and relating to members of the team is copyright Long Way Down. This may not be used or reproduced without prior permission.



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