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Saturday 20 March 2010

The Tropic of Cancer runs through 17 countries and Simon Reeve visited most of them - and one or two others for good measure - on a journey round the imaginary line. He found a huge variety of climates and landscapes, from deep jungle to vast desert, and an even bigger range of ways of life, from deep poverty to vast wealth. He talks to Sandi Toksvig about his experiences, including sneaking illegally into Burma, and what conclusions he has come to about the way the planet is changing.

The port of Darwin in northern Australia and the region behind it known as Arnhemland is one of the less touristy parts of the country. But it has much to offer in terms of an impressive terrain that hasn't altered for millions of years and which has been home to the aborigine people for many thousands. Sandi talks to travel journalist Wendy Gomersall, who has visited the area and the indigenous people, and Sab Lord, who was brought up there on a buffalo station in what is now a national park the size of Wales and who acts as a guide to the area's natural and human heritage.

  • Simon Reeve

    Simon Reeve is an author and television presenter, writing about international terrorism and conflict resolution, and making travel documentaries. He wrote his first book on terrorism One Day in September: the story of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre which is also an Oscar-winning documentary movie.

    A couple of years ago Simon completed a journey around the Tropic of Capricorn. His latest television series, Tropic of Cancer, began Sunday 14th March on BBC2 starting in Mexico and continues across North Africa, Arabia, India and south east Asia finishing up in Hawaii.

    Find out more about Simon Reeve
  • Wendy Gomersall

    Wendy Gomersall is a freelance journalist. She has visited most parts of Australia and has travelled round Darwin, Arnhemland and Kakadu. On her travels Wendy fished for red emperor fish and barramundi, ate green ants and in an open boat on the Yellow river, had her own experience of crocodiles. She also met and spent time with the aboriginal people

  • Sab Lord

    Sab Lord was brought up in Mumulary Station in the South Alligator region of what is now World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, the location for the film Crocodile Dundee. He was raised on the buffalo station that was started by his father in the sixties. Sab’s father first offered tours of Kakadu when it was originally declared a national park in 1979, and Sab followed in his footsteps and has been taking tours in Kakadu and neighbouring Arnhemland for 20 years.

    Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris
    PO box 39861
    Winnellie NT 0820
    Phone +61 8 8948 2200

    Find out more about Sab Lord


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