Primal Survivor is National Geographic’s latest edge-of-your-seat adventure series, fronted by wilderness explorer Hazen Audel. It returns to the channel (DStv 181, Starsat 220) with a new five-part series, Primal Survivor: Escape the Amazon premiering on Wednesdays at 21:00 (CAT) from 4 May, 2022.

In the new series, explorer Hazen Audel takes on his toughest challenge yet, fighting his way through 500 miles of tropical Amazon jungle using only traditional survival methods at the most perilous time of year, the rainy season.

His journey is continually hampered by rain, flooding areas and blocking his paths. However rainy season has its rewards. Wildlife is on the move meaning Audel gets to witness some astonishing sights, from dense primeval forest and savannahs filled with snakes, to tall granite mountains and swamps filled with caiman. Will he complete his long journey and escape the Amazon before the rains make it impossible?

Hazen Audel in Primal Survivor Escape the Amazon
Hazen Audel in Primal Survivor Escape the Amazon

High-end doccie style

Filmed using National Geographic’s trademark high-end documentary style, each episode sees Audel tackle a different challenge in his perilous journey as he bravely takes on the mission to escape to the edge of the forest before being trapped by the floods of the rainy season. With the help of the forest’s Wai Wai people, he makes poisoned darts and traps monster fish in the dead of night. He uses all his jungle know-how when he comes face-to-face with a variety of threatening animals and insects from a goliath bird-eating tarantula to a giant anaconda.

Continuing to battle against the elements, Audel tackles the soaring Kanuku Mountain forests. Using the survival skills of the local people, he hunts for electric eels, climbs a sheer mountain peak, and hacks through an impenetrable forest of bamboo to reach the far side of the mountains before floods and landslides block his path.

With time running out to complete his journey, the intrepid adventurer then faces one last ordeal, crossing miles of snake-filled mangrove swamp to reach the Atlantic Ocean. With the help of the local Warau people, he learns how to live on water and braves killer bees in a daring night raid, before attempting to deliver a prestigious catch.

Episode 1: Poison Jungle

The explorer faces impenetrable rainforest as he begins a 500-mile survival challenge. In this first leg of his journey, he must escape to the edge of the forest before being trapped by the floods of the rainy season. With the help of the forest’s Wai people, Hazen takes on lethal snakes, makes poisoned darts, and traps monster fish in the dead of night.

Episode 2: Deadly Plains 

Survivalist Hazen Audel attempts to cross the open savannah in the second leg of his 500-mile Amazon challenge. He joins the native Wapishana cowboys in a desperate cattle-drive north, tackling giant anaconda, venomous rattlesnakes, and a treacherous river crossing as they attempt to escape the coming floods

Episode 3: Peaks of Peril

Hazen tackles the soaring Kanuku Mountain forests in the third leg of his 500-mile Amazon challenge. Using the survival skills of the local mountain people, he traps electric eels, climbs a sheer mountain peak, and hacks through an impenetrable forest of bamboo to reach the far side of the mountains before floods and landslides block his path.

Episode 4: Storming Waters

Here he faces thundering waterfalls as he enters gorge country, in the fourth leg of his 500-mile Amazon challenge. Against faeces-squirting spiders, and the world’s most dangerous snake, he relies on the traditional skills of the fierce Arekuna people to survive, learns to hunt with a blow-pipe and rides the wild water of the region’s rapids.

Episode 5: Mangrove Maze

Hazen faces the final ordeal in his 500-mile Amazon challenge, crossing miles of snake-filled mangrove swamp to reach the Atlantic Ocean. With the help of the local Warau people, he learns how to live on water and braves killer bees in a daring night raid, before attempting to deliver a prestigious catch.

What: Primal Survivor Escape The Amazon
When: Premieres 4 May 2022
Where: National Geographic DStv 181, Starsat 220
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