Levison Wood

Explorer, Photographer and Broadcaster

Levison Wood is an army officer, writer, photographer and explorer who, after co-founding his own business, decided to trek the length of the River Nile, the first person documented to do so. Over nine months he journeyed through desert and jungle. The mission was documented by Channel 4.

"A great adventurer and a wonderful storyteller"

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He presents in English.

How he presents

In his presentations, Levison, accompanied by his own awe-inspiring photos, tells an awe-inspiring story of overcoming adversity and working through life's most extreme tribulations.

Books & Media

  • Escape from Kabul: The Inside Story
  • Endurance: 100 Tales of Survival, Adventure and Exploration
  • The Art of Exploration
  • An Arabian Journey: One Man's Quest Through the Heart of the Middle East
  • Eastern Horizons
  • Walking the Americas: 1,800 Miles, Eight Countries, and One Incredible Journey from Mexico to Colombia
  • Walking the Himalayas: An Adventure of Survival and Endurance

In Detail

Levison has travelled and worked in over one hundred countries worldwide overcoming challenges that would stop most people in their tracks. His passion for adventure and discovering more about indigenous ways of life has led him to traverse the Himalayas and conduct scientific research in Central Africa for the Natural History Museum. Levison spent a number of years as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, where he served in Afghanistan fighting against Taliban insurgents in Helmand and Kandahar. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and visiting Fellow at CASS business school. He is an ardent environmentalist and conservationist, working as an ambassador for several charities and NGO's.


Levison's talks struck just the right balance between sharing his experiences and linking them to the themes of risk, resilience and security. He speaks about the lessons from his epic journeys; the personal motivation and risk, and also observations on how others survive.



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