Born to Explore With Richard Wiese

A modern-day Indiana Jones, host Richard Wiese takes viewers around the world in search of adventure, wildlife and cultures untouched by modern civilization in Born to Explore With Richard Wiese.

Throughout the 26-part series, the globe-trotting host travels across six continents and more than 10 countries with hopes of creating a positive understanding of the world's cultures. Richard goes to Namibia, where he treks through the oldest desert in the world to track rare desert-adapted elephants. He also journeys to the Tiwi Islands off the northern coast of Australia, and goes “outbush” with a group of Tiwi elders to learn how they live off the land through hunting.

The globe-trotting adventurer then travels to Borneo, Indonesia, one of only two islands on the planet where orangutans live in the wild. Richard experiences life aboard a “klotok” boat during his three-day journey deep into the rainforest in search of these magnificent great apes. He finds out why Borneo’s rainforests are vanishing and meets the local communities who are banding together to save these orangutan habitats. In Cyprus, he joins world-famous archeologist Dr. Joan Connelly, who is digging for clues to confirm the existence of a sacred temple built by Cleopatra to honor her love child with Julius Caesar.

Whether investigating the existence of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland or experiencing the tastes and aromas of Istanbul’s fabled Spice Market at a shop where coffee has been roasted the same way for more than 500 years, Richard seeks the answers to history's most intriguing questions, and guides viewers on journeys across the globe uncovering unique stories, people and wildlife.

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Tanzania: Remote Tribes

Episode #101H · Join host Richard Wiese in Tanzania, a land renowned for its extraordinary wildlife and more than 100 indigenous tribes. In a remote village, Richard is welcomed into the Iraqw tribe to experience daily life. He explores the Serengeti to witness one of the most incredible events on the planet-the Great Wildebeest Migration. And deep in the bush, he visits the people of the Datoga tribe and joins their festive celebration honoring a village elder.

Turkey: Journey to Love Valley

Episode #102H · Join Richard Wiese as he journeys to Turkey, a land where east meets west. Richard explores Istanbul's fabled Spice Market, and a traditional fortune-teller reveals his future through the grounds in his coffee cup. Explore Cappadocia, a region known for "fairy chimneys," some of the most striking geologic formations on earth. Join Richard as he takes to the skies aboard a hot air balloon for an aerial adventure of a lifetime and discovers why Turkish rugs are considered some of the best in the world.

Namibia: Wild Cheetah

Episode #103H · Explorer Richard Wiese travels to Namibia to meet a woman who has dedicated her life to saving cheetahs from extinction-Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Richard tracks cheetahs on the Namibian plains and helps a medical team with a cheetah check-up. Learn how local farmers have formed an extraordinary partnership with wildlife conservationists and use dogs to protect Livestock, ensuring the survival of Namibia's cheetah population.

India: Good Karma

Episode #104H · Explorer Richard Wiese travels to the mystical land of India to explore its ancient yet vibrant traditions. His mission-to perform a "seva" or good deed at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi, a Sikh temple known for feeding thousands. At the world renowned Kalakshetra Foundation, he experiences the magic of Indian music and dance and discovers why they're considered holy arts. Meet an artist who paints holy elephants and find out why Indian pottery is an age-old craft.

Scotland: Vikings, Puffins & Ponies

Episode #105H · Travel with host Richard Wiese to the Shetland Islands in northern Scotland. At a renowned breeding farm, Richard meets a herd of pint-sized Shetland ponies; on the craggy cliffs of Sumburgh Head, he encounters thousands of sea birds, including pintsized puffins. He meets a lively woman who reveals the secrets for knitting the classic Shetland sweater and explores life below the waters of the North Sea.

Indonesia: Orangutans-People of the Forest

Episode #106H · Explorer Richard Wiese travels to Borneo, Indonesia, one of only two islands on the planet where orangutans live in the wild. Richard experiences life aboard a "klotok" boat during his journey deep into the rainforest in search of these magnificent great apes. Find out why Borneo's rainforests are vanishing and meet the local communities who are banding together to save the mighty orangutan.

Canada: The Mighty Polar Bear Migration

Episode #107H · Journey with Richard Wiese to the barren wilds of Arviat, Canada where polar bears and the Inuit people live in uneasy harmony. Richard is welcomed into a small Inuit community and discovers how these hunter-gatherers struggle to survive in this inhospitable land and preserve their traditional way of life. Richard explores the frozen tundra and comes face-to-face with magnificent polar bears in the wild.

Tanzania: Summit On Mt. Kilimanjaro

Episode #108H · Join Richard Wiese as he journeys to Tanzania to climb the highest mountain on the African continent - Mount Kilimanjaro. With friends and family, Richard sets out on a seven-day climb to the summit at over 19,000 feet. He follows the same path he took with his father at age 11, more than 40 years ago. This is his 14th ascent up Kilimanjaro-only this time, Richard encounters the worst weather he's ever faced on the mountain.

Morocco: The Last Nomads

Episode #109H · Discover Morocco with explorer Richard Wiese on a Saharan adventure. Atop an Arabian stallion, he joins in the Fantasia, an annual tribal celebration of traditional horsemanship. He journeys through the Sahara to meet a family of Berber nomads; encounters classic Moroccan hospitality and finds out how nomadic people survive in the desert.

Chile: Flowering of the Llamas

Episode #110H · Richard Wiese travels to the driest place on earth, Chile's Atacama Desert. He explores the Valley of the Moons on horseback and meets the Atacamenos, a people who have survived in this harsh environment for hundreds of years. In a tiny oasis community, Richard joins a family in a sacred thanksgiving ceremony called the "Floramiento" or flowering of the llamas, where these beasts of burden are adorned with flowers.

South Africa: Saving The Mighty Rhino

Episode #111H · Join explorer Richard Wiese as he journeys to South Africa, for incredible encounters with white rhinos and elephants. Richard joins a conservation team on foot and by helicopter as they implant tracking devices to help monitor rhinos and protect them against poachers. He's welcomed into a Zulu tribe and meets some enterprising women who started a community garden that feeds the tribe and supplies local safari lodges.

England: The Queen's Swan

Episode #112H · Join Richard Wiese in England. He discovers that an unlikely bird, the swan, has played a key role in Britain's long line of proud traditions. Richard visits the Abbotsbury Swannery, where caring for these magnificent birds is a royal institution. He meets the Queen's Swan Warden and the Swan Herd and participates in a swan rescue.

Cyprus: Cleopatra's Secret Island

Episode #113H · Richard Wiese travels to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus steeped in ancient tales of love and intrigue. He joins world-famous archeologist Dr. Joan Connelly, who is digging for clues to confirm the existence of a sacred temple built by Cleopatra to honor her love child with Julius Caesar. Richard visits the organic farm and restaurant of one of Cyprus' most celebrated chefs, and learns about the famous "tatsia" dance.

Namibia: Painted People of the Desert

Episode #114 · Explorer Richard Wiese travels to the African country of Namibia. He treks through the Namib Desert to meet members of the Himba tribe, whose way of life remains unchanged over thousands of years. Richard encounters an array of wild creatures, from giraffes to dune beetles, which have adapted to the extreme desert conditions. Richard also tracks the elusive white rhino and discovers mysterious "fairy circles."

Scotland: Land of Loch Ness

Episode #115H · Journey with Richard Wiese to Scotland as he competes in the Highland Games, a celebration of Scottish traditions that goes back more than a thousand years. Richard meets a shepherd who is one of the top trainers of Scottish Sheepdogs. On the waters of Loch Ness, he learns the secrets of Nessie from the man who's spent more than 40 years searching for the legendary monster.

South Africa: Amazing Encounters

Episode #116H · Richard Wiese explores the wildest part of South Africa's fabled Kruger National Park where he encounters elephants, lions and giraffes. He finds out how local communities are banding together to fight poaching and create a new economy based on ecotourism. And he visits a Makuleke village to learn how this proud tribe has helped transform this region into a flourishing wildlife reserve.

India: Incredible Land

Episode #117H · Join Richard Wiese as he discovers India by rickshaw, samples savory cuisine and learns why yoga nourishes body and soul. With a family of dancers, he experiences the rhythms of a rural Indian village. Richard then takes to the streets for a game of gulley cricket, one of India's most popular sports. And in Kanchipuram, the City of a Thousand Temples, he receives the Hindu "archana" blessing.

Morocco: Secret Village

Episode #118H · Explorer Richard Wiese discovers the many mysteries of Morocco. In the remote Atlas Mountains, Richard journeys to a village that has never been visited by Westerners and where time seems to stand still. He's welcomed into a community of Berbers, who teach him the secrets for traditional tanjia cooking and making butter in a goat bladder. Richard takes part in a traditional wedding ceremony.

Uganda: Mountain Gorillas

Episode #119H · Deep in the heart of Uganda lies the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, one of the world's last refuges for mountain gorillas. Richard Wiese joins a group of trackers as they come face to face with these extraordinary elusive creatures. He meets a tribe of Batwa Pygmies, who lived amidst the gorillas in the Bwindi Forest. He finds out how these people have adapted to a new life in the village after moving out of the forest to save their primate neighbors.

South Africa: Turtles and Tsongas

Episode #120H · The tale of the turtle takes place on the beaches of South Africa's Rocktail Bay, on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Richard Wiese travels here to search for the extraordinary 300-pound loggerhead turtle, which swims thousands of miles each year to lay its eggs on the same beach where it was born. Richard joins a Tsonga tribesman to catch fish in unusual reed traps and visits a rural primary school to see how the next generation of South Africans is coming of age.

Australia: Secret Outback

Episode #121H · In this episode, Richard journeys to Australia to discover its secret outback. From the Northern Territory to the Tiwi Islands. He meets the elders and families of Tiwi along with its artists. Richard goes "outbush" to learn how to survive and live on the land with his hosts. He spears fish and crabs, collects mud mussels. He learns about local customs, dances, and joins in a smoking ceremony to banish stress and demons.

Turkey: Land of Legends

Episode #122H · Richard Wiese travels to Turkey, the ancient crossroads of civilization. In Istanbul, he meets a family that has been creating baklava for over 200 years. In a small Mediterranean village, where 4, 000 year-old shipwrecks lie along dangerous reefs, Richard dives in search of ancient treasures. He discovers the Turkish secret forkeeping bad luck at bay-a piece of jewelry called the "evil eye".

Tanzania: The Last Stone Age Tribe

Episode #123H · Richard Wiese journeys to Tanzania to meet its people, rich cultures and amazing wildlife. He descends into the Ngoro Ngoro Crater and comes face-to-face with lions, elephants, and hippos. Richard then travels deep into the Serengeti bush for a rare encounter with a little-known Stone Age tribe called the Hadza. Only a few hundred Hadzabe remain today, living a remote and primitive existence. Richard joins the men on a hunt with only bows and arrows in their daily search for food.

Chile: Kissed by the Sea

Episode #124H · Richard Wiese travels to Chile, renowned for its rich cultures and traditions. In Santiago, Richard explores the Mercado Centrale, ranked as one of the world's top markets. He journeys to the artistic seaport town of Valparaiso, the cradle of "cueca brava," the gritty urban music that unites Chileans young and old. In the village of Horcon, Richard launches into the Pacific with Chile's only commercial fisherwoman and finds out how she's faced down danger on the open seas for 40 years.

Iceland: Fire & Ice

Episode #125H · Explore the majestic country of Iceland with host Richard Wiese. Here, people live in the shadow of Iceland's volcanoes - a land of fire and ice. Join Richard as he explores haunting glaciers and famed geothermal pools. He meets the modern day Vikings and prepares a meal of rotten shark. In the idyllic countryside of Skagafjordur, the community rounds up its sheep on the volcanic terrain after a summer of grazing. It's part family affair, part local celebration.

Africa: The Elephant Trunk Show

Episode #126H · Richard Wiese heads to Africa to encounter elephants, the world's largest land mammal. In Namibia, he treks through the oldest desert in the world to track rare desert-adapted elephants. In South Africa, a relocated herd is thriving in its new home. In Botswana, Richard meets a family of orphaned elephants and the dedicated people who have adopted them.