Mark was brought up in West Africa, where he considered his life to be very much removed from the adventure stories of Willard Price and Gerald Durrell, and besides there didn’t seem to be a niche in the market for explorers anymore.
Nevertheless, he left a job he could see was going nowhere and in his late teens set off travelling and spent the next decade on the road, working intermittently to raise the next airfare.
As is so often the case, money was the limiting factor in how far off the beaten track he could go, until Heineken Export offered him a ‘wildest dreams’ travel bursary to reach the parts other explorers had not reached. And thus the Borneo trip was born.
As a winner of European Travel Awards such as the highly prestigious Independent Traveller of the Year Mark has achieved much acclaim as the new young face of exploration.
Mark currently lives in Madrid where he spends his time writing and planning his next adventure.
Visit Mark’s website at www.markeveleigh.com.
In a classic boys adventure, two would-be explorers head off to one of the few remaining uncharted territories of the 21st century in search of the ‘wild men of Borneo’. On the way they encounter shipwrecks, malaria, amoebic dysentery, near starvation, leeches, exhaustion, enforced alcohol abuse, barbecued mouse-deer foetus and a ferocious craving for chocolate.