Kaisut Desert Trek Warnings For Comic Relief Team
Members of the celebrity Comic Relief team who are trekking 100 kms in 5 days in the Kaisut Desert, Northern Kenya for Red Nose Day have been warned to watch out for deadly snakes and spiders. The trek which is due to start on Mon, 21 Feb will be raising money for poor and deprived people across Africa and the UK.
The celebrities taking part in the walk include singers Olly Murs and Craig David, TV presenters Dermot O’Leary and Lorraine Kelly as well as Kara Tointon who recently won Strictly Come Dancing. Other participants include Radio presenters Scott Mills and Peter White who has impaired vision as well as Ronni Ancona and Nadia Sawalha.
The task is to survive one of the most desolate and barren deserts in the world for 5 days, walking 100 kms in temperatures averaging above 40C which may cause severe problems of dehydration, heat exhaustion and cramp. Other dangers include the black mamba snake which can be very aggressive and the deadly Camel Spider which bites using an anaesthetic without causing any pain and then lays its eggs under the host’s skin.
In a statement to the press association O’Leary said: “We’re all ready to go now. We’ve had a practice walk to try and get used to the heat, but it’s going to be very tough – we all know that. The snake and spider briefing was interesting to say the least! It’s safe to say that we will be watching where we tread.”