Battling dense jungles, sub-zero temperatures and shifting sea ice isn’t epic adventure — it’s everyday life if you want to “Survive the Tribe.” The new series tracks wilderness guide Hazen Audel as he joins the world’s most remote tribes on their quest for survival.
When it comes to enduring dense Amazonian jungle or the unrelenting Kalahari Desert sun, it isn’t modern technology, but ancient know-how that can mean the critical difference between life and death. Reading a single, broken blade of grass … echoing a subtle animal call — these are tribal survival skills refined over centuries and mastered over a lifetime. In places where survival depends on bonding with a majestic golden eagle or interpreting the movements of constantly shifting sea ice, it’s time to leave domesticated life behind to Survive the Tribe.
New series Survive the Tribe tracks wilderness guide and survival instructor Hazen Audel as he journeys to some of the world’s most remote and inhospitable places, immersing himself into local cultures to learn survival skills that have kept tribal people alive against the odds for thousands of years. He has 10 days to study each tribe’s skills before taking on the toughest tribal challenges that will force him to the very limit. In order to survive, Audel must rely on natural instinct, ancient wisdom, and a high tolerance for drinking cow’s blood.
Along the way, Audel experiences first-hand the incredible perseverance, rugged beauty, and amazing fortitude that only come from living on the edge. In Survive the Tribe, he must build shelters, construct weapons, and forge metal using the skills imparted to him from tribal elders before joining traditional hunts that have been an integral part of the tribes’ survival for generations.
In the Kalahari Desert, Audel joins an elite group of San Bushmen, hunting for game with bows and poison arrows. Braving sub-zero temperatures in Mongolia, Audel has only days to bond with a majestic golden eagle before tackling harsh mountains in search of prey for his Kazakh clan. And, embarking on an Inuit crash course in Arctic Canada, Audel must harvest for food beneath shifting sea ice while braving a barren landscape.
Tonight at 10P on the series premiere, Survive the Tribe: Blood Warriors: Survival of the fittest takes on a whole new meaning as Hazen Audel embeds with the Samburu tribe and learns valuable lessons about thriving on the edge. In the arid Kenyan mountain and desert, the Samburu share space with some of the world’s most dangerous predators, and often rely on a diet of milk, meat — and blood. Collecting cow’s blood requires patience, a steady hand, and pinpoint accuracy–and Audel’s first attempt fails to deliver. He will need to pick this up fast; blood is his main food for the entire journey. In a culture that values stoic courage, Audel’s next challenge is to endure painful bites from ants and harvest honey from volatile bees. Before venturing out with the tribe’s precious livestock, Audel must build his own club to protect his cargo. Taking 70 cows to distant mountain pastures across leopard territory will be no small undertaking, but Audel is up for the challenge.
Survive the Tribe Premieres Thursday, July 24, at 10P on the National Geographic Channel