By Amanda Stringfellow @amanda_l_s

A BRITISH 23-year-old has conquered the challenge of a lifetime by cycling 1,800 kilometres across the SAHARA DESERT

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Videographer / Director: Daniel Ofili
Producer: Amanda Stringfellow, Chloe Browne
Editor: Joshua Douglas

PICTURESQUE: 23-year-old Brit Daniel Ofili rides over the sandy desert terrain of the Sahara at sunset

Daniel Ofili, from Kent, swapped a routine of work and socialising to spend 36 days travelling the treacherous trail from Morocco to Senegal.

BATTLING THE ELEMENTS: Daniel wore a respirator mask throughout his ride to protect him from the Sahara's sand and dust

Facing hazardous conditions and temperatures as high as 40 degrees, Daniel was forced to catch and eat raw lizards and drink his own urine to survive the trip.

And in one horrifying moment the young Brit was forced to slice into his own leg after being bitten by a venomous snake.

BACK TO BASICS: Daniel was required to walk long distances after his first bike broke

Daniel rode his mountain bike far from civilisation, keeping clear of proper roads and sleeping in a tent covered in foil to protect him from the heat.

The young Brit decided to dedicate his time to adventuring after studying film at Solent University and now works in recruitment to fund his trips.

DISASTER: After being bit by a venomous snake, Daniel tried to suck out the poison

His first adventure was walking from the UK to the Alps in 2014 where he partially survived on a diet of slugs and water from the mountain rivers.

Deciding to brave even harsher conditions on his next trip, Daniel spent six months preparing for his Sahara adventure by watching survival shows on television, cycling uphill and researching the region.

HOME SWEET HOME: A shot of Daniel's tent

Armed with this knowledge, Daniel set off in April 2015 with a road bike and a back pack containing the tools for his survival, including a Stanley knife, chlorine tablets, a respirator mask and a water filter. 

And the research came in handy when, after getting bitten by a snake in the Mauritanian desert, Daniel used a rusty knife to cut open his wounds and suck out the venom.

GRUBS UP: The young Brit tucks into a small lizard for nutrition

"I cut two crosses through the bites and sucked blood for eight minutes,” he said.

“I later poured sugar on it to act as a antiseptic and wrapped in duct-tape.  

“I rested as I knew movement pumps blood and speeds up the spread of venom. 

TAKING A BREATHER: Daniel takes a short rest from his gruelling challenge to take in his surroundings

“My leg may have swelled a little but once it became clear I wasn't going to die I slowly continued.”

Daniel’s biggest challenge was finding food and liquid to nourish him whilst he cycled through remote areas of the desert.

He said: “By eating wild lizards I could use their blood to hydrate me in part as well as feeding me.

SPECTACULAR: Daniel captured these shots of undulating sand dunes

“When I became really dehydrated I made the decision to drink my own urine.” 

But Daniel’s trip nearly came to a disastrous end when he fell ill in the desert.

“I also became very sick in the Sahara for about five days," he said.  

"I woke near-naked in the desert, it was unbelievably hot - it was absolutely hell.

OUCH: Daniel sustains the first injury of his journey after an incident where a pedal broke on his bike

“I was just going to get into the tent and I was so hot, I was sweating but also cold at the same time. It was not nice.”

Daniel was found by military police and was so unwell that he was taken to the nearest hospital - eventually coming round in the local police station. 

WHEREVER I LAY MY SLEEPING BAG: Daniel took advantage of the desert terrain to sleep under the stars where possible

During the trip he found it difficult to navigate the Sahara’s disrupted borders and was twice ejected from the militarised zone on the border of Morocco and Algeria.

On one occasion the British adventurer was confronted by armed military police - who questioned whether he was out alone in the desert to undertake secret surveillance. 

FEELING GREEN: The desert food did not always agree with Daniel

But once satisfied he was not a threat, the officers gave him food and water and sent him on his way. 

Daniel said: “On the left hand side you've got Morocco claiming their territory and on the right hand side you have got Algeria, so if you go too far east, you hit the disputed border.

LANDMARK: A sign and a small pile of rocks marks the Tropic of Cancer

“When you are in your 20s and are an adult cycling across the world’s largest hottest desert  - when people tell you can’t do something, it makes you feel like a school kid again.”

Despite the challenging conditions and being required to walk long distances after his first bike broke, Daniel has no shortage of highlights from his time in the desert.

BEAUTY: Daniel stopped frequently to take in the awe-inspiring desert views

He said: “My favourite moment was without a doubt on this rocky dune area near the border of Mauritania.

“I climbed up there just before sunset and I could see from miles and miles, it was just miles of dunes in every direction.

INGENUITY: Daniel pours urine on to his shirt to create a solar still to create drinking water

“It was like living inside a Picasso painting."

After over a month of gruelling travelling conditions Daniel reached Senegal and completed his trip.

“Compared to living in modern society the Sahara desert is a timeless place. It looks the same as it did a hundred or a thousand years ago," he said.

DISCOVERY: Daniel crouches inside the frame of an abandoned vehicle

“You are dehydrated, you are lost, you are hungry, but it’s the closest to perfection in life that you can get.

And with the journey at an end, Daniel rewarded himself with a rejuvenating dip in the ocean. 

“When I reached the Senegal coast, getting to the sea was a great feeling," he added. 

“I jumped into the water and it was an incredible moment, that’s when I knew it was over."

ADVENTURER: Daniel poses for the cameras back in the UK after his 36 day voyage

In the future Daniel is looking for funding to film a survival documentary on a desert island and is seeking like-minded adventurers online to join him. To sign up visit: or email him at