To see that over and over again to know that we were the only people for hundreds of miles in any direction, and then to conclude at the Pacific with stellar sea eagles and wolves wandering down the black sand beaches was one of the most special things I've ever experienced.
And where have you been in the last year then?
We've done six of those expeditions this year for a new series, [Expedition with Steve Backshall] and they were all incredible.
I noticed on the front cover of your magazine is AlUla right now. We did two expeditions in Saudi Arabia, the grandest of those was to explore a lava tube in the volcanic wilderness on the edge of the Empty Quarter. It ended up being the longest cave in the Arabian peninsula, completely new, completely unmapped and uncharted.
And in the depths of this cave system we found evidence not just of prehistoric human habitation, but of long extinct animals, wildlife just caught there in time inside this incredible fossilized cave system.
Were you impacted anywhere by the worldwide pandemic?
The one that probably had the biggest implications in terms of the current state of things in the world was Gabon on the west coast of Central Africa. It's a destination that is very dear to my heart in terms of African rainforest and rainforest wildlife.
It's the best destination. There are probably bigger forests in a few other countries, but they're not as well protected and preserved as in Gabon. It is a really exciting destination with so much to offer, particularly in terms of primates. For someone who loves primates, the lowland gorillas, chimps and particularly mandrills, Gabon is just unparalleled.
The local Environment Minister in Gabon managed to locate a portion of rainforest which had been uncharted and had not been surveyed for its primates.
So we took a small team including a primatologist and some paddlers and filmmakers and we made the first descent of a section of river running through this rainforest. And, as we went, we profiled and surveyed the presence of the primates there.