Kira SalakThe Cruellest Journey: 600 Miles By Canoe To The Legendary City Of Timbuktu
Salak is a genuine, real-life adventurer. She's a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure magazine. She was the first woman to traverse Papua New Guinea - a journey which she recounted in her first travel book, Four Corners.
Some years later, she became not only the first woman but also the first person to kayak the Niger River solo. The Cruellest Journey is a beautiful, philosophical book telling the story of this incredible 600-mile journey to Timbuktu.
Salak's trip was fraught with dangers and hardships - from tropical storms and the heat of the Sahara to dangerous wildlife and intimidating strangers - but also filled with small kindnesses, remarkable encounters, and magical landscapes.