The only way is Africa for Joey Essex

17th Dec 2013

Africa-bound Joey Essex may not be able to tell the time or distinguish between a cabbage and a lettuce.

But ITV2 has booked the reality star to present a travel show in the Dark Continent.

The channel hasn't yet released details of the as-yet-unnamed programme, but the continent is famous for its wildlife-based tailor-made holidays.

So Essex's jungle knowledge after his recent stint in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! could prove invaluable.

Essex, 23, also previously told TOWIE viewers he wanted a pet monkey.

He will be spoilt for choice in Africa, with West Africa home to mandrills and baboons.

Africa is probably most famous for its safaris, as Essex found out with his former fiancee Sam Faiers in South Africa earlier this year.

Such safaris offer holidaymakers on group tours the chance to view the 'Big Five': lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

Essex could visit Kenya's Lake Bogoria Game Reserve and watch more than 1.5 million migratory flamingo. He could also see elephants in Mount Kenya National Park.

He might join big game fans in Tanzania and witness the annual migration of more than 1 million wildebeest to and from the massive rolling savannahs of the 15,000 sq km Serengeti National Park.

He could also enjoy Namibia with the haunting Namib Sand Sea joining the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

No trip to Africa would be complete without a city breaks visit to one of South Africa's finer conurbations, such as Johannesburg or Cape Town.

With its fine dining and exquisite wines, Essex could expect far better grub than he suffered in I'm a Celebrity.

He could also experience South Africa's Table Mountain, Kruger National Park or its white sand beaches.

Essex's new ITV2 show is being compared by insiders to Sky1's An Idiot Abroad, starring Karl Pilkington.


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