Major Levison James Wood (born 5 May 1982) is a British Army officer and explorer.
He is best known for his extended walking expeditions in Africa, Asia and Central America.
Beginning in December 2013, over the course of nine months he undertook the first ever expedition to walk the entire length of the river Nile from the Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda.
The expedition was commissioned as a four-part documentary series for Channel 4 in the UK.
He also wrote a Sunday Times bestselling book detailing the expedition, Walking the Nile.
In 2015, he walked the length of the Himalayas, from Afghanistan in the west to Bhutan in the east.
A year later he walked from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, where the early Spanish conquistadors landed, to Colombia, a journey of 1,800 miles (2,900 km) following the spine of Central America, crossing the infamous Darién Gap.
His book Walking the Americas became a bestseller in the UK and USA.
From 2017 to the spring of 2018 he undertook another two journeys.
Russia to Iran followed his early hitchhiking adventures as a student, retracing his steps from the Black Sea to the Caspian, following the Caucasus mountains through the North Caucasian republics, via Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Iran.
In September 2017 he began his most ambitious challenge to date: a full circumnavigation of the Arabian Peninsula: travelling from Syria, through Iraq, the Gulf, crossing part of the Empty Quarter desert in Oman, traversing Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Holy Land to finish in Lebanon; an expedition totalling 5,000 miles (8,000 km).
During the course of the journey he was embedded with Iraqi troops fighting ISIS where he witnessed the liberation of Sharqat and also encountered Palestinian guerrillas and Hezbollah operatives.
He visited the city of Palmyra which was then under Russian control.
He has also undertaken numerous other overland journeys, including a foot crossing of Madagascar and mountain climbing in Iraq.
He documents his journeys through books, documentaries and photography.