About The Trail Less Traveled
The Trail Less Traveled, hosted by Mandela, is dedicated to documenting humanity & planet earth by gathering stories & sounds from the most remote locations around the world. The goal for the show is to take you, the listener, back to mankind's earliest form of entertainment: story telling. Therefore, every week features an interview with an adventurer in their natural habitat in order to provide an audible journey packed with information & inspiration. Everyone has a story & different perspective, we aim to share the stories from the world’s diverse cultures & unknown lands.
Growing up, Mandela spent a season in South Africa, a season in Montana & various seasons traveling the world with her flight attendant mother & vagabond father. At an early age Mandela fell in love with juxtapositions between cultures, music, food & weather of the northern & southern hemispheres. Mandela started filming her adventures when she was 14 & by age 19 started studying Mandarin & interviewing Chinese citizens on the edge of the Yangtze River during the construction of the Three Gorges Damn project. Mandela started her radio career at age 18 with a live adventure-travel talk show on KBGA college radio. The show ran for five years until it was picked up by the award winning KDTR Trail 103.3 FM & Missoula Broadcasting Company. She is still producing short adventure films in her spare time and when not in the studio, Mandela teaches Ashtanga Yoga & works as an international adventure guide/instructor in the field of whitewater rafting, whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking & riverboarding. She guides two week expeditions through the rapids & tributaries of the Grand Canyon May-October & records on location wherever the rivers of the world flow.
Mandela was raised on a nature reserve at the most southern point of South Africa. Growing up in the bush cultivated a passion for wildlife conservation & human rights which is a consistent theme in her broadcasts & outreach programs. For the past decade Mandela has worked on a series focused on the genocide of African elephants & rhinos, the slaughter of protected species of sharks in Australia, the use of 1080 by the New Zealand government to control invasive predators & heritage theft/illegal wildlife trade across Asia.
Mandela’s family made frequent trips to Australia throughout her childhood. Mandela started studying Aboriginal anthropology & didjeridu sound theory in Australia in her teens & has continued these studies into her thirties. In 2007 she started an organization in Missoula, which continues to educate students worldwide in didjeridu & Aboriginal anthropology. Mandela presents adventure lectures at the University of Montana & other public/private schools around the world. In 2016 her outreach program was able to connect with over 10,000 students in Thiruvananthapuram, India.
In between her international gigs as a whitewater adventure guide & instructor, Mandela travels to remote locations in the world interviewing fellow adventurers who live in radical harmony with nature. She’s recorded aging raconteurs, living legends, camera-shy thrill seekers & people thriving in little-known corners of the earth. Their stories inspire & surprise. They give us new insights about our diverse & amazing world. That’s Mandela’s intention. She aims to thrill and engage audiences by taking them to places they would never go, sharing the stories of people they could never meet & learning about our mysterious, sometimes dangerous, world filled with wildness, diverse cultures, hardship, courage & alternative ways of living and surviving.