Durban-based cousins Luke MacDonald and Jordan Deall and their cameraman Donovan Orr set off from Durban to LA to go see Ellen, but they had to hitchhike the whole way!


Los Angelas, United States – The last time we heard about the guys, they were trying to get from Russia to LA. They faced a few challenges but finally made it to America. They shared the exciting update that they got to meet Ellen, at last, making their entire 8-month journey a success!

It all started when Durban-based cousins Luke MacDonald and Jordan Deall decided to hitchhike into the heart of the Congo in search of a mythical dinosaur. They were joined by Donovan Orr, their camera guy, who captured every crazy moment.

Their incredible trek spanned 15 000 km over 107 days and ten countries via 92 rides. Eventually, they ended up in an almost mythical pygmy village, deep in the DRC, and their incredible journey became the subject of Hitched, a ten-part docu-series produced by Tomfoolery TV.

After the success of their first adventure, the guys set off for Los Angelas to film a second season for Tomfoolery TV. It has been one crazy adventure from missing boats to missing flights and so much more!

When the guys eventually landed in America, they faced a whole new challenge… Trying to prove their story. Apparently, they got stopped by border control and spent many hours explaining the purpose of their trip to the United States. They were even separated and questioned individually to see if their stories held up.

Thankfully, they were finally let in and made their way to the Ellen show.

“We just want to start out with a massive thanks for all the help. All the tagging and sharing got us into the Ellen DeGeneres audience last week. It was amazing, we got to meet Ellen, she is a genuine boss and so full of love it’s truly challenging. As far as hitched is concerned the crazy thing is that Ellen knows ‘we’ exist and we got to leave the full story with the team and producers. That said we’ve pretty much taken the project as far as we can and the ball is now in their court. So we’re playing the waiting game.

Funnily enough, our entire audience won return tickets for the ’12 day giveaway’ so we do actually have that potential return in a few weeks if we can make it.

So all in all this is probably our last Ellen post, which suddenly feels quite nostalgic. It’s always sad ending a trip but at the same time, we have a second season under the belt, which is honestly insane. Don will be editing hardcore and hopefully, in a few months, we’ll have another travel series for you all to see.

We’re so thankful to everyone who’s shared in the journey. From all the lifts and people we’ve stayed with, to all the people that have joined online and helped us actually get into the show.

8 months and 235 days, it’s been a crazy journey! Most of all though we appreciate being able to share different cultures and give people a taste of things they would potentially never see. That is the beauty of travelling, to learn about others and in that ideally, grow and become better people.”

If you want a good giggle, check out their message after the show. Be sure to watch it right to the end.

Sources: Hitched.
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