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Twins spent 21 days naked in African jungle armed with bow and arrow for reality tv

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Twin sisters spent 21 days in the African jungle naked and surrounded by hyenas and lions with just a machete and bow and arrow to defend themselves.

Amber and Serena Shine are thrill seekers originally from New Zealand, but uprooted their lives to film an episode of Naked and Afraid for the Discovery Channel.

The 28-year-old duo were initially hesitant to appear naked on television, but agreed to the program because they were desperate for a new adventure.

They were sent to Limpopo in South Africa, and were forced to forage and hunt for survival, living off one impala and a smattering of caterpillars and scorpions.

A set of twins spent 21 days in the African jungle surrounded by hyenas and lions completely naked with nothing but a machete and bow and arrow to defend themselves

A set of twins spent 21 days in the African jungle surrounded by hyenas and lions completely naked with nothing but a machete and bow and arrow to defend themselves

A set of twins spent 21 days in the African jungle surrounded by hyenas and lions completely naked with nothing but a machete and bow and arrow to defend themselves




The twins regularly catch and kill game back home in New Zealand (Pictured with a deer they caught on June 13)

The twins regularly catch and kill game back home in New Zealand (Pictured with a deer they caught on June 13)

The twins regularly catch and kill game back home in New Zealand (Pictured with a deer they caught on June 13)

The twins recalled one night in particular when they were certain they were about to become dinner, when an elephant rampaged through their makeshift tent.

A lone bull elephant was thrashing about and destroying everything in his path when the women realised he was headed straight toward them.

Amber, a civil engineer by day, said they were torn between whether they should make noise to try to scare him away or stay silent and hope that he didn’t notice them.

They eventually chose the former, and while it seemed to work for a while as the elephant backed off, they soon realised that wasn’t the case.




‘We thought we had dodged a bullet until, to our horror, it came at us again from a different direction. This time it was much, much worse and we watched in the moon- and firelight as it came closer and closer,’ Amber told Stuff.

The twins explained one night in particular when they were certain they were about to become dinner, when an elephant rampaged through their makeshift tent

The twins explained one night in particular when they were certain they were about to become dinner, when an elephant rampaged through their makeshift tent

The twins explained one night in particular when they were certain they were about to become dinner, when an elephant rampaged through their makeshift tent

They had to forage and hunt to survive in the jungle, using just a bow and arrow (pictured) and machete

They had to forage and hunt to survive in the jungle, using just a bow and arrow (pictured) and machete

They had to forage and hunt to survive in the jungle, using just a bow and arrow (pictured) and machete

They pointed fire lit branches in the elephant’s direction trying to scare him off, but he continued barreling toward them, before eventually deciding to move on.

The adrenaline, the twins said, kept them up all night.




‘It was extremely hard trying to survive in Africa in winter with no clothes. Everything was uncomfortable and usually painful. Little things like sitting down with your bare bum on hard dirt or gravel, or lying down on super hard ground really get to you after a while,’ Amber explained. 

They’d initially planned to survive off scorpions and snakes for the majority of the trip, but soon realised their primary source of sustenance was in hibernation and near impossible to hunt. 

Everywhere around them, land was dry and barren, so edible plants were out of the equation, too.

Back home in New Zealand, the women have regular day jobs. Amber is a civil engineer by day while Serena owns and operates Glam Camping at Waiuku's Castaways Resort

Back home in New Zealand, the women have regular day jobs. Amber is a civil engineer by day while Serena owns and operates Glam Camping at Waiuku's Castaways Resort

Back home in New Zealand, the women have regular day jobs. Amber is a civil engineer by day while Serena owns and operates Glam Camping at Waiuku’s Castaways Resort

Pictured: The Shine twins with fish they caught during a fishing expedition

Pictured: The Shine twins with fish they caught during a fishing expedition

Pictured: The Shine twins with fish they caught during a fishing expedition 




For the first eight days, Amber and Serena laid traps and did their best to hunt, but couldn’t find a single thing to eat.

They’re still not entirely sure how they survived that period.

On the eighth night, Serena, who owns and operates Glam Camping at Waiuku’s Castaways Resort, managed to catch dinner.

It was an impala. The average impala weighs anywhere between 40-75kgs, but their catch had enough meat to feed them for the rest of the experience, along with some scorpions, caterpillars and other insects they found along the way.

They were also able to make shoes out of the skin and a curing agent for out of the impala’s brain.




‘Cackling hyenas and roaring lions’ would keep them awake most nights, as did a leopard which often stalked their camp. 

They had to bathe in muddy waters during the 21 day experiment (pictured)

They had to bathe in muddy waters during the 21 day experiment (pictured)

They had to bathe in muddy waters during the 21 day experiment (pictured)

The twins went through extensive testing to ensure they were physically, emotionally and mentally prepared for the challenge prior to filming. Pictured with the bow and arrow weapon

The twins went through extensive testing to ensure they were physically, emotionally and mentally prepared for the challenge prior to filming. Pictured with the bow and arrow weapon

The twins went through extensive testing to ensure they were physically, emotionally and mentally prepared for the challenge prior to filming. Pictured with the bow and arrow weapon

‘Each morning we would wake up and look at the tracks and see how close it had got to us in the night,’ Amber said.

When they went to check, often they were greeted by a pack of hyenas who were sniffing around just a metre or two away. 




The twins went through extensive testing to ensure they were physically, emotionally and mentally prepared for the challenge prior to filming.

A clause was written into their contracts allowing them to change their minds and stop the experiment at any time if they no longer felt comfortable and safe, but the women completed the entire 21 day experiment.

‘It was one hell of an extreme survival challenge and… really showed us how far we can physically and mentally push ourselves as human beings,’ Amber said.

On the eighth night, Serena, who owns and operates Glam Camping at Waiuku's Castaways Resort, managed to catch dinner. It was an impala. The average impala weighs anywhere between 40-75kgs, but their catch had enough meat to feed them for the rest of the experience, along with some scorpions, caterpillars and other insects they found along the way

On the eighth night, Serena, who owns and operates Glam Camping at Waiuku's Castaways Resort, managed to catch dinner. It was an impala. The average impala weighs anywhere between 40-75kgs, but their catch had enough meat to feed them for the rest of the experience, along with some scorpions, caterpillars and other insects they found along the way

On the eighth night, Serena, who owns and operates Glam Camping at Waiuku’s Castaways Resort, managed to catch dinner. It was an impala. The average impala weighs anywhere between 40-75kgs, but their catch had enough meat to feed them for the rest of the experience, along with some scorpions, caterpillars and other insects they found along the way

‘[We returned] to the real world with a totally different perspective on life and what was important to us and really appreciate the little things – like a shirt on your back or a pillow’.




When they’re living their everyday lives at home, the twins regularly catch and kill their own game for dinner.

They often upload their catches – and subsequent dinners – to their joint Facebook page, The Wild Twins. 

Some of their most recent catches include ducks, fish and a deer. 

The episode of Naked and Afraid that the Shines starred in will air again on the Discovery Channel at 8:30pm on August 2, 2020. 

When they're living their everyday lives at home, the twins regularly catch and kill their own game for dinner. They often upload their catches - and subsequent dinners - to their joint Facebook page, The Wild Twins

When they're living their everyday lives at home, the twins regularly catch and kill their own game for dinner. They often upload their catches - and subsequent dinners - to their joint Facebook page, The Wild Twins

When they’re living their everyday lives at home, the twins regularly catch and kill their own game for dinner. They often upload their catches – and subsequent dinners – to their joint Facebook page, The Wild Twins




The episode of Naked and Afraid that the Shines starred in will air again on the Discovery Channel at 8:30pm on August 2, 2020

The episode of Naked and Afraid that the Shines starred in will air again on the Discovery Channel at 8:30pm on August 2, 2020

The episode of Naked and Afraid that the Shines starred in will air again on the Discovery Channel at 8:30pm on August 2, 2020

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