New Series 'Jungle Gold' to Premiere Friday, October 26 on Discovery

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October 15th, 2012

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New Series Set in the West African Jungles of Ghana Premieres October 26 at 10 PM ET/PT


Determined gold miners from around the world seek their fortunes in the dangerous and gold-rich jungles of Ghana, Africa's second largest gold producing country. JUNGLE GOLD premieres on Discovery Channel Friday Oct. 26 at 10 PM ET/PT, and follows Americans George Wright and Scott Lomu, two hard working men who risk it all to strike it rich as part of a golden plan to recover from losing everything in the real estate crash of 2008.


Former real estate high-rollers George and Scott regularly turned over million dollar deals. Their families reaped the rewards of their hard work as both men enjoyed the American dream. But after missing the warning signs of a real estate market about to crash and burn, both men lost everything. In desperate economic straits, Scott planned to move his family into his father’s basement as George worked to postpone the foreclosure on his home. With their futures on the line, they make a bold decision to risk it all to mine for gold in the West African jungles of Ghana, a region with vast reserves of gold-rich ground that could ensure even these rookies with aging machinery can strike it rich.


With little money and everything on the line, they beg and borrow anything they can to succeed. After securing a $150,000 from an investor, the pressure is on from the very start to find gold to pay back this loan, as well as their other debts that exceed one million dollars. But mining for jungle gold is the easy part for George and Scott. Armed neighbors, miles of broken roads, roadblocks manned by Ghanaian gangs, and shady and ruthless gold buyers are among the daily hurdles they must face and overcome to succeed in their plan to safely escape Ghana with enough gold to secure their families' futures.


United by their will to survive and provide for their families, every moment is spent with passports in pocket in a dangerous world where one wrong move could result in a race to get out of the country alive. Against stacked odds, their stakes have never been higher.


JUNGLE GOLD is produced for Discovery Channel by Raw Television, where Dimitri Doganis and Sam Maynard are executive producers and Charlie Clay is show runner. Christo Doyle serves as executive producer for Discovery Channel with Meagan Davis.

  • USAmerica1st

    I hope this one is better than “Diamond Divers” on Spike, that one took many episodes to get going and then the haul was so small. But I’ll take a look at this one via DVR .

  • Dude

    This is one show I want off the air as soon as possible. It portrays ugly American douche bags attempting to profit from the African people and its environment. Its just sick and wrong, I thought we were past that. This program shows how greed trumps morality in an evil mans hearts.

  • Ed head

    I agree with the above opinion of the show. Lat week a angry African that felt ripped off was angry and the tag teamed the fellow choked him out in the water and nearly drowned him. In a prior episode they ripped off a African in a small village and bought gold from him for well below the market cost. The poor guy feared getting robbed by bandits, had zero transportation. the Ugly Americans rather than helping the poor guy out ripped him off…why? The Family in Utah that is in dire need of cash they feel justifies it. Really ? Lazy wives in Million dollar houses justifies ripping a guy living in a shack that’s may make what ..$3.00 a month? Just sickening…

  • jt

    hoping for that scene out of deliverance…. how you say squeal like a pig in ghanese?

    proud to be merikin

  • Wow

    Entitled frat boys travel to Africa to try to attone for the greed and stupidity that led then to lose everything in the real estate crash. In the process they affirm that they are in fact the worst kind of Americans, willing to beg and steal to cover payments on their ridiculous monster homes and SUVs. Charming.

  • Tim

    These guys probably think they look like hard working entrepreneurs. Instead they come across as desperate, immoral and not terribly bright

  • John Beebee

    I thought these guys were douches until they were out-douched by the douches above.

    Dude writes:” It portrays ugly American douche bags attempting to profit from the African people”…uh, hey dude, you want to tell me what exactly is wrong with legally renting land (injecting money into the local ecomony) and then employing local Africans to help mine the land? It would be interesting if you felt as angry against the Chinese who are buying up American assets…are they so evil?

    And Ed Head’s gem: “In a prior episode they ripped off a African in a small village and bought gold from him for well below the market cost. “…uh, that’s called business…if they DIDN’T buy it below market price, they couldn’t make a profit.

    Both of you need to just shut your holes and go back to the Occupy Wall Street rallies.

  • andrew11

    Thank You John Beebee!
    Are those guys very hard workers? …No. and their profit reflects it. But I do not understand the previous posters. When did we lose our American Pride? When did it become cool to bash the entrepreneur?

  • Ron

    Perhaps I am one of the few people in North America that have actually been to Ghana, to work in the gold market there. I am sorry but I no long feel for any Africans in the gold business. Why, my impressions, is for the most part the people that own the land just want you to give them money, do not bother them with details such as a proper licences or things of that nature they just want you to give them money. We had a legal agreement with one family, we would ship and supply equipment, they would supply workers, their only requirement was to purchase a mining licence, when we had not shipped our equipment, they sold their land, They NEVER fulfilled their requirement of purchasing a proper licences they instead sold the land. As I said they just want you to give them money. The reason for the licence importing equipment is taxed, if you are associated with a specific mine the tax rate is considerably less than if you are just importing equipment. That is why we needed the mining licences. But they never fulfilled their part of the agreement. Now I am fighting a legal battle for the money I spent here, over in Ghana, wish me luck. Another thing everyone should be aware of, if I go to purchase a shirt, and say they insist that it costs, 20.00 US, if I send a friend that is from Africa (basically I am white, they are black) it will only cost them 2.00. I can sight over a hundred examples of this. Basically if they (black people living in Ghana) they believe there is money, and will squeeze as much as they can from you, believing because you are white you have money. Black African Americans bitch about not being treated fairly here in North America, they have nothing on White people visiting or working in Africa.

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