As a child, Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) dreamed of one day seeing the Nile. This series is the trip of a lifetime and a dream come true. Traveling by boat, train, and plane, she follows the world's longest river from mouth to source, a 4,000-mile journey that takes her from bustling Alexandria to the mountains of Rwanda. The ideal traveling companion, she's game for almost anything and charms everyone she meets. 4 episodes, 3 hrs, 2 DVDs, SDH. From Athena.
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Joanna travels by train from Alexandria to Cairo, where she rides a camel named Charlie Brown to the Pyramids of Giza. Heading south to Luxor, she boards a cruise ship and visits a date farm. Then she journeys to Aswan on a felucca barge whose captain believes the Nile is haunted by demons.
Crossing Lake Nasser by ferry, Joanna arrives at the port of Wadi Halfa, gateway to Sudan, and bids farewell to creature comforts. She searches for crocodiles in the Nubian Desert, climbs Jebel Barkal, explores the tomb of Queen Qalhata, visits nomads in the Bayuda Desert, and contemplates a simpler way of life.
Joanna arrives in Khartoum, a city at the confluence of the White Nile and the Blue Nile. She meets a whirling dervish and learns a sexy Sudanese secret. From there, she's off to Ethiopia's Lake Tana, an ancient monastery with ties to England, and the Simien Mountains, where she dines with a group of young Olympic hopefuls.
Joanna flies over the Sudd, the world's largest swamp. In South Sudan, she meets a beauty queen, a symbol of hope to Sudanese women. She visits the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda, then begins the last leg of her journey: hiking with adventurer Cam McLeay to the source of the Nile, a mere trickle of water in the mountains of Rwanda.
- 12-page viewer's guide with profiles of countries visited, articles on efforts to map the Nile and the story of the Ziwa Rhino & Wildlife Ranch, and an interview with explorer Cam McLeay
- Biography of Joanna Lumley
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 184 minutes
Number of Discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"Captivating" - Daily Mail (UK)
"Enchanting journey" - The Sun (UK)
"Inspiring" - The Observer (UK)
"Evocative" - The Sunday Times (UK)