This is a quest for the Nile's source, a trek originating at the Mediterranean Sea. Travel is southward--up the Nile. A premier level travelogue, and the tour narrator and guide is Joanna Lumley. She makes it an adventure with comedy. The Nile's over 4000 miles, and the film account of the journey covers African countries of Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Rwanda. Educational, as well as fascinating entertainment. Excellent film footage. Kudos to the overtaxed camera team. Some, like one man met on the journey, may remember Lumley as a Bond Girl in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969).
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1. Alexandria to Cairo via train, then by camel to Giza and the pyramids. Travel continues by luxury cruise ship followed by meager accommodations on a barge. Visits include a date farmer and a man who tells of the demons on the Nile.
2 A ferry crossing of Lake Nasser takes Joanna and viewers into Wadi Halfa and Sudan. It is a less accommodating adventure through these parts compared to that experienced in Egypt (Ep. 1). See Nobian dessert crocodiles, mountains, tomb of a queen, and modern-day desert nomads.
3. At the point where the two Niles meet (White Nile and Blue Nile) Joanna learns a secret of the area. She then heads to Lake Tana, Ethiopia, and the Simien Mountains. Even watch a car wash--Nile style. A ceremony at the location of the Blue Nile's source.
4. Joanna flies over the world's largest swamp (Sudd) and meets a beauty queen, a Rhino sanctuary in Uganda, and then joins with adventurer Cam McLeay in the final quest--the Nile's source in the Rwanda mountains. In 2006 McLeay was part of the team that discovered the longest source of the Nile, a 3199 mile river, the world's longest. This episode offers a delightful look at area wildlife. Animal film on the Nile done as well as NG.
As Joanna Lumley so often stated on camera, "It's just fantastic."
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