Joanna Lumley is on the trip of a lifetime; exploring the longest river in the world, the River Nile, from sea to source. Joanna begins her epic Nile adventure on a fishing boat on EgyptGÇÖs coast where the Nile spills into the Mediterranean. This may be the end of the Nile, but itGÇÖs the start of JoannaGÇÖs journey south to find its source. Episode 1 In this first programme Joanna follows the Nile through Egypt capturing the spirit of Agatha Christie in Cairo and later on a Nile cruise. She travels along the Nile by train, road and Felucca barge, discovering life as it is today along one of the worldGÇÖs greatest rivers. The programme ends in Aswan, a town the VictorianGÇÖs viewed as GÇÿbeing on the edge of civilisationGÇÖ which is how Joanna feels as she contemplates the next stage of her journey GÇô the dry, remote deserts of Northern Sudan. Episode 2 In this, the second episode of the series, Joanna follows the Nile into the remote deserts of Northern Sudan GÇô no hotels here. From now on itGÇÖs desert camping. On her journey south she meets a survivor of a crocodile attack and goes in search of the legendary beast. In Karima, Joanna is introduced to the treasures of Nubia, an ancient Kingdom of Africa ruled by the little-known Black Pharaohs. Onwards she pushes to Khartoum, stopping en-route to meet a family of nomads who eek out a harsh existence in the remote sub-Saharan desert. Episode 3 Joanna reaches Khartoum where she meets the famous Whirling Dervishes and experiences a Dukhan, a Sudanese beauty treatment for women using wood smoke. Khartoum is also where the Blue Nile flows into the White Nile. Joanna takes a short diversion up this treacherous river into Ethiopia, far into the Simien Mountains where she meets with an unusual group of Olympic hopefuls. Episode 4 High above Southern Sudan Joanna is flying south along the Nile and the worldGÇÖs largest swamp, The Sudd. In Southern SudanGÇÖs main town Juba, a fragile peace process has enabled a re-emergence of the countryGÇÖs Beauty Pageants GÇô the most famous being Alek Wek. Joanna heads south from Juba into Uganda. Here she picks up the White Nile to the iconic Murchison Falls and encounters some of AfricaGÇÖs greatest wildlife from Hippos, Rhinos and an unusual bird called a Shobill. Finally, Joanna meets up with a modern day Nile adventurer who takes her to a recently discovered new source, high up in the Rwandan mountains. 4199 miles later, JoannaGÇÖs journey comes to an end.
Joanna Lumley's Nile
From sea to source, an epic journey following the longest river in the world