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Joanna Lumley’s Nile: #1 – Egypt


Travelling upstream, in the direction of the earliest explorers she journeys along Africa’s ‘life line’, visiting the people who live and work along this famous river today. Travelling through 5 different countries, she crosses some of the most inhospitable landscapes on earth; from deserts where ancient civilizations once ruled to jungles where Victorian explorers underwent unspeakable suffering.

Joanna’s Nile adventure is an epic one but as she nears the end of her 4,000 mile journey in search of the river’s newest source in Rwanda, she discovers that hacking through the jungle to her final goal, is not for the faint hearted.

#1 – Egypt

Joanna Lumley embarks on a childhood dream to travel the length of the Nile river, from the Mediterranean to its source. In this first episode, she travels from (what is now a modern city) called Alexandria to Cairo. Whilst there, she visits Cairo’s famous bazaar and takes a camel ride through the streets to visit the pyramids at Giza. From Cairo, she then takes the overnight train to Luxor in a first class coach with a very nice sleeper bed. Once there, she embarks on a Nile cruise ship to Aswan. The ship is also quite luxurious and gives her beautiful views of the river and life along its banks.

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