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Joanna Lumley’s Nile: #3 – Ethiopia

18/05/2019

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.

#3 – Ethiopia

Joanna Lumley has now reached the half-way mark in her journey. At Khartoum, the White Nile is joined by the Blue Nile which flows from the southeast and Lake Tana in Ethiopia. Once a great trading center, Khartoum still has many remnants of the 19th century battles with the British. Lumley also undergoes a special skin treatment using scented acacia wood. On leaving Khartoum, she flies to Lake Tana where she eats some of the local delicacies and enjoys a local alcoholic beverage. A visit to St. George’s monastery reveals extraordinary murals. From Lake Tana they drive to the Simien Mountains where young women train as long distance runners.

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