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“Captivating” —Daily Mail (U.K.)
“Enchanting journey” —The Sun (U.K.)

“Inspiring” —The Observer (U.K.)
“Evocative” —The Sunday Times (U.K.)

Growing up abroad as an army brat, Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) always dreamed of one day seeing the mighty Nile. This trip of a lifetime marks a dream come true. Traveling by fishing boat, ferry, cruise ship, plane, train, car, and Zapcat, Joanna follows the world’s longest river from mouth to source. The 4,000-mile journey takes her from the teeming city of Alexandria to the verdant forests of Rwanda, from the heat of the Sudanese desert to the highlands of Ethiopia, through multiple countries and across thousands of years of history.

Enthusiastic, witty, and warm, Joanna is the ideal travel companion. She’s game for almost anything, from sleeping on a crowded deck to slogging through mud and judging an “Ancient Egypt Night” contest. She charms everyone she meets: ship captains, crocodile hunters, nomads, whirling dervishes, and Sudanese beauty queens. With Joanna as your guide, this affable travelogue is “a joy to watch” (Daily Mail, U.K.).

Joanna Lumley has appeared in many hit television series and films, and she is an outspoken advocate for human rights and animal welfare.

Special Features

BONUS FEATURES
16-page viewer’s guide with a map, an article on efforts to map the Nile, and an exclusive interview with explorer Cam McLeay
Profiles of the countries visited and a biography of Joanna Lumley
SDH subtitles

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CEBJC6G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 9, 2013
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil Crabill on August 22, 2013
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I loved watching this video. My wife and I have been to Egypt twice but never to the rest of the NIle countries. The other counties were fascinating but I do not believe I would want to take the same boat rides that she did. We have been to five countries in the south of Africa so we have experienced many of the cultural aspects of these countries.

We found her narrative fascinating and very enjoyable. It is very enlightening! I highly recommend this video!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A on July 26, 2013
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I'm not the greatest fan of documentary type films, but this was great! Educational, entertaining and inspiring. Thank you, Joanna and the BBC!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 10, 2015
We have all heard of the Nile, that mysterious river that flows through Africa. I have friends who have taken a Nile cruise, but not the entire river. In fact, seeing the Nike all by River is impossible. There are too many warring tribes in some parts of Uganda and Rwanda to make this possible. This is all an informational note to let you know what a wonderful experience you are about to have once you watch this 4 part series. Joanna Lumley, the English actress, takes us along on her experience, exploring the Nile from the top in Egypt to Rwanda, the source for the Nile, 4,000 miles later. Johanna has a lovely whispery voice that puts yes at ease right away. She is kind and welcoming to all the porters, guides, trades people, she meets along the way. She has quite a retinue who are filming this documentary, and the result is superb. I enjoyed this documentary immensely, each of the four parts is about 45 minutes long, filmed expertly, and filled with sights that are just spectacular.

This four-part series goes through five countries, variety of cities and communities, and Joanna tales part in excursions along the way. It begins in Egypt with a side trip to the pyramids. We are privy to the private train cars and luxurious river cruises, that Joanna takes part. Then to historical sites in Khartoum, crossing the desert by car, and into the luxurious beauty of Ethiopia. Johanna loved her experiences and the beauty of Ethiopia. We meet the famous 'Girls Gotta Run', girls from small towns in Ethiopia, who train to run in the thin mountain air, they run to become first class runners. What an extraordinary adventure to meet them. And, then, finally to Lake Victoria in Uganda and then deep into the wilderness in Rwanda in hopes of finding the source of the Nile.
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Since I have just reread The White Nile and The Blue Nile I thought this would be interesting. We have been to Egypt twice. Am not thru with the DVD yet. However, Joanna dresses to the nines there in every scene so far, and we all say where does she wash her hair which is perfect as is the makeup and how do all those white outfits get so white, and how come she didn't drop dead from drinking water from the Nile....there has been fluff to the DVD so far but of course so far they have gone 2,000 miles south toward the source of the Nile with over 2,000 miles to go. Perhaps we will see her in boots and jeans. The music sometimes drowns out the audio as she has a British accent. I am hoping the rest will be better as she goes further south. Still glad we bought it.
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I've always been a big fan of Joanna Lumley; I didn't know about this travel DVD until recently, however---once I learned of it's existence, I purchased it. I have always been a big fan of Egyptian culture, which is what also lured me to this item. I have to preface this review by saying, I'm disabled, so I would never be able to travel. Joanna, instead, is traveling for me, in a way; this DVD takes you places you can't really find on many travel films. For example, she goes to Ethiopia and we get to see the landscape (absolutely hauntingly beautiful) like the mountains there. But most of all, I love her sincerity. She's 'right there' with the people of the countries she visits; you can just feel her personal interest and fascination with the the peoples of the African people she meets along the way. And the people respond positively to her sincerity. I love the fact that while in Ethiopia, she gets baptised by the Ethiopian/Orthodox priest; he must have felt the goodness in her heart and soul for him to have done that. I highly recommend this DVD to any 'arm-chair' traveler like myself. You will come away from it feeling very positive. In a way, by the time I was done watching, I felt almost 'healed'.
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