Sahara with Michael Palin

Sahara with Michael Palin is a four-part BBC travel documentary series presented by Michael Palin, exploring nine fascinating countries and their cultures during a trek across the Sahara Desert. The journey route includes the following countries and territories: Gibraltar, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria. These countries and the entire Sahara area are vast. For example, Algeria is four times the size of France or three times the size of Texas. The Sahara is roughly the same size as the United States, and the trip covered 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometres) and lasted three months.

Episode 1 - A Line in the Sand

Episode 1 - A Line in the Sand
Gibraltar is the launching pad. Michael Palin crosses the Straits to Tangier in Morocco. He passes through the High Atlas mountains and reaches the Sahara, in Algeria.

Episode 2 - Destination Timbuktu
After a stopover in Senegal, Michael meets kora player Toumani Diabete in Bamako. Palin visits the town of Tirelli on the Bandiagara Escarpment where the Dogon people live.

Episode 3 - Absolute Desert
After visiting Timbuktu, Michael Palin heads east to the land of nomadic herders, the Wodaabe. At Tabelot, Palin visits an oasis. Then he meets up with a group of Tuareg, a camel train across the Tenere desert to Algeria.

Episode 4 - Dire Straits
Michael arrives at the border of Niger and Algeria, the most desolate crossing, and makes a quick detour into Libya to attend the very last reunion of the Desert Rats of Tobruk.

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