Khartoum to the Simien Mountains
For the last three weeks, Joanna Lumley’s Nile series has been running on ITV, where she explores the longest river in the world from sea to source. The first two episodes saw Joanna encountering classic Egyptian and Nubian culture and hospitality. (catch up with them all on the ITV player here)
Explore's Nile Cruise boat - the M/S Doma moored in Luxor
Many tour operators offer Nile Cruises, but no one does it quite like Explore, with a choice of Nile Cruise boats, and the chance of seeing not only the main highlights but getting some real local experiences too. But where Explore are truly different, is that we don’t just stop at Egypt.
Ethiopia: Lake Tana
Episode 3 saw Joanna journeying from Khartoum in Sudan to the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia. Making her way up the Blue Nile by plane to the beautiful city on Bahar Dar on Lake Tana (one of the many sources of the Nile), then up into the Simien Mountains where she saw the incredible sight of Ethiopian girls training for the Olympics, and also the unique Gelada Baboons which exist only in this area of Africa.
Ethiopia: Simien Mountains
Explore offer 4 different tours visiting the unusual holiday destination of Ethiopia – including Blue Nile & Lalibela exploring Bahar Dar, Lake Tana and the spectacular Simien Mountains, as well as the astonishing rock cut churches at Lalibela. But if the Mountain scenery in the program took your breath away – why not try our Simien Mountain Trek? Dramatic views, Gelada baboons and an ascent of Ethiopia’s highest mountain await you.