Morocco To Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure: Series 1
Alice Morrison, Arabist and explorer, journeys beneath the veil along Africa’s infamous salt roads from Morocco via the Sahara Desert to the legendary city of Gold, Timbuktu.
Writer and explorer Alice Morrison presents the first of two programmes in which she follows the salt roads of North Africa, once the world’s richest trading networks, to the fabled sandstone city of Timbuktu. Setting off from Tangier, she learns how the routes were forged by the demand for gold from the mines of sub-Saharan Africa. She then passes through the Islamic city Fes, home to the world’s oldest university, catches a train to the great market town of Marrakech and treks across the Atlas Mountains, before visiting the ancient caves of salt, the commodity that gave the roads their name.
Alice embarks on a camel trek over the dunes of the Sahara, 3.5 million square miles of desert, for the second and final part of her journey to Timbuktu. Along the way she visits a livestock market that centuries ago provided merchants with their camels, before reaching her final destination. Far from the legendary City of Gold, Timbuktu is a city where UN solders keep a fragile peace after an incursion by Islamic extremists in 2012. Alice relives the city’s glorious past with a visit to its world famous mosques, meets the Tuaregs – desert nomads who have sought refuge in there – and celebrates at a party with her newfound friends.