Western Sahara to Libya

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Episode 2 of 6

Duration: 1 hour

Simon Reeve continues his epic journey around the world following the Tropic of Cancer, the northern border of the tropics region.

The second leg of the journey sees Simon dodge the Moroccan secret police in Western Sahara, travel on one of the world's longest trains in Mauritania, visit a forgotten refugee camp in the Algerian desert where more than 100,000 people live, and take a swim in a Libyan oasis with a government minder who bears an uncanny resemblance to Colonel Gaddafi.

After travelling around the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator, this series completes Simon's trilogy of journeys exploring the amazing tropics region with his toughest, longest, most ambitious challenge yet.

  • COAST OF WESTERN SAHARA

    COAST OF WESTERN SAHARA

    Simon starts this leg of the journey in the little-known land of Western Sahara, which is now ruled by Morocco. Moroccan fishermen populate the coast, while at least a hundred thousand of the indigenous Saharawi people have fled the country and now live in refugee camps in south-west Algeria.

  • MUSICIANS IN THE DESERT

    MUSICIANS IN THE DESERT

    On this leg of the journey Simon travels across North Africa to Algeria. Simon visits remote and spectacular areas of the country, rarely visited by tourists due to Algeria's recent civil war, and meets local muscians.

  • FROM MAURITANIA TO ALGERIA

    FROM MAURITANIA TO ALGERIA

    Simon travels through spectacular areas of remote desert and becomes one of the first foreigners to cross from Mauritania into Algeria for more than 30 years.

  • RUSTING ON THE MAURITANIAN COAST

    RUSTING ON THE MAURITANIAN COAST

    Simon travels to Mauritania, and finds that dozens of boats have been abandoned to rust in the main harbour in what has become one of Africa's shipping graveyards.

  • POLISARIO

     POLISARIO

    Simon travels hundreds of miles through the desert to meet the armed forces of the Polisario Front, who fought Moroccan forces for control of Western Shara. There has been a ceasefire since 1991.

  • TUAREG IN ALGERIA

    TUAREG IN ALGERIA

    Largely closed to tourists due to Algeria's recent civil war, Simon visits remote and spectacular areas, and meets a wealthy Tuareg camel breeder.

  • UBARI LAKE IN LIBYA

    UBARI LAKE IN LIBYA

    The beautiful Ubari Lakes in Al Gabroun are endangered oases in the deserts of Southern Libya.

Credits

Presenter
Simon Reeve
Director
Dominic Ozanne
Producer
Elena Cosentino
Executive Producer
Lucy Hetherington
Executive Producer
Sam Bagnall
Writer
Simon Reeve

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