Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure

Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure

Series 1 - Episode 2



Arabist Alice Morrison lives in Morocco, so she’s extremely knowledgeable about its history as well as being very comfortable with its customs. Being fluent in several languages helps, too. Nonetheless she’s a bit fazed about mounting a camel for the concluding leg of her trek across the Sahara towards Timbuktu.

In the first of several hiccups, she’s halted at the border with Western Sahara and has to fly on a UN plane into Timbuktu – since the incursion by Islamist extremists in 2012, one of the most dangerous places in the world. It’s been an extraordinary journey, in so many ways.


Writer and explorer Alice Morrison 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.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Alice Morrison