Sahara with Michael Palin is a Travel programme that first aired in 2008.

Sahara with Michael Palin is a 4 star programme

Image for the Travel programme "Sahara with Michael Palin"

You may also like


Sahara with Michael Palin (2008)

Series charting Michael Palin's trek across the Sahara Desert. Leaving the desert behind, Michael briefly savours the delights of cosmopolitan Senegal - jazz clubs, wrestling competitions, dance troupes and the Queen of the Senegalese soaps, Marie-Madeleine.

Joining the so-called Bamako Express, he endures two days and nights on the train, but in the process gets to know a schoolmistress who is nothing if not forthright about the disadvantages of polygamy.

In Bamako he finds renowned kora player, Toumani Diabate, and delights in a master class before heading off to Dogon country.

The Dogon people have one of the most distinctive and celebrated cultures of West Africa and they nearly kill him with a combination of excessively complex origin myths, an exploding flintlock and boiling hot millet.

Celebrating the Muslim 'Tabaski' feast in the beautiful city of Djenne with a man called Pygmy and securing a passage on a cargo boat with a Norwegian missionary called Kristin, the rest of the journey down the Niger River to Timbuktu seems plain sailing, until the boat runs aground a day from its destination.

Genre: Travel

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2008

4/5 Stars

When is Sahara with Michael Palin next on TV?

It's next showing on Travel Channel (Freeview) October 28th, 12:00pm and on Travel Channel (Freeview) October 31st, 12:00pm. See more...

Main Cast

Image for Michael PalinMichael Palin


Image for Michael PalinMichael Palin...Presenter