Walking the Nile by Levison Wood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Woods *almost* walked the whole Nile but had to skip most of South
Sudan due to what feels like civil war eternal. No explorer has made it
completely through and most don't make it through Al-Sudd, pictured in
the background. He started at one (contested) origin of the White Nile,
There are a few mentions of British people
"discovering" parts of the region even though he mocks the "discovery"
of the Rosetta Stone later in the book. He does have respect for the
communities he passes through but understandably, he is treated with a
wary surveillance, with frequent stallings due to bureaucracy. He can
plan for some situations but loses a travel companion to heat stroke.
It's not a region I will likely ever visit myself so I took my time and
looked up more on the internet as I went.
I did watch the BBC
miniseries that goes with this but it's better to read the book first to
have more of the detail for parts they skip, and context they don't
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