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The Grand Departure
#101
Adventurers Alexandre and Sonia Poussin set off on their odyssey through Africa. Beginning at the southernmost tip of the continent, the Cape of Good Hope, Alex and Sonia pass the millionaire mansions of Cape Town, the vineyards of Stellenbosch and the ancient rock paintings of the San people, one of the oldest, if not the oldest, peoples in the world - from which all humans can ultimately trace their genetic heritage. Viewers get a taste of the amazing sights to come.


The Rainbow Nation
#102
The couple continues their adventures through South Africa - the "Rainbow Nation." They are charged by a rhinoceros and help capture an errant elephant in Kruger National Park.


Great Zimbabwe
#103
Arriving in Zimbabwe, Alex and Sonia celebrate reaching the 2,500 mile point on their journey. They talk politics with a farmer and visit the Great Zimbabwe Monument, the ruins of the Imperial City and the mighty Victoria Falls.


The Rift Valley
#104
Alex and Sonia finally reach the Rift Valley in time for the rainy season. The two have their first taste of termites and spend time with a fisherman and his family on Lake Malawi. Along this leg of their journey they find out how AIDS has ravaged this part of the world.


On The Trail of Lions
#105
Our intrepid couple arrives in Tanzania following a trail that sinks into brush infested with tsetse flies. Weakened by a bout with malaria, they return to the nearest health center, where the next day a man is brought in who has been attacked by a lion on the same trail.


Towards The "Roof of Africa"
#106
After sampling the laid-back lifestyle of the Barbaig nomads, Alex and Sonia experience the wonderful wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti before climbing to the "roof of Africa," Mount Kilimanjaro.


Masai Country
#107
Arriving in Masai country, the Poussins conquer the sacred mountain of Oldonyo Lengai. Then it's on to Kenya where they visit a baby elephant orphanage and make a detour to Uganda to see the last surviving gorillas in the equatorial forest.


Valley of the Dead
#108
Alex and Sonia visit Kenya's beautiful Lake Bogoria, home to magnificent pink flamingos. But Kenya is also ravaged by tribal wars, and the couple have to cross Suguta, a true "valley of death."


Ethiopia - Tribal Realm, Christian Empire
#109
As the couple reach Ethiopia, Alex suffers another malaria attack. When he recovers, they discover a country with tribal populations in the south, and in the north a Christian enclave where life seems to have changed little since Biblical times.


Children of the Blue Nile
#110
Alex and Sonia resume their trek in Addis Ababa, accompanied part of the way by champion marathoner Haile Gebre Selassie. Heading past the Blue Nile Falls, they reach Gondar, a city where numerous abandoned children try to find a better life.


Bewitching Sudan
#111
The couple arrive in Sudan, a surprising and bewitching country ripe for exploration. In Khartoum, Sonia investigates the secret world of Sudanese women, experiences a love ritual and the mystical, hypnotic ceremony of Zar.


Destination Galilee
#112
On the final leg of their epic journey, Alex and Sonia cross the Sahara on foot and by camel, heading for Cairo, the bustling Egyptian capital. Sonia discovers that she is pregnant, but this happy news won't stop them from negotiating the final miles to Lake Tiberias in Israel.







 

In Africa Trek, husband and wife travelers Alexandre and Sonia Poussin undertake an extraordinary and unusual journey on foot — from Cape Town to Jerusalem — to rediscover a land few know and even fewer understand.

More than travel adventure, this series captures Alex and Sonia's exhausting physical and emotional crossing over three years, 10 countries and 8,600 miles.

Their weary but determined voices reveal a journey filled with difficulties, pitfalls, joys, pains and unexpected encounters. The courageous couple battle fatigue, extreme thirst, blazing sun, torrential downpours, tsetse flies, prowling hyenas, malaria, raging fevers and more. But along the way, they also discover an incredibly generous Africa, rich with heart, humor and life. Hundreds of families welcome them into their lives for anywhere from a few hours to several days. They share communal meals in the mountains of Lesotho, join the Barbaigs in a ritual dance, witness a marriage in the suburbs of Johannesburg and spend a night visiting the townships of South Africa.


Distributed by: American Public Television (APT)


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