The crimson deserts, dramatic dunes and stark mountain ranges of Namibia make a magnificent film set.
Years of political tumult upended Egypt's tourism industry. But now, tourists return.
The spiritual home of Rastafarianism in Ethiopia is said to be full of dodgy two-bit hustlers and drugged-out bludgers.
Descending into a place once dubbed the cruellest on Earth... Ethiopia.
I was following one of Africa's most mythic, and historic, trading routes: the road to Timbuktu.