PBS's The Royal Tour Returns with First Episode Filmed Since COVID-19 Pandemic Began

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The long-running PBS show The Royal Tour has returned with its first post-pandemic episode, filmed in Tanzania. In the show, world leaders tour travel journalist Peter Greenberg around their country.

"It’s the one show where I’m not the tour guide," Greenberg said in a recent interview. "I’m the visitor. And it’s the one where I’m happy to be that way, because who knows a country better than the person who runs it?"

In the newest installment, the President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, tours Greenberg around her nation—bringing him to Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the Serengeti. The documentary show filmed in Tanzania in August and September 2021.

According to the Associated Press, "To participate in The Royal Tour, Greenberg needs a leader who is comfortable speaking English, is willing to give up at least a day for filming and who cedes all editorial control — the latter requirement one that some potential participants chafe against."

Photo credit: Rodin Eckenroth - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rodin Eckenroth - Getty Images

“When I was doing it, I never knew it would come out like this,” Hassan said after watching the 56 minute long episode.

The show recently premiered in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, to kick off a tourism campaign. Per Tanzania's The Citizen paper, "After the recent launch of the historic documentary in the United States, President Samia Suluhu Hassan will unveil it for the first time on home soil. There is a clear optimism among the tourism industry stakeholders that the initiative will bring the expected goodies."

Watch Tanzania: The Royal Tour on PBS

Watch Tanzania: The Royal Tour on Prime Video

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