Cantonese Dolby Digital 2.0,
English Dolby Digital 2.0,
Wild Africa is a six part series exploring the natural history of the African continent and the physical forces which have shaped the pattern of life across its six key environments. Filmed over two years in more than twenty countries, this is the most comprehensive series ever made about African wildlife, presenting new behaviour in new locations in a new context.
Programme One: Mountains
Since its creation 100 millions years ago, Africa has been folded, squeezed and torn at by massive subterranean forces, lifting great towers of rock high in to the sky. These isolated, unstable and physically extreme mountains test wildlife to the limit and as we travel from the highlands of Ethiopia, to the mighty Kilimanjaro and beyond, we encounter many unusual mountaineers in this world above the clouds.
Programme Two: Savannah
Snaking their way between forests and deserts, African savannahs are dynamic, energy-rich world of grasses and trees. Fed by sunshine and seasonal rains, these lands support enormous numbers of grazers and predators and, although we might think of savannah as the classic African environment, they are in fact the continents newest habitat created out of surprising combination of events. From the birth of this brave new world, we travel through time to show how its animals have adapted to survive.
Programme Three: Deserts
Deserts dominate Africa. Burning temperatures, intense solar radiation and lack of water, food and shelter, make deserts the toughest places to live, yet given enough time animals and plants have found ingenious ways to conquer them. From the ancient Namib Desert in the south, to the Karoo, Kalahari and mighty Sahara Desert in the north, we see how Africas climatic patterns have shaped the nature of life and in doing so, encounter everything from the fastest beetle in the world to lines of elephants across shimmering dunes.
Programme Four: Coasts
Africans 29,000kms of shoreline is the most extreme environment on the continent. Its eastern side is bathed by the warm Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, the west is lashed by the cold Atlantic, whilst the Mediterranean flanks the north a varied world of tropical reefs and mangrove swamps, desert shores and rocky bluffs. Travelling around the continent we visit the most inaccessible corners, and explore how the coastal currents profoundly influence both climate and the extraordinary wildlife on Africans margin.
Programme Five: Jungle
Tropical rainforests are Africas most vibrant expression of life. In this ancient, tangled world, where sunlight and rainfall are in abundance, it is plants that dominate and animals must employ the most extraordinary strategies to survive. It is a world of cyanide eating monkeys, elephants which dig for kaolin to counteract plant toxins and fish which complete their whole lifecycle in an elephants footprint.
Programme Six: Lakes and Rivers
From the still depths of Lake Malawi to the powerful rushing waters of Victoria Falls, freshwater is Africas lifeblood, sustaining some of the most resplendent and dramatic gatherings of wildlife; Crowds of spoonbills and black herons corralling fish on the Bangweulu floodplains, giants crocodiles digging ambush for unsuspecting buffalo on the Luangwa River and millions of flamingoes gathered on the caustic soda lakes of East Africas Rift Vally. With 90% of Africans fresh water contained between the banks of Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika, colour and diversity of life has occurred here hta is paralleled no where else on earth .