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David Attenborough and the team that created ‘Life’ have finally finished their next series, ‘Africa‘. The statistics surrounding it are pretty impressive: the crew spent four years filming in 27 countries, and ended up with 2 000 hours of footage (to watch it all would take two months, non-stop).

As can be expected from the BBC, the quality of the filming is world-class. One of the shots from the official Africa trailer on Youtube shows an epic giraffe battle in slow motion, some of the most breathtaking scenery on the continent and just basically wildlife in action like you’ve never seen it before. The show also promises to show us the biggest rhino gathering in the world is captured by a camera that uses the light of the stars, and microphones embedded in the banks of the waterhole, as well as lizards who hunt for flies on sleeping lions.

There are six episodes, ranging from ‘Kalahari’ to ‘Congo’, and the series airs in South Africa on BBC Knowledge on 17 February. Find out more about the individual episodes on the BBC South Africa – Africa page.

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  • Philip

    Which Discovery Channel is this series on I looked at all of them on DSTV cannot find it on the online guide. Help Please.

    • Kati Auld – Digital intern

      Hi Philip. Sorry about the confusion: it’s only been released in the UK and USA so far. We’ll let you know when we find out about the South African release date.

  • Christopher

    Really beautiful, however it makes me sick that the Brits are coming to Africa and shooting the stuff that’s on our back yard! Why are we South Africans and fellow Africans not stepping up to the plate and shooting documentaries like this? Africa runs through our veins yet we allow International’s to come here and shoot what we should be shooting… I am an angry young filmmaker that is sick of playing catch up, we can shoot things like this, I believe we can.

    • TIna

      Yebo yes to all you say! Keep shooting the right way!

  • Thanks Kati, I’ve been waiting for a higher quality version of the trailer. Glad to see you’re working at Getaway, a fun team there.

  • TIna

    Estimated time of SA viewing? One month- 4 months – 6 months…am looking so forward to this…have his other DVD’s