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Natural World

  • Season 30
  • 14 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 12: Natural World: Zambezi

Summary

The seasonal story of Africa's River Zambezi, home to animals including elephants, water buffalo, zebras and hippos. In the wet season the rains burst the banks and all creatures - people included - are forced to move out of the way, leaving the fish to swim through the villages. In the dry season, the wildlife fight over the few pools of water while predators prowl.

Review

A good old-fashioned African safari this week, the kind of wildlife film where the land is always “at the mercy of a blistering sun” and animals invariably come “from far and wide” to wherever they’re going.

But don’t let a generic voiceover put you off enjoying a gorgeous look at how the seasonal rise and fall of the Zambezi river dictates life across a swathe of southern Africa. There’s plenty of majestic photography and predator-on-prey encounters – hyena versus wildebeest, buffalo versus lion and so on.

There’s also a great sequence with grainy footage from Operation Noah, a 1960s effort to rescue wildlife from the rising waters of (man-made) Lake Kariba, including one clearly unappreciative rhinoceros...

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NarratorJames Frain

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DirectorMichael Schlamberger
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Executive producerChris Cole
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Series editorSteve Greenwood

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