Wild Africa: The complete series [BBC DVD]

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A documentary often has either amazing photography, an excellent script or engaging presentation, but seldom manages to get all three right like this.


Africa is the mother continent, the core from which all the other continents were torn away 270 million years ago. Since then, three factors have had profound consequences on its wildlife.

This mighty block of land has stayed in much the same place, it stands alone and it straddles the equator. It's also been protected from crippling ice ages and destructive invasions as well as nurtured by gentle changes in climate and geology.

As a result, animals and plants have flourished here more successfully than on any other continent. This is Africa - rich, diverse and fascinating - and the heart of the world. Influenced by climate and geology, time has allowed Africa to accumulate the breathtaking variety of wildlife we see today.

Wild Africa won two awards at the 2003 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in the Best Limited Series and Best Cinematography categories. The series was also nominated for its photography at the 2001 BAFTA Craft Awards.

The six episodes of this BBC TV series are presented in a box set of 3 DVD discs.

See the list of episodes and other details under Additional information.

Read full description of the series and its episodes in wikipedia

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Fergal Keane (narrator)


Colour, PAL

Main soundtrack

English or Greek (selectable)
Dolby Digital 2.0


OFF or Greek (selectable)


Region 1  Region 2  Region 3  Region 4  Region 5  Region 6

Aspect ratio


Number of discs





2 Entertain Video

Release date

18 July 2005 in the U.K.

Run time

300 minutes (5 hours)



List of episodes

Episode 1: Mountains

Showcasing Africa’s oldest mountain ranges, the 80 million year old Atlas mountains in Morocco to the spectacular Ethiopian highlands and the giants of the Great Rift Valley. Wild Africa also explores the greatest of them all Kilimanjaro and the very youngest peaks, the picturesque Virungas, which still spout fire.

Episode 2: Savannah

Filming in and through the thickets and grass, traveling from woodlands to the open plains, Wild Africa explores the mystery of how and why this energy-rich world recently evolved and discovers the many ways in which animals and plants have capitalised on it.

Episode 3: Deserts

As a whole, Africa is a dry continent with deserts dominating the landscape. Wild Africa explores how these deserts were created, and the amazing ways in which animals and plants have evolved to cope with the meagre and unpredictable rainfall, intense solar radiation, shortages of food and lack of shelter.

Episode 4: Coasts

Africa’s coasts were formed by the break-up of Gondwanaland 100 million years ago. They define the familiar shape of this special continent, and touch on a variety of environments including deserts, mountains, forests, wetlands and savannahs. Wild Africa takes us back in time to witness the birth of Africa and also carries us on a spectacular journey around the edge of the continent.

Episode 5: Jungles

Plants amazingly dominate this green world by employing poisons, recruiting defensive armies, feeding off the dead and using animals for pollination and seed dispersal. For predators this world presents exceptional challenges, not only in finding prey in such a tangled place, but in how to deal with the toxins that so many animals and plants are laced with.

Episode 6: Lakes and Rivers

Fresh water, light and warmth are the three fundamental elements that engender life. Rarely in Africa do these three come together, but when they do the continent explodes with life. Traveling from mountain streams to raging torrents, and from lakes as big as seas to seasonal floodplains, Wild Africa takes us on a journey which explores how animals and plants have invaded and exploited Africa’s many waterways.



  • SKU: MOV-DOC-NAT-1013

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