Sir David Attenborough explores Africa and delves into the issues facing its wildlife and habitats in a six part series called AFRICA. Encompass Africa follows the series and will release a special with each episode so you can put yourself in the picture and experience the habitats Sir David explores.

Africa is fast becoming the most desirable destination for a genuine safari holiday and wildlife experience. To ensure its sustainable future, scientists and naturalists alike are discovering ways of fighting to save Africa's wildlife and natural habitats. 

Sir David Attenborough with BBC delivers a stunning six part series on Africa starting here in Australia on 16 February. We must warn you, the series does show some heartbreaking scenes with confronting imagery of dying young - part of nature's way and the reality of life for animals in the wild.  It caused quite a stir in the UK because there was no warning as each episode commenced.

Each week, Attenborough shines the spotlight on a different region on the mysterious continent of Africa and we will release a special so you can get to see it for yourself. All offers will run until the end of the series and only through Encompass Africa.

Like our tailored safaris, this documentary was created so viewers could delve deep into Africa and genuinely have an immersive experience.  The first episode of Africa was watched by 6.5 million viewers in the UK… let's see how popular it is here in Australia.

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 Episode One - Kalahari, Deserts in South West Corner

In Africa's ancient south west corner, two extraordinary deserts sit side by side. Water is in short supply, yet these deserts are somehow full of life because the creatures that live here have turned the rules of survival on their head. This film celebrates nature's ingenuity, no matter how tough it gets. In the Kalahari scrublands, clever meerkats are outsmarted by a wily bird, solitary and belligerent black rhinos get together to party and giant insects stalk huge flocks of birds. Rain almost never falls in the Namib - instead it must make do with vaporous, vanishing fog. The creatures in this, the world's oldest desert, have gone to the extremes, as spiders wheel to escape and a desert giraffe fights to defend his scant resources in the greatest giraffe battle ever filmed.

 

 Episode Two - Savannah, East Africa

East Africa is a land which is constantly changing. To survive here, creatures must be able to deal with unpredictable twists and turns - wet turning to dry, feast to famine, cold to hot - no matter how hostile it becomes. From dense forests to snow capped peaks, steamy swamps and endless savannah, this unique and varied land is also a haven for life, supporting large animals in numbers found nowhere else on Earth. But away from the familiar, forever-travelling herds, there are a huge cast of other characters - lizards that steal flies from the faces of lions, vast dinosaur-like birds who stalk catfish through huge wetlands, and an eagle who risks everything on the arrival of ten million bats from a far off rainforest.

 

 Episode Three - Congo, chimps & rainforest

The very heart of Africa is covered in dense tropical rainforest. The animals that live here find the most ingenious ways to carve out their space in a claustrophobic landscape. Danger lurks in every shadow, but some animals thrive here, from honey-stealing chimps to birds with a lineage as old as the dinosaurs, thundering elephants and kick-boxing frogs. Here in the Congo, no matter how tough the competition, you must stand up and fight for yourself and your patch.

 

 Four - Cape, Southern Africa

Southern Africa is a riot of life and colour because of two great ocean currents that sweep around the continent's Cape. To the east, the warm Agulhas current generates clouds that roll inland to the wettest place in southern Africa. To the west is the cold Benguela current, home to more great white sharks than anywhere else. Moisture laden fog rolls inland, supporting an incredible desert garden. Where the two currents meet, the clash of warm and cold water creates one of the world's most fabulous natural spectacles - South Africa's sardine run. This is the greatest gathering of predators on the planet, including Africa's largest, the Bryde's whale.

 

 Five- Sahara, North Africa

Northern Africa is home to the greatest desert on Earth, the Sahara. On the fringes, huge zebras battle over dwindling resources and naked mole rats avoid the heat by living a bizarre underground existence. Within the desert, where the sand dunes 'sing', camels seek out water with the help of their herders and tiny swallows navigate across thousands of square miles to find a solitary oasis. This is a story of an apocalypse and how, when nature is overrun, some are forced to flee, some endure, but a few seize the opportunity to establish a new order.

 

 Six - The Future, rhino and more   

David Attenborough comes face-to-face with a baby rhino and asks what the future holds for this little one. He meets the local people who are standing side-by-side with the wildlife at this pivotal moment in their history. We discover what it takes to save a species, hold back a desert and even resurrect an entire wilderness - revealing what the world was like before modern man.

 For sneak preview to episodes, visit the BBC Website. To learn more about the future of rhino, visit Save the Rhino website.