Sorry, this episode is not currently available


Africa Episode 1 of 6

In Africa's south west corner, two extraordinary deserts sit side by side. In the Kalahari scrublands, 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 here have gone to the extremes, as spiders wheel to escape and a desert giraffe fights to defend his scant resources.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Thu 23 Feb 2017 15:25

More episodes


You are at the first episode

See all episodes from Africa

Giraffe fight producer: "our jaws hit the floor"

Giraffe fight producer:

Africa production team members discuss the fighting giraffes footage on Radio 5 live.


Listen to the clip from the Richard Bacon show

Getting the perfect wildlife shot

Getting the perfect wildlife shot
"Remotely operated HD cameras can go where we cannot. We used them with lions in the Serengeti, with shoebills in Zambia and with a massive five metre long python in Uganda."

Read series producer James Honeyborne's TV blog post


Role Contributor
PresenterDavid Attenborough
NarratorDavid Attenborough
Executive ProducerMichael Gunton
Series ProducerJames Honeyborne
ProducerHugh Pearson

Visit the BBC Earth website

BBC Earth

Enjoy BBC Earth, the new home of wildlife on the BBC.

Buy online

Buy online

Available on: DVD, Blu-ray or Video download

From suppliers including: Amazon Video, BBC Store, iTunes

Where to buy