Africa, a 2013 BBC nature documentary series is available not only on Netflix but also on BBC iPlayer, Google Play and Amazon prime video. The series is created by BBC Natural History Unit. It is also available on DVD and Blu-Ray. The episodes are also available on iTunes.
Africa has six episodes, each of them being one hour long. Also, it has a 10 minute-long mini-episode known as Eye to Eye in which the filming method of the most remarkable scene of that episode is explained in detail. It is filmed all over Africa.
The series is about exploring the biodiversity of life, wildlife and wild habitats in Africa. Sir David Attenborough is the narrator of the series for the BBC. Forest Whitaker is the narrator for the Discovery Channel version of Africa.
It’s well known that Africa is highly biodiverse and features some of the world’s most fascinating plants, animals and other life forms, but this series shows that there is even more diversity of life on the continent than we could have ever imagined.
It begins in the southwest, exploring the Kalahari and Namib deserts, showing the first-ever film clip of black rhino socialization at a waterhole at night. The second episode explores the Savannah, and how organisms have adapted to this fire-prone landscape.
Next, the Congo Basin’s African rock python and forest elephants’ lives are explored, and then Attenborough travels to the Cape to see how the meeting of two ocean currents – the warm Agulhas and the freezing cold Benguela – influences the biology of the species living there.
Episode five explores the Sahara, looking at naked mole-rats, Grevy’s zebra, Barbary macaques, desert crocodiles and the dung beetle.
The final episode explores the future of biodiversity in Africa, in a move that foreshadows Attenborough’s current much more openly political stance on environmental issues. The difficulties involved in the conservation of species, habitats and ecosystems are explored and viewers are urged to join the cause.