Episode Two - East Africa
We were served up another wildlife treat last night with the second episode of Africa. From the vast deserts of the South, the drama moved to East Africa. This land of contrast features savannah, misty mountains and jungle where a generous and an equally cruel side of nature coexist.
If you thought you had seen enough documentaries to know all about East Africa you will be surprised! In a comical sequence a lizard shows its audacity hunting flies from a sleeping lion’s face, we learn that Lilac-Breasted rollers are prepared to risk their lives to stock up on insects during a big bush fire and Africa's biggest mammal migration is not the one that occurs on the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Mara, but the equally spectacular fruit bat migration from the Congo forest to Zambia.
Rare prehistoric-looking shoebills are filmed for the first time in their nest. The shoebill mother is forced by this unforgiving landscape to take the decision to abandon her youngest chick in order to look after his fitter brother when food is scarce. An elephant mum will show the opposite behaviour just minutes later, abandoning the herd and jeopardising her own chance of survival during a harsh drought to look after her calf until his death, in what I thought was one of the most heart-breaking and saddening scenes ever seen on a documentary.
But then finally the rain returns, bringing new hope, new births and the miracle of life can continue its course in the “Cradle of Mankind”.
East Africa was the pioneering safari destination, and as this episode shows, it is still full of drama and surprise!
If you are fascinated by the greatest wilderness on earth, take a look at our vast selection of trips to East Africa. Travelling on adventurous camping trips on board a safari truck or spotting wildlife from the comfort of your eco-lodges, we are proud to have taken our Explorers to Africa for over 30 years and would love to show you what we have learned!
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