Africa (2013): The Complete Series

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Africa (2013): The Complete Series

Africa (2013): The Complete Series
BBC | 2013 | Season 1 | 300 min | Not Rated
1080p BDRip| MKV | AVC @ 26 Mbps, 23.976 fps | 1920 x 1080 | 5 Hours | 55 GB
Audio 1: Russian AC-3 2.0 (48kHz, 16-bit) @ 192 Kbps | Audio 2: English DTS MA 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) @ 1509 Kbps
Subtitles: English, Russian
Genre: Documentary


"As you've never seen it before" should be a familiar tagline to anyone who's ever watched a nature documentary. It's a tantalizing promise too often made, too often broken. But Mike Gunton and James Honeyborne's latest BBC Earth series is a different beast entirely. In just six engrossing episodes, Africa presents the untamed continent as you've truly never seen it before. Rhinos gather by moonlight to socialize and share an intimate conversation. Giraffes swing their heads like wrecking balls in a fierce battle. The landscape shifts and changes, forcing wildlife to adapt suddenly and desperately. Lizards hunt in the shadows of sleeping lions. Gorillas are marooned in isolated stretches of highland jungle. Frogs fight to take and hold coveted perches. Fertile volcanic ash breeds grasslands on an immense scale. Zebras clash and mole rats burrow deeper and deeper. Predators gather to gorge on sardines. Man co-exists with animal in a new ecosystem, where both conservation efforts, ecological threats and greed vie for supremacy. This is Africa, an absorbing BBC Natural History Unit/Discovery Channel journey of sights rarely seen and stories rarely told; some amusing, some heartbreaking, but all fascinating.

Episode 01: "Kalahari"

The series opens in Africa's south west corner and features the wildlife and landscapes of the Kalahari and Namib deserts. Starlight cameras reveal previously unfilmed nocturnal behaviour of black rhinos as they socialise at a Kalahari waterhole, and super slow motion footage captures a fierce battle between two male giraffes. Other sequences show Namibia's famous and mysterious fairy circles, how a fork-tailed drongo's talent for mimicry allows it to steal a meal from a meerkat clan, how ostrichs help their chicks find water, and how red-billed queleas defend their nests from marauding armoured bush crickets. Also, for the first time, cameras enter the world's largest underground lake in Dragon's Breath Cave and film the critically endangered golden cave catfish. Eye to Eye looks behind the scenes of the rhino and giraffe filming.
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series


Episode 02: "Savannah"
East Africa is the subject of the second programme, from the glaciated peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains to the savannahs and caustic soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley. The filmmakers focus on the life and death decisions animals must make in this ever-changing region. On the savannah, agama lizards play a game of dare as they approach a sleeping pride of lions to catch flying insects. A shoebill chick is filmed attacking its weaker sibling, forcing the parents to abandon it. On the plains of Amboseli, the worst drought for 50 years claims the life of an elephant calf, one of hundreds which perish from starvation. Their resilience and adaptability is highlighted by the returning rains, which bring together large herds to socialize. In Eye to Eye, cameraman Mark Deeble discusses the ethics of filming the dying elephant calf.
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series


Episode 03: "Congo"
The third episode visits the Congo basin and features some of the creatures which inhabit its two million square miles of jungle. In the canopy, a chimpanzee is filmed extracting honey from a bees' nest using a variety of branches as tools, whilst underground, a female African rock python incubates her eggs by coiling her warm body around them. Rare footage shows the nesting behaviour of Picathartes and a gathering of forest elephants at Dzanga bai. Other sequences show African skimmers, leaf-folding frogs and luminous fungi. Loango in Gabon is one of the few remaining places where the jungle meets the ocean. African forest buffalo, hippo, elephants and red river hogs emerge from the forest to sunbathe and swim. Eye to Eye shows the difficulties of filming in the Congo.
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series


Episode 04: "Cape"
The fourth instalment shows how Southern Africa is influenced by two very different ocean currents. The warm Agulhas Current generates rainfall in Mozambique's interior, where butterflies gather on the summit of Mount Mabu to court and breed. The cold Benguela Current influences the Western Cape, where little rain falls. The intense heat makes incubating eggs a difficult prospect for African penguins. In spring, as Namaqualand is transformed into a desert garden, the drama of a monkey beetle's love life plays out in a single flower. Great white sharks and a 15 m Bryde's whale are filmed in the rich feeding grounds of the Atlantic. Eye to Eye reveals how the opening sequence, documenting the first few minutes of a green turtle hatchling's life, was constructed.
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series


Episode 05: "Sahara"
The penultimate episode opens in the cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains, where Barbary macaques have become isolated from other primates by the expanding Sahara. Aerial photography shows the Sahara is a landscape dominated by rock. Animals featured include Grévy's zebra, addax and naked mole rats, each found on the desert's fringes. Two million barn swallows are forced to cross the Sahara on their migrations, congregating at a poisoned oasis to feed on flies. The last remaining freshwater pools are home to stranded desert crocodiles, filmed hunting tilapia fish. Macro photography reveals the struggles of dung beetles and silver ants, the latter able to survive exposure to the brutal midday sun thanks to their reflective body coating. Eye to Eye shows how an 18-month time lapse sequence of Libya's sand dunes was filmed.
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series


Episode 06: "The Future"
The theme of the final programme is environmental issues affecting Africa's wildlife, including poaching, habitat loss, climate change and human population growth. Attenborough profiles the work of conservationists and scientists across the continent, drawing attention to projects which are helping to protect threatened species such as the black rhino, mountain gorilla and gelada. He visits a Maasai tribe to feature a project which is helping to reduce human-lion conflict, an underpass used by elephants to move between feeding grounds and a sea turtle rehabilitation centre. A civil war ravaged Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, but concerted efforts are now being made to restore the whole ecosystem. Eye to Eye follows Attenborough on his Africa shoot, culminating in an encounter with a blind baby rhino.
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series
Africa (2013): The Complete Series


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