Gold, ivory and slaves drove the economy of the East Coast of Africa 500 years ago. Join us as we explore the Portuguese and Arab roles in these horrific trade schemes. We'll also investigate the pristine waters off the coast of the nearby National Park. Here Bill dons a snorkel mask and comes face to face with the creatures of the coral reef.
If there ever was a lost wildlife gem, it would be Mikumi. Here many of the big Twelve live their lives against the backdrop of one of the most scenic parks in Africa. Bill takes a break from the wildlife safari to investigate the huge salt works at the edge of the park and how it may impact future conservation.
The Great Rift Valley is actually where the continent of Africa is literally tearing itself apart. That geologic phenomenon has created two very distinct national parks within an easy drive of one another. One, a rainforest full of colorful birds and strange monkeys and the other, a large lake centered on a vast plain. Two eco-zones, double the wildlife.
In this first of a two part program on the Mara, Bill follows the wildebeest migration in anticipation of the famous river crossings. He finds all 3 big cats and hyena waiting for their chance to get their share of the migrants. In this episode, the animal numbers are staggering.
To this day sisal, a rope making fiber plant is a mainstay of the economy. We'll tour the capital city of Tanzania and its diverse religious institutions before heading into sisal country. We'll learn about the German influences and the seldom heard story of Livingston's final trip across Africa.
Bill decides to stay on a few extra days to try and get some good leopard footage. These are the most elusive of the Big Twelve and filming them is a major challenge. In the process of tracking leopards, he runs across a newborn gazelle trying to walk for the first time. Will it succeed before the predators find it? Can Bill find and film a leopard up close?
Here is one of the few national parks in Africa where the bush meets the ocean. The big game of Africa face off with the creatures of the deep. Bill goes a little rogue for supper and tries his hand at surf netting prawns after spending a day looking for the elusive elephants of Saadani.
One of the most modern cities in Africa, Cape Town has something for everyone. Bill explores the cities architecture, tastes a little wine at nearby Vineyards and tracks down the only penguin species in Africa before reaching the fabled Cape of Good Hope just a scenic drive outside the city proper.