The adventure gets underway in the Kalahari, Africa’s ancient southwest corner, where a couple of extraordinary deserts sit side by side and even the most familiar of its creatures have developed different survival techniques.
The team make their way to the rocky outcrops of the Serengeti, in Tanzania, where they film a tiny lizard as it risks its life to eat flies from a sleepy lion’s face. They also find out about the nesting habits of the four-foot-tall shoebill. On the plains of Amboseli, the extreme weather conditions take their toll and a baby elephant dies in the drought and its mother leaves the rest of the herd to stay with her child until the very end.
The Congo rainforest's residents have fine remarkable ways to adapt to their crowded living space. A sweet-toothed female chimpanzee is filmed for the first time using a complex array of tools to access honey from a bees’ nest in the jungle. The mysterious Picathartes bird, feeds its nest of dinosaur-like chicks with some unsuspecting frogs. A huge female python reveals her maternal side as she sunbathes to incubate her eggs before tending to her new babies. The forest elephants gather as darkness falls to socialise and to go into battle against rivals.
The south of the continent is full of life and colour, but without the two great ocean currents that sweep around and shape the continent’s Great Cape, it would be just a desert.
In the scorching heat of the wilderness of the Sahara Desert, sandstorms stretch for a thousand miles and rain might not fall for 50 years. Only the toughest can survive the conditions.
David finds out more about the realities of rhino poaching first hand and examines the challenges elephants face with an increasing human population encroaching on their habitat. He talks to some Maasai warriors that have become lion guardians, and sees local conservation in action on the tropical East coast.
The show features highlights and additional footage from the series.