It’s worth watching every last minute of this episode, as the final vignette captures a tender tradition one would never have associated with one of the world’s most endangered animals.
This is an Africa I want to know, that no safari could have shown me, and that—up until now—no nature documentary could reveal, either. I’m not surprised that so many executives and filmmakers came together under the banner of this project (it’s a coproduction between the BBC and the Discovery Channel). I’m grateful that the so many people dedicated four years of their lives to make a few hours possible for the rest of us.
Experiencing this documentary, I found myself leaning forward, engaging with the moments and creatures captured, as I rediscovered my compassion and affection for Africa (I first connected with it as a child, visiting my grandmother in Zimbabwe). I walked away with a commitment, however vague, towards the preservation of something as magical as the Kalahari, and I look forward to discovering more about the vastness, paradox, and majesty that Africa encompasses.
"Kalahari" premieres January 8 10 p.m. eT on Discovery.