We have been given the gift of time – time to use the internet and connectivity within our reach to escape, reconnect, admire and more importantly, to learn. We have been given a unique opportunity to be able to expand our knowledge about the vast African wilderness, its inhabitants and the dynamics that characterize this continent. With this in mind we have gone digging for African-inspired short films and documentaries that will deepen and widen your knowledge of this continent, its most remote areas, upcoming conservation stories and current challenges.
- Last wild places: Majete
We love hearing about conservation success stories and Malawi has been on our radar for some time. In addition our very own private guide Ale Olivieri was involved many moons ago in the initial translocation of the first lions and leopards that were reintroduced at Majete.
Synopsis: This short documentary films stars Tizola Moyo who shares with us the conservations success story that African Parks’ run Majete Wildlife Reserve has turned into since 1993.
- Eye of the Pangolin
If you don’t know what a Pangolin is, you should definitely start with this film as it will shed light in one the most elusive yet most trafficked creatures in the planet.
Synopsis: This is the story of two men on a mission to get all four species of African pangolin on camera for the very first time.
- Into the Okavango
Perhaps one of our favorite safari destinations, the Okavango Delta is a unique landscape. It floods during the wintertime and its water levels and the life it sustains are deeply connected with the rainfall in Angola. The entire ecosystem spanning across countries hasn’t been widely studied and it is remarkable what these explorers are enduring and discovering on this adventure.
Synopsis: This films the chronicles a team of modern-day explorers on their first epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wetland wildernesses.
- Sides of a Horn
This is a thought provoking short film about the rhino horn war in South Africa. There is no silver bullet for poaching and a short film is able to bring light to many of the complexities that we face to protect the wildlife we love, and better the life of those that live the closest to it.
Synopsis: This the first film to tell the story of Africa’s poaching war from both sides of the fence.
- Last Wild Places: Gorongosa
A short insight into one of Mozambique’s wilderness areas and it’s commitement to empower women in local villages to further enhance conservation efforts.
Synopsis: For 15 years, Mozambique was engulfed in a brutal civil war that devastated human and wildlife populations alike. Now, in part by focusing on empowering and educating women, Gorongosa National Park has become a model of successful conservation efforts. In this short film, follow elephant expert Dominique Gonçalves as she shares the powerful ways the park is working with local communities and gaining a new generation of brave women rangers and scientists.
- The Ivory Game
A must watch for all those interested in wildlife trafficking of if you just want to learn more about the reality of the ivory trade. This documentary focuses on different characters that form the frontline against the international ivory trade.
Synopsis: Filmmakers infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking, exposing poachers and dealers as African elephants edge closer to extinction
- Blood lions
It’s tempting to pet a fluffy little lion cub, or that the elephant you are riding lives in a “sanctuary” and is cared for. We believe in #ResponsibleTourism and this documentary does a good job of showing why us at WanderingThru and many other tour operators across the country, do not engage or sell tours to establishments that allow lion walking, cub petting and elephant riding.
Synopsis: The film shows the reality of breeding farms in South Africa to witness the impact that decades of intensive breeding is having on captive lions and other predators. This documentary also brings in the views of trophy hunters, operators and breeders, as well as recognized lion ecologists, conservationists and animal welfare experts about the predator hunting industry.
This is a must watch documentary for anyone interested in conservation in remote areas of Africa where armed conflicts still occur. Virunga has been at the top of the headlines in recent years and we mustn’t forget the incredible work being carried out by a group of passionate individuals. This is a place we hope to add to our safari destinations in the near future.
Synopsis: This documentary focuses on the conservation work of park rangers within the DRC’s (Democratic Republic of Congo) Virunga National Park, home of the endangered Mountain gorillas, during the rise of the violent M23 Rebellion in 2012 and it investigates the activity of a British oil company within this UNESCO World Heritage sight. Soco International ended up officially exploring oil opportunities in Virunga in April 2014.
- A Walk Through The Land of A Thousand Hills
In recent times Rwanda has evolved and aimed at transforming itself into the “Pearl of Africa”. Numerous conservation success stories are coming into the light in recent years exposing their beautiful national parks into the world. Nyungwe is perhaps a less known park of these lands but a captivating forest for all birders and chimp enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Claver Ntoyinkima, a native park ranger, shares the secrets of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda as he guides us through the forest. With almost 300 bird species, over 1,000 plant species, and dozens of large and small mammals, Nyungwe is one of the most biodiverse places in the world.
- Our Planet
As everything involving Sir David Attenborough, this documentary is a must watch for all nature lovers. The focus of the series expands well beyond Africa and it brings together both our continues marveling at the nature world, but it also highlights the threats it faces thanks to human pressure.
Synopsis: The ground-breaking, eight-part series will showcase the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats, revealing amazing sights on Earth in ways they’ve never been seen using the latest in 4k camera technology.
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