BBC Africa - Everything you want to know about the series and its stars

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For nearly four years, the BBC NHU team scoured the fascinating continent to film unfamiliar wildlife, surprising behaviour and new landscapes for the epic wildlife series, Africa

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An African elephant towers above herds of antelope and zebra.

For nearly four years, the BBC NHU team scoured the fascinating continent to film unfamiliar wildlife, surprising behaviour and new landscapes for the epic wildlife series, Africa.

If you love the new series, you'll love our new BBC Africa zone.

Discover more about the series, the species and the spectacles – view stunning photo galleries of the wildlife featured in each episode, go behind the scenes with the film crew, and enjoy BBC Wildlife's expert articles on the stars of the show. Plus top travel tips so you can start planning your own African adventure.

Each week we'll update this page so make sure you keep coming back for more!

 

First, read BBC series producer James Honeyborne's introduction to the stunning new natural-history series Africa.

 

Episode 1 Kalahari

In the parched Namibian desert, spiders cartwheel down sand dunes and giraffes do battle...

 

Episode 2 Savannah

Vast assemblies of straw-coloured bats fill the evening skies over Zambia, birds pluck insects from the fire and shoebills prove to be the most heartless parents...

 

Episode 3 Congo

An exploration of West Africa’s rainforest encounters chimpanzees. 

 

Episode 4 Cape

Bronze whaler sharks charge into panicked sardines in the episode that visits Africa’s wild coast.

 

Episode 5 Sahara

In this programme, miniature cameras reveal the subterranean labyrinths of naked mole rats.

 

Episode 6 The Future

The concluding film in the series examines the conservation challenges facing the continent.

 

Now you do it

Inspired by the Africa TV series to see these amazing animal spectacles for yourself? Our experts share their greatest African adventures and top tips to help you plan your trip of a lifetime. 

 

How to avoid animal attacks (and what to do if you are attacked!):

 

Watch clips from BBC Africa and catch up on any episodes you have missed.