Great Rift - Africa's Wild Heart
Africa's greatest story
Visible from space, Africa's Great Rift Valley runs four thousand miles from the Red Sea to the mouth of the Zambezi - a diverse landscape of erupting volcanoes, forest-clad mountains, spectacular valleys, rich grasslands, vast lakes and mighty rivers. Home to the greatest concentration of animals on Earth - lions, crocodiles, elephants, hippos and flocks of flamingos - and pastoralists such as the Maasai - this is a land in constant geological turmoil. Great Rift takes you to another world - a world of exotic extremes, where the forces of nature have shaped the landscape and so created a hotbed of evolution. It is the very cradle of mankind.
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Great Rift – Africa’s Wild Heart Episodes
Episode 1: Fire
The unique wildlife of East Africa’s volcanic mountains. The Great Rift Valley provides the stage for an epic battle between trees and grass – its course influenced by volcanic eruptions, landscape and rainfall. On its outcome rests the fate of Africa’s great game herds. In the Rift’s savannas, grazers and their predators struggle to outwit each other, forcing one group of primates to develop a social system that paved the way for the evolution of mankind.
Episode 2: Water
Looking at the colourful wildlife of East Africa’s lakes and rivers. The Great Rift Valley channels a huge diversity of waterways – rivers, lakes, waterfalls, caustic springs and coral seas – spanning from Egypt to Mozambique. Some lake and ocean deeps harbour previously unseen life-forms, while caustic waters challenge life to the extreme. But where volcanic minerals enrich the Great Rift’s waterways, they provide the most spectacular concentrations of birds, mammals and fish in all Africa.
Episode 3: Grass
The spectacular game herds of East Africa’s grasslands. The valley is the product of deep-seated geological forces which have spewed out a line of cloud-wreathed volcanoes stretching from Ethiopia to Tanzania. Their peaks provide a refuge for East Africa’s most extraordinary wildlife, including newly discovered and previously unfilmed species which have evolved surprising survival strategies to cope with their challenging mountain environment.