Seen from space, Africa is a shattered kingdom, textured by burning sands, seas of grass and steaming forests, scarred by mountains and bejewelled with great lakes and rivers. Raw and beautiful, the ancient continent is alive with the greatest collection of wildlife on Earth. This mesmerising series examines each of Africa's stunning natural realms in turn, revealing little-known facts and showing how humans and creatures co-exist within this vast area.
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Travel in time from the spectacular Ethiopian highlands to the giants of the Great Rift Valley - the Aberdares, Mts Kenya, Meru and Elgon - taking the viewer to the top of the greatest of them all, Kilimanjaro.
The newest and the most dynamic of all the environments, savannah snakes its way across the continent hemmed in between forests and deserts.
Rain does not fall evenly across the African continent. Some places are so far from mountain ranges and coasts that rainclouds evaporate before they reach them.
Africa’s coasts were formed by the break-up of Gondwanaland 100 million years ago.They define the familiar shape of this special continent, and touch on deserts, mountains, forests, wetlands and savannahs.
At Africa’s heart, there is a vast tropical rainforest – a tangled Jungle, stretching for five and a half thousand kilometres.
Just as Africa constantly throws-up mountains which intercept moisture-laden clouds from the oceans, so the changing landscape also creates grooves and basins which channel and gather the precious moisture that falls on the high ground.