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Wild Zambezi - 4K Full Documentary

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welcome in this documentary we'll be

exploring some of Africa's

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the Zambezi River flows through most of

southern Africa carrying with it the

main ingredient needed for life to

flourish it travels through six

countries on the journey from its source

in Northwest Zambia to the Indian Ocean

covering an amazing 2,700 kilometers in

Botswana the Zambezi meets the Chobe

River before becoming the border between

Zimbabwe and Zambia the river then flows

another 80 kilometers down towards

Victoria Falls the land around the Falls

is constantly watered by the spray which

is transformed into a lush rainforest

housing plants rarely found elsewhere in

the continent

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a large proportion of Southern Africa is

desert the arid lands of the Kalahari

seemingly bare and lifeless temperatures

here can reach over 40 degrees Celsius

meaning trees like this bay of AB have

adapted the ability to store large

amounts of water there is almost no

greenery only bare trees and dry grasses

but life somehow still manages to thrive

even in the harshest of environments the

world life that can be found here would

not be alive if not for the Zambezi

River like a vein it meanders through

southern Africa

attracting wildlife for miles around

like the escaped Buffalo gathering in

their masses to drink from the river

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elephants can be found here as well

feeding on the lush vegetation which has

grown much greener than in surrounding

areas

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during the course of its journey the

zambezi passes through one of the most

spectacular feats of nature Victoria

Falls it is the world's largest

waterfall and considered to be one of

the seven natural wonders of the world

sitting at the border between Zimbabwe

and Zambia it is a magnificent curtain

of falling water the spray from the

Bulls rises to a height of over 400

meters and occasionally twice as high

the spray has transformed the

surrounding lands into a magnificent

rainforest supplied with rain all year

round the falls are known to the

indigenous as ma cor to Nia or the smoke

that thunders and is visible from up to

30 miles away there is a great contrast

between the green rain forests created

by the spray of the Falls and the dry

deserts nearby

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a tower of giraffes wandering through

the scrub in search of fresh plants

these animals are well adapted to dry

habitats being able to survive for days

without water since they gain most of

their moisture from plants without even

knowing it they've become very important

in helping to sustain the Kalahari

ecosystem these mammals are browsing

herbivores which means they feed on high

growing vegetation at the tops of trees

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by continuously eating leaves from the

very tops of the plants they help to

stunt the growth of trees and prevent

them from becoming too tall this ensures

that the trees grow closer to the ground

enabling smaller herbivores like impalas

to reach the lowering leaves and shrubs

these small birds are oxpeckers and play

their own part in the ecosystem forming

a symbiotic relationship with the

giraffes in which both animals benefit

the birds act as cleaners eating up

ticks and parasites living on the

giraffes in return for helping to clean

the mammals the oxpeckers receive a meal

of parasites giraffes aren't the only

animals who help to sustain their

environment what hawks are grazers and

help to naturally cut the long grasses

to prevent them getting to a tool which

can kill off young trees they're

effectively nature's gardeners

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to encounter some more of the wildlife

of Zimbabwe we set off into the dry arid

lands of the Kalahari so we're just

about to head out on our first game

Safari so join me and we'll see what

animals we could find

oh you good yes to meet you

so this is our safari night flight so

what's your favorite animal

you see which is a very impaired one

which is very difficult for me to be one

of go generous swallow measurements

which is very smart alecks

the way they conduct themselves the way

the each other to manage themselves how

they look after their babies have Nicole

members will claim innovative after the

part is amazing

just like exactly what we do so they I

think giraffes I was able to close to us

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so just driven past this unheard-of

cape buffalo and the reason is because

if they're in their 20s are better than

you that is fair african cape buffalo

maybe herbivores but a formidable in

their own right lions often target the

large bovines but buffalo are not easy

pickings even for a large pride oh

they're mania

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so we've just spotted these before

African elephants and it's amazing

because these are the world's largest

living land mammals characterized by

their bold curved tusks grey skin and of

course those huge ears unfortunately

those long ivory tusks have made them a

target for poachers since the materials

become so valuable starting at around

four meters tall African elephants must

eat between 200 to 600 pounds of food a

day

due to their massive size elephants

generally have no natural predators in

fact the biggest threat to this mammal

is us for years elephants have been

hunted for their ivory in some cases too

near extinction

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so we find out that elephants are known

to be emotional

just like human beings they pay tribute

to fallen heroes so in the account that

same area they are known to kick the

bones for the heroes smell them toss

them around grouping together as if

their pits a pile of respect

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a troop of baboons appears foraging in

the dry scrub in search of food

baboons are opportunistic feeders and

will eat pretty much anything they can

find from fruits and grasses to small

birds

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the Sun sets over the Zambezi River

marking the end of an eventful day out

in the bush with polite

the birds return to their roosts for the

night like these bees diving into their

dugout nests in the side of the

riverbank

somewhere in the river some others we

were all tired and ready for bed but it

seemed the wildlife was not so keen to

sleepers ok the trunk pushing the baby

see that yeah as I did the baby that was

it for this way

a pair of lions worn out after a day of

hunting settled down in the glare of the

headlights we say that this moment is

our first lion sighting but little did

we know of what was to come

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so that means our stay here Victoria

rules in the apartment but now we're

moving on to Botswana to see some more

violent in the Okavango Delta and chobe

national park leaving Zimbabwe and the

fools behind us we said farewell to

polite and travel to the next location

on our African adventure

Botswana

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130 kilometers upstream from the fools

lies the great chobe river a vast

expanse of water in the chobe national

park by Juana

it belongs to the same river system as

the Okavango Delta and Zambezi and marks

the border between Botswana in Zambia

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having already encountered a small herd

of elephants we set out on a boat into

the vast waters of the Chobe River much

like the Zambezi the Chobe River

attracts masses of wildlife to its

waters

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Jovie is well known for containing

possibly the greatest elephant

population in Africa who each day

undergo a truly incredible spectacle

at the middle of the river is a large

island a rich green pasture covered with

unspoiled grasses and breeds where

buffalo and elephants gather to feed on

the fresh vegetation

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every day on the banks of the Chobe

River herds of elephants will converge

with the ambition of crossing the waters

to reach this getaway island

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the migration takes a while as the

elephant's await their opportunity from

the sandy banks eventually the matriarch

takes the first step

she is the dominant female and the lead

individual of the herd slowly she makes

her way across towards the island

enjoying the refreshing puddle and

cooling her skin

the others watched from the bank waiting

for the all-clear from their leader as

the matriarch reaches the other side

safely the rest of the herd start to

follow they tend to cross in a straight

line with the babies clinging on to

their mothers for safety

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the third has safely managed to cross

the river but the slippery banks can

prove difficult to climb especially for

the young ones

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as the Sun sets over chobe national park

the elephants enjoy their meal ready to

make the return trip the next morning

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the next day

cheapo our guide takes us out for a

drive across the Chobe National Park

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we've now come here to chill be natural

our cables water the second largest

national park in Africa home to a huge

variety of animals including impalas

Lions world dogs and even leopards

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the amount of wildlife that could be

found here was astounding as animals

from miles around journey here to drink

from or play in the cooling River

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it wasn't long before we encountered a

small pack of wild dogs the great

hunters of the savanna when hunting

these dogs relying not on stealth but on

their incredible stamina successfully

herding and running down their prey as a

group but at this time it seemed they

were enjoying relaxing in the shade and

bonding with fellow pack members

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another name for these beautiful

creatures is the painted dog due to

their spectacular mottled coloration

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sometimes you can see this the alpha

female of the pack seemed very

inquisitive and settled down in the

shade of the vehicle

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a large pride of lions wandering

casually through the plains crossed our

path soon after

this was the first time we had seen

these beautiful animals so close on our

journey and it was all thanks to cheaper

the large female lions led the group

they are the prides primary hunters

working together to bring down large

prey which can even include Buffalo

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and so it's the first part of our

journey draws to a close it's time to

depart this land of astounding beauty

but don't worry our African adventure

isn't over yet

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leaving chobe and the zambezi behind us

and saying goodbye to the incredible

people we met along the way we set our

sights upon the next destination on our

trip

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the Kalahari is a secret oasis of the

aquifer group Delta which we will

explore in the next part of wildlife of

Africa

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the elephant's pooing oh yeah it is no

it just pooed and it's got its movin oh

my god that is so disturbing