Episode 4

Table Mountain shrouded beneath the billowing 'Table Cloth'. This icon of the continent overlooks Africa's southernmost tip, the Cape of Good Hope, where the cold Atlantic Ocean meets the warm Indian Ocean to create these clouds over Table Mountain. But the interaction between these two great oceans does more than just create cloud, it shapes the whole of Africa's southern Cape.Episode 4

Table Mountain shrouded beneath the billowing 'Table Cloth'. This icon of the continent overlooks Africa's southernmost tip, the Cape of Good Hope, where the cold Atlantic Ocean meets the warm Indian Ocean to create these clouds over Table Mountain. But the interaction between these two great oceans does more than just create cloud, it shapes the whole of Africa's southern Cape.
Episode 4

An African penguin relishes the cool of a rain shower on Africa's southern tip. These birds, perhaps better known from icy climates, nest on a few small islands every year on Africa's Cape. There are no trees to shade their eggs from the intense sun and so the adults must risk death to provide shade themselves.Episode 4

An African penguin relishes the cool of a rain shower on Africa's southern tip. These birds, perhaps better known from icy climates, nest on a few small islands every year on Africa's Cape. There are no trees to shade their eggs from the intense sun and so the adults must risk death to provide shade themselves.
Episode 4

A baby green turtle sees the world for the very first time. The challenge of breaking out of her shell and digging her way free of the sand is nothing compared to the journey she'll face to get to the sea; predators flock to the beach — hoping to make a meal of her.Episode 4

A baby green turtle sees the world for the very first time. The challenge of breaking out of her shell and digging her way free of the sand is nothing compared to the journey she'll face to get to the sea; predators flock to the beach — hoping to make a meal of her.
Episode 4

A springbok, true to its name, springs or 'pronks' in an exuberant display. There are many theories as to why springbok behave in this way but none have quite explained it. The 'Africa' crew filmed these elegant creatures seemingly 'dancing for joy' in super slow motion following a rare rain shower.Episode 4

A springbok, true to its name, springs or 'pronks' in an exuberant display. There are many theories as to why springbok behave in this way but none have quite explained it. The 'Africa' crew filmed these elegant creatures seemingly 'dancing for joy' in super slow motion following a rare rain shower.
Episode 4

A great white shark grips the floating, rotting carcass of a Bryde's whale. A once-in-a-decade feast off Cape Town that the Africa crew had only dared to hope they might film. Once news of the carcass arrived, the team had to scramble to get there in time, before the dozens of huge sharks finished it off.Episode 4

A great white shark grips the floating, rotting carcass of a Bryde's whale. A once-in-a-decade feast off Cape Town that the Africa crew had only dared to hope they might film. Once news of the carcass arrived, the team had to scramble to get there in time, before the dozens of huge sharks finished it off.
Episode 4

A male monkey beetle, in Namaqualand, gorges on the pollen of a vivid pink vygies bloom before beginning a day of courtship. He'll need all his energy to fight off his rivals in love. These beetles time their emergence to coincide with the flowering of the Namaqua 'desert garden' in South Africa.Episode 4

A male monkey beetle, in Namaqualand, gorges on the pollen of a vivid pink vygies bloom before beginning a day of courtship. He'll need all his energy to fight off his rivals in love. These beetles time their emergence to coincide with the flowering of the Namaqua 'desert garden' in South Africa.
Episode 4

A baby green turtle is the last to emerge from her nest deep within the sand. She instinctively knows she must follow her brothers and sisters, heading for the sea, but she knows nothing of the dangers ahead of her.Episode 4

A baby green turtle is the last to emerge from her nest deep within the sand. She instinctively knows she must follow her brothers and sisters, heading for the sea, but she knows nothing of the dangers ahead of her.
Episode 4

An aerial view of the Bazaruto Archipelago. The combination of blue skies, clear water and white sand may look like paradise, but beneath the surface are violent undersea currents — the oceanic equivalent of sandstorms — continually carving the submarine dunescape.Episode 4

An aerial view of the Bazaruto Archipelago. The combination of blue skies, clear water and white sand may look like paradise, but beneath the surface are violent undersea currents — the oceanic equivalent of sandstorms — continually carving the submarine dunescape.
Episode 4

A springbok 'pronks' — an extraordinarily athletic leap into the air. Springbok are southern Africa's desert survivors, continually roaming across the bone dry land in search of rain and fresh grass. The 'Africa' crew filmed these elegant creatures seemingly 'dancing for joy' in super slow motion following a rare rain shower.Episode 4

A springbok 'pronks' — an extraordinarily athletic leap into the air. Springbok are southern Africa's desert survivors, continually roaming across the bone dry land in search of rain and fresh grass. The 'Africa' crew filmed these elegant creatures seemingly 'dancing for joy' in super slow motion following a rare rain shower.
Episode 4

African, or 'jackass' penguins earned their name from the braying sound they use to greet one another. This pair have a lifelong association, returning to the same island every year to try and raise their chicks in spite of the African heat. The 'Africa' crew had to return to film for a second year, after all the nests were abandoned during a heat wave in 2010.Episode 4

African, or 'jackass' penguins earned their name from the braying sound they use to greet one another. This pair have a lifelong association, returning to the same island every year to try and raise their chicks in spite of the African heat. The 'Africa' crew had to return to film for a second year, after all the nests were abandoned during a heat wave in 2010.
Episode 4

An aerial view of one of many granite inselbergs in Mozambique. These monuments are shrouded on the lower slopes by trees, that combined, make up the largest tract of rainforest anywhere in southern Africa. The 'Africa' crew joined only the second expedition to this area and were the first to film it from the air.Episode 4

An aerial view of one of many granite inselbergs in Mozambique. These monuments are shrouded on the lower slopes by trees, that combined, make up the largest tract of rainforest anywhere in southern Africa. The 'Africa' crew joined only the second expedition to this area and were the first to film it from the air.
Episode 4

Thousands of great white pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) gather each year during the dry season in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Retreating waters concentrate the fish, creating an opportunity that the birds can't resist.Episode 4

Thousands of great white pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) gather each year during the dry season in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Retreating waters concentrate the fish, creating an opportunity that the birds can't resist.
Episode 4

Lightning strikes in the distance as springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) wait for rain to pass. These true desert specialists range over the world's greatest expanse of sand looking for grass renewed by rare and sporadic rains — when they find it, they seem to revel in the occasion but only once the rain has stopped falling!Episode 4

Lightning strikes in the distance as springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) wait for rain to pass. These true desert specialists range over the world's greatest expanse of sand looking for grass renewed by rare and sporadic rains — when they find it, they seem to revel in the occasion but only once the rain has stopped falling!
Episode 4

A green turtle (Chelonia mydas) dodges death by the narrowest of margins, as a yellow-billed kite (Milvus aegyptius parasitus) swoops overhead. Sea turtles must come to the surface to breathe. Just meters from the beach this hatchling was still within range of the kite. The first few minutes of life outside of the egg are treacherous — captured in never seen before detail for 'Africa'.Episode 4

A green turtle (Chelonia mydas) dodges death by the narrowest of margins, as a yellow-billed kite (Milvus aegyptius parasitus) swoops overhead. Sea turtles must come to the surface to breathe. Just meters from the beach this hatchling was still within range of the kite. The first few minutes of life outside of the egg are treacherous — captured in never seen before detail for 'Africa'.
Episode 4

Countless butterflies, of numerous species 'hill top' in a spectacular dance to impress mates on the bare summit of Mount Mabu in Mozambique. The crew were the first to film at this site after its discovery on Google Earth.Episode 4

Countless butterflies, of numerous species 'hill top' in a spectacular dance to impress mates on the bare summit of Mount Mabu in Mozambique. The crew were the first to film at this site after its discovery on Google Earth.
Episode 4

Giant king fish (Caranx ignobilis) gather in preparation for a unique migration up the Mtentu river. The Mtentu river is one of few remaining pristine wildernesses in South Africa, so the 'Africa' crew avoided using disruptive motor boats, instead paddling to the location each day in a canoe.Episode 4

Giant king fish (Caranx ignobilis) gather in preparation for a unique migration up the Mtentu river. The Mtentu river is one of few remaining pristine wildernesses in South Africa, so the 'Africa' crew avoided using disruptive motor boats, instead paddling to the location each day in a canoe.
Season 1 — Episode 4

Photos from "Cape"

With the rejuvenating powers of two great oceans, Southern Africa’s Cape boasts seas full of penguins, great white sharks and turtles, and a ‘Google’ rainforest (discovered by satellite in 2005) home to a magical butterfly ballet.

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