Watch Aerial Africa

This epic series explores stunning vistas and extraordinary stories from the tip of the continent in Cape Town, South Africa, to the powerful Zambezi River in Zambia. From the air, the series showcases the places, wildlife and personalities that have left a permanent imprint on Africa, including a young Xhosa boy who grew up to be Nelson Mandela, and the Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone, whose adventures in Africa became world-famous. The series ranges from the Wild South Coast to Johannesburg, Botswana, the Skeleton Coast of Namibia and the majestic lands of Zambia.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Smithsonian Channel (CA)
1 Season, 6 Episodes
April 8, 2018
Documentary & Biography
8.6/10
Cast: Ike Amadi
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Aerial Africa Full Episode Guide

  • Journey into the heartland of Southern Africa as we fly the skies of the richly diverse country of Zambia. Explore mountain springs that swell into raging rivers, sacred places where tribes rekindle their cultural history, and one of Africa's most pristine wildlife sanctuaries. We also delve into the nation's complex past, marked by slave trade, British colonialism, and its transformation in 1964 to a proudly independent African nation.

  • Soar over Namibia's enormous seas of sand, wide-open countryside, and unexplained geological phenomena on a spectacular aerial tour over the southwest corner of Africa. Our flight whisks you over an ancient world, from the oldest desert on Earth to the emerald green waters of the Kunene River. On the journey, we delve into the country's history of brutal colonial conflicts and its rich culture, reborn from the shadows of its past.

  • Explore the Western Cape's stunning shorelines, dramatic mountains, and richly-diverse metropolis, from thousands of feet in the air.

  • Journey over the lands of South Africa where early ancestors left their footprints on the earth and where modern technology transforms the way we live. From mountains forged by violent geological upheaval billions of years ago to mines full of riches, and from landscapes formed by Shaka Zulu to the Ubuntu philosophy personified by Nelson Mandela, experience the beauty and spirit of this remarkable nation. Enter the cradle of humankind as we fly over South Africa's interior, one of the continent's most dynamic regions.

  • The southern edge of Africa is a microcosm of natural and human history. It's where wilderness, ancient relics, and modern industry collide, transforming the coast into something new every single day. It's also a hot spot for thrill-seekers in search of the world's longest surf ride and highest bungee jump. From the scenic N2 highway to the mysterious spiral shapes of the Karoo to the raging waters full of sharks and sunken ships, this is a soaring look at Africa's Wild South Coast.

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