Best shows for curious kids on DStv in November

From Ancient Egypt to Zoonotic viruses, DStv has the A-Z of educational shows in November

Take the education terror out of November’s exam season with documentaries that make learning fun for the whole family. DStv is pulling out the big guns, from ground-breaking shows about virus transmission, to the joy and awww of National Geographic wildlife photographer Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark project, to a forensic pathologist with fascinating stories about lightning. There’s even a NEW story about WWII. Seriously.


Sick school projects

With the world still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, National Geographic (DStv 181) is spotlighting the latest research in Virus Hunters on Wednesday, 25 November at 21:00.

National Geographic epidemiologist and ecologist Christopher Golden is hunting for patterns that lead to international health issues. He and ABC News foreign correspondent James Longman, who has been covering the COVID-19 pandemic intensively, will travel across continents to meet the scientists on the frontlines of the efforts to halt COVID-19, and those who’re in the field trying to stop the next pandemic before it starts – like wildlife rangers, virus gene trackers and even bat scientists.

And before this episode airs, viewers can see what has happened since the series was shot in Breakthrough: Virus Hunters Update on Wednesday, 18 November on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 21:00. Following up in December, there is a documentary investigating how viruses become epidemics and even pandemics: Going Viral: From Ebola To COVID-19, airing on Wednesday 2 December on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 21:00.

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Animal attractions

National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) is taking viewers on a safari, ranging all over the African continent every Saturday and Sunday at 18:00 throughout November. Aside from beautiful, intimate shots of animals and an educational look at the balance of nature, get ready for heart-pounding action and raw, intense family drama. Animal lovers will also see the return of National Geographic wildlife photographer Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark project…

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Photo Ark S2

In this 2-part, 2-hour follow up special, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is back on his mission to create beautiful and moving portraits of every single endangered species in captivity on Earth – before it’s too late. This season, he dives underwater to photograph the Amazonian manatee. And he captures the adorable pika in the wild in the Colorado Rockies.

Starts on Friday, 27 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00 

South Africa, Land of Extremes

South African wildlife survives in an enormous range of environments and circumstances. This documentary shows how certain species have adapted everything including their size to exploit the niches on offer.

Saturday, 7 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00 

Africa’s Deadliest: River Rivals

African river predators like the crocodile and hippopotamus are so feared that they’ve given rise to myths and monsters. This doccie reveals the truth about their lives and rivalries, and the dangers that any animal in Africa faces when they go for a sip of water.

Sunday, 8 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00 

Africa’s Big Five

Trophy hunters once dubbed Africa’s most dangerous game animals The Big Five. Now they’re the ones we most want to see while we’re on a game drive. Find out how the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo survive in the wild.

Saturday, 14 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00 


Africa’s Deadliest: Ultimate Adversaries

In the bush, animals all fight to survive. But with animals like hyenas and lions after the same prey, sometimes the hunters become the hunted and we’re in for a clash of titans.

Sunday, 15 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00 

The Flood: Africa’s Okavango

Elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, antelope, leopards, hyenas and zebras are just some of the animals you will see among the 250,000 mammals that surround the delta in the dry season. And then, when the waters come, it’s time for the birds to burst forth in numbers and for the animals to give birth.

Saturday, 21 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00 

Wild Uganda: Perils of Paradise

Despite years of poaching and civil war, Uganda’s wildlife clings to survival. But the country’s savannah, rain forests, swamps and mountains are still a dangerous paradise, whether you’re a gorilla, an elephant, a Uganda Kob, or a banded mongoose.

Sunday, 22 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00 

Africa’s Hidden Wonders: Rwanda

Rwanda is a land of mists, fires and forests. This documentary explores not just its wildlife, including marvellous gorillas, but its fierce landscapes including the Virunga volcanoes and deadly lakes. The episode will be followed immediately afterwards by 2 further episodes profiling Ethiopia and the Sahara.

Saturday, 28 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00 


Hostile Planet: Africa

In Africa’s harshest desert landscapes under the burning sun, drought and dust, survival doesn’t just take skill, it takes luck and good timing along with brute strength and blood.

Sunday, 29 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00 

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Saving The Dinosaur Fish

Marine biologist and wildlife photographer Rory Moore is out to save one of the most critically endangered animals on Earth: the sturgeon, a fish that has been around since the dinosaur days.

Watch on Sunday, 8 November on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 19:00

Yukon Vet S6(B)

Dr Michelle Oakley is the only vet for miles in the wilds of the Yukon, so she needs to be able to treat all the animals, from children’s pets, to farm animals, to bears, wolves and moose.

Watch from Monday, 16 November on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00

Owls: Masters of The Night

Take to the wing for a silent flight through the world of owls. Owls live and hunt everywhere from the frozen tundra, to rainforests, to modern cities. Find out how they see at night, and how their feathers make them deadly quiet hunters.

Watch on Wednesday, 18 November on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 20:30

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Prehistoric Astronomers

New studies into cave paintings reveal an in-depth understanding of lunar and solar cycles and the life of the night sky. Our caveman ancestors could have been the world’s first astronomers.

Watch from Sunday, 8 November on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 21:00

Secrets Of The Universe

A look back over the revolutions in physics in the 20th century and how 100 years of invention, including radio and television, highlighted science in new ways.

Watch on Monday, 23 November on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 22:00

Food Factory S2

It’s time to get nosy about how our food is made. This season we’ll see everything from why Korean scientists are taking kimchi into space, to where our salt comes from. We’ll see how fortune cookies are made, how brie gets mouldy in just the right way, and even how to make a Dorito from scratch.

Watch from Tuesday, 24 November on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 20:00 

Time Flies

Using cameras, this documentary plays with time to reveal hidden facts and patterns in the world, from the movements of animals following the sun, to the changing of seasons and the impact of weather and climate changes.

Watch On Wednesday, 25 November on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 20:00

PS: Don’t miss the Da Vinci (DStv 318) Science Weekend specials from Saturday, 7 November at 15:30 through to Sunday, 8 November.

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History class


The Nile: 5,000 Years of History

Historian Bettany Hughes is off on the journey of a lifetime as she cruises 1,449km down the river Nile by boat from its mouth, to Egypt’s Southern Border. The banks of the Nile are crowded with history, and Bettany will be our guide to the sights and monuments along the way as she tells us about not only what we can see now, but what the river was like through history, from the times of Ancient Egypt.

Watch on Friday, 6 November on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 20:00


The Perseus Survivor

How about something new about WW2? British Navy stoker John Capes was the sole survivor of the submarine Perseus sinking in 1941 during WW2. Find out how he survived and escaped enemy detection on the Greek island of Kefalonia for 18 months for someone to come rescue him. American underwater researcher Richie Kohler and his team are uncovering the secrets behind the incredible events, and bringing secrets buried under the dark waters of the Mediterranean to light.

Watch on Sunday, 15 November on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 21:00

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Cold War Hot Jets

See how a revolution in jet engine technology during WW2transformed modern life, and how it influenced life during the ’50s in the Cold War era.

Watch on Sunday, 15 November on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 19:00

Just playing around


How To Do Stuff Good S1

This Australian series’ school-aged hosts take viewers into their fun world as they show off how to do amazing things, from arts and crafts, to cooking and pulling tricks on your teachers and parents – ones that won’t make them angry. Probably. After you’ve prepared and packed your own lunch, learn how to shine your school shoes with a banana peel. Kids can also learn how to make the perfect paper aeroplane or homemade speakers, and how to pimp their sneakers.

Starts Friday, 20 November on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 15:55 

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