Tantalising travel and nature programming you don’t need to leave home for


Travel the globe from the Kalahari to Abu Dhabi, LA to Alaska in this week’s inspiring documentary line up.

This week, DStv brings us content to whet our wanderlust appetite. From the comfort of your couch you can journey to some of David Attenborough’s favourite locations in Attenborough’s Journey on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184).

New Zealand has enjoyed more mass appeal thanks to the filming of its magnificent landscapes in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Visit Middle Earth with Brit comedian Griff Rhys Jones in Griff's Great Kiwi Adventure and enjoy a fresh glimpse of the Kiwi nation.

Deserts are explored this week as the backdrop to Cheetah Family & Me when renowned wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan follows cheetah families on foot in the Kalahari and a dry patch of land outside Abu Dhabi is the stage for the world’s first sustainable city in Masdar: Exploring Our Future.

It’s time to review your bucket list and be inspired. Here’s the best of this week’s factual programming.

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Attenborough's Journey

Any Attenborough documentary is top-notch British programming and the BBC once again delivers as Sir David Attenborough travels to parts of the world that have had special meaning to him during his 50 years of broadcasting. From fossil collecting in Leicestershire as a boy to visiting the once-thriving waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Attenborough does the natural world justice.

Sunday, 28 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 16:00

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Griff's Great Kiwi Adventure

British comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones dons his adventure gear and drives, flies, cycles, sails and jetboats his way from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island, avoiding the national highway. Right off the beaten track, Griff starts out at Cape Reinga and travels via Russell and Kaipara Harbour to Auckland. He also visits Taupo and Wellington before finishing his adventure by travelling to the very tip of the country, a town called Bluff – all while asking the locals: “What does it mean to be Kiwi today?”

Friday, 26 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00

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Cheetah Family & Me

The spectacular Kalahari wilderness is home to the fastest land animal on earth, the cheetah. The spotted mammal can reach startling speeds of over 90km/h. In this brand new documentary, Scottish filmmaker and presenter Gordon Buchanan captures a more vulnerable side to these formidable felines. Gordon follows two wild cheetah families on foot to experience first-hand the challenges these big cats face as they navigate a harsh environment, dangerous wildlife and dwindling prey.

Monday, 29 March on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 19:00

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Hitler's Secret Sex Life

True or false? Explore the multitude of rumours, theories and disputed historical accounts of Adolf Hitler’s sex life in this four-part series. Are the reports of incest, stalking and masochism true? Did the dictator try to hide his sexual past? Take a sordid trip back in time through historical archives and interviews as dishes the dirt on the Fuhrer’s twisted psyche.

Sunday, 28 March on HISTORY (DStv channel 186) at 20:15

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Escaping the Holocaust: Syndrome K

Brand new to DStv is the heart-warming documentary about Jewish lives saved during WWII. Syndrome K tells the story of three courageous doctors who saved Jews by convincing the Nazis these Jews were infected with a deadly and contagious disease the doctors called Syndrome K. Patients at Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Italy were told to fake symptoms when Nazi officers were outside their ward. Interviews with the families of those who were spared from Auschwitz is especially moving.

Sunday, 28 March on HISTORY (DStv channel 186) at 21:05

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Masdar: Exploring Our Future

Curiosity’s Super Science Monday’s continue! Travel to the heart of the Middle East, where Masdar, the world’s first city fuelled exclusively by renewable energies and producing no waste, is being built. Hear from the world’s top scientists as they share their work on the gigantic experiment happening in the desert just outside of Abu Dhabi.

Monday, 29 March on Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) at 21:00

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Mark Emery's American Wildlife

Get your Wilderness Wednesday fix as Curiosity Channel turns its focus on the beauty and splendour of North America. Brown bears, alligators, manatees, whitetail deer and more feature in the five-part nature series. Visit a pristine corner of Alaska, home to one of the largest bear populations and dive beneath the surface of Florida’s warm springs and swamps to discover a thriving wildlife.

Wednesday, 31 March on Curiosity Channel (DStv channel 185) at 20:00

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Fake Famous

The desire to be famous is at a peak thanks to Instagram and TikTok. But is being famous as glamorous as it seems? First-time director and veteran journalist Nick Bilton embarks on a social experiment in this thought-provoking HBO documentary. Three Los Angeles youngsters with small social media followings are chosen via a casting to become fake famous. Followers are bought online and luxurious posts are curated using a surprising string of props. But what are the unintended consequences these three face as their follower numbers increase by the thousands every day?

Premieres Thursday, 1 April on Showmax

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Ripple Effect: First Wave

It brought the world to a standstill. Follow the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in this guerrilla documentary that was produced in under six weeks, while the production teams were under various forms of lockdowns and social distancing rules. Ripple Effect traces the virus from early January 2020 until the end of April and looks at the social, economic and human cost of COVID-19 across five continents.

Premieres Thursday, 1 April on Showmax

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Ripple Effect: The Race for the Cure

Premiering on Showmax this week are unique vaccine stories from Egypt, the UAE, South Africa, Morocco, Germany, Italy and North America. In the second instalment of the multipart doccie-series, cameras follow those searching for a vaccine on two continents, capturing the frustrations, dedication and successes experts face in the quest for a cure.

Premieres Thursday, 1 April on Showmax

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