Africa - Kalahari

Africa - Kalahari
“Achille Berbenni” Award assigned by the Audience Jury 2014
by Hugh Pearson – Produced by BBC – United Kingdom 2013 – Running time: 59 min. – Featured area: Kalahari and Namib deserts, South Africa, Namibia

In Africa’s ancient south west corner two extraordinary deserts sit side by side - the Kalahari and Namib deserts. Water is in short supply, yet these deserts are somehow full of life. In the Kalahari scrublands, clever meerkats are outsmarted by a wily bird, solitary and belligerent black rhinos get together to party and giant insects stalk huge flocks of birds. Rain almost never falls in the Namib – instead it must make do with vaporous, vanishing fog. The creatures in this, the world’s oldest desert, have gone to the extremes, as spiders wheel to escape and a desert giraffe fights to defend his scant resources in the greatest giraffe battle ever filmed.