Africa is far and pricey for most to travel to. But that’s not stopping Nat Geo WILD from bringing Africa to you. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m. ET on Nat Geo WILD, Safari Live gives viewers a front row seat on daily safari rides as we explore the natural habitat of lions, giraffes, elephants and more.
No passport required for this one! As part of BIG CAT WEEK, Nat Geo WILD’s week dedicated to big cat programming to help save big cats in the wild, you will witness these majestic animals each morning with two expert guides leading the way. All you need is an appetite for adventure and love for our wildlife friends in the African bush. Safari guides Pieter Pretorius and Hayden Turner take us deep into South Africa’s Sabi Sands Park to bring us face to face with Africa’s wildlife, including lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalos. A rare opportunity, our cameras are bringing Africa to your fingertips to reveal how these magnificent creatures live.
Safari guides Pieter and Hayden will also answer questions from viewers live via Twitter with hashtag #safarilive, and on our website WILDSafariLive.com during the safari between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET.
“Born and raised in Namibia, I know the heart of the African bush, and it has a pulse like no other,” said Pieter. “When you are in the bush, it’s you and the animal face to face — in the moment, no boundaries, no limitations, no distractions. Just you and nature. It’s a remarkable experience that I love sharing with newcomers.”
More than a television event, Big Cat Week is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to stop poaching, save habitats, and sound the call that big steps are needed to save big cats around the world. This global initiative actively supports on-the-ground conservation projects and education to help stem and eventually reverse the rapid disappearance of big cat populations. For more information on the Big Cats Initiative and how you can get involved, visit causeanuproar.com.
About the Safari Guides:
Pieter Pretorius has been a game drive guide since 1997, when he started working as a guide in Pilanesberg National Park at the exclusive lodge, Tshukudu, focusing on finding Africa’s big five. He has guided over 1,500 hours of walking trails and has become involved with various research projects, including the bull elephant and lion introduction into Kruger National Park. He has nearly 20 years of field experience with tracking wildlife in the African bush.
Hayden Turner is a wildlife expert who reports from some of the wildest and most scenic places on earth. He has worked and traveled throughout the world, filming across the African continent and in more than 35 other countries. Hayden is known for his private safaris, exclusive escapes and expeditions throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Hayden’s philosophy is that the most effective approach to conservation is through education, technology and inspiring people to care for the planet, coupled with understanding people’s different perceptions of wildlife.
Live safaris start Saturday at 9 a.m. ET on Nat Geo WILD! You can also catch bonus safaris online at WILDSafariLive.com.