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  • 2013-11-03T04:00:00Z on BBC Two
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • Documentary

Africa's Last Oasis: Countdown to the Rains is a wildlife series broadcast on BBC TWO. Kate Humble and Simon King are in Zambia as they report on the lives of animals living near the Luangwa River as they wait for the longest dry season in years to finish.

6 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2013-11-03T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Kate Humble and Simon King report from Zambia, following the lives of the animals living along the Luangwa River at a critical time in the seasons. There has been no rain for seven months and every animal, large and small, is locked in a struggle to survive - the elephant and her new born baby, the tiny lion cubs threatened by a power struggle in the pride and the hundreds of hippos and crocodiles squashed uncomfortably close as the river bed dries up. 75 cameras capture every moment as it happens through the last days of the longest dry season in memory to the arrival of the rains that will change everything.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2013-11-10T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Kate Humble and Simon King report from Zambia, following the lives of the animals living along the Luangwa River at a critical time in the seasons. It hasn't rained for seven months but the clouds are building and the drought could break any day. The river is the only water around, and predator and prey are squashed uncomfortably close. Lions and wild dogs, the latter one of the most endangered species on Earth, compete for territory as elephants try to keep cool in the fierce heat and leopards enjoy days of plenty. 75 cameras capture every moment as it happens through the last days of the longest dry season in memory to the arrival of the rains that will change everything.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2013-11-17T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Kate Humble and Simon King report from Zambia, following the lives of the animals living along the Luangwa River at a critical time in the seasons. It's been the longest dry season in living memory but the rains have finally come and now everything has changed. Thirst has trapped the elephants, buffalo and antelope close to the river where they've been easy prey for the lions, leopards and wild dogs. But now the grazing animals can spread out across the valley and the predators are going to have to work a whole lot harder for their food.

1x04 Rains Undercover: Episode 1

  • 2013-11-03T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Picking up where Africa 2013: Countdown to the Rains leaves off, Kate Humble and wildlife cameraman Simon King continue the conversation from their camp by the oasis. Featuring insight from experts and park guides on the animals affected by the drought, and learning which species are thriving while others struggle for survival. Rains Undercover will also be lifting the lid on the techniques used to capture the stunning footage from Zambia's Luangwa valley.

1x05 Rains Undercover: Episode 2

  • 2013-11-10T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Picking up where Africa 2013: Countdown to the Rains leaves off, Kate Humble and wildlife cameraman Simon King continue the conversation from their camp by the oasis. Featuring insight from experts and park guides on the animals affected by the drought, and learning which species are thriving while others struggle for survival. Rains Undercover will also be lifting the lid on the techniques used to capture the stunning footage from Zambia's Luangwa valley.

1x06 Rains Undercover: Episode 3

  • 2013-11-17T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Picking up where Africa 2013: Countdown to the Rains leaves off, Kate Humble and wildlife cameraman Simon King continue the conversation from their camp by the oasis. Featuring insight from experts and park guides on the animals affected by the drought, and learning which species are thriving while others struggle for survival. Rains Undercover will also be lifting the lid on the techniques used to capture the stunning footage from Zambia's Luangwa valley.

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