Botswana Travel Article | Award Winning Documentaries on Botswana

Filming and photographing is an ongoing project in Botswana. Ian MichlerPhoto expedition with Ian Michler
The wilderness areas of Botswana are well documented in award-winning documentaries by some of the best know film makers in the business, with many of the documentaries becoming classics of their time. From predator interaction to baboon behaviour and the migration of flamingos Botswana has been a rich source of material for film makers over the years with many of the documentaries winning awards.

Derek and Beverly Joubert

Derek and Beverly Joubert have produced many dramatic documentaries about the wildlife of Botswana, with a lean towards predators. They were based in Savute for many years where they recorded the drying up of the channel in The Stolen River.
It was in Savute where they discovered the enmity between lions and hyenas so dramatically presented in Eternal Enemies. Their latest project was entitled Eye of the Leopard which was about their three year romance with a Leopard cub in the Okavango Delta.

Some of the Joubert's documentaries include:
  • The Stolen River - about the drying up of the Savute Channel
  • Patterns in the Grass - about the Savute Zebra migration
  • Eternal Enemies - based on the rivalry between Lions and Hyenas
  • Ultimate Enemies - the enmity between Lions and Elephants
  • Relentless Enemies - the relationship between Lions and Buffalo
  • Eye of the Leopard - the story of a Leopard cub

Tim Liversedge

Well known for his film making Tim Liversedge has produced two of the most dramatic documentaries ever filmed, among many others:
  • The Year of the Flamebird - documents the Flamingos of the Mkagadikgadi Pans
  • Roar! - the IAMX documentary about the Lions of the Kalahari
  • The Flooded Desert - the seasons of the Okavango

Other Film Makers in Botswana

Other organisations such as Animal Planet and the BBC have filmed extensively in Botswana with the excellent Planet Earth series featuring Botswana a great deal.

The Sisterhood by Richard Goss is an excellent look into Hyena society and was filmed in the Okavango Delta. Delta Troop is a documentary by Adrian Bailey and Robyn Keene-Young shot in the Okavango Delta and focussing on a troop of Baboons in the delta.
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