7:30pm Sunday, July 8 on Prime
Journey through this amazing geographical feature and see how the forces of nature have shaped the landscape, creating a hotbed of evolution and the cradle of mankind. Visible from space, the Great Rift runs for thousands of miles. It creates, connects and defines the wildest, most charismatic landscape in the world. In the second of three episodes the focus is on the colourful wildlife of East Africa’s lakes and rivers. The Great Rift Valley channels a huge diversity of waterways – rivers, lakes, waterfalls, caustic springs and coral seas – spanning from Egypt to Mozambique. Some lake and ocean deeps harbour previously unseen life-forms, while caustic waters challenge life to the extreme. But where volcanic minerals enrich the Great Rift’s waterways, they provide the most spectacular concentrations of birds, mammals and fish in all Africa.