U.S. net Nat Geo Wild is venturing into the South African bush for a nine-day live special that takes viewers on daily safari rides and into the natural habitats of wild animals.
Entitled Safari Live, the WildEarth-produced specials will kick off on November 29 at 9 a.m. EST/PST as part of the channel’s fifth annual “Big Cat Week.” Hosts Hayden Turner (pictured above) and Pieter Pretorius, both wildlife experts, will take viewers around South Africa’s Sabi Sands Park and provide access to animals such as lions, leopards and elephants. The live safaris will run until December 7.
Meanwhile, a corresponding website – WildSafariLive.com – will provide live access to daily safaris from November 2 to January 31, while a Live Safari simulcast will be available on National Geographic Channel beginning at 9 a.m. EST/PST from December 1 to 5.
During the safaris, Pretorius and Turner will answer questions from viewers through Twitter and email between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. EST/PST, as well as hosting post-safari discussions.
“Safari Live makes it possible for our viewers to travel to the heart of where Africa’s majestic wildlife resides to truly experience animals in their natural world,” said Geoff Daniels, exec VP and GM of Nat Geo Wild, in a statement. “A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity most never get to experience, we are bringing a safari live, to your living room, from Africa.”