African Safari

Synopsis: Filmmaker Ben Stassen and cinematographer Sean MacLeod Phillips return to southern Africa for a whole new adventure. Animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson - "The Lion Whisperer" - guides audiences on an extraordinary journey across the most spectacular sceneries on earth: from the picturesque coastal desert dunes of Namibia, through the natural wonder of the Ngorongoro crater and then on to the breathtaking Victoria Falls. The film delivers startlingly close encounters with lions, cheetahs, leopards, black rhinoceros and elephants. This is the trek of a lifetime, so get ready to be immersed in the real wild Africa - where there are no fences for your protection.
Genre: Documentary
85 min


Climate changes and population growth

are threatening the natural equilibrium

of our planet.

Nowhere is the challenge

greater than in Africa

where the population

is projected to grow

from one to two billion

within a few decades.

More land is needed each year

to provide for this rapid growth

and vast areas of African wilderness

are vanishing at an alarming pace.

In years to come,

what remains of the untouched wilderness

on this vast continent

could shrink to a few pockets of fenced

in game reserves

that will be little more

than large outdoor zoos.

Before it is too late,

we want you, to join us

on a safari adventure

across the continent

to survey what remains

of the real African wilderness.

Look who's join us.

Welcome, it's good to have you on board,

I am Mara Douglas-Hamilton...

and I am Kevin Richardson.

Welcome to Namibia.

We're going to take you on

an incredible journey

across Africa all the way

to Kilimanjaro.

And remember there is just one rule,

please keep your hands and feet

inside the vehicle at all times...

Oh yeah, remember to have some fun.


I am really excited to share

this incredible experience with Mara.

Born in a family of prominent

conservationists in Kenya,

she was raised among wild elephants.

Inspired by her close

connection to nature,

she has explored the remotest corners

of the continent

and is active in the fight

to protect African elephants.

As a child born in the suburbs

of Johannesburg,

Kevin who always had

a keen interest in animals

was not pre-destined to become

a world renowned wildlife expert.

But at the age of 23, a chance encounter

with the owner of

a Lion Park in South Africa

ignited his passion for big cats.

With a lot of hard work

and an amazing gift,

he managed to be accepted

by a large pride of lion

as one of their own.

To achieve this amazing feat,

Kevin broke safety rules in the book.

Joining us on the expedition

are location manager, Marc Baar,

field engineer, Hal Bowker

and balloonist, Dany Cleyet Marrel.

Dany has customized a balloon,

called the Cinebulle,

especially for this adventure.

Instead of a heavy basket,

the passenger sits on

a lightweight aluminum bench,

increasing the balloon's flying range


The propeller at the back

gives us the ability to steer

instead of merely drifting along

with the wind current.

As we take off on our maiden flight,

it is reassuring to know that

Dany is one of the world's

leading ballooning expert.

He has lead countless...

scientific hot air balloon expeditions

on all continents

and is the inventor

of a wide range of flying devices

used in the famous canopy raft missions.

We will count on Dany

to get access to some remote parts

of the African Wilderness.

The only draw back of the Cinebulle

is that it can only take one passenger.

So Kevin and I will have to take turns,

but today the pleasure is all mine.

My hair got all messed up!

A short distance from the dunes,

we drive east through some

of the oldest canyons on earth,

the gateway to one of last safe havens

for the elusive black rhino.

Numbering in the hundreds of thousands

a century ago,

illegal poaching caused their population

to dwindle to less than 2500.

Thanks to aggressive protection programs

in countries like Namibia,

the species recovered somewhat

over the last decade to over 5000.

But poaching is on the rise again.

Around 120 black rhinos

were killed last year alone.

Thought to have healing powers,

rhino horn is in fact mere keratin,

the same substance as our fingernail.

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Ben Stassen

Ben Stassen is a Belgian film director, producer and screenwriter. He founded nWave Pictures in 1994, producing successful CGI ride films including the groundbreaking Devils Mine. Starting in 1997, Stassen began focusing on large-format films, and made some of the most successful large-format films to date, including Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun and Alien Adventure. Contrary to most large-format films, which mix education with spectacular visuals, Stassen's earlier large-format films were aimed exclusively at the entertainment market. As IMAX theaters around the world increasingly became capable of screening stereoscopic (3-D) films in the late 1990s, Stassen embraced this new technology, and directed a succession of popular 3-D large-format films, including Encounter in the Third Dimension and Haunted Castle. In 2005, Stassen produced and directed Wild Safari 3D, the first 3-D wildlife film for the giant screen. Ben Stassen's first feature-length animated film, Fly Me to the Moon, was released in North America on 15 August 2008 on both regular-size and IMAX screens, exclusively in 3-D. According to nWave, Fly Me to the Moon was the first animated film to be designed, created, and released solely in 3-D. The film was originally announced for the spring or summer of 2007. The delay is believed to be the result of the slow roll-out of 3-D projection technology. On 7 May 2008, nWave announced that its next feature-length animated film would be called Around the World in 50 Years and that it too would be directed by Ben Stassen. It was released in 2010 as A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures. Further animated features directed or co-directed by Stassen include A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise (2012), The House of Magic (2013), The Wild Life (2016) and the upcoming The Son of Bigfoot (2017). Stassen was also involved in the production of several films directed by famed Croatian film director Krsto Papić, most notably My Uncle's Legacy. “Son of Bigfoot,” which is still in theaters in many territories (early 2018), has topped 8 million admissions worldwide. The Queen's Corgi, the 7th feature animated project from Stassen is firmly positioning nWave Studios ( as one of the world’s rare purveyors of high-profile mainstream independent animation outside North America. Budgeted at more than $20 million, “Corgi” follows the adventure of Rex, the British monarch’s most beloved dog, who is tricked into leaving his mistress in search for adventure. But soon his escapade takes an unexpected turn as he stumbles across a fight club with dogs of all kinds confronting each other. During his epic journey to return to Buckingham Palace, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self. Charades, Paris based sales company, has acquired worldwide sales rights to “The Queen’s Corgi” and has already sold the film to over 50 territories. The film will be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.The Queen's Corgi is produced by Ben Stassen and co-directed by Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot (Robinson Crusoe). Rex's voice talent is Joseph Bwarie, a long-running Jersey Boys lead on Broadway. It is written by Rob Sprackling and John Smth (Gnomeo and Juliet). The film has received the support of Belgian film commission Wallimage. Stassen is currently working on the launch of a streaming platform for 3D content for VR Headsets ( nWave Studios has one of the largest library of 3D films in the world, ranging from feature films, large format film (Imax) 4D attraction films and ride films. more…

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