Journeys In Africa

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Join Bill Ball in the exciting 13-part series: Journeys in Africa, as he tracks down Africa's incredible wildlife and revels in its' mysterious culture. Watch a lion, buffalo and hyena battle for control of Ngorongoro Crater, witness the greatest migration on earth in the Serengeti, learn abou the dark history of Zanzibar and discover the lost kingdom of Kilwa. Each episode brings a new adventure in Africa into your living room.

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Bill Ball

Bill Ball

As president of Passport Travel, Bill has led tours to over 120 countries, all 7 continents and all 50 states.  His travels have led to him being punched by a gorilla, cornered by a honey badger, chasing a lion, and being a guest of honor at a Hindu festival.

Serengeti: The Great Migration

Episode #101 · One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - all other great wilderness areas are compared to this vast savannah. Wildlife numbers are awesome, but nothing like the numbers of the great migration We'll put you in the midst of the natural phenomenon where predator and prey are on the march for survival.

Zanzibar: The Original Spice Island

Episode #102 · The name alone conjures up mysterious and exotic images. The architecture and backstory to this once powerful independent kingdom is both amazing and horrifying. Outside of the city, Zanzibar earns its nickname of the Spice Island with huge plantations of everything to make your cooking flavorful. Bill's final stop is to visit the highly endangered Red Colobus monkeys. Learn why these human-like primates eat dirt for survival.

Safari 101

Episode #103 · All the essentials for going on and having a successful safari are covered before Bill gets a very special challenge - find at least half of the Big Twelve in one safari drive. Four hours and six very special animals - can he do it using his own rules for a successful safari?

Ngorongoro: Battle for the Crater

Episode #104 · Nicknamed the Garden of Eden, this volcanic caldera is home to over 25,000 big game. Here survival isn't just a game- it's a matter of life and death. You'll see one of the great acts of nature - buffalo, lion and hyena in a face to face struggle for dominance. Life in the crater can take surprising twists.

Nairobi: The Enchanted City

Episode #105 · Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and one of the most fascinating cities in Africa. On our visit we'll see the colonial architecture ofa bygone era and the ultra-modern side of town as well. We'll learn the truth behind the Out of Africa story and Bill comes eye to eye with some endangered giraffes.

Tarangire: Land of the Elephant

Episode #106 · This is the land of the elephant and did that prove itself true. Large herds of pachyderms roam this marshy park putting on a show for whoever wants to watch. But that's not the only big boys in this park buffalo, lion and a host of hoofed game make this a wonder to behold.

Kilwa: The Swahili King of the Indian Ocean

Episode #107 · This ancient ruined city, lost to history, was one of the most powerful in the world during its prime. The architectural sophistication and sheer size will amaze you. Then Bill heads out to the deep ocean for some big game fishing. Will he land the big one or return empty handed?

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

Episode #108 · Featured in films and documentaries, the mane-less lions of Tsavo have a fierce reputation - man-eaters. We go on a photo hunt for these legendary beasts of the bush. In the process, we witness the raw power of the ghosts of the dark.

Mombassa: The Center of It All

Episode #109 · Gold, ivory and slaves drove the economy of the East Coast of Africa 500 years ago. Join us as we explore the Portuguese and Arab roles in these horrific trade schemes. We'll also investigate the pristine waters off the coast of the nearby National Park. Here Bill dons a snorkel mask and comes face to face with the creatures of the coral reef.

Arusha/Manyara: Hidden Wonders of the North

Episode #110 · The Great Rift Valley is actually where the continent of Africa is literally tearing itself apart. That geologic phenomenon has created two very distinct national parks within an easy drive of one another. One, a rainforest full of colorful birds and strange monkeys and the other, a large lake centered on a vast plain. Two eco-zones, double the wildlife.

Dar Es Salaam/Tanga: Countdown to History

Episode #111 · To this day sisal, a rope making fiber plant is a mainstay of the economy. We'll tour the capital city of Tanzania and its diverse religious institutions before heading into sisal country. We'll learn about the German influences and the seldom heard story of Livingston's final trip across Africa.

Saadani: Where The Land Meets The Sea

Episode #112H · Here is one of the few national parks in Africa where the bush meets the ocean. The big game of Africa face off with the creatures of the deep. Bill goes a little rogue for supper and tries his hand at surf netting prawns after spending a day looking for the elusive elephants of Saadani.

Saadani: Where The Land Meets The Sea

Episode #112 · Here is one of the few national parks in Africa where the bush meets the ocean. The big game of Africa face off with the creatures of the deep. Bill goes a little rogue for supper and tries his hand at surf netting prawns after spending a day looking for the elusive elephants of Saadani.

Mikumi: The Gateway to the Southern Circuit

Episode #113H · If there ever was a lost wildlife gem, it would be Mikumi. Here many of the big Twelve live their lives against the backdrop of one of the most scenic parks in Africa. Bill takes a break from the wildlife safari to investigate the huge salt works at the edge of the park and how it may impact future conservation.

Mikumi: The Gateway to the Southern Circuit

Episode #113 · If there ever was a lost wildlife gem, it would be Mikumi. Here many of the big Twelve live their lives against the backdrop of one of the most scenic parks in Africa. Bill takes a break from the wildlife safari to investigate the huge salt works at the edge of the park and how it may impact future conservation.