Kalahari

About

The Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa is a world of extremes, its apparent emptiness punctuated by explosions of life. Relentless cycles of dry and wet, scarcity and plenty, dictate which creatures can live here, and which will die.

Shot in stunning high definition and 35mm film, and told through the eyes of renowned naturalist, filmmaker and longtime resident, Tim Liversedge, two remarkable films provide a masterful account of the inner workings of one of the last truly wild places on earth.

Kalahari: The Great Thirstland

Long spells of sparse rains leave riverbeds dry, and little to eat. Then, as if by magic, swarms and multitudes of birds and insects come to life, great herds of wildebeest and zebra gather, flamingoes coming home to breed fill the skies, and bullfrogs arise from years of sleep, when the great rains come to the Kalahari.

Kalahari: The Flooded Desert

The Okavango River flows inland through Botswana from mountains in the north, creating a spectacular delta – a permanent wetland in the heart of the desert. It supports a vibrant community of wildlife which would otherwise never call the desert home. But this world of water is no ‘safe’ oasis. All life here is at the mercy of the delicate balance between the desert and the flood.

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Online content for Kalahari was originally posted November 2003.

Production Credits Print
Kalahari: The Great Thirstland

Television Credits

Narrated by
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

Director
TIM LIVERSEDGE

Producer
KATYA SHIROKOW

Cinematography
TIM LIVERSEDGE
RICHARD JONES

Additional Cinematography
JUNE LIVERSEDGE
GAVIN McCRARY

Original Music
HAL LINDES

Editor
DAVID DICKIE

Assistant Editor
MICHAEL BANGS

Writer
KATE YOUNGDAHL

Production Manager
JUNE LIVERSEDGE

Location Manager
CRAIG BIGGS

Field Assistants
TSHIMOLOGO MATITHITHI
OBAKAWE KELESITSE
OTHUSITSWE MOLATHIWA
MIRIAM SIMON

Sound Recordist
DAVID BENADE

High Definition Post-Production Manager
KATYA SHIROKOW

Map Graphics
SCOTT SIMMONS,
Livewire Productions

Title Graphics
TIM SASSOON,
Tim Sassoon Film Design

Sound Design and Mixing
Wounded Buffalo Studios

On line Editor
JASON FRANK, Riot

Still Photography
JUNE LIVERSEDGE

Helicopter Pilots
MULLER MAAS
PETER PERLSTEIN,
Okavango Helicopters

Special Thanks to:
The Government of Botswana
Botswana Department of Wildlife &
National Parks
Air Botswana
Le Roo Le Tau Lodge
Nata Lodge
Botswana Soda Ash Co.

Executive Producers
TIM LIVERSEDGE
KATYA SHIROKOW

© 2003 Wild Logic LLC
All Rights Reserved

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
JILL CLARKE
PATTY JACOBSON

Associate Producers
GIANNA SAVOIE
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Secretary
KELLY LAFFERTY

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Offline Editor
PATRICK GAMBUTI, JR.

Online Editor
BARRY GLINER
BRIAN LONGENECKER

Sound Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A Co-Production of Wild Logic,
Thirteen/WNET New York and NHK

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

Web Credits

PRODUCER
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

DESIGNER
MICHAEL DIMAURO

PAGEBUILDING
BRIAN SANTALONE

WRITER
ELIZABETH OWEN

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
BRIAN LEE

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