A look at some of the best South African Wildlife documentaries you can watch for free online.

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(a). Full Documentaries.

1. Surviving The Driest Place In South Africa | Kalahari Desert Documentary | Real Wild

For thousands of years, predators and their prey have blended in with the golden landscapes of the African Savanna. But in springtime from the Kalahari Desert to Namaqualand, the dry zones are transformed into fields covered by flowers in spring. This unique wildlife documentary shows how animals adapt themselves to this seasonal change. Southern Africa S1 E2 #africanwildlife #animals #desert

Surviving The Driest Place In South Africa | Kalahari Desert Documentary | Real Wild
Length Date Published
49m 20s 2023-01-04

2. Why Water Is Crucial For South Africa's Wildlife | Southern Africa Documentary | Real Wild

For African wildlife, existence can be a never-ending quest for survival. Water is the source of life. To drink, rinse food, clean play, cool off, and mate. South Africa has a wide variety of ecosystems from the Okavango delta, victoria falls, and Etosha savanna desert. Wildlife that live in these areas only survives if there is water. The goal of this amazing journey is to show the multiple uses of the water that make survival possible for the thousands of animals that call these regions home....

Why Water Is Crucial For South Africa's Wildlife | Southern Africa Documentary | Real Wild
Length Date Published
49m 9s 2022-12-31

3. Dive Team Hunt For Living Dinosaur Thought To Be Extinct | Dinofish | Real Wild

In 1938, a living, prehistoric relic was discovered. A trawler docked in East London, South Africa with the usual catch of shark, ray, and ratfish but found something unusual. A huge purple fish that seemed to have limb-like appendages instead of fins. The discovery of the coelacanth caused a sensation in the scientific world because it is the only living member of a very old group of fish, the Actinistians. A sole survivor of a line of fish believed to be extinct. #dinofish #dinosaur...

Dive Team Hunt For Living Dinosaur Thought To Be Extinct | Dinofish | Real Wild
Length Date Published
49m 35s 2022-10-17

4. Why Are There So Many Shark Attacks In South Africa? | Mystery Of Shark Beach | Real Wild

Second beach at Port St Johns is a small, rocky cove on the rural coast of southern Africa, well known locally for its surfers. But now a dramatic story of mysterious shark attacks is playing out as marauding sharks kill and eat local surfers. It has been the scene of 6 shark attacks, turning this peaceful stretch of beach into the African equivalent of Amity. Dr Matt Dicken is a biologist who is attempting to find answers and help prevent these attacks humanely. #SharkAttacks #Greatwhiteshark...

Why Are There So Many Shark Attacks In South Africa? | Mystery Of Shark Beach | Real Wild
Length Date Published
49m 29s 2022-09-12

5. 60,000 Acres Of Predators & Herbivores In Africa | Shamwari Game Reserve | Real Wild

Shamwari Untamed takes the viewer on an unforgettable journey into 60,000 acres of the pristine game reserve in South Africa and offers behind-the-scenes access to the dangerous daily activities of the Shamwari Wildlife Department as they take extreme action to protect the region’s famous wildlife. From the biggest mammal to the smallest primate every species plays a vital role in their shared habitat. Featuring up-close encounters with animals big and small! #RealWild #WildLifeDocumentary...

60,000 Acres Of Predators & Herbivores In Africa | Shamwari Game Reserve | Real Wild
Length Date Published
1h 15m 3s 2022-07-12

6. How South Africa's Elephants Avoided Extinction | Addo's Elephants | Real Wild

In the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Addo, there is a very unique herd of Elephants that has been pushed back from the brink of extinction. Due to large amounts of hunting and poaching by the turn of the 20th century, this herd had almost gone extinct, until they were given protected land in Addo Elephant National Park in 1931. The descendants of the few Elephants that survived now live and thrive in this park by the hundreds. #RealWild #Documentary

How South Africa's Elephants Avoided Extinction | Addo's Elephants | Real Wild
Length Date Published
50m 46s 2021-12-04

7. Tiger Transportation Takes Dramatic Turn When Tranquiliser Fails | Wild Animal Rescue | Real Wild

A drama-packed mission flying six tigers from the Netherlands to South Africa is hardly off the ground before there's a medical emergency; and the challenges of treating lions with medical problems. Wild Animal Rescue: The wildlife rescue efforts of Four Paws, an international animal welfare organization, are filmed. Staff and volunteers are shown in action as they perform daring rescues, rehabilitation, and releasing animals back in the wild or in sanctuaries. Tiger Transportation Takes...

Tiger Transportation Takes Dramatic Turn When Tranquiliser Fails | Wild Animal Rescue | Real Wild
Length Date Published
42m 47s 2021-09-28

8. The Migration Of The Ragged-Tooth Shark (Wildlife Documentary) | Ragged Tooth | Real Wild

The Ragged-tooth shark has a formidable reputation - but the truth about this animal is very different. We follow this incredible shark on its biannual migration along the South African coast and venture deep into underwater caves to study its dramatic mating behaviour. #RealWild #Documentary

The Migration Of The Ragged-Tooth Shark (Wildlife Documentary) | Ragged Tooth | Real Wild
Length Date Published
48m 51s 2020-09-12

9. The Monkeys Taking Over Our Rooftops (Wildlife Documentary) | Street Monkeys | Real Wild

Inside a luxury golfing estate in South Africa, Vervet Monkeys live like kings! But life isn't perfect for the leader of the Pani troop, with several others threatening to take over. Watch the monkey revolt commence. #RealWild #Documentary

The Monkeys Taking Over Our Rooftops (Wildlife Documentary) | Street Monkeys | Real Wild
Length Date Published
50m 1s 2018-06-26

10. Gang of Monkeys Terrorize Neighborhood | Street Monkeys | Real Wild

Inside a luxury golfing estate in South Africa, Vervet Monkeys live like kings! But life isn't perfect when outsiders called the Sugar Cane Gang attempt to take over and steal their home right from under them. Watch the battle commence!! #RealWild #Documentary

Gang of Monkeys Terrorize Neighborhood | Street Monkeys | Real Wild
Length Date Published
50m 1s 2018-06-19

11. The Monkey Turf Wars On Our Streets | Street Monkeys | Real Wild

Inside a luxury golfing estate in South Africa, Vervet Monkeys live like kings! But life isn't perfect when outsiders called the Sugar Cane Gang attempt to take over and steal their home right from under them. Watch the battle commence!! #RealWild #Documentary

The Monkey Turf Wars On Our Streets | Street Monkeys | Real Wild
Length Date Published
50m 1s 2018-06-12

12. This Vervet Monkey Troop Rules The Streets Of The City | Street Monkeys | Real Wild

Inside a luxury golfing estate in South Africa, Vervet Monkeys live like kings! But life isn't perfect when outsiders called the Sugar Cane Gang slowly attempt to take over and steal their home right from under them. And all this is happening in the middle of Mating Season! #RealWild #Documentary

This Vervet Monkey Troop Rules The Streets Of The City | Street Monkeys | Real Wild
Length Date Published
49m 59s 2018-06-05

13. Rescuing One Of Africa's Most Endangered Mammals (Black Rhino Documentary) | Real Wild

The black rhino, a unique and magnificent beast that has roamed the African plains for 60 million years, is endangered and each one has a price on its head. Their powdered horn is a much sought after aphrodisiac in China and is worth its weight in gold. We follow the capture in South Africa of four black rhinos and their hair-raising journey back to their original homeland of Mkomazi in Tanzania. #RealWild #Documentary

Rescuing One Of Africa's Most Endangered Mammals (Black Rhino Documentary) | Real Wild
Length Date Published
51m 39s 2018-01-20

14. How The Caracal Protects The South African Air Force | Real Wild

Captive cats become captivating predators in this intensely moving film about a family of caracal that regain their freedom through an alliance with the South African air force. The caracal is evasive, shy and solitary and these little known feline predators are seldom seen and extremely difficult to film. A special group of caracal has been enrolled by the South African air force to protect them from flocks of birds. First of all though, they have to be taught how to hunt. #RealWild...

How The Caracal Protects The South African Air Force | Real Wild
Length Date Published
50m 16s 2017-12-18

15. The Harsh Reality Of Big Cats In The Wild | Predators In Peril | Real Wild

Set in the vast expanse of South Africa's Mala Mala Game Reserve, a host of Africa's biggest and fiercest wildlife species compete for food, mates and territory against the backdrop of a harsh dry season. This compelling film tracks the interconnecting lives of a wild community, locked in a never-ending battle to stay alive. At the heart of it all is a pride of lions. Challenged from all sides by other big characters in the area, relationships constantly take unexpected turns. #RealWild...

The Harsh Reality Of Big Cats In The Wild | Predators In Peril | Real Wild
Length Date Published
50m 5s 2017-12-09

16. The Barbaric World Of Shark Finning | Real Wild Documentary

After being hunted close to extinction the Great White Shark is now a protected species in South Africa. However, thousands of other sharks are still being killed. Many sharks are hunted for their fins alone, to satisfy an enormous demand for shark fin soup in the Far East. This film exposes the cruelty of live finning, see for yourself... #RealWild #Documentary

The Barbaric World Of Shark Finning | Real Wild Documentary
Length Date Published
49m 35s 2017-02-20

(b). Mini-Documentaries.

1. Standing 12 Feet Away From The Oldest Lion In South African Reserve | Real Wild

5 lion prides are followed throughout the Phinda reserve in South Africa. The oldest of them all is 11 years old and the conservationist team gets within 12 feet from her, and she's not a lion to be messed with. The team journey into the night watching the prides every move seeing how they track and hunt their prey. preparing for a fight to the death. #lion #liondocumentary #wildlife

Standing 12 Feet Away From The Oldest Lion In South African Reserve | Real Wild
Length Date Published
24m 20s 2022-11-16

2. Following Baby Cheetahs In South Africa | Wildlife Quest | Real Wild

Brittanny and Anga are searching for baby cheetahs and what differentiates males and females. What do parent cheetahs do to provide for newborn cubs? They come across two cheetah litters and witness how the cubs interact with their mothers and learn how to survive. #Cheetahdocumentary #babycheetahs #bigcats

Following Baby Cheetahs In South Africa | Wildlife Quest | Real Wild
Length Date Published
24m 16s 2022-09-23

3. Following African Elephants In Their Natural Habitats | Wildlife Quest | Real Wild

On a quest to discover the most exotic and famous wild animals in South Africa, at the Phinda reserve. Hosts Brittany Bristow and Anga Makubalo embark on a safari through the magnificent Phinda reserve in KwaZulu Natal. Here, they encounter some of the most famous animals in Africa and study their behavior in a variety of environments starting with the south African elephant. #elephants #naturereserve #wildlifeDocumentary

Following African Elephants In Their Natural Habitats | Wildlife Quest | Real Wild
Length Date Published
24m 45s 2022-09-11

4. Africa's Lions, Leopards and Hyenas With Austin Stevens | Real Wild

Follow along as wildlife photographer and naturalist Austin Stevens goes to Africa in search of some of the biggest cats! In this compilation, Stevens starts off in the plains of the Serengeti, easily finding many lions, but what he struggles to see is them hunt for prey. Will he get his perfect photo? He then travels onto his native South Africa where he seeks out the elusive leopard, and finishes his journey in Ethiopia in search of the spotted Hyena, trying to best capture what occurs inside...

Africa's Lions, Leopards and Hyenas With Austin Stevens | Real Wild
Length Date Published
2h 28m 19s 2022-03-19

5. Epic Snake Compilation With Austin Stevens | Austin Stevens Adventures | Real Wild

Follow along as wildlife photographer and naturalist Austin Stevens travels the world in search of some of the biggest and deadliest snakes. In this compilation, Stevens starts in Mexico where he seeks out the rare Tzabcan Rattlesnake, which was once hailed as a god by the ancient Mayans. He then travels to the swamplands of Florida where he comes across the non-native Burmese Python and aims to relocate it to a new home. Finally, Stevens ends up in his home country of South Africa where he...

Epic Snake Compilation With Austin Stevens | Austin Stevens Adventures | Real Wild
Length Date Published
2h 28m 18s 2022-03-05

6. Baby Elephant Meets Schoolchildren | Wildlife Nannies | Real Wild

In South Africa, handler Joseph has been taking care of 4-year-old Elephant Maliaka her whole life since she lost her mom. They have a special bond, and in this episode, he takes her to a wildlife park to meet and educate schoolchildren about elephants. Elsewhere in Australia, Anya, a baby Wallaby is being nursed by her nanny Guni and a rescued Echidna with an injured snout is treated. *TW at 21:30: animal surgery #RealWild #Documentary

Baby Elephant Meets Schoolchildren | Wildlife Nannies | Real Wild
Length Date Published
26m 19s 2022-02-24

7. Adorable Baby White Bengal Tiger Meets New Friend | Wildlife Nannies | Real Wild

Abandoned by his mother, White Bengal Tiger baby Pipo is being cared for on the hopes of reintegration with other white tigers soon. Elsewhere, Francois is fighting for the lives of the seal population in South Africa, he is currently nursing JT, Alpha and Amigo, all two-month-old seal pups who he found starving on an island in the bay. #RealWild #Documentary

Adorable Baby White Bengal Tiger Meets New Friend | Wildlife Nannies | Real Wild
Length Date Published
26m 15s 2022-02-03

8. Adorable Baby Baboon Attends Her First Day At School | Wildlife Nannies | Real Wild

We meet a woman in South Africa raising an adorable baby baboon who has an eventful first day in baboon kindergarten, and a man in Tasmania caring for a baby wombat who have become inseparable from one another - but can he learn to be independent? Wildlife Nannies: The nannies open their hearts and homes to the loveable orphaned rogues of the animal kingdom. #RealWild #Documentary #WildlifeNannies

Adorable Baby Baboon Attends Her First Day At School | Wildlife Nannies | Real Wild
Length Date Published
27m 17s 2021-08-12

9. The Baboon Mob Of Gangster Monkeys (Wildlife Documentary) | Real Wild

Whenever baboon troop leader Papio struts from the no man‚ land between Zimbabwe and South Africa, he does so with the audacity of a Mafia Don. Crossing the border, no one dares block his path, neither the armed guards nor the border officials. For Don Papio, times are good. His brutal campaign of ambushes and incursions have finally paid off. At last, his rivals, the sapiens, treated him with the respect he demands. #RealWild #Documentary

The Baboon Mob Of Gangster Monkeys (Wildlife Documentary) | Real Wild
Length Date Published
25m 20s 2017-08-30