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Savage Kingdom

Savage Kingdom

  • Premiered: 
    November 25, 2016
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  • Network: Nat Geo Wild
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Animal
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Plot Synopsis

Narrated by Charles Dance, SAVAGE KINGDOM tells the real-life story of ruthless predators and powerful prey whose interconnected lives expose rivalries, betrayals, battles, struggles and triumphs, as they battle for survival in a remote region of Africa that is drying up after years of flood-soaked abundance. The winners are rewarded with the richest hunting grounds in the kingdom, while the losers are fated to exile...or even death. Each episode is told from one predator's point of view, revealing the exploits between clans that come to a head in rarely seen predator/prey action. There are bold plays for territory, inventive hunting techniques, deaths seen from different animals' points of view and births of new heirs. Shot by award-winning producer Brad Bestelink, who was born and raised in Botswana, SAVAGE KINGDOM takes place in Savute, a remote corner of Africa where animals are pitted against each other in a circle of unending conflict. There are ruthless predators -- lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs -- who stop at nothing to get ahead in the game of life or death. Their survival depends on the giant herds of powerful prey -- buffalo, elephant and zebra -- that have roamed Savute's kingdoms in search of sustenance, season after season, millennium after millennium...and drought is coming. Every frame of this series was shot in 4K, as the team was in the field for more than a year, waking up with the animals, tracking them all day and sleeping on top of their vehicles at night.
On Friday, December 9, 2016 from 9-11pm ET/PT, Nat Geo Wild premiered "Big Game of Thrones," the finale of SAVAGE KINGDOM. Rule of the kingdom is reserved for the strong. Five heroes, each with a unique power, head up rival clans struggling for power, clawing their way to the top. Each will kill to protect their dynasty and take the throne.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Icon Films
  • In association with Natural History Film Unit Botswana