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Friday – 12pm

Siyaya – Come Wild With Us is a fast-paced youthful adventure through some of South Africa’s most fascinating national parks where up close wildlife encounters endear the kids to the importance of conservation.

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Season 2
  • Season 2 | Episode 13 
    On the Spoor of the Big Snake – To the River’s End – Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
    In their final step in this quest for Big Snake, Oompie and the high school students take a hair-raising rafting trip.  They survive white water rapids, sharp rocks and whirlpools and stumble upon a great find the next day:  ancient graves and rock engravings – including one of Big Snake!
  • Season 2 | Episode 12 
    On the Spoor of the Big Snake – Making Deep Tracks – Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
    Oompie and his students explore the deep Fish River Canyon.  Legend has it that its twists and turns were created when Big Snake was chased through the desert by humans.  The explorers tell stories about this mythical creature around the campfire and sleep under the stars near the edge of the deep canyon.
  • Season 2 | Episode 11 
    On the Spoor of the Big Snake – Signs from the Past – Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
    Still searching the Big Snake, the zebra bus crosses the Orange River into Namibia on a precarious bridge.    Oompie and the students find engravings of the ancient Nama people in a dry riverbed and follow the river to a cave.  There they discover artwork in a well-hidden Apollo 11 cave that is 25-30,000 years old!
  • Season 2 | Episode 10 
    On the Spoor of the Big Snake – The Serpent’s Nest – Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
    Oompie and five high school students follow the spoor (trail) of the legendary Big Snake, a shape-shifting spirit.  Up in the mountains, they sample bitter plants that help people survive and play music on the thorny spikes of the Halfmense plant.  They pay tribute at the grave of two sisters whose lives were intertwined with Big Snake.
  • Season 2 | Episode 9 
    Place of Big Noise – Augrabies Falls National Park
    The youngsters ride scary whitewater rapids in rubber raft, just missing a waterfall called “The Place of the Big Noise.”  They also observe the natural filtration system provided by reeds in wetlands.  After the desert, they are overwhelmed by the power of water.
  • Season 2 | Episode 8 
    The Golden Gate – Golden Gate Highlands National Park
    The zebra bus tries to merge with a herd of actual zebras – who are not fooled.  The kids mount horses and ride deep into the canyons to explore caves and wetlands.  They also find rock art depicting San mythology.  A helicopter ride gives them a superb view of sandstone formations going back to when dinosaurs roamed.
  • Season 2 | Episode 7 
    Horn of Africa – Mountain Zebra National Park
    The youngsters come face-to-face with a Black Rhino and her calf and find that safety relies on their ability to act “invisible.”   After game rangers tranquilize rhinos in order to relocate them, the kids get to touch the horn.  It is the reason rhinos are so prized by poachers who are ready to kill them on sight.
  • Season 2 | Episode 6 
    Searching for White Eye – Mountain Zebra National Park
    The kids, led by a ranger Richard, come within yards of meeting the legendary cheetah, “White Eye.”   He is hurt and hungry.  The kids respectfully leave him in the hopes that he will heal.  When they return in the winter, they discover he has died.  Luckily, they run into White Eye’s progeny – a healthy male and female cheetah.
  • Season 2 | Episode 5 
    When the Moon Talks - Kgalagadi National Park
    Oompie stalks an ostrich nest to  “borrow” an egg for dinner, leaving the rest to hatch.  The youngsters witness how other animals “borrow” dinner as cheetahs hunt a gemsbok only to have it snatched away by a pride of lions.  As they gaze at the night sky, Oompie tells the kids how the moon gives messages to both humans and animals below.
  • Season 2 | Episode 4 
    Into the Thirstland – Kgalagadi National Park
    The zebra bus gets stuck in the red sands of a big dune, stranding Oompie and the kids.  This gives them a chance to visit a camp of the local San people.  There they learn words in the San language and which plants you can use to survive in the dunes for food, water and medicine.
  • Season 2 | Episode 3 
    Noah’s Ark – Mokala National Park
    The youngsters help rangers immunize Cape Buffalo being transported from one section of the park to another.  Once the beasts are tranquilized by a dart, the kids give medical injections while the animals sleep.  The youngsters also get a chance to view rock paintings of wild animals done by Khosian “First Peoples.”
  • Season 2 | Episode 2 
    Mountain of Water – Marakele National Park
    The zebra-striped bus causes some confusion with a pride of lions searching for a kill.  Oompie and the kids emerge unharmed and amused at this encounter.  They almost walk into a herd of rhinos, luckily the peaceful White Rhinos.  They enjoy the spectator sport of cheering on the ants against termites in a battle for turf.
  • Season 2 | Episode 1 
    Tshavhadzimu – Magpungubwe National Park
    The kids sing a song to the rainmakers and get drenched in a thunderstorm.  They wander stonewalls of the ancient Kingdom of Mapunguwe, once rich from the gold and ivory trade.   They also meet up with a herd of hostile elephants and the weird, legendary baobab trees.
Season 1
  • Season 1 | Episode 13 
    The Flowering Desert – Namaqua National Park
    The desert is in full bloom as the youngsters take lessons from a Khosian livestock farmer about plants that have medicinal power.  They visit different types of shelters in the desert - from woven reed huts and bark houses to clay homes.   A frog pond reminds them of the short life cycle here that is so dependent on scarce water.
  • Season 1 | Episode 12 
    Desert Coast – Namaqua National Park
    The kids try to do as their Khosian ancestors did by eating the mussels, snails and kelp they gathered on the beach.  They fill up their water bottles at a hidden fountain, the only fresh water for miles around.  They also visit the Spoegriver Caves  -- where the entrance looks eerily like a human skull.
  • Season 1 | Episode 11 
    Half Land Half Water – West Coast National Park
    The youngsters endure a rough, wet boat ride and arrive on an island where they find that birds are in charge!    They gape in wonder at hundreds of Cape Gannets, African penguins and Black Oystercatchers harvesting mussels and limpets of the rocks with their beaks.
  • Season 1 | Episode 10 
    Cliffhanger – Table Mountain National Park
    Oompie and the kids find themselves dangling by a rope in thin air as they rappel down the vertical cliffs of this mountain.  They also watch in awe as klipspringers (little antelopes) jump from rock to rock.   The breath-taking views and rich biodiversity make you almost forget the danger at these heights.
  • Season 1 | Episode 9 
    Under the Sea – Table Mountain National Park
    The youngsters brave the cold coastal waters and swim into shark territory where they find these scary-looking creatures to be peaceful.   Oompie dives amongst a school of Seven Gill Cow Sharks, some who are as long as himself!   The kids don mask and fins to interact with starfish, sea anemones and other underwater wildlife.
  • Season 1 | Episode 8 
    Surfing Snails – Table Mountain National Park
    The young explorers plunge into the darkness of a cave where bats locate their prey, using echolocation -- reflected sound.  Returning to daylight, they stroll in the plant fairyland of fynbos.  Then it’s on to the beach where they meet the animal with the strangest adaptation to the waves:  the surfing snail.
  • Season 1 | Episode 7 
    Chronicles of the Foreland – Table Mountain National Park

    The kids and Oompie ride on horseback to explore the Kakapo shipwreck in the storm-prone shores of Cape of Good Hope.   They check out the ancient rock art on Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.   The modern, bustling metropolis of Capetown lies just below.

  • Season 1 | Episode 6 
    The Enchanted Forest – Garden Route National Park

    The kids zip line through the trees of one of South Africa’s largest evergreen forests.  There they meet some of the shy animals living up high in the treetops.  On the ground, they track evidence of one of the legendary Knysna elephants who has just crossed their path. 

  • Season 1 | Episode 5 
    To the River’s End – Garden Route National Park

    In a rainforest, Oompie and four youngsters jump from the edge of a high cliff into an angry river below.  From there they swim safely and continue their journey by canoe.  They follow the river until it empties into the sea. 

  • Season 1 | Episode 4 
    Search for the Big Seven – Hunters of the Deep

    The research boat containing Oompie and kids is surrounded by a swarm of Great White Sharks!  One is 5 meters long!   And now they have now encountered all 7 of the Big Seven game animals.  The youngsters also pull on wet suits and flippers to frolic with Cape Gannet and other flightless birds on Bird Island.

  • Season 1 | Episode 3 
    Search for the Big Seven – A Whale of a Time

    At the park’s coastal Algoa Bay, Oompie and the kids search for a whale.    They encounter giant snails, bulbous frogs, dolphins and African penguins.  But the only whale they meet is one that is long dead.  The kids stand in amazement over the enormity of its spine.   They have now met the biggest of The Big Seven.

  • Season 1 | Episode 2 
    Search for the Big Seven – The Big Ones

    In an exciting encounter with a herd of elephants, the kids are scared and overwhelmed by the size of these creatures.  Then a tranquilizing dart, shot from a helicopter, allows them to place their hands on one giant to feel her heartbeat and her breath.

  • Season 1 | Episode 1 
    Search for the Big Seven

    Oompie steers the zebra-striped mini bus with five youngsters into the vast Addo Elephant National Park where his team of excited kids get up close and personal with lion, elephant, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros.  The youngsters encounter 4 out of 7 of these game animals in this first episode.