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Siyaya

Saturday – 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!