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Series cast summary:
 Danny Trevanion / ... (67 episodes, 2006-2013)
Deon Stewardson ...
 Anders Du Plessis (66 episodes, 2006-2013)
Nomsa Xaba ...
 Nomsa Nguni / ... (57 episodes, 2006-2012)
Thapelo Mokoena ...
 Fatani (52 episodes, 2007-2012)
 Rosie Trevanion (39 episodes, 2006-2013)
 Caroline Du Plessis (39 episodes, 2007-2012)
Luke Ward-Wilkinson ...
 Evan Trevanion / ... (31 episodes, 2006-2009)
Dawn Steele ...
 Alice Collins / ... (30 episodes, 2009-2012)
Olivia Scott-Taylor ...
 Olivia Adams / ... (28 episodes, 2010-2013)


About a veterinarian and his family who travel to South Africa from England to a game reserve. The trip was to initially release a wild animal back into the wild but then the vet falls in love with the animals and South Africa and decides to stay and buy into a partnership with Duplessi- the game reserve owner. The show is about their struggles and triumphs in running the game reserve.

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Release Date:

24 January 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A vadon bűvöletében  »

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(6 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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The South African Animal Anti-Cruelty League was present throughout filming to ensure no animals were harmed in the making of this program. See more »


Referenced in Drama Trails: 'Jewel in the Crown' to 'Band of Gold' (2008) See more »

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Good Series. Now Duplicated in US as Life is Wild.
30 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like this gentle show. First of all, I love animals. Second, I like fish-out-of-water stories. Third, the acting is excellent. I am a fan of Stephen Thompkinson, ever since first seeing him in Ballykissangel.

For some, the sentimental nature of the stories is worthy of a roll of the eyes or feigned disgust. Me? I love sentimental stories. They tend to get to the emotional nitty gritty that most of us do not want explored, either in others or ourselves. If we did, we would have no need of therapists, right? And so we denigrate those who explore this psychological ground, using symbols and story lines to tell us something about ourselves. That makes sentimental pieces invaluable, I think. So, I enjoy the emotional region the program explores, and especially the difficulty in having the two families assimilate into one. You see, their difficulties parallel of the overall difficulty in assimilating into the African lifestyle. That makes the story lines a touch more sophisticated than the eye rollers give it credit for.

The episode where everybody comes down with an illness (won't spoil it for you) is genuinely well done and kept me riveted.

I am dreading the US version, though I like the idea that Rutger Hauer will play the Afrikkaner, Du Plessis.

Go ahead and watch. It won't bite. But it will entertain.

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