About 220,000 years ago, a meteor slammed into a corner of South Africa creating the Tswaing Crater. Today, it's a hotbed of wildlife and exotic vegetation, drawing tourists from all over the world.
Journey over the lands of South Africa where early ancestors left their footprints on the earth and where modern technology transforms the way we live. From mountains forged by violent geological upheaval billions of years ago to mines full of riches, and from landscapes formed by Shaka Zulu to the Ubuntu philosophy personified by Nelson Mandela, experience the beauty and spirit of this remarkable nation.
Watch this episode online now.
and hundreds more by starting your free trial of Smithsonian Channel Plus.
Access even more free Smithsonian Channel full episodes and documentaries online through participating TV providers.
Find out if your television provider carries Smithsonian Channel.
Don't panic! It's simple to upgrade to the latest version of one of these browsers:
Don't panic! To get the best possible experience on smithsonianchannel.com we recommend you upgrade your operating system.
For the best possible site experience, please use Chrome for Android.
Add username "SmithsonianChan" on Snapchat for fun and fascinating facts. We'll be sharing spontaneous photos and videos as inspiration strikes.