Africa Day Special
On: Monday, 25 May 2009 from 06h00
BBC Knowledge celebrates Africa Day with programming selected for their Africans settings.
In the line-up throughout the day:Sahara With Michael Palin
Michael Palin takes on one of the great challenges in world travel. Crossing the Sahara from the rock of Gibraltar to Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and beyond, Palin's route takes him across sand-seas, along rivers, through oases and over mountain ranges.
In a place characterised by ceaseless travel, from camel caravans to car rallies, Palin's love of people sees him chatting with townspeople and villagers from countries many people know little about.
As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a diverse range of cultures and landscapes and a long history of civilisation, trade, commerce and conquest stretching from the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today. Beyond Boundaries: Africa Challenge
Beyond Boundaries follows a group of disabled adventurers on a 2,000 mile journey across continental Africa. Amidst the locations they travel through, the drama of this challenge unfolds as they overcome their physical limitations and prove to themselves that they can reach and shift the boundaries of human endurance.
Working together as a group to cross the two oldest deserts in the world, the team must avoid lions and rhinos, and ride the world's most dangerous rapids at Victoria Falls before reaching their destination on the Skeleton Coast.African School
Set in two Ugandan schools, African Schools look at the challenges that face learners as they battle to balance the desire to learn with the serious issues that face them outside of school, such as HIV/AIDS and severe poverty.
The show reveals the great lengths the children will go to learn, and how precious their education is to them.Race To Dakar
Race To Dakar follows the highs and lows of traveller Charley Boorman as he takes part in one of the most dangerous races on Earth. Riding thousands of kilometres from Lisbon in Portugal to Dakar in Senegal, Charley experiences challenging and inhospitable riding conditions as he pushes himself to the limits in the name of adventure.