History Africa

Broadcast on: DStv
Active from: 01 Dec 2003
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History Africa (also known as The History Channel or HISTORY) is a pan-African version of the A+E Networks digital satellite channel HISTORY, which is broadcast in South Africa on the DStv satellite platform.

It is a factual entertainment channel which attempts to entertain and educate subscribers as they experience history personally, and connect their own lives to the great lives and events of the past.


DStv: Channel 186
Bouquet: Premium, Compact Plus


16:9 (720p, HDTV)


History Africa (originally known as The History Channel) launched in South Africa on 1 December, 2003, initially only as an 18-hour offering. It expanded to a full 24-hour service on 1 August, 2008.

History Africa is a factual entertainment channel filled with characters sharing their stories from the past and present; where limits are pushed to the extreme, negotiations are won and facts discovered.

The channel takes viewers on a journey through the ages, connecting our modern world with its historic roots in a way that is absorbing, exciting, and often surprising.

Its high quality programming challenges perceptions of the past, telling stories of well known adventures and those that have remained hidden over time.

Through contemporary filmmaking techniques, vivid reconstruction and gripping narrative, History Africa transports you from the sofa into the thick of the action.

The brand connects with viewers around the world – reaching over 300 million households worldwide, in over 150 territories in 37 languages.

In August 2014 A+E Networks® UK commissioned a South African version of the global History Africa series, Pawn Stars. This marked the first locally commissioned series for A+E Networks in Africa and was the first original series produced for the channel.

In October 2016 the channel was upgraded from SD to HDTV (720p).

Latest Updated Shows

Black Sails

Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Period Drama
Channel: History Africa, Netflix South Africa
Summary: Black Sails, shot on location in Cape Town, South Africa, is an adult drama set in the brutal and cutthroat golden age of 18th century piracy.
Starring: Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold


Genre: Drama, Miniseries, Period Drama
Channel: History Africa, Lifetime Africa,, Netflix South Africa
Summary: Historical portrait of American slavery, recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and carry on their legacy despite hardship.

Pawn Stars SA

Genre: Reality
Channel: History Africa
Summary: Pawn Stars SA is set in the Cash Inn pawn shop in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, with a cast of real-life characters and an array of unusual objects.
Starring: Roy Peretz, Eytan Nadler, Irene Bower

Latest Articles

Documentary: Sharpeville Echoes

20 Mar 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: Today's TV Highlights
CHANNEL: HISTORY | At least 69 people were killed in SA's worst apartheid massacre - now seven young photographers revisit the site.

New documentary series: The Real Jesus of Nazareth

18 Mar 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: Today's TV Highlights
CHANNEL: HISTORY | The actor who played Jesus in an iconic 1977 miniseries returns to the Holy Land to seek out clues to the real man.

Documentary series: Breaker Morant: The Retrial

12 Mar 2018 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: Today's TV Highlights
CHANNEL: HISTORY | Explores the origins and the character of Harry 'The Breaker' Morant, who was executed for shooting Boer prisoners.


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