Wild Safari: A South African Adventure (2005)
With ranger Liesl Eichenberger as a guide, "Wild Safari" takes the viewer along for a 3,000-mile ride in an open-air vehicle on a game drive through nature reserves of Africa on a quest to see the Big Five -- the most dangerous and spectacular animals on the continent. The elephant, the Cape buffalo, the rhino, the leopard and the lion are seen close-up on the game reserves of Addo/Shamwari, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, Madikwe, Kgalagadi and Kruger National Park.
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Critic Reviews for Wild Safari: A South African Adventure
Quite a trip--a seven-story-tall, very much in-your-face, danger-free excursion into the authentic wilds of South Africa.
This is 3-D cinematography at its best, and parents who are looking for educational films for their children that will hold their interest are in luck: Youngsters will be mesmerized.
Director Stassen opts to avoid leaping cats out for blood, instead presenting an interesting depth of field in faraway places, populated by the animals we learned to love as children and living in their natural habitats.
Wild Safari isn't the most original large-format movie ever, but at least it's one that's most appropriate for a museum such as the Orlando Science Center.
Eichenberger gets so excited when she spots one of the elusive creatures, it's hard not to share in her enthusiasm.
Despite its size and subject matter, Wild Safari 3D is pretty tame and two-dimensional.
Those natural habitat glimpses are the best reason to take the kids to see Wild Safari.
You may get better close ups of the animals in wild life documentaries, but Wild Safari 3D, offers us a sense of being there.
With equal emphasis on animals and environment, this 45-minute feature is enlightening, impressive, educational and, above all, enjoyable.
Very much like a National Geographic special, only you feel like you're in it... IMAX is still the next best thing to being there.
Despite the title you may find it considerably tamer than a great many nature documentaries, but it's a solid, respectable introduction to the South African preserves.
So raw and real that we really feel like we're right there. And if you've been on a safari before, you know how real it is.
If you want a more realistic safari than this, you're going to have to catch a flight (unless you live in Africa).
The film's raison d'etre is the simple sight of large wildlife up close and personal, and it's mesmerizing.
An unabashed infomercial for South African tourism.
This cinematic safari's simple pleasures are best experienced with the littlest ticket-holders.
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