Safari School

BBC 2 6pm, 22/01/07
(1.7million, 8.4% Audience Share)

Anila Baig on what to watch tonight - From The Sun - 22/01/2007
BEST REALITY: Safari School (BBC2, 6pm). Jan Leeming must have been bitten by the reality show bug after I'm A Celeb because now she's thrown herself into Safari School, spending four weeks in a South African game reserve with fellow stars. The four men and four women learn how to be rangers -with evictions every week.

BBC Press Release:
Safari School sees eight celebrities undertake a gruelling, four-week ranger-training course at Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa.

The four men and four women set to be our intrepid Safari School Trainees are former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella, actors Jeremy Sheffield (Holby City, Wedding Date), Paul Usher (Brookside, The Bill) and Blair McDonough (Neighbours, The Vegemite Tales), Fame Academy vocal coach Carrie Grant, Claire King (Emmerdale and Bad Girls), Olympic athlete Jamie Baulch and broadcaster Jan Leeming.

The rookie rangers will live together in a rustic lodge in the heart of the African bush, and train from dawn to dusk under the guidance of a crack team of instructors.

In the wild and unforgiving African landscape, the novices will try and learn in four weeks skills that take professional rangers years to master.

Approaching lions and elephants on foot, getting hands-on with white rhino and buffalo, analysing every kind of animal dung, joining the anti-poaching patrol - it's all in a day's work for the celebrity trainees…

Top TV animal expert Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek (Talking With Animals) presents the celebrities' trials, tribulations and triumphs as they compete to keep their place at Safari School.

Every day, the instructors set the group a series of uncompromising tests to assess their ranger potential, and at the end of each week the two worst trainees face a head-to-head challenge to remain in Africa.

The winner keeps their place at Safari School, and the loser has to pack their bags and fly home.

The climax of the series sees the two best trainees compete in the Safari School Grand Final – each facing the daunting solo challenge of taking a group of top conservationists on a game drive, with the conservationists judging who has learned most in four weeks of training and delivered the most convincing performance as a ranger.

For the winner, the title of Safari School's Top Trainee and a unique prize: to release, with their own hands, the first rescued big cats into a safe new home in the African bush - the brand new Born Free enclosure at Shamwari Game Reserve.


  1. Hi. What time is it on and which day of the week? how many shows left to go?


  2. This series is now finished but I think another is planned for sometime next year. There is a little more information on this wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safari_School