National Geographic once again delivers with an awesome range of movies this June, 2021. See what’s on the box, on Channel 181 on DStv.


Friday 4 June at 6pm, repeat on 5 June at 6.10pm (1 x 45”)

The Grand African Green Up documentary special celebrates the remarkable, leading work of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) that is being accomplished on the African continent.

Premiering on both National Geographic (DStv 181, StarSat 220) and National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) on Friday 4 June at 6pm (CAT), with a repeat on 5 June at 6.10pm on National Geographic, The Grand African Green Up profiles the mission of the AFR100, as they strive to restore at least 100 million hectares of land by 2030. Showcasing the work being done in Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Ghana and Senegal, the documentary special features poetic narration by the iconic Kenyan environmentalist Wanjira Mathai, with breath-taking visuals of the continent’s most awe-inspiring  vistas, all set to a rousing soundtrack.

In Impact With Gal Gadot Tuany Nascimento is seen practicing ballet on a hilltop. Picture: Sebastian Gil Miranda
In Impact With Gal Gadot Tuany Nascimento is seen practicing ballet on a hilltop. Picture: Sebastian Gil Miranda


Mondays at 7pm from 14 June (10 x 60”), ends 25 October 2021

In the wilderness of Southeast Alaska, the residents of Port Protection use skill and perseverance to survive and thrive in their self-reliant lifestyle on the fringes of society. Long-time residents battle the elements and time as they learn from past mistakes, and new challenges. Fresh faces in town learn to adapt and survive as they build a life in this beautiful but unforgiving landscape.


Sunday 27 June at 9pm (1 x 120”)

Executive produced by Gal Gadot and Jaron Varsano (Pilot Wave Motion Pictures), Ryan Pallotta and Vanessa Roth, produced by Entertainment One, and directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth, National Geographic presents Impact with Gal Gadot. This documentary follows the stories of young women making an extraordinary impact on their communities. Facing gang violence, water contamination, environmental degradation, discrimination and homelessness, these women dare to stand out, to speak up, to dream, to create, and to lead against all odds.

Aretha Franklin, played by Cynthia Erivo, recording at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. Picture: National Geographic/Richard DuCree
Aretha Franklin, played by Cynthia Erivo, recording at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. Picture: National Geographic/Richard DuCree


Wednesdays at 9pm from 30 June (8 x 60”), ends 11 August 2021 (First two episodes double billed)

Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Topdog/Underdog, is executive producer and showrunner for this upcoming season of the first-ever, definitive scripted miniseries on the life of Aretha Franklin, the universally acclaimed “Queen of Soul.” Starring Grammy-, Tony- and Emmy Award-winning and double-Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo as Aretha and Emmy- and Tony Award-winning Courtney B. Vance as C.L. Franklin, the anthology series explores Aretha’s musical genius, incomparable career, and the impact she has had around the world.



Thursdays at 7pm from 6 May (10 x 60”), ends 8 July 2021

Millions enter the USA through airports each year and hidden amongst them is a stream of contraband. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will stop at nothing to catch these smugglers.


Tuesdays at 8pm from 25 May (26 x 30”), ends 17 August 2021

Behind each bag of chips, can of beer, and bar of chocolate is a crazy production line that brings each product to the masses. Food Factory takes a behind-the-scenes peek into the processes that produce everyone’s favorite foods. From fresh ingredients to finished products, Food Factory reveals just how mass-produced favorites are made. Put on a hard hat and get ready to meet the food!


Tuesdays at 7pm from 6 April (11 x 60”), ends 15 June 2021

Take one cherished car that has seen better days, add an owner in need a of helping hand, secretly whisk the wheels away to a well-equipped workshop, simmer for three weeks in grease, graft and mechanical know-how, then serve to an unsuspecting owner with a healthy portion of surprise. When car hungry mechanics Tim and Fuzz get the call, it’s always a recipe for a car makeover feast.


Wednesdays at 9pm from 21 April (9 x 60”), ends 23 June 2021

Survivalist Bear Grylls returns to the wild with some of Hollywood’s most beloved celebrities for a new season of his outdoor adventure series. From Marvel superheroes to award winning entertainers, a new guest joins Bear each week for a no-holds-barred journey through some of the most extreme environments in the world. Together, they must rely on bush craft techniques to survive each dangerous location while pushing through both mental and physical limits to brave even the most challenging obstacles.

PRIMAL SURVIVOR S5 (Compilations, 4 x 60 + 4 x 60)

Mondays at 7pm from 26 April (8 x 60”), ends 14 June 2021

Hazen Audel travels to the furthest reaches of South East Asia and South America to meet indigenous tribes and put his survival skills to the test.


Thursdays at 8pm from 29 April (10 x 60”), ends 1 July 2021

Featuring captivating reenactments and state-of-the-art CGI, Air Crash Investigation uncovers the truth behind legendary aviation disasters.

What: National Geographic June highlights 2021

Where: Channel 181 on DStv