Namibia: Neil Sandilands takes a closer look at the Namib Desert in Kyknet’s ‘Die Groot Niks’
In kykNET’s new Die Groot Niks series, famed South African actor and musician Neil Sandilands takes a closer look at the remarkable Namib Desert.
Sandilands is known for his roles in South African productions such as Konings, Orion, Jakhalsdans and Die ballade van Robbie de Wee as well as international productions such as Sweet Tooth, News of the World and The Flash.
The team behind the scenes of Die Groot Niks consists of Hannes Visser and Waldo van der Waal, known for the popular car show La’t Wiel. Veteran television presenter and journalist Ruda Landman is responsible for the voiceovers for Die Groot Niks.
In Die Groot Niks, a closer look is taken at the incredible natural beauty of the Namib as well as tales of the constant struggle between man and nature. The focus will be on the heart of the Namib, ie the section between Lüderitz and Walvis Bay.
“This gem of a program happened at the right time in my life,” says Sandilands. “When Waldo and Hannes contacted me in early 2021 with the concept and the title of the series, it was a very easy yes on my part.”
“I have been to Namibia twice and each time I have been amazed by the magical and empowering experience that is both breathtaking and frightening. Exploring the region between Lüderitz and Walvis Bay, in the oldest desert on earth , is a privilege that happens very, very rarely,” he adds.
The first episode looks back on man’s desire to exploit the riches of nature and how mother nature does everything in her power to protect herself. The second episode looks at mining that took place 90 years ago and the Otavi, a steamship that ran aground in Spencer Bay in 1945, is the focus of the third programme.
Die Groot Niks will be on kykNET (DStv channel 144) starting Saturday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m.