The story of Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s romance is intimately intertwined with their 40-year love affair with Botswana.
With the release of their brand new series about the Okavango their story comes full circle. Watch.
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we very soon straight off to university and college wanted to go out into the field to discover this continent that we were born on our very first foray into Botswana was into the Okavango we fell in love there more and we fell in love with the Okavango we fell in love with the wild and Africa and of course there's a romantic notion that two people going out into the bush love the ideal life but the reality of it is that is true gosh at first visit really captivated us it was truly wild and so beautiful and what we were seeing and witnessing and during the day and at nighttime was so intense with the lines of hyenas at battle and that really intrigued us because no scientist had ever discovered that lions and hyenas were in battle at war with each other we went back in around about 81 81 82 and that's when it became our home and we started forming lines and I he knows we did nocturnal work for close to 15 years you know we had been to the Kruger National Park in other places but it was seen that raw Africa where you could walk around freely you could die they and and it was real we did a number of films before eternal enemies which sort of became this big cult film and it was seen by nearly a billion people around the world during that journey of course it was seen by the executives at Disney and eventually elements of that evolved into becoming Lion King houses a real version of it it's not always pretty there's not always a happy ending but it's important to show people the real version of this to protect these areas we have to understand that they are challenges towards the animals as well spending a lot of time out there as we have over the last 40 years when we tackled the octave anger series we asked ourselves that question which is how do we do this in a new way and how do we bring to audiences things that we feel excited about and that are fresh to them and for us we decided to tackle it creatively in and in a whole lot of different ways you know the water is a major character then we also started looking down into the machine room of the Okavango to try and find out what animals make the Okavango which ones are victims to the okavanga somebody's paradise is somebody else's purgatory and so we looked at it with completely fresh eyes so we had a lot of fun and we also allowed ourselves to go on their journey of discovery with the Okavango and very often picking up a bird and watching the bird leave the back of a buffalo and fly on past a lion we follow the coalmine betta not get stuck with ugly Buffalo all the life because everything is so interconnected and we often looked at the Okavango as a spider web and what happened on the one little end as that ripple effect you know would go and affect another creature on the other but we love the idea that we now needed to have one animal hand over a story to the next and that is a challenge you realize that the symbiotic relationships it's happening fact we see it as a giant jigsaw puzzle the whole Okavango and if you take one piece out of it the entire puzzle is no longer complete we were year into forming the Okavango series it was March 2017 it was a third it was Derek's birthday we had been out during the day we'd been filming but we were back in camp and at 7:45 in the dock the Buffalo came out and first hit me and smacked me on to the ground broke my hip broke my ribs to continue two or three more places and impaled Beverly the last thing I saw was the this huge face I remember looking at that in range iron and thinking if I stand my ground he's gotta go past us but we didn't know he was wounded then and he then concussed me I didn't know then but I must have lifted my arm because the horn impaled me went underneath the arm / through the chest and continued going and ended up you know in the cheek we are broke 21 burns but I woke up again on his horns and I remember you know just thinking in the beginning I remember going I'm riding an animal this must be a dream but I was able to get up and run off to them and kick the Buffalo on the side which then the Buffalo then turned to get to me and through Biblio thankfully I felt and I still feel now that I was in training my whole life for that moment he kept me alive for 11 hours although there was a time I thought how do I break the news to Derrick that I have to say goodbye but then 18 hours later I was in North Park 21 hours of operation and then a few operations after that I was in ICU probably for was it about one and a half to two months the whole side of my face was completely paralyzed at that time Derrick was told that I would never eat again but fortunately it was a concussion that lasted for about four months and slowly these nerves have come out of that concussion what was interesting was coming out of that Buffalo incident and basically taking 8 or 9 months away to recover the filming style and everything around the series changed afterward I think that what we were trying to do here is dig a little bit deeper both into our own journey and into earn Souls but also in reaching a different audience or telling our audience that we need to think differently about wildlife and that it's it's not old and staid and we love David Attenborough for example but it's not David Attenborough and and violence all the time this is not a disney-esque version of the Okavango some things are not pretty things died we were also able to get this phantom high-speed camera new technology beautiful and so using that new technology has been exciting for us it's allowed us to capture what we would never normally be able to capture unless we put ourselves you know varied into the mud we had moments where we would have animals interacting with these cameras so we lost 22 cameras on this show at least I think seven or nine of them were on purpose because we were doing underwater work with crocodiles got then the crocodiles were sitting on the GoPros waiting for us to come and collect them this pristine Okavango has remained pristine they've been some changes around and there will be policy changes in the future but overall of all the spaces on the planet that have changed the least negatively but so on and the occupant is one of them and truly that's what we're hoping that so the Sakya Venga series where ever of Dreams is going to help everyone globally see the Okavango has this pristine beautiful place but at the same time helps the people of Botswana understand the gym that they have but our dream at the same time is let's try and protect all workplaces around the earth at the moment this is a glorious magical dream can turn into not a very quickly yeah and that decision is in our hands you