After filming in the dry and hot desert of the Kalahari, the crews behind the upcoming five-part series Rooted made their way up the Soutpansberg mountains to document the giant yellowwood trees that inhabit the indigenous forests of the area.
This range of mountains is found in the far northern part of South Africa, located in the province of Limpopo. Soutpansberg, which means ‘Salt Pan Mountain’ in Afrikaans, is named after the salt flats located in the western end of the mountain range. In 2009, the mountain range was declared part of the ‘Vhembe Biosphere Reserve’ and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The area is home to a number of different species of flora and fauna, quite noticeably a diverse population of reptiles. In fact, nearly 36% of all of South Africa’s reptile species live along the Soutpansberg range, which is very high for such a small area.
Here is the cable camera in action: