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Exploring the Wild with Kalahari Meerkats

'Kalahari Meerkats' is an intimate look at the life of meerkats in Tswalu Game Reserve and their unique bond with wildlife filmmaker Mags.

Keywords: Kalahari Meerkats, Wildlife, Tswalu Game Reserve, Meerkat Behaviour, Wildlife Filmmaking, Peter Lamberti.
Three words: Intimate, Revealing, Adventurous.


'Kalahari Meerkats' is an engaging wildlife documentary directed by Peter Lamberti and released in 2013. The film offers a close look at the life of the Gosa gang of meerkats residing in the Tswalu Game Reserve, and the unique relationship they share with wildlife filmmaker Mags.


'Kalahari Meerkats' provides a captivating glimpse into the Gosa gang of meerkats' fiercely defended home within the Tswalu Game Reserve. While most animals coexist peacefully with the meerkats, snakes and birds of prey pose a constant threat. The film sheds light on the special bond between these wild creatures and wildlife filmmaker Mags, who has become an honorary member of the group and shares an extraordinary bond with them.

More Film Analysis


'Kalahari Meerkats' adopts a personal and intimate approach towards wildlife filmmaking. The film delves deep into the life of meerkats, providing unprecedented insights into their behaviours, social dynamics, and survival strategies. The documentary's depth of research and exploration of its subjects is commendable.

Historical and Factual Context

Tswalu Game Reserve, where the film is set, is South Africa's largest private game reserve, covering over 114,000 hectares. It is home to a diverse range of species, including the meerkats, which are known for their complex social structures and cooperative behaviours.

Key themes in the film

  • Survival in the wild
  • Inter-species relationships
  • The role of a wildlife filmmaker

Film Comparisons

'Kalahari Meerkats' can be compared to other wildlife documentaries such as 'Planet Earth' and 'The Blue Planet'. However, it stands out for its intimate focus on a single animal species and the unique relationship between the filmmaker and the animals.

Noteworthy Moments

A significant moment in the documentary is when the meerkats, recognizing Mags as an honorary member of their group, climb onto her head and camera to survey their surroundings.


This documentary has resonated with wildlife enthusiasts for its intimate portrayal of meerkats and the unique insights it provides into their behaviours and survival strategies.


'Kalahari Meerkats' is a must-watch for wildlife enthusiasts and anyone interested in animal behaviour. The film's intimate portrayal of meerkats and their interaction with humans offers a unique and enlightening perspective on these fascinating creatures.

More film information:


  • Genre: Documentary



  • Peter Lamberti: Director
  • Mags: Wildlife filmmaker and honorary member of the Gosa gang of meerkats



  • Tswalu Game Reserve, South Africa

Key Questions Raised by the Film:

  1. How does the meerkat society function?
  2. What survival strategies do meerkats employ against predators?
  3. How does a wildlife filmmaker gain the trust of wild animals?

I wonder what the film would be in another art form

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  1. If this film was a famous book, it would be 'Life of Pi' for the exploration of the relationship between humans and animals.
  2. If this film was a famous song, it would be 'Circle of Life' from The Lion King for its depiction of the struggles and triumphs of life in the wild.
  3. If this film was a famous piece of art, it would be 'The Persistence of Memory' by Salvador Dali for its surreal depiction of time and existence.
  4. If this film was a famous celebrity, it would be Sir David Attenborough for his deep connection with and understanding of the natural world.
  5. If this film was a color, it would be earthy brown, symbolizing the harsh yet nurturing nature of the wild.
  6. If this film was a music style, it would be ambient music, for its peaceful yet unpredictable rhythms that echo the dynamics of the wild.