Walt Disney Company Africa, together with its project partners, National Geographic, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and WildlifeDirect, have revealed both the title and the set of the National Geographic Kids programme.
The programme will be titled Team Sayari, incorporating the Swahili term ‘planet’.
According to the broadcaster, the programme is inspired by the aim to motivate lasting, impactful behavioural change in young viewers across Africa and create the next generation of environmental conservation leaders.
In the series, the young presenters will visit the wild to meet African experts in five countries across the continent to explore, discover, learn about environmental challenges and be inspired to reduce their impact, protect and restore nature.
The broadcaster has revealed that filming has commenced in a custom-built set in the Sayari Basecamp in Nairobi. A first-of-its-kind in Kenya, the set incorporates childhood imagination and adventure with a tree house-inspired hideout that is locally built and designed, coupled with elements of advanced technology.
The series presenters include Mysha Hodson (13), Marita Lucas (12), Shanah Manjeru (14), Railey Mwai (10) and Adarsh Nagda (12), who have to complete environmental challenges given by Funzi on each episode. It is also through these challenges that they will link with other presenters from East, West and South Africa.
Produced locally by White Rhino Films, Team Sayari will air later this year on both National Geographic Wild and Disney Channel across Africa.
The series will also be engaging viewers on social media platforms to allow viewers to further explore topics addressed in the series, as well as an outreach programme that will extend the reach of the programme into countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.