Giraffes, black rhinoceros, meerkats and the magnificent gelada are among the animals captured in the opening episode of the series, which focuses on the Kalahari Desert.
David Attenborough's Africa - first pictures:
Copyright: BBC Ian LlewellynAttenborough's new six-part series will explore the entire continent, showcasing wildlife and landscapes with breathtaking camerawork and rare shots of animal interaction. The series has been billed as a landmark natural history programme by the broadcaster.
Watch the trailer for Africa below:
Africa starts tonight (January 2) at 9pm on BBC One.
Watch our recent interview with TV legend David Attenborough below: