I love watching documentaries, because it’s a fun way of learning something new. As a geography teacher I love to incorporate documentaries into my classes. Most of my pupils will understand the course material better when they see it on screen and it’s something different to do. Luckily there are many documentaries out with amazing footage and especially nature documentaries. On Netflix you can find many of those documentaries. I decided to share my top 5 nature documentaries with you that will take your breath away. Just a warning before you watch it; You definitely want to travel even more after watching those Netflix documentaries, because it shows you how beautiful this planet is.
1. Planet Earth
“David Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed over four years across 64 different countries.” – BBC One
This was one of the first nature documentaries I ever saw, which gave me a bit more love for geography and the world. It shows perfectly the diversity of this world, like different climates and wild life. This one has the focus on the world as it own, when the other documentaries in this list have a specific subject like the poles. If you never watched one of those documentaries, this is a perfect one to start with.
2. Frozen Planet
“David Attenborough travels to the end of the earth, taking viewers on an extraordinary journey across the polar regions of our planet.” – BBC One
If you love polar bears and penguins, this is the perfect documentary to watch. This documentary will show you the most unknown places of this planet. Expect a lot of white, icy footage. So watching this documentary goes perfect with a cozy warm blanket and a hot chocolate on the couch.
3. Yellow Stone: Battle For Life
“A natural history portrait of a year in Yellowstone, following the fortunes of America’s wildlife icons as they face the challenges of one of the most extraordinary wildernesses on Earth.” – BBC Two
Yellow Stone is the oldest National Park of the world, located in the United States. It’s mostly known for its geothermal features, like geysers, but there is so much more. In this documentary they show you how the nearly intact ecosystem in this park works in the different seasons. Yellow Stone National Park is one of the most touristic national parks in the United States. So if this park is on your bucket list, definitely watch this documentary first.
“Eye to eye with the unknown – the world’s wildest continent.” – BBC One
I love how BBC One named Africa a continent in their description. A lot of people still make the mistake about saying Africa is a country, which is (of course) not true. There are many prejudices about Africa, like everybody is poor in Africa. We have to learn a lot about this continent and nature wise, this documentary is a great start if you want to know more about Africa.
5. Human Planet
“Human Planet is an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping landmark series that marvels at mankind’s incredible relationship with nature in the world today.” – BBC One
If you are more interested in the relationship between humans and the planet, this documentary is the perfect one for you. It shows you how people survive in the most extreme environments, like in the mountains or in the colds of Greenland. As a human we have an incredible ability to live in most of the environments on this planet, which makes human as a living being very special.
I know that all of productions are from BBC Earth and Discovery Channel, but these are hands down the best. I didn’t make the list in a particular order, because that would be impossible for me. They are all just amazing! Even though I call those five a documentary, these all have multiple episodes. So if you want to travel around the world while staring at your laptop, you have now enough documentaries to watch for many hours.
What’s your favorite Netflix documentary?
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