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In this harrowing archive clip from the 2006 BBC documentary series Planet Earth, David Attenborough explores the danger African bush elephants face when sharing a water hole with desperate, starving lions. The elephants may dominate the water hole during the day – but the balance of power shifts as night falls.

According to BBC Nature, the Planet Earth crew spent six weeks following one of Africa's largest prides, and used night-vision technology to capture ambush and chase techniques that had rarely been witnessed before.

Travellers hoping to get a glimpse of lions up close should head to Malawi, where the recent reintroduction of lions represents a symbolic new start for this under-the-radar African nation.

All week, BBC Travel is running archive BBC Earth clips to celebrate more than 50 years of natural history film making by Sir David Attenborough! For more natural history exclusives, check out the BBC Earth YouTube channel or follow BBC Earth on Facebook or Twitter.

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