As Covid-19 continues to impact travel around the globe, holidays have been cancelled and safaris to South Africa’s natural wildlife areas put on hold. If you’re longing for a taste of the outdoors or simply tired of being stuck in the same old routine – the virtual safari brings the wildlife of Africa to you, right from the comfort of your couch.
Take a look below at some of our favourite live streamed safaris and nature documentaries to spice up the new ‘life as we know it’ and bring the beauty of bushveld to you.
WildEarth Sunrise & Sunset Safaris on YouTube & DSTV
Luxury travel company andBeyond and wildlife broadcaster WildEarth teamed up at the beginning of lockdown to share two live-streamed safaris per day. Viewers can follow the action as it unfolds from the comfort of their home, on YouTube or channel 183 on DSTV.
WildEarth live streams two, three-hour long game drives from renowned South African game reserves in the Greater Kruger Area. The drives are hosted by qualified guides and switch between three or four vehicles to bring you the best sightings of the day.
You can view the safaris between:
06:00am – 09:00am CAT (sunrise dependent)
15:00pm – 18:30pm CAT (sunset dependent)
Viewers can interact with the guides by asking questions on YouTube or using #wildearth on Twitter.
If a daily live stream might be a bit too much, a nature documentary might be more your speed. A great way to enjoy the beauty of nature during lockdown is to watch some of our favourite wildlife and nature documentaries out right now. Our recommendations:
Night on Earth | Netflix
Night on Earth is a nature series using the very latest technology to lift the veil of darkness to reveal the hidden lives of the world’s creatures. Using highly sensitive and heat tracking cameras, Night on Earth reveals a world previously unseen in most other nature docuseries.
Our Planet & Our Planet – Behind the Scenes | Netflix
Sir David Attenborough narrates this 2019 Netflix series. Our Planet shows viewers some of the most beautiful parts of the world and the extraordinary wildlife who live there. If you loved Our Planet, the behind-the-scenes sequel is an interesting look inside the life of a wildlife filmmaker.
Seven Worlds, One Planet | BBC Earth
Another Attenborough classic – Seven Worlds, One Planet is a seven episode series exploring one continent per episode. Viewers won’t be disappointed by the beautiful visuals or the call to action to protect our wildlife areas that have come to be associated with Attenborough’s work.
Live Animal Cams
Animal Cams are one of the most entertaining ways to enjoy the wildlife of Africa. Cameras are usually placed near waterholes and viewers can watch elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, crocodiles, leopards and many other species take a drink or a quick dip.
You can view wildlife at the Mpala Research Centre in the highlands of central Kenya on a series of live cameras. Take a look here.
If you’d like to enquire about visiting the Timbavati in the future, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and efficient reservations team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or filling in our online enquiry form.
We look forward to helping you plan your safari to Kings Camp.