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Thanks to technology, we can live stream our favorite musical shows, operas, and museums without having to compromise our social and physical distancing. For lovers of travel and wildlife, African safaris are also streaming live footage of key sites to bring the safari experience right to your home.
In South Africa, several game reserves are offering live footage of key wildlife hotspots through webcams connected to Africam and Explore.org. If you are missing a safari adventure while stuck at home, you can take these virtual South Africa safaris without having to leave your couch:
Singita Sabi Sand
Adjacent to Kruger National Park, Singita Sabi Sand is renowned for high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings as well as tiny baby elephants. To go on a live game drive with photographer and safari guide Ross Cooper, follow Singita on Instagram or you can go on a live game drive with Singita here.
Tembe Elephant Park
Located between Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mozambique, Tembe is well known for its magnificent elephants (including some of the biggest living tuskers). It is also home to the Big Five, as well as more than 340 bird species and a host of other animals and plants. Both Africam and Explore.org have live webcams set up at Tembe to give you live footage of key sites. You can also check out Tembe Elephant Park’s live cam here.
For those who love to see cheetahs in the wild, Tswalu Kalahari located in the Northern Cape is the place to be. It is South Africa’s largest private game reserve and on Thursdays, its researchers post live videos on its Instagram and Facebook pages. Check into the Kalahari each Thursday here.
Tau Game Lodge
At this South African luxury safari lodge, there are 27 major species of game, making it the ideal place for a safari holiday, and offering Big 5 game safaris and bird-watching safaris. The lodge overlooks Tau Waterhole, which departures.com describes as “an oasis for animals and wildlife including elephants, giraffes, lions, zebras, and cheetahs.” Watch Tau Watering Hole live here.