South Africans are avid, if not religious, safari-goers. We all need to get out in the bushveld from time to time to regain our sanity during these crazy times. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of us might not be willing or able to travel right now.
Don’t fret! There are myriad live streams available to take you right from your couch to the bush. We’ve compiled our favourite safari-cams around the continent, giving you a front-row seat to some of the best action in the wild. It’s completely free and active 24 hours a day so you can see what happens, as it happens.
‘This camera is among the very few cameras that continuously capture the moods and the majesty of a wild, perennial African river,’ the description reads. ‘Crocodile and hippos are regularly seen in the river while elephant and giraffe are seen grazing on the banks and crossing the river. Other animals which frequent this camera are baboons, waterbuck, bushbuck, impalas, storks, herons and owls can also be seen foraging along the banks.’
Tembe Elephant Park
‘Situated in an area that was once the ancient ‘Ivory Route’ linking Mozambique and Zululand, Tembe Elephant Park is renowned for having the largest elephants in Africa – and the planet!’ the description reads. ‘The park is remote, lying deep in the sand forests and wetlands in northern Tongaland, right on the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique.’
Nkorho Bush Lodge
‘Located deep in the heart of Africa in the Sabi and Game Reserve, Nkorho Bush Lodge is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife and is the premier way to experience the African bushveld,’ the description reads. ‘The Nkorho area is famous for hosting the “Big Five” animals, a myriad of bird species, and various endangered species. This camera has infrared technology and you can feel the thrill as this camera comes alive with nocturnal animals ruling the night.’
Mpala Research Centre
‘Welcome to the watering hole at Mpala Research Centre in the highlands of central Kenya! Watch elephants, hippos, giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, gazelles, crocodiles, leopards and many other species take a drink (or a quick dip),’ the description reads.
Balule Game Reserve Limpopo
‘This camera has been set up at the eye level of a leopard so as to get a unique view of the scale of the animals that frequent the waterhole,’ the description reads. ‘The giraffe and elephant tower over the camera giving the viewer a completely different perspective. The animals that visit this camera can range from cheetah, lions, elephant, giraffe, impala, baboons, warthog, owls, Egyptian geese, genets, meercats, waterbuck and porcupines.’