It might be feeling a little wild at your place already, but South Africa has upped the ante with their new sofa safaris. Game reserves may be closed for now, but the resident rangers and trackers are still committed to monitoring their precious wildlife. Cue the captivating virtual tours where you can spot leopard cubs from your living room and join the excitement of a Big Five game drive in real time.
Our favourites include the twice-daily game drives on WILDwatch Live — a collab between luxury safari operators &Beyond and wildlife broadcasters WildEarth. The Ngala and Djuma Private Game Reserves livestream on Youtube and Facebook while over on Instagram, the expert guides at the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and &BEYOND Phinda Private Game Reserve share wildlife updates and field questions from their virtual visitors.
Love live cam? Then prepare to lose a few hours at explore.org. Their ‘Africams’ zero in on watering holes and rivers throughout South Africa including the remote Tembe Elephant Park. 24/7 wildlife action.
Sofa safaris have quickly become a speciality at Tanda Tula Safari Camp (Greater Kruger National Park) where a talented team of filmmaker/photographer/rangers capture the gorgeous leopards, lions, buffalos, zebras and wildebeest. Check out their Youtube channel here
We’re also on the lookout for two new leopard cubs at The Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand. The luxury reserve is hosting real-time Monday game drives, kicking off Monday 13 April BST (which is the early hours of Tuesday morning on Australia’s east coast) at @VirginLimitedEdition.