Finally, if you miss experiencing the magic of wildlife and nature, then you can still satisfy that craving with WildEarth. This live wildlife broadcaster is passionate about connecting people with nature. During this time when you can’t leave home, join the community of nature lovers to add an even greater sense of adventure to your staycation. Enjoy the chance to go on virtual safaris, spotting various animals in their natural habitats, including zebras, hyena’s, elephants, lions and more!

At the moment “live safaris” and “virtual tourism” are buzz words and these kinds of innovations are going to be huge. “It could be a very long time before this industry recovers. Virtual tourism is going to be a huge part of the future.”

They give us a sense of the outside, of the wisdom of nature, and they continue to inspire and urge us to dream. In a time when crazy is the new normal, that means a lot.

THE BIG 5 VIRTUAL SAFARIS

1. Wild Earth Drives take place in Djuma Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands Private Reserve as well as in &Beyond Ngala Private Reserve in the Timbavati, both adjacent to the Kruger National Park. They’re live at 6am – 9am and 3.30pm – 6.30pm daily and really manage to create the feeling that you’re on the vehicle too. Send questions via social media and the rangers will answer you there and then. See djuma.com/djuma-waterhole or wildearth.tv/safarilive.

2. Tintswalo Safari Lodge: Head guide Neil Jennings and regional manager Alistair Leuner film their daily drive in the Manyeleti Reserve in Mpumalanga, then edit the footage into a six- to eight-minute video and post it on social media. Find links to all their channels at tintswalo.com/safari.

A leopard spotted at Tintswalo Safari Lodge.

A leopard spotted at Tintswalo Safari Lodge.
Image: Tintswalo.com

3. Shamwari Private Game Reserve’s head ranger Andrew Kearney is doing a series of “lockdown” episodes, with highlights from his daily walks and drives, along with other titbits such as insights into life at the Eastern Cape reserve. Links to all their channels at shamwari.com.

4. Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati has two guides patrolling daily, and they film their drives and post highlights on Motswari on Instagram

5. Singita Sabi Sand is live-streaming game drives by resident photographer and former guide Ross Couper twice daily on Facebook and Instagram. Their Instagram feed is also worth scrolling through for its phenomenal collection of photos from several lodges in Africa. Links to the channels are at singita.com