Safaris, the word conjures up images of vast savannahs and wild animals. Going on a safari trip is something many people wish to do. But with the current situation, it’s close to impossible. Luckily, some places are offering virtual safari tours for those animal lovers who dream of visiting safaris. Take the opportunity to get up close with some of the most amazing animals in the world.
Virtual Safari tour
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Tanzania’s largest national park, Ruaha National Park, is a trip that is not to be missed. This remote barely visited park is named after the Ruaha river. The park is home to 10% of the world’s lion population. It’s also home to a large number of cheetahs, jackals, hyenas, and the rare and endangered African wild dogs. The park also has a large number of giant baobab trees that add a unique element to the scenery of the park.
You can experience the wilderness and natural beauty of the park. Don your VR headset and go on a guided walking tour of Ruaha. Spot elephants drinking in Ruaha or a pride of lions feasting. Better yet take in the beautiful view filled with natural springs, wetlands, hills, and mountains from the elegant and sophisticated Jabali Ridge campsite located inside the park.
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Selous Game Reserve is a uniquely beautiful wildlife reserve in Tanzania. Located on the banks of the River Rufiji, the reserve is notoriously famous for its elephants and rhinos who are sadly being subjected to poaching. The reserve is also home to a large number of hippopotamus, giraffes, zebras, and over 350 species of reptiles and birds.
Discover the beauty of the African savannah with a virtual tour of the Selous Game Reserve. Take in the sights of the reserve with a virtual boating safari along the Rufiji River. Spot some lone hyenas in the wild along with wild buffalos and waterbucks. Don’t forget to explore the luxurious wildlife lodge and camps situated within the reserve. You can probably spot some hot volcanic springs from the campsite.
Tembe Elephant Park. South Africa
Tembe Elephant Park is famous for having the largest elephants on the planet. This wildlife park in South Africa is the ancestral home of the indigenous Tembe tribe, who are the park’s caretakers. The unique sand forest, swamp and savannah eco-system is home to more than 340 bird species as well as the big five- lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and cape buffalo.
The park has a live webcam in place in one of the waterholes. Anyone interested in observing the animals in their natural habitat can watch the live stream. It’s also the perfect opportunity to spot the largest elephants in the world. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for lions, rhinos and buffalo who occasionally joins the elephants for a drink.
Djuma Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Djuma Private Game reserve is a world-renowned safari destination with some of the best game viewing in Africa. It’s situated right next to the Kruger National Park. Which means you can get access to the park as well. The reserve is famous for being home to the big five- lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and cape buffalo.
You can experience the magic of Djuma through live stream videos and virtual tours of the reserve. The Djuma waterhole cam provides an insider’s view to a larger than life wilderness that is sure to captivate you. Besides the live cam, the reserve also hosts a three-hour-long live stream with experienced guides on their social media pages twice a day.
Longleat Safari Park, UK
Longleat Safari Park is UK’s no.1 safari park. This popular park in Wiltshire houses different animals like elephants, rhinos, zebras, lions, monkeys, wolves, and cheetahs. All the animals have their enclosure, and a ride through the enclosures is a popular activity to do. The park is famous for its cheeky monkeys who are famous for making mayhem wherever they are.
The park has been offering free virtual safari tours ever since the lockdown started. You can watch the 30-minute long tour, which has a mix of audio commentary with video footage and photos. The park also released an interactive app with quizzes and factsheets to keep the viewers entertained.
Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE), Congo
GRACE is a gorilla conservation center in Congo right next to the Tayna Nature Reserve. It is the only NGO in the area specifically aimed at conserving and rehabilitating gorillas. It also has the world’s largest gorilla enclosures for the gorilla orphans.
Though it’s not necessarily a safari, we need to give it a special shoutout since the center is doing a great job at promoting gorilla conservation. GRACE, in partnership with explore.org, live streams its gorillas. You can watch the gorillas play, eat, and rest together in their forest habitat at GRACE. If you want to do a little more to help the gorillas, you can also donate or symbolically adopt a gorilla.
These are some of the virtual safaris you can explore from the safety of your living room. No more excuses about being stuck at home. Take this time to learn more about the natural world. Stay home. Stay safe.