Go on an epic South African safari without leaving the house (VIDEOS)

Apr 2 2020, 2:03 pm

Embark on an epic journey to South Africa to see the unique and fascinating wildlife without having to compromise your social and physical distancing.

Experiential travel company &BEYOND, in collaboration with wildlife broadcasting company WildEarth, is providing users with a front-row seat to experience three-hour safari game drives twice a day from their Ngala Private Game Reserve and Djuma Private Game Reserve in a project called WILDWatch Live.

The virtual safari footage can be seen between 6 and 9 am CAT (sunrise dependent), and 3:30 and 6:30 pm CAT (sunset dependent), which translates to between 9 pm and 12 am PDT, and 6:30 am to 9:30 am PDT.

Additionally, users can tune into @andBeyondTravel on Instagram for footage of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve where expert guides will be posting any sightings that they come across.

The virtual safari livestreams will be published on the andBeyond and Djuma Private Game Reserve YouTube channels.

“Authentic and non-scripted, the game drives will follow the sights and sounds of the African wilderness as they unfold.” &BEYOND’s website explains.

“Hosted by expert &BEYOND and WildEarth field guides, the drives will be streamed over a variety of social media platforms each day during the month of April.”

The safaris will feature footage from three or four live feeds via a director in a control room to provide viewers with the best collection of wildlife action as it happens, “creating a seamless multi-feed virtual game drive.”

Users will also have the opportunity to communicate with their safari hosts and receive answers to any questions they may have in real-time as if they were right there next to them.

“The first 45 minutes of each afternoon drive will be dedicated to young wildlife fans and the guides will only answer questions asked by children during this time,” the website describes.

“Parents can sign up their children by selecting a date on wildearth.tv/kids. Children (or parents) can then email [email protected] for age-appropriate and personalized responses.”

Examples of footage from the safaris can be seen below: