Safari at home with these top five virtual game drives

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Ready for a bush break, but not sure where to go? Get a taste of a bush experience right from the couch with a virtual safari. Whether you make it a family affair or use it as a solo virtual escape, a virtual safari requires finding a wildlife destination that offers access to perfect viewing opportunities. From live-cam sightings and 360-degree videos to more exclusive virtual game drives - you can take your pick from a wide selection of virtual safari experiences. Here are five wildlife destinations offering incredible virtual bush experiences that will fuel your wanderlust for a real-life dream safari adventure.

Spot the elusive leopard on a Londolozi safari

Londolozi is a hidden gem in the heart of the Sabi Sands Nature reserve. Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the area ranks among the top wildlife destinations in Africa to spot the elusive leopard, where you can enjoy some of the most intimate sightings of this mysterious creature in abundance. A highlight of the Londolozi experience is a stay at its luxury camps offering spectacular views and exceptional cuisine. To whet your appetite for this unique bush experience, are the incredible virtual safaris you can find on their blog. These experiences put you in the front seat of amazing game views, with short videos that showcase the best sightings of the week. To follow some of the epic stories of exciting wildlife encounters, you can subscribe to their blog.

Encounter the largest elephants at Tembe Elephant National Park

Situated in Maputuland between Kwazulu-Natal and Mozambique is the Tembe Elephant National Park. The park offers a wide selection of accommodation, which ranges from tented camps to luxury lodges - giving you more ways to tailor your safari experience. Tembe Elephant National Park is home to one of the world's largest African elephants, where you can experience intimate encounters with these gentle giants in abundance. The area also provides incredible birding opportunities, a chance to spot the rare Suni antelope and scuba diving near the Togoland reefs. Enjoy some of these unique sightings from anywhere, with their live stream in partnership with Africam and explore.org.

Enjoy breathtaking sunsets at Madikwe Game Reserve

Situated on the border of Botswana in the North West province is the Madikwe Game Reserve. This hidden gem is what dreams are made of, with vast open plains of grasslands and woodlands among luxury lodges that give you unfenced proximity to the wild. The reserve is ranked among the best destinations to observe the African wild dog. With such excellent viewing conditions to enjoy a safari, their virtual game drives, streamed in partnership with explore.org, do not disappoint. Be sure to catch live footage from the Tau Game Lodge, which overlooks the Tau Watering hole, an oasis attracting much wildlife. The gorgeous sunrises and sunsets are among the highlights of this stream, which gives you a taste of the Madikwe safari experience.

Go VIP at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Nestled in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains in Kwazulu Natal is The Phinda Private Game Reserve. The reserve not only boasts some of the most exclusive luxury lodges but also encompasses 28 555 hectares of exquisite natural landscapes, filled with wildlife that provides guests with exciting viewing opportunities. Phinda Game Reserve has brought some of these bush sightings to the home with a variety of virtual experiences in partnership with the tour operator andBeyond and wildlife broadcaster WildEarth tv. Experience a Phinda game drive first-hand on any one of two andBeyond’s daily live streams broadcasted at 6:30 AM or 3:30 PM. These 3-hour virtual game drives are a treat for nature-lovers where they can spot some big five in action and interact with game rangers via Twitter and Youtube. Kids can join in the fun with a 45-minute virtual game drive. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy an exclusive virtual experience where they are treated to a personalized masterclass with the resident ranger, which comes at a fee.

Make a difference at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Situated along the Bushman'sRiver in the Eastern Cape, Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a natural extension to the magnificent Garden Route, offering its guests the opportunity to reconnect with nature while indulging in sheer luxury through its range of accommodation. This area is renowned for its diverse ecosystem, home to a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife and perfect for the ultimate safari. Since the start of the South African COVID-19 lockdown, the reserve’s series of 10-minute Youtube webisodes have grown in equal popularity, delighting audiences worldwide. Head ranger (and videographer) Andrew Kearney showcases how to identity tracks, gets you up close and personal with herds of elephants and tracks a pride of lions to their kill. Viewers can donate when watching the videos with proceeds going towards conservation efforts and the assistance of nearby rural Eastern Cape communities.

Virtual safaris are loads of fun, but nothing beats the real thing. At MTBmtbeds, you can make your virtual safari a reality with our great deals on bush breaks.

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