Although Shamwari Private Game Reserve is under lockdown, its animals aren’t. The lions, giraffe, and elephants are going about their business as usual…

So is head ranger, Andrew Kearney. He’s still getting up early to offer game drives and guided walks, but instead of just sharing what he sees with the visitors on his Landcruiser he’s posting it on the internet for the world to see.

On his own initiative and armed with just a rifle and cellphone, Andrew has, so far, posted six videos of his daily excursions around the reserve.

Although he’s limited by the technology at his disposal and the fact that the large animals are sometimes just metres away – making loud explanations distinctly unhealthy – he still manages to cram a wealth of information and insight into each four-to-six-minute episode.

Join Andrew on YouTube

In the series so far, you can join Andrew to learn the basics of tracking, get a masterclass on giraffes, track a pride of lions to a kill, get scarily close to elephants, make a careful downwind approach on two white rhino and outrun a leopard tortoise.

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If you’re missing your Easter trip to the bush, want something interesting to pass a few lockdown minutes or are looking for a fun, educational distraction for the children, visit Shamwari Private Game Reserve’s YouTube channel.

Here’s a link to episode 4, the most popular so far:

Andrew will be posting more episodes and you can also find these on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #shamwari private game reserve