Safaris aren’t just about having an awesome holiday in the African bush. The funds generated by tourism go towards vital conservation work …

In order to continue protecting their wildlife, and highlighting the exquisite natural heritage in South Africa during the lockdown, and coronavirus pandemic, many safari parks and game reserves began offering regular ‘sofa safaris’. While these were initiated in April 2020, many of the reserves have continued to produce spectacular ‘sofa safaris’, gaining an appreciative audience around the world.

Not only are they a great educational experience for adults and kids, they also help generate donations to help support the important conservation work that the parks do. Rhino poachers aren’t staying home during lockdown, so those who protect them still need to be on high alert!

Here’s how you can explore some of SA’s wildest parks by taking a virtual safari every day of the week! #VirtualSafari

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&Beyond’s WILDwatch Live

In a quest to relieve the tedium of isolation, we’ve collaborated with wildlife broadcasting experts, WildEarth, to stream (in real time) twice-daily, three-hour long game drives from &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve and Djuma Private Game Reserve.

Be sure to interact with our guides by asking questions on YouTube or using #wildearth on Twitter.

You can also catch them on Instagram Live

Our expert guides in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve are still out and about in the field, monitoring our prized wildlife, and will be jumping online, ad hoc, on &Beyond Travel’s Instagram page when they come across sightings.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge:

A Luxury Five Star Lodge in the Manyeleti Game Reserve. Follow Alistair and Neil as they go “On the Beat” in the Manyeleti Nature Reserve. They share some phenomenal video footage of actual sighting and exhilarating encounters. Videos are uploaded daily on social media channels.

Tanda Tula sofa safaris

While most of the world is self-isolating Tanda Tula brings you a virtual safari which you can enjoy from the comfort of your sofa. Tanda Tula, meaning ‘to love the quiet’, is inspired by the people and wildlife of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Watch them on YouTube:

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

South Africa’s Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is a member of Virgin Limited Edition – a select group of luxury hotels. Sitting in the heart of the bush, the hotel has teamed up with Virgin to do a virtual safari via Instagram each Monday, with a chance to see leopard cups, a lion pride or any of the Big Five..


You can also take a ‘self drive’ safari in the Kruger National Park by checking their webcams


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