Can’t take the kids on safari…let the safari come to you! Lightfoot Travel reveals some of the world’s best virtual game drives, live streams and social media that bring amazing wildlife into your home (no hiding behind cushions necessary!).
You can spend an entire weekend (and then some!) in East Africa with Asilia who have set up an epic interactive safari pack for families. Log on here and you‘ll find a fun menu of children’s activities including a 360 virtual safari across Kenya and Tanzania, downloadable workbooks and news stories. Get kids in the kitchen cooking African delights such as Swahili Coconut Beans as well as listening to interviews with safari guides. We recommend experiencing it all from a tent in your living room!
Set sail to the Galapagos Islands without getting wet with this interactive insight into Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation. Children can go virtual diving to spot sea lions, watch Galapagos giant tortoise and blue footed-boobies in their natural habitat, and join a modern-day mapping expedition. And there’s no worry that they won’t be back home in time for dinner…
Lions, large rhino bulls, leopards and tiny baby elephants are just some of the wildlife resident photographer and safari guide Ross Cooper will introduce you to on his daily live game drives through the Singita Sabi Sand concession in South Africa. Just follow Singita on Instagram at @Singita_ and turn on your notifications to get the prompt that ‘Singita is Live’. The team go live twice a day and the drives last from half an hour to one hour. Too energetic? Click here to do nothing but listen to Singita’s soothing sounds of the bush.
At Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Sanctuary (GRACE), a wildlife sanctuary in Africa’s Congo dedicated to protecting orphaned gorillas, you’ll get the chance to see these magnificent creatures playing and eating in their forest home. Click here, and as you wait for the stars of the show to appear, log onto the official website where you can learn about the sanctuary’s good work and get to know the gorillas by name.
Located on the cliffs of Catalina Island off the coast of southern California, USA, this bird-cam overlooks the nest of a cute pair of bald eagles. Tune in as they go about their day together, snuggle up with their babies, feed them bedtime snacks and send them off to sleep. It’s super-sweet and very relaxing; a bit like watching a family soap opera unfold, but without so much drama!
Only a small number of visitors venture into the Kalahari Desert, a vast expanse of land covering most of Botswana and some of Namibia, so this is a special treat! From cheetahs to grazing springbok to black-maned lion pride, it’s one of the best places in southern Africa to see wildlife. Make Tswalu Kalahari Reserve your home-based hideout by checking out their Instagram and Facebook pages on Thursdays to see new live videos and Q&As (last week was all wild horses and thunderstorms!)