One of the silver linings of 2020 was the creation and distribution of additional online touring content. These live and recorded virtual tours had the ability to transport the homebound to hidden corners across the globe. It also allowed them to dream and plan for their prospective travels from the safety and comfort of their couch.
It’s true that virtual tours cannot replace the experience of seeing the world in person. Yet they can serve as an introduction to new places and inspire excitement in those who plan to travel in the not too distant future.
The best destination this applies to is South Africa. By going on a virtual South African safari ahead of your travels, you will undoubtedly gain a better understanding of the terrain, wildlife, and even the guides awaiting you upon your arrival.
Here is what you have to look forward to by doing a virtual safari ahead of your South African holiday.
The most obvious benefit of a virtual South African safari is its ability to provide you with a sneak peek into what you can expect on a game drive in the bush.
Live-streamed safaris, in particular, allow you to join an expert guide who can point out fresh animal tracks and offer insight on the wildlife’s movement that day. You are even able to ask the guides questions in the chat box along the way, as though you were in the vehicle with them.
If you follow the guides long enough, you will become better acquainted with their methods and mannerisms. Eventually they may even begin to feel like family, which often happens after a safari holiday.
Some safaris are even geared toward children and introduce them to the idea of seeing such incredible beasts as elephants, lions, and rhinoceros in the wild.
Whether it’s a memory of elephants protecting their young, a pride of lions unexpectedly lying in the shade, or a herd of wildebeest running in front of you – the surprises are endless on safari.
If anything, a “sofa safari” will make you look forward to all the intangible surprises that are in store around every corner: the dreamy feeling of the early wake up call, the smell and sensation of your morning coffee, the discovery of animal tracks on the ground, and the sight of a welcome sundowner in an unexpected location.
High quality vehicles are an integral part of any safari experience.
A virtual South Africa safari will show you just how welcome an open-air Land Rover is compared to the closed vehicle safaris that are more common in East Africa. The open vehicles provide an unparalleled view of the wildlife and lead to an altogether more intimate experience.
Another intimate and interactive “vehicle” choice is your own two feet. A walking safari allows you to immerse yourself in the uninhibited nature of the bush. It’s a great way to get to know both the raw landscape and the mysterious movements of the animals.
Finally, there is always a safari by horseback. A horse safari allows you the rare opportunity to be on equal terms with the game. Whether you are cantering with the wildebeest and zebra or sharing a grazing patch with elephants and giraffes, a horse offers a much more special viewpoint than car or foot.
Are you ready to pack your bags and head out on your next African adventure? Before you do, be sure to grab some popcorn and indulge in a virtual South Africa safari. It will not only inspire you and get you excited for your upcoming journey; it will also adequately prepare you for all that is in store – the setting, the surprises, and even the sightlines of your chosen vehicle.