Looking for ways to feed your travel lust while on lockdown? Blast through your screen and check out these top African virtual safari vacations the whole family will love.
1. Fly over the Victoria falls, the longest waterfall on the continent
With adrenaline-pumping activities galore, there are countless ways to experience this enthralling natural wonder.
Victoria Falls straddles the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, transforming the placid Zambezi River into what is perhaps the most majestic waterfall in the world.
Since Livingstone’s day, the region has recast itself as the adventure capital of Africa, a hub for white-water rafting, bungee-jumping, zip-lining and more.
It’s difficult to fully comprehend the magnitude of Victoria Falls from up close: Though it’s neither the tallest nor the longest waterfall in the world, at 355 feet high and a mile wide, and with an average flow of 33,000 cubic feet per second, it’s certainly impressive.
The best way to get some perspective is an eagle-eye view. So here it is.
2. Virtual Safari in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park
Few reserves in the world can boast such a high biodiversity rating and with landscapes including savannah, bushland, wetlands and lush forests. Covering 1978 sq km, scenic Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most popular parks in Uganda.
The park is inhabited by 96 species of mammals, including healthy numbers of hippos, elephants, lions and leopards as well as chimps and hyenas.
The 1978 Square Kilometer Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is deservedly Uganda’s most popular protected area. It is easy to reach and enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between Lakes Edward and George.
Varied habitats epitomise the rift valley vegetative mosaic that tempted our hominid ancestors to migrate from forest to grasslands and are home to 95 mammal and 612 bird species.
Scenically the area has everything. Thirty miles to the north, the blue Rwenzori explodes from the plain, a composite, jagged mass of mountains, sixty miles long and forty wide and looking in certain lights as if you can reach out and touch them.
Check out this virtual safari with Big Sam as the guide.
3. Hike through the African jungle and sit with the gorillas
Our next virtual safari takes us to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, one of Africa’s most ancient habitats, that has even survived the last Ice Age as most of the continent’s other forests disappeared.
Its swath of steep mountains covered in thick, steamy jungle is just as magnificent as it sounds.
Most prominent about the park is it’s over 500 inhabitants, the mountain gorillas that flourish within its boundaries.
Telling from the number of annual global visitors, Bwindi is the best African jungle to go hiking and is the best place in the world to see mountain gorillas up close.
Having a look at these critically endangered creatures up close is an unforgettable experience, you wouldn’t want to miss it.
5. Drive with the safari icons in Krugar National Park
Kruger is one of the world’s greatest wildlife-watching destinations. All of Africa’s iconic safari species – elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and zebra – share the bushveld with a supporting cast of 137 other mammals and over 500 varieties of bird.
Beautiful granite kopjes (hills) pepper the south, the Lebombo Mountains rise from the savannah in the east, and tropical forests cover the north of the 19,485-sq-km park.
Yes, Kruger can sometimes become crowded. And yes, you may have to wait in line to see those lions.
You wont have to worry about the crowds with this virtual safari. Let’s take a virtual safari right about now.
6. Walk the old Mombasa backstreets
There is never a dull moment for anyone who chooses to venture out into the multi-cultural Old Town of Mombasa. The 180 acres of land with its tapered streets and ancient architecture provide a reflection of the mix of cultures of the Arab, Portuguese, Asian and British inhabitants who reside in Mombasa.
The majority of the current residents of the Old Town are of Asian, Arab and European origin, and the architectural style of the buildings in the area reflects these cultures.
Take your camera with you to capture the narrow streets, bordered by old buildings with ornately carved doors and balconies.
Stop by one of the many shops that sell antiques, souvenirs, spices and fragrance oils, and dine at one of the many cafés in the area if you get hungry.
6. Take a bike safari around Zanzibar beaches
Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous Indian Ocean archipelago, is a melting pot of African and Indian influences. Made up of many small islands and two larger, main islands, Unguja and Pemba, Zanzibar is the heart of Swahili culture and tradition.
7. Two hour live coverage of an African safari
Your interest in coming to Africa may have shown up recently, which means you have no clue of what an African safari is like. Well, sit back and play this two hour video of a life safari in South Africa.
No editing, no cutting and you may see live kills and all that staff you don’t want your kids to see. Viewer discretion is advised.