Visit the great outdoors without breaking lockdown regulations

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The COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown have forced many South Africans to cancel or postpone their holidays. If you are yearning for a break from your own home, there are several wonderful virtual tours and safaris you can experience directly from your Android smartphone.

Alcatel suggests some websites that bring some of the world’s beautiful natural panoramas and wildlife into your home:

  1. 360 South Africa

360 South Africa features virtual video tours of hundreds of popular natural sites, tourist attractions and museums around South Africa. Visit Cape Point, Table Mountain, Kruger National Park, the Drakensberg, and more, from your phone.

  1. Africam

One of the oldest sites to offer live footage of African fauna, Africam showcases wildlife in high definition video in real-time. Depending on which feed you’re watching, you may spot elephants, lions, leopards and more in the remotest wilderness areas.

  1. Andbeyond

In the mood for a game drive? Join wildlife broadcasting experts, WildEarth, which is streaming three-hour long game drives from &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve and Djuma Private Game Reserve twice a day. (6am in the morning, 3:30pm in the afternoon). You can ask the guides questions on YouTube or by using #wildearth on Twitter.

  1. Grace Gorillas

The Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (or GRACE) is located near the Tayna Nature Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Watch the live stream to see gorillas go about their daily business and move through the forest.

  1. Mpala Research Centre

This live cam focuses on the watering hole and river at Mpala Research Centre in central Kenya. Watch as animals come to drink and swim. Keep an eye on the acacia trees and you might spot vervet monkeys, olive baboons, and stunning birdlife.

  1. South African National Parks

Take a virtual tour of some of South Africa’s most popular nature reserves, including the Kruger National Park and the Addo Elephant National Park. 

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