While COVID-19 Level 3 restrictions mean life in South Africa is slightly more relaxed now, going out (unless essential) is still discouraged.
Many South Africans are heeding the call to stay home… But doing the right thing is not always easy – especially when you see friends, neighbours and city dwellers out galavanting.
Best Virtual Tours in South Africa to Enjoy at Home
So, to curb your travel cravings and keep your wanderlust alive, I have compiled a list of some great virtual tours.
These can be enjoyed safely at home, with those you love.
They are proof that you can do the responsible thing… and still have plenty of travel fun!
Here are the best virtual tours to enjoy in South Africa:
Explore Beautiful Babylonstoren From Your Couch
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While we would love to explore every thriving corner of Babylonstoren by foot… At present, only the Farm Shop, Online Store and Tasting Room (wine purchases only) are open.
However, this doesn’t mean you cannot get a glimpse of this beautiful Franschhoek estate during lockdown life!
The team has compiled a series of fascinating YouTube/Instagram TV virtual tours.
These showcase the intricate workings and peaceful atmosphere of the farm. Best of all, new virtual tours are published every week.
So far, they include the likes of: Apiary Garden Tour; How to Press Plants to Make a Herbarium and my favourite: A Virtual Tour of Babylonstoren’s Fynbos Garden, to name only a few.
The tours are tastefully compiled and curated. Each offers a down-to-earth, insightful glimpse into Babylonstoren’s many farm wonders.
The videos vary between 2-6 minutes, running time. As a result, they are ideal dips into nature.
Access the Tours Below:
(Instagram) IGTV: https://instagram.com/babylonstoren
Farm Shop times: 09:00 am – 17:00 pm (open daily)
Tasting Room: open for wine purchases from 09:00 am – 17:00 pm, Monday to Thursday. No entry fee at the gate.
For more information, please visit visit Babylonstoren’s website.
Tintswalo’s Wildlife Live Webcam and Daily Virtual Tours
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Tintswalo Safari Lodge – responsible for so many luxurious South African lodges – are offering some exciting virtual safari tours.
These are uploaded daily to their various social media platforms for travel lovers to enjoy.
You can also view the Wildlife Live Webcam. This is streamed from their website. So you can watch the action as it unfolds. 🙂
Virtual safari tours range between 10-20 minutes in length.
Each offers an amazing look at different wildlife; they are so educational and capitivating.
I had to pinch myself with the video quality… It was like being right there on the safari vehicle!
The clips are beautifully compiled and expertly narrated by experienced guides.
With all the sights and sounds of the bush, it is like being on safari!
I absolutely love them and can’t recommend them enough!
Lion prides on the prowl, wild dogs at play: this the stuff of safari dreams.
Here is one of my favourites from Manyeleti Nature Reserve (greater Kruger): https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBTSBdwKglp/?igshid=eildw04csi0m
Virtual Safari Tours:
– Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/TintswaloSafariLodge/
Wildlife Live Webcam: https://tintswalo.com/safari/wildlife-live-webcam/
Shamwari Lockdown Series
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Shamwari Private Game Reserve, another beloved South African game reserve, are also keeping viewers entertained and educated during lockdown.
They have a captivating Lockdown Series. Each episode offers a brief glimpse of life in this special reserve.
New episodes are published every few days on Instagram TV, YouTube and Facebook.
Clips vary between 1-6 minutes (running time) and offer fun, interesting sneakpeeks of Shamwari and its wild residents.
Let their expert guides teach you all about life in the bush, as you enjoy this incredible footage.
Here is their most recent episode (at time of writing): https://youtu.be/5ZKXWYA0-JQ
Shamwari Lockdown Series:
SANParks: Still-, Live- Webcams and Camera Highlights
SANParks are also offering visitors a look into several of their amazing national parks.
Visitors to their website can choose between still webcam footage, live webcams or camera highlights.
Featured national parks are Addo Elephant National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Kruger National Park.
For Still Cams, you can see footage from Addo, Nossob, Orpen, Satara and Punda Maria.
While for the Live Cams, it is Addo, Orpen and Satara.
SANParks Webcams and Camera Highlights:
Please see here: https://www.sanparks.org/webcams/cams_group.php
Languishing During Lockdown? Take a Virtual Tour.
These are just some of the incredible virtual tours, live webcams and safari clips you can enjoy during lockdown life.
Stay safe, stay home while keeping your wanderlust alive! 🙂
All imagery has been sourced and embedded from the relevant websites. Images have been credited accordingly.
Lead Image: Shamwari Private Game Reserve (Taken from their Lockdown Series.)
About the author
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust - Travel Writing and Photography, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. Despite having a national diploma in Journalism and working as a content writer by day, Tamlyn's preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.