Take a Virtual Safari With These Wildlife Webcams

If you’ve always dreamed of taking an African safari – or reminisce fondly about a trip you’ve already taken – then you’ll love this opportunity to keep an eye on what the animals are up to in the absence of visitors. While many zoos and sanctuaries stream, nothing compares to seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. Join a South African ranger and catch up on the action as you tag along on a recorded game drive. Better still, have your own virtual safari with these wildlife webcams; time your visit for when the animals you most want to see are likely to be active.

Tembe Elephant Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Tembe Elephant Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Photo by Benny Marty

Elephants traditionally migrated freely across the border between southern Mozambique and South Africa’s uMkhanyakude District in KwaZulu-Natal. But the Mozambique civil war took a heavy toll on the creatures and in response, the Tembe Elephant Park was established. Some of the largest tuskers in Africa call the place home. Before he died of natural causes in 2015, Isilo stood 3.2 metres tall and had tusks that measured 2.5 metres long, making him one of the biggest elephants ever recorded. Alongside the next generation of Tembe elephants, you might also spot lions, leopards, black and white rhinos and buffalo on this camera hidden beside a Tembe waterhole.

GRACE Gorilla Forest Corridor, DRC

Photo by LMIMAGES
Photo by LMIMAGES

Critically endangered eastern lowland gorillas live only in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s unlikely you’d ever have seen them in real life, as civil unrest and violence in the country place it off-limits to tourists. Not even the WWF know how many eastern lowland gorillas are left in the wild, but the threat from poachers mean that numbers now probably amount to the low thousands. Illegal mining for tin, gold and coltan (an alloy used in mobile phones) is also destroying precious habitats. It’s a privilege, then, to be able to access this important conservation project via webcam. Working closely with the Congolese, the work of GRACE Center helps to ensure the continued survival of around 300 gorillas living in the Tayna Nature Reserve.

The Ark, Aberdare National Park, Kenya

Photo by ANDRES MENA PHOTOS

In the game-rich Aberdare National Park in Kenya, elephants rule the salt licks and waterholes, chasing off opportunist hyenas that encroach on what they consider to be their territory. The protected area sits in the Aberdare Mountain Range, east of the East African Rift Valley and just over 100 miles north of Nairobi. It boasts healthy populations of leopard, buffalo and rhino, as well as vervet monkeys, waterbuck, eland and bush duicker. You’ll have to wait until travel resumes before you can book your spot in the animal hide at Ark Lodge, but in the meantime, their webcam gives you a front row seat to monitor what the wildlife is doing.

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Photo by Daniel Harwardt

The Tau Lodge webcam feed comes direct from the Madikwe Game Reserve, located in the north of South Africa not far from the Botswana border. It’s a private park created from farmland that had become degraded by overgrazing. Now, it has been restocked with wildlife that would originally have been native to the area, including wild dog, cheetah, lion, zebra, giraffe, elephant, buffalo and rhino. There’s a steady stream of animal visitors to this watering hole that conceals a dangerous predator – the Nile crocodile.

Mpala Research Centre, Laikipia, Kenya

Photo by RimshaMalik
Photo by RimshaMalik

Describing itself as a “living laboratory for wildlife conservation”, this research centre was established in the central region of Kenya in 1994. Formal protection barely extends beyond Mpala in this part of the country, making its work even more vital to the survival of species in the area. Among the wildlife that you’ll find here are large populations of elephants, African wild dogs, Grevy’s zebras and reticulated giraffes. You’ll see from the camera trained on the Ewaso Ng’iro River that it’s also home to plenty of hippos, who hang out at the hippo pool and wait for their friends to visit.

We hope you enjoy many wildlife webcam encounters but have one request. Because of the very real threat of poaching, please don’t post any screen grab online which can be used to identify the location of animals that might be a target.

 

Enthusiastic advocate for independent travel and passionate geographer, Julia considers herself privileged to earn a living doing something she loves. When not roaming the globe, you’ll find her windswept but smiling, chatting away to her two dogs as they wander the Essex marshes.

Witnessing a Foretaste

Big Sky Buckeye

Looking outside from the kitchen table offers a view each morning of how our Lord presents each day as a precious gift.  Here is a mini sonnet which witnesses a foretaste of the feast to come.

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Viewing the early morning

Welcoming each libation

Peering from kitchen’s window

Witnessing God’s creation

 

Growing greener, grass below

Blooming, flowers spelling love

Witnessing creative hands

Working each day from above

 

Taking in this peaceful scene

Witnessing each day’s foretaste

Blessing each feast, more to come

Tasting moments, without haste

 

Witnessing God’s daily Grace

Making life a happy place

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From Lutheran Communion liturgy, Christ’s people sing:  “Grace our table with Your presence, and give us a foretaste of the Feast to come.”

 

 

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Time and Wisdom

NIGHT LIKE FOR COUPLES

“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:12

Generosity comes in many forms. One version is material gifts. Another is the sharing of our time and wisdom. I (jcd) recall the example of one man who gave up two hours and influenced my life for years. When I was in college, my aunt heard a speech by a well‐known Christian psychologist, Dr. Clyde Narramore. “We need Christian young men and women in the field of mental health,” Dr. Narramore said to the audience. “If you know of promising students who are interested, I’ll be glad to meet with them.” My aunt told me of this invitation, and I called Dr. Narramore for an appointment. He graciously agreed to see me, even though he was busy and didn’t know me from Adam.

As we talked in his living room, he laid out a plan for how I could become a psychologist. It’s been over forty years since that conversation took place, yet I still remember the advice he gave me that day. It shaped the next five years of my life and helped channel me into a profession I love.

You may not have the financial means to help people in need, but you can offer them your time and insights. It may be just what they need to point them in the right direction.

Just between us…

  • Who has influenced us through their gifts of time and wisdom?
  • In what areas do we have expertise, insights, or available time that might help someone else?
  • Who do we know who might benefit from our generosity?

Heavenly Father, tonight we reach for a truly generous life together. Guide and strengthen our willingness to share. Thank You for putting us on earth for something bigger and more meaningful than our own comfort or happiness. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.