It’s drizzling in north-eastern South Africa. I can see the droplets hit the edge of the watering hole, sending tiny ripples across the surface. Suddenly I hear the loud call of an exotic bird and it jars me. Reflexively, I jump in my seat.
Nearby a large bull elephant drinks his fill. He rolls his trunk in towards his face and with his head lifted, tilts it back and releases the liquid into his mouth. His tusks, evenly spaced, large and of equal length, remind me of a forklift and I hear that mechanical hydraulic sound in my head.
Updated May, 2019
Welcome to African Cams Live
African Cams are livestreams from key locations in Africa where animals frequent such as watering holes and rivers. As with all things wildlife, you may not see something every time but I’d be surprised if you didn’t.
I like to crank up the audio and listen to the sounds of the birds, frogs and wildlife when I’m working or reading. It’s as if the bush is right outside.
Below are three of my favorite African cams for you to enjoy.
Tembe Elephant Park Live Cam
Live around the clock, the camera zooms in and pans a watering hole popular with elephants in the Tembe Elephant Park in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. According to the website, the elephants there are the largest in the world.
This live cam offers crystal-clear audio, so even if I’m not looking at the webpage, the sounds of the bush still float through my apartment. And believe me, there is a lot to hear. In the evenings, the site uses night vision technology and you’ll be amazed at how much you can see.
I’ve seen elephants, impala, and giraffe, and heard all kinds of bird calls. One time, I think a predator was nearby because I could hear the familiar Impala alarm—half grunt, half sneeze—blowing up my speakers. When I looked, a small herd was running for the treeline. I couldn’t see what spooked them, unfortunately.
Twice a day (10 am and 11:30 pm EST) National Geographic Wild Safari Live features a variety of rangers from South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara.
The guides discuss what they’re seeing, provide great information, and answer questions submitted in real-time on Twitter. If you want to join the fun, you can ask questions via the @Wildearth Twitter feed and use the hashtag #SafariLive. Or watch the live cam on Twitter if you prefer.
Explore.org offers a few Africams to choose from. You can access Tembe National Park on this feed too in addition to
- Naledi Cat-EYE African Cam — View animals at the eye level of a leopard for a completely different perspective. (According to the website, animals seen here include: cheetahs, lions, elephants, giraffes, impalas, baboons, warthogs, owls, Egyptian geese, genets, meerkats, waterbuck, and porcupines. (Olifants West Game Reserve, South Africa.)
- Olifants River – Set on the banks of the Olifants river, you’ll see hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and giraffes, in addition to other animals like baboon, bushbuck and various bird species. (Naledi Game lodge in the province of Mpumalanga.)
- Rosie’s Pan – Hidden next to a remote watering hole much of the “Big Five” has been found here. Not to mention warthogs and giant kingfishers. (Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa.)
Thumbnail videos enable you to see what’s happening at each location and you can toggle between them as you desire.
Explore also streams live cam feeds from all over the world, including wildlife in Kenya, hummingbirds in California, a chipmunk log in Colorado, a polar bear habitat at a Netherland’s zoo, a coral reef off of Grand Cayman island, and a whole lot more.
Are there are live cams you love to watch? If so, please tell me about them in the comments section.
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