Exploring South Africa: Cameras on Safari
by Liz Colville
The next best thing to a South African safari is photos from a South African safari—and lots of them. Through Web cams and abundant uploaded photos, you can take a virtual safari through South Africa's natural wonders and marvel at the resident wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and picturesque cultural centers.
Africam is loaded with Web cam feeds and photo galleries of South African wildlife. Marvel at South Africa's resident species including the elephant, black eagle, flamingo and leopard, and watch the days unfold in picturesque spots like Cape Town. The site can be a bit confusing to navigate; use the links on the left navigation bar to begin.
Virtual Traveller hosts this beautiful photo collection, courtesy of photographer Philip Harle, with images of South African safari highlights: tiger cubs, zebras, leopards and a gorgeous sunset are just some of the images captured here.
The travel site TrekEarth provides another great photo gallery of Kruger National Park, one of the biggest, most diverse and most popular safari destinations in South Africa. Featuring game reserves as well as camping facilities and places to stay, Kruger is an important landmark. Browse a collection of photos taken by a TrekEarth user in the park. Many of the photos include interesting anecdotes about the visit and facts about the animals.
National Geographic's "Ten Things to See and Do" in South Africa is a great resource for those with a trip to South Africa in mind. Whale watching, safari and museum-going make the list, as does a visit to the Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village. A trip on the Blue Train, a more lavish mode of transportation than the typical airplane or jeep, is a luxurious way to admire South African landscapes.