It's not easy getting yourself to the office on a Monday morning knowing that you are at the farthest end of your weekend countdown. Well perhaps these live streaming bush webcams can help you take your mind off the grind for a little while...
1. Chobe Lodge Live Cams
The Chobe River in northern Botswana is a fantastic place for game viewing. This large river attracts dozens of bird and animal species, including some rare finds such as the Puku and African Skimmer. If you can't be there in person, then check out these live feeds from the Chobe Lodge.
2. Thembe Webcam
The Thembe Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal is one of our favourite reserves in South Africa (it's also where we had our honeymoon). This live cam from the Mahlasela Hide broadcasts a 24 hour feed with sound, so crank up those speakers and watch some of the world's biggest elephants as they visit the waterhole.
3. Mpala Live
Mpala Live takes you to Kenya’s Laikipia County, a vast area that is home to wildlife in private and community ranches. There are nearly 7,000 elephants in the Laikipia area and you are almost certain to spot a few on this web cam.
4. Djuma Game Reserve
This camera watches over Gowrie Dam on Djuma Game Reserve, in the Sabi Sand Concession, South Africa. It's reportedly the oldest waterhole cam in the world. It’s been broadcasting live from this spot since 1998. I can only imagine what it must have been like trying get a decent image on those good old 90's dial-up connections. Fortunately, these days, things tend to run a bit smoother.
5. Wild Earth
This is something a little different. Wild Earth live streams safari drives from different spots around Africa. Rangers drive around the reserves with cameramen in the back and stream from their different locations. The ranger's running commentary is an additional feature compared to the stationary cams and makes this experience a little more personal and engaging. If all the talking gets a bit much, just turn down the volume. Check out the stream page for more information on streaming times.
We basically have these cameras open in different tabs in our browser and we flip through them from time to time when things start feeling a little claustrophobic.
Let us know if you have a favourite bush cam that you like checking out.