Going on a safari holiday is off the cards for most Brits at the moment thanks to the pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions.

However, one company is offering up the next best thing; a daily livestream of game drives where you can watch elephants, leopards, lions, cheetahs, hippos and more, without needing to leave your sofa.

WildEarth hosts daily livestreams of safaris in South Africa, which are hosted by expert rangers who know exactly where to find the animals without disturbing them in the Djuma Private Game Reserve, located in the Sabi Sand/greater Kruger National Park area.

There's also a camera from within the jeep so you can feel like you are actually sat with them as they share their impressive knowledge - and the livestreams are interactive, so you can send in questions too!

Two leopards on tree watch tourists in a jeep

There are actually two safaris livestreamed each day - one at sunrise and one at sunset, the two best times for spotting the animals.

Sunrise safaris start at 05:30 local time, which is 03:30 UK time (this one may be too early!), while the sunset safaris start at 15:00 local time, so 17:00 in the UK (so, sunset safaris it is!).

If you can't make the daily livestreams, or you don't see the animals that you wanted don't be disheartened; the videos are all uploaded onto WildEarth's YouTube channel so you can go back through the catalogue.

While it's not the real thing, it can make for quite a mesmerising distraction amidst all of the pandemic and lockdown news.

No wonder holiday search engine Holidu has named it one of its top eight picks of the best livestreams for those with major wanderlust.

Looking for more virtual experiences? We've rounded up the best UK attractions' virtual tours including Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge and the Lake District.

Want to go further afield? You may also want to check out our pick of the best virtual tours of the world's iconic landmarks and museums.

  • WildEarth is also available to watch on Freeview on channel 271.