No matter what is going on in your life, you draw comfort from the fact that there is safariLIVE. You know that twice a day, guides you have grown fond of, will take you on safari. During those brief hours (that never quite seem long enough) you are able to escape as you experience the fauna and flora of the lowveld in South Africa and the vast savannah of the Maasai Mara.
You know what to expect from the journey but also feel a strong sense of expectation and anticipation. Although you know that you don’t always experience happy things on safari, this is your happy place.
You are treated to all manner of plants and animals who have become so much more that their species’ names to you. When you see a lion, you’re happy that it’s a lion but even more thrilled to find out that it’s Amber Eyes of the Nkuhumas. And when you are treated to the sighting of a leopard on a kill, you are overjoyed to recognise Hosana. There’s also that bittersweet twinge of pride you feel in your heart when you think of how well he is doing despite his mother’s demise early in his life.
These characters have become a significant part of your life and you find yourself deeply invested in their day-to-day lives. But sometimes you seldom have time to watch all six hours every day and you miss the animals terribly. Perhaps you are frustrated when updates of your favourite characters are hard to come by.
The safariLIVE team recognises and values what our characters mean to you. The team has been hard at work brainstorming how to keep you updated on all the important and exciting happenings in your favourite characters’ lives.
So we present you: safariLIVES.
From Saturday, April 21, our new series features catch ups and highlights of your favourite characters from the Sabi Sand and the Maasai Mara. The two-hour show, starting at 4pm CAT will be a combination of the best elements from our TV and internet show structures. The live safari (streamed on our regular viewing platforms) will be punctuated with catch up clips from the week to bring you up to speed with your favourite characters.
Your Saturday sunset safaris might have become shorter, but they have also become sweeter. In short, you now have a new reason to look forward to the weekend.
The first safariLives I admit to being slightly confused with the switching from live to pre-recorded. This second time I’ve watched without being engaged by the chat room and it is perfectly easy to follow. I only manage an hour or two of live each day so this once-a-week format is very nice for catching up on the bigger events and sightings. It has not escaped me how well this segment would work for NatGeoWild’s Saturday morning tv broadcasts as well : )…. good luck ; )…. Thank you for all you do @WE.
Hmm…not so such a fan of the new show, but I understand different strokes for different folks. It would help me if there was a clear logo for live and clip. This has the feel of the Nat Geo specials which I am not so keen on either. But, I applaud you trying new things. Love it that we got to see Jamie from the Mara studio and I have enjoyed the updates she and Scott have filmed. Keep up the good work!
I’m enjoying Saturday sunset format. I watch all week and enjoy reliving the sightings today. Great job
I find the new safarilives an excellent format. I can follow no problem. Congrats will watch it every Saturday.
This is a brilliant idea and I would like to thank all who came up with it. Most of us cannot watch all the time for various reasons but we do wish to know what is going on when we cannot watch. I have seen some complain on FB but I do not understand why. SafariLive is a gift we should simply be grateful for. Please ignore the complainers who seem to have nothing better to do. Thanks for all the hard work by everyone in front of and behind the cameras. I cannot post on FB as I do not belong (and don’t want to). So, though this is a smaller platform I just wanted you to know I am grateful and I suspect most are if truth be told. Again, many thanks.