safariLIVE is an award winning, expert hosted LIVE safari, broadcast directly from the African wilderness into your home.

Available on both the internet and television, this show enables you to interact with an expert game ranger in real time.

Safari vehicles, guides on foot, drones, balloons, rovers and remote cams are all searching for their favourite characters.

Completely unscripted and unpredictable – this show is reality TV as it is supposed to be. Authentic and REAL.

SUNRISE SAFARI

Monday to Sunday

Central African Time (CAT): 06:00am – 09:00am

East African Time (EAT): 07:00am – 10:00am

Eastern Standard Time (EDT): 00:00pm – 03:00am

SUNSET SAFARI

Monday to Sunday

Central African Time (CAT): 15:30pm – 18:30pm

East African Time (EAT): 16:30pm – 19:30pm

Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT): 09:30am – 12:30pm

safariLIVE comes to you from The Sabi Sands and The Maasai Mara.

The Sabi Sands is part of the Greater Kruger National Park  found in the north-east Corner of South Africa.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve in south-western Kenya is the northern-most section of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.

Both offer a vast expanse of wilderness that Africa’s iconic animals can roam in freely.

safariLIVE Stories

safariLIVE stories provide a more in-depth look into the why’s and how’s of what happens in and around our LIVE shows.

Behind-the-Scenes

Ever wondered how WE are able to broadcast to you LIVE from the middle of the African wilderness? Our Behind The Scenes productions showcase the exceptional talent and hard work that goes into bring the African wild to YOU!

safariLIVE Highlights

safariLIVE Highlights are our way of sharing our most wild moments. From lion kills to the cuteness of hyena cubs, WE are always sharing our best and most fascinating wild animal action!

Specials & Promos

WE are more than just a wildlife content creator, WE are also about building communities and sharing the wonders of Africa with everyone! From hosting international school safari’s to interviewing viewers from all corners of the globe, WE constantly try and bring YOU closer to the wonders of the African wilderness!

Meet the Characters

Thandi

This beautiful female leopard was born at the end of 2006 and is littermate to her sister, Shadow. Sadly it is believed that Shadow has passed on. Traditionally Thandi has occupied territory to the east of Djuma, but since her mother, Karula, disappeared Thandi has begun to move further to the west. To date she has raised four cubs successfully to independence, Wabayiza, Bahuti, Kuchava and Thamba. Currently she is doing a fine job of raising her new young female cub Tlalamba. Thandi is easily identifiable by her striking light eyes and her distinct 3:3 whisker spot pattern.

Tingana

Tingana is a male leopard, estimated to have been born in June of 2006. His name means ‘shy’, given his initial skittish behaviour around the game drive and filming vehicles. He has a large territory stretching across most of Arathusa and Djuma and is suspected to be the father of many different cubs in the area. He can be identified by his large size.

Nkuhuma Lions

The Nkuhuma pride of lions have earned a reputation as being survivors. “Nkuhuma” means Brown Ivory in Shangaan; the pride was given the name by  the Djuma rangers and trackers who first found them under a Brown Ivory tree on Djuma near Jordaans dam.

Birmingham Boys

The Birmingham Boys were first seen at Djuma in December 2014 although spent almost a year gathering their strength on the fringes of the Matimba coalition’s territory. During the last half of 2015 they successfully drove off this coalition and today are proudly dominant over the Styx and Nkuhuma prides with the cubs that will secure their bloodlines.

Oloololo Lions

The Oloololo pride are the resident lions around the safariLIVE camp. Little is known about their origins, but it is believed seven lionesses from the famous Marsh pride broke away and crossed the Mara river, west, in 2014. These lionesses managed to push the Kitchwe Tembo pride into the Mara North conservancy. At the moment the pride consists of four adult lionesses and 10 cubs all aged between two and six months old.

Scarface and the Musketeers

Scarface male lion is one of the most famous and recognisable cats in Africa. He along with his three brothers Hunter, Morani and Sikio made up the infamous Musketeer coalition. In 2012 Scarface sustained a severe injury to his right eyelid when he and the other Musketeers made a play at a territorial takeover. The four males were successful and then took dominance over the famous Marsh pride. Just over a year later the impressive male found himself on the pointy end of a Maasai spear as he attempted to bring down domesticated cattle. Now Scar can be found ruling over the Paradise pride and main crossing points along the Mara river.

Avoca males

The Avoca males hail from the south western sector of the Timbavati. They are the new lion coalition on the Djuma block. Comprising 3 young adults, this coalition arrived relatively unchallenged. It seems the Birmingham Boy coalition has headed south for the pride lands of the Sand River. This has left the northern section of the Sabi Sand ripe for the taking – a situation the Avoca males are taking full advantage of.

Hukumuri male leopard

The origins of Hukumuri are shrouded in mystery. A case of mistaken identity gave this leopard his name. We think his story begins at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park, an astounding 200 kilometers away from where he has decided to set up a territory in the northern Sabi Sand. The young male in his prime is believed to be approximately 4-5 years old. Fighting fit and with a face for radio, Hukumuri has already mated with various females in the northern Sabi Sand. His success as a slayer of warthogs is currently unchallenged and he seems set to be the next King of Djuma.

Xidulu female leopard

Xidulu is the newest and most energetic of the female leopards to arrive in the northern Sabi Sand. Daughter of the Ingrid Dam female, this beautiful leopardess originated in Londolozi and has set up in the central and western parts of Djuma. Xidulu is constantly on the move, always curious and forever on the lookout for a potential snack. Her bright blue-ish eyes, 5:5 spot pattern and propensity for lying on top of termite mounds make her a breeze to identify.

Sausage Tree pride

The Sausage Tree Pride, affectionately known as “the Sausages”, is comprised of five adult lionesses and two young males. Calling the central reaches of the Mara Triangle their home, the lions have become expert buffalo hunters when the bounty of the Great Migration is out of town. Recently a large unknown male lion has joined the pride, his strange tolerance of the younger males could result in the formation of a new coalition.

Owino pride

A small but successful pride, the Owinos are an offshoot of the gorgeous Sausage Tree Pride. So far they have been successful in raising their three cubs, two older lionesses and their younger male cousin. Outside of the migration the lions hunt what they can to satiate growing cub appetites.

Kakenya female cheetah

Kakenya is the epitome of poise and grace as she traverses the vast open plains of the Mara Triangle Conservancy. Her name means “early morning” in Maasai and no other name could describe her beauty as sweetly. After raising 4 cubs successfully to independence at the start of 2016, she attempted to equal this impressive feat in 2018. Sadly, her newest litter of 5 has not made it. Despite this, Kakenya survives as a formidable huntress and hopefully soon again, a successful mother.

North Clan of hyena

The 77 hyenas of the North Clan is a natural force to be reckoned with. The clan continues to prosper on the plains of the Mara Triangle Conservancy. The current matriarch, Waffles, is nearing the end of her reign as queen of the clan. Her daughter Soup is set to take the throne next – but there is another potential contender, Sauer. Both females are big, burly and only want the best for their cubs. The North Clan den is an age old termite mound that serves as the perfect training ground for future generations.

Meet the safariLIVE Team

Camp Management

Stefan Winterboer

Operations Manager & Safari Guide

#themysticboer

Meet the safariLIVE Guides

James Hendry

Naturalist

#my-mum-says-I-only-take-pictures-of-the-sun

Jamie Paterson

Naturalist

“It’s all about the intimate moments, the triumphs and the tragedies of the bush”

Tristan Dicks

Naturalist

#NewKidInOurBlock

Steven Faulconbridge

Naturalist

“Have you checked that with your binos?”

Lauren Arthur

Naturalist

“Part-time mermaid”

Trishala Naidu

Naturalist

“I’m also always about why, but why!”

Herbeth Khoza

Guide Scout

#ThePerfectSmile

Meet the safariLIVE Camera Operators

Jeandre Gerding

Head of Camera Operations

“Put a banana in your ear”

David Eastaugh

Camera Operator

#DangerousDavetheDish

Craig Zammit

Camera Operator

“I’m BATMAN”

Sebastien Rombi

Camera Operator

#EverythingSoundsBetter

WhenSebSaysIt

Meet the safariLIVE Production Team

Kirsten McLennan-Smith

Head of Production, Director

“Be better”

Geraldine Kent

Senior Producer

#thecheesecakeKent

Louise Pavid

Senior Digital Director

“What happened to the cheese?”

Nicki Austin

Series Producer

“3… 2… 1, You are LIVE, You are LIVE!”

Emma Openshaw

Director

“This is why we can’t have nice things!”

Xander Foster

Senior Editor

#blurrysafaris

Meet the safariLIVE Tech Team

Alexander Voz

Broadcast Systems Architect

“Trust me, I’m an Engineer.”

Conrad van Deventer

Mechanical Engineer

“My office is the bushveld”

Marcel Viljoen

Broadcast Engineer

“I’m just a boertjie living in The Kruger”

Bongiwe Siwele

Broadcast Engineer

#ItBeginsAndEndsWithFaith

Xhanti Busika

Broadcast Engineer

“X marks the spot”

The Djuma Dam Cam

The Djuma Dam Cam is without doubt one of the most integral and valuable pieces of equipment available to the safariLIVE team.

Without it, many incredible sightings of our favourite characters would’ve been missed or gone totally unnoticed. 

Located at the Gowrie Dam just outside of the Vuyatela lodge on Djuma Private Game Reserve, the 24 hour LIVE camera allows viewers from all over the world to experience life at a wild African waterhole. Looking over both the dam, a pumped pan as well as a grassy clearing, any viewer is sure to be treated to a sighting of some of Africa’s most iconic animals. From elephants and hippos, to lions and leopards, there’s very little we haven’t seen on the “dam cam.” 

What makes this camera truly unique is the ability to control it’s movements, exposure and operating modes from anywhere in the world. Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, better known as “Zoomies,” the dam cam is on a constant swivel in the search of both diurnal and nocturnal animals. Equipped with a highly sensitive directional microphone and the ability to enter infrared mode there is no sight nor sound the dam cam can’t pick up.

So if you ever feel like escaping to Africa while the safariLIVE stream is not active, then head over to the Djuma Dam Cam page and enjoy the sights and sounds of Africa. Be sure to tweet us on #safariLIVE if anything interesting does happen and our expert guides will follow up and bring the wild to you, no matter where you are in the world!