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Africam Live Webcams From Africa

Updated on September 8, 2014

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Africam: Live Webcams From South Africa

Africam is a great website, featuring 24/7 live webcasts from 4 locations in South Africa. The cameras are situated on or near waterholes, and the number of animals that frequent the water holes is amazing. From Lions to elephants, and nearly every other animal in between, Africam is sure to delight the animal lover in any household. And best of all, it's completely FREE. That's right, you can enjoy live streaming audio and video from Africa right in your own home, and it won't cost you a thing.

There are ads, which can be a bit annoying when you are watching the animals play or drink, but for a small fee you can enjoy ad-free streaming. And when I say small fee, I mean small fee. Fees are 4.99 a month, 3 months @13.99, 6 months @26.99 or 12 months @47.99, a savings of 20% off the monthly fee. These fees help offset the costs associated with running the site, and are well worth it if you enjoy the service.

Africam is compatible with your Smart phone, so you can watch the animals anywhere you go. It simply requires a HTML5 compatible device, such as an I-phone, I-pad, Android, etc. On the Africam website you can see video highlights from the past 24 hours, or you can browse the full archive to find videos of your favorite animal. The best feature of Africam, however, is the 'take a snapshot' feature. This feature allows you to get a quick snapshot of your favorite animals, and then share those pictures with your friends and family on Facebook. I've included some of my favorite snapshots from Africam on this page.

So what are you waiting for? Check out this great website today

Elephants on Tembe Cam
Elephants on Tembe Cam

Elephants

Elephants are regular visitors to the waterholes.

Elephants require large amounts of water to survive, and as such are regular visitors to the waterholes. From the large solitary bulls to entire breeding herds of cows with calves, elephants frequently put in an appearance on Africam. Best viewing time for elephants appears to be middle of the day local time, or Late evening/early morning hours my (central time zone) time. They do show up on occasion during the night as well (day in the States). Both Idube and Tembe have hosted large herds of elephants swimming, drinking, and playing in the water, and feeding on the grasses around the waterholes.

Lions at Tembe
Lions at Tembe

Lions

The King of Beasts

Lions tend to show up at the waterholes at night, and as such are not as easily 'photographed' via the snapshot feature. The good news is that All of the webcams have Infrared lights, allowing you to see the animals in the dark without disturbing the animals themselves. Lions have been caught on cam during the day, and a quick search of the video archive will quickly reveal several great videos of lions lounging around the waterholes in broad daylight. Lions have been spotted at all the cams, with Nkorho and Tembe offering the best sighting opportunities.

Giraffe drinking at Tembe
Giraffe drinking at Tembe

Giraffe

The worlds tallest living animal

Giraffes don't require much water to survive, and in fact can go extended periods without a drink. This means they aren't regular visitors to waterholes. And for good reason. A giraffe is at its most vulnerable when it bends down to drink. A giraffe has the same number of vertebrae as a human (7), despite its long neck. So in order to drink it has to spay it legs far apart, which leaves it vulnerable to attack from predators. Luckily all the webcams on Africam are located in areas with good foliage, and giraffes make a showing on a fairly regular basis to browse amongst the tree tops.

Zebra mom with foal Tembe
Zebra mom with foal Tembe

Zebra

One of the most reconizable of all African animals

Zebras are regular visitors to the waterholes on Africam, whether there for a quick drink or to browse the thick grasses that grow around them. They are often accompanied by groups of impala and wildebeest, an arrangement that is allows for greater protection from predators. This arrangement only works because the zebras, impala and wildebeest all prefer different parts of the grasses, and thus don't compete for food. Zebra are frequently spotted on all the cams.

Wildebeests drinking at Nkorho
Wildebeests drinking at Nkorho

Blue Wildebeest

The awkward looking, nomadic, wildebeest

The wildebeest, the great nomads of Africa. Well, the blue wildebeest is quite as nomadic as it's smaller cousin the black wildebeest, but both are capable of epic journeys in search of good grazing and water. Fortunately for them, both of these things can be had at the local waterhole, which is also a good thing for viewers since it means these comical looking guys are a common sighting on Africam. Often seen in the company of Impala and zebras.

Buffalo in the water at Elephant Plains
Buffalo in the water at Elephant Plains

The Cape Buffalo

The mild mannered buffalo-until you anger it.

The cape buffalo is very water-dependent, and has to have constant access to good quality drinking water. This of course means these bovines are often spotted in and near waterholes, and can be seen fairly regularly in the dry season on Africam. Even in the middle of the summer rainy season these large animals are often spotted on Camera coming to get a drink, getting a mud bath, or simply lounging in the water. The only kill caught on camera to date was an old buffalo killed by lions. These guys can be seen at any time of the day or night, and travel usually travel in large groups. Old bulls, too slow to keep up with the herds, often take up residency in a water hole, lounging in the water for long periods of time. Kind of like the rocking chairs of the wild if you will.

Cape buffalo are considered by many to be the most dangerous of the Big 5 (Elephants, lions, Rhinoceros, Leopards, and Buffalo), and when wounded will often double back on their antagonist and attack. Buffalo also sometimes get the better of attacking lions, and many lions have met their fates with an ill-fated buffalo hunt.

Impala drinking
Impala drinking

Impala

Impala, the most plentiful antelope in South Africa

The impala is the most plentiful antelope in South Africa, and as such its rare that a day goes by without sighting these playful creatures on Africam. Fast and graceful, they evade predators by quick sprints and long bounding jumps, the bounds can reach heights of over 10ft and cover more than 30ft of ground in a single leap! They are often found in mixed herds with wildebeests and zebras for added protection from predators.

Kudu

The magnificent kudu

Kudu are amongst the largest of antelopes and sport some of the largest horns of any animal. The horns feature 2 and half twist, and are highly sought trophies from sport hunters. Kudu are regular visitors to the cams at Tembe, emerging each morning (local time) and spending much of the day browsing around the water hole or laying the shade under trees. These animals are also featured in an article on the Africam homepage, highlighting an unusual migration of these large animals.

Warthog at Tembe
Warthog at Tembe

Warthog

The warthog, so ugly its kind of cute

The warthog. Mention the word warthog and most people immediately think of Pumba from the Disney's 'The Lion King'. Warthogs, named for the serious of wart-like growths on its snout, are fairly regular visitors on Africam. Usually found alone, they are sometimes spotted in small groups. A group of warthogs is called a sounder, just like a group of wild boar or wild pigs. The warthog is also a common prey animal for most of the big predators in Africa, and because of this they tend to rarely stray to far from their dens.

Hippopotamus at Idube
Hippopotamus at Idube

Hippopotamus

A favorite of children the world over

The hippopotamus, often called a hippo, spends most of the day in the water, with just his nostrils visible above the surface. This is due to their sensitive skin, if they were to remain out of the water for too long they would sunburn quite quickly. These large creatures are amongst the most aggressive in Africa, and in fact are implicated in more human deaths each year than any other animal in Africa. Fortunately for viewers, they are easily enjoyed from the safety of your own home on Africam. At dawn these giants can often be spotted returning from feeding on land during the night, and again at dusk as they leave the water to go feed. Idube offers regular views of these animals as they laze about in the water during the heat of the day.

Large herd of animals on Africam
Large herd of animals on Africam

Other Animals

Many other animals have been spotted on Africam

The animals listed here are just the ones I have personally captured snapshots of, and aren't a full list of the animals spotted on Africam. From wild dogs to cheetahs and leopards; many other animals are frequently spotted on Africam. Another great feature of the Africam website is the ability to receive alerts via Twitter and Facebook, letting you now when the animals show up on the cameras. So go ahead and check it out, just be warned that it can become very addicting.

Link to Africam Homepage

Africam Radio

Listen to the sounds of the African Bush while you work

The Africam Radio lets you listen to the sounds of the African Bush while working, sleeping or just relaxing. It is easy to listen to the radio while working around the house, or doing research or work online. And best of all, if you hear animals at your selected site, you know immediately which cam to look at to hopefully see the animals. Just one more reason to love this site.

New Cameras at Africam

It has been a while since I've updated this page. Since I originally wrote this article several new cameras have been added to Africam.com. Black eagle cam, cheetah birth cam, and baby rhino cam have been introduced.

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      Ronald E Franklin 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I didn't know about Africam, but it sounds fascinating. I've just pulled up their website, and will definitely take a look. Thanks for the tip.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Good information for a classroom study on Africa.

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      Glen Kowalski 4 years ago

      @CozyKitty: Glad you enjoyed it. I love the site, and so does my daughter. And its cheap (or free) to use, which is always a plus.

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      Wow! This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. Who would have thought of going on a virtual safari through a live webcam feed? I'll probably never go on a real safari (but who knows? ...). Definitely have to check out the website. Thanks for the photos and the inspiration :)

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      Glen Kowalski 4 years ago

      @casnider: It is at least something right? And the sounds from the bush can be very relaxing. Just as soon as they repair the damage to the microphone at Tembe (elephants broke the microphone).

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      casnider 4 years ago

      Thanks for the safari! This is probably as close as I will ever come.

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      Glen Kowalski 4 years ago

      @Iftikhar-Hussain: glad you enjoyed it.

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      Glen Kowalski 4 years ago

      @Rosetta Slone: I am hoping to get there and see these waterholes in person after this fishing season.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      What a great idea for a website. I'm lucky enough to have been to South Africa recently and watched the animals close up but this is a great alternative to that.

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      Iftikhar-Hussain 4 years ago

      Good lens .. I like it :)

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      bhappy3402 4 years ago

      Very Interesting, I had no idea that a site like that exsisted! Love it!

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      Glen Kowalski 4 years ago

      @Dave Lynch: I am really hoping to make it to Kruger this fall. I love the idea of a self drive safari-I'm more of an individualist and like to do things on my own rather than depend on others.

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      David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Thanks for the info on the webcam site to view animals. I went to the the Kruger Park with my parents a few times as a youth, enjoyed it thoroughly

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      Glen Kowalski 4 years ago

      @michalk lm: Only temporary my friend :P. Between fishing and wildlife, I prefer to spend my time outdoors or studying the outdoors for sure.

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      michalk lm 4 years ago

      glad you got away from fishing

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      Glen Kowalski 4 years ago

      @peterb6001: It would be nice. Most poachers in this area aren't even native South Africans, but rather people from Mozambique who cross the border just to poach.

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      Glen Kowalski 4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: It is my goal to visit Africa either this fall or next fall after the fishing season, and take my daughter with me. I know we'll have a ball, and with Kruger National Park's self drive safari you don't have to spend a fortune.

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      That's a great idea. Who knows, they may catch some poachers to!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I would so love to visit Africa.