Wildlife apps tailored for your African safari

Wildlife apps tailored for your African safari


What a privilege it is to be living in a technologically advanced age, surrounded by devices, gadgets and apps that are at our disposal to make our lives more convenient and interesting.

If you’re planning on booking yourself a safari holiday you may be interested in the following extraordinary wildlife apps.

African Safari Wildlife Guide

What sets this wonderful app apart from any other, is that you can download images, articles and other relevant information concerning your safari onto your mobile device before you leave home, then have it at your disposal while you’re on safari without requiring Internet access. This handy guide provides you with interesting facts about the plant and animal life you’ll encounter on your adventure, without draining data or needing a WiFi.

This application includes:

  • Up-to-date Wikipedia articles and full-sized images of the main wildlife species found on African safaris.
  • Categories for wildlife groups, such as cats, reptiles, large mammals, rodents, etc.

The application’s main features include:

  • Wikipedia articles cached with large-sized images
  • Image Picker
  • Search capabilities
  • Landscape & portrait modes
  • Wikipedia pages formatted for iPhone display

Use on: iPhone and IPad

Price: R100

Wildlife apps for travellers to Africa.

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The Kingdon Guide to African Mammals

This useful app was developed from Jonathan Kingdon’s Pocket Guide to African Mammals, considered by many wildlife enthusiasts as the essential field guide to African mammals. One of the most striking features of this app is that the user can access information regarding the key identification features, distribution, habitat, food, behaviour, adaptation and status of various species of mammals, including primates, bats, insects, carnivores, rodents and ant eaters. It also features coloured images of the mammals.

The app provides relevant information on these regions:

  • Southern Africa – South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
  • East Africa – Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda and Burundi
  • North, Central and Western Sahara – Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Sudan
  • Central Africa – Chad, D.R.C, Congo, Angola, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Gabon
  • North-Western Coast – Togo, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Liberia, Senegal, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Ghana and Nigeria

The application’s main features include:

  • Interactive access to images, distribution maps and descriptions of over 460 species found across Africa
  • Country and region specific selection filters – list only species in the selected region
  • Personal species list – stores your mammal sightings, saving them to your device.

Use on: iPhone or iPad

Price: R156

Wildlife apps for travellers to Africa.

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Audubon African Wildlife

No safari adventurer should think of hiking or travelling the great African outdoors without this comprehensive wildlife app at their side. It describes many of Africa’s nature reserves and wildlife parks, providing information on the geographical and climatic conditions and the vegetation of each area. It features high quality maps, so you won’t get lost, as well as a wealth of information on a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles, accompanied by colourful images. You can even use this app to create and record your own wildlife sightings.

The application’s main features include:

  • Professional, high quality colour photographs for every species of animal
  • Detailed range maps showing species distribution
  • In-depth descriptions of species, with accurate information on appearance, habitat, and more
  • Real time access anywhere – without Internet connection
  • Search by shape, family or common name
  • Information about the biogeography of Africa
  • An extensive list of where to see wildlife by countries and game reserves.

Use on: iPhone and iPad

Price: R100

Wildlife apps for travellers to Africa.

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Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa

If your dad still has his old pair of dusty binoculars and the best-selling Sasol Birds of Southern Africa field guide on his study shelf, why not introduce him to your interactive version, specifically designed to spark an interest in birding in Southern Africa. He will think you’re simply the best when you show him this app’s awesome features.

The application’s main features include:

  • You can browse through species
  • Contains images, distribution maps and text descriptions of over 950 bird species found in the Southern African region
  • Sound clips of the calls for over 630 bird species (how cool is that?)
  • A “Smart Search” that allows you to identify a bird using beak shape, bird size, bird colour and habitat
  • Regional selection in Southern Africa to show birds in your chosen region
  • Compare two birds on one screen (including calls) to see them side-by-side
  • Save function for personal bird lists on your device (can be exported via email)
  • A Bird Index in common names in English and Afrikaans or with scientific bird names.

Use on:  iPhone or iPod Touch and iPad

Price: R240

Wildlife apps for travellers to Africa.

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Africa: Live App by Satpack Travel

If you’ve ever wished you were a game ranger or nature conservationist, this app will almost make your dream a reality. All you need to do is to download the app, (which is free) after which it will allow you to view your own wildlife sightings and share them from your phone.

The Africa: Live app includes:

  • Extensive reference materials – safari animal field guide, tips and contacts for safari travel
  • Live maps, photos and sighting locations
  • Database input – app catalogues, analyses and shares data with conservation organisations to support wildlife audits.

The application’s main features include:

  • Real time map showing your location and the location of recent game sightings (only one of its kind for Africa)
  • Interactive markers showing the details, descriptions and a photo of sightings
  • Add sightings and photo upload function (rhino sightings do not display, due to the poaching crisis)
  • Live social media stream of relevant sightings (add posts from your social media accounts)
  • Dynamic Q&A. If you’re unsure as to what you’re looking at, or what it is doing, just ask via the map and it will answer.

Use on: Android and Apple Smartphones

Price: FREE

Wildlife apps for travellers to Africa.

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Why not try out your Africa: Live App at the picturesque Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape. Not only will you be turning your holiday into a memorable occasion, you’ll also be contributing to conservation in the park and area.

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