Thanda Safari created the The Sounds of Thanda Safari with the sounds of your favourite safari animals. Picture: Clinton Moodley.
Thanda Safari created the The Sounds of Thanda Safari with the sounds of your favourite safari animals. Picture: Clinton Moodley.

KZN game reserve Thanda Safari launches free sound safari

By Clinton Moodley Time of article published Jul 31, 2020

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Game reserves are always redefining their experiences, and with the Covid-19 pandemic, many are thinking outside the box.

Like Thanda Safari. The private game reserve in Northern KwaZulu-Natal launched The Sounds of Thanda Safari featuring sound recordings of animal and birdlife you would normally see on a traditional safari.

Thanda Safari revealed more about the project on its website: “Travellers can expect stimulation for all the senses at Thanda Safari. But while every guest has hopes of seeing extraordinary wildlife, especially the Big Five, hearing wildlife in its natural environment can be just as memorable and rewarding,” it revealed.

The sound experience was recorded by their resident wildlife photographer and field guide Christian Sperka who went to great lengths to record the free sound collection.

"Our resident sound recordist faced many challenges, including the risk of disturbing wildlife by his presence. This is exacerbated by the fact that microphones have far shorter ranges than camera lenses forcing him to stay within the rather limited range of his microphone,” Thanda Safari revealed.

Travellers can listen to the sound recordings of seven animals, including a Cape turtle dove, a male and female lion, an African elephant, a black-backed jackal, a red-billed quelea, cheetah and a white rhino.

The reserve hopes that every traveller will add the sound safari to their bucket list. “Those from nature have a profound impact on the brain, affecting emotions, heightening productivity, and literally drawing us toward them – or pushing us away from – the sonic pleasantness and ferocity we perceive,” it revealed on its website.

Start your sound safari here.

Note: Do not start listening with your volume on high as Thanda Safari cautions “Some of these sounds are rather loud.”

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