Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Darkest... well maybe if you set to night... Africa

Today we’re exploring the heart of Virtual Africa.  The arid heat of the dark continent’s savanna is a welcome change from the piles of snow I’m experiencing in the Midwest.

My first stop is the Ranger Station. This is a good place to check in, get a feel for what’s available, and plan your safari. There are even private game drives available, should you need assistance, but I found the site very easy to navigate. In fact, teleporters will take you directly to the habitat you want to find.

I must admit, the first thing I wanted to see was the Elephants. The majestic dignity of these lovely animals is a sight not to be missed. There is a small herd of these imposing critters, including several adults and calves of various ages.

One of the quickest ways to get around the sim, and get an overview of all the different parts of Virtual Africa is by balloon. You get a birds eye look with a guided tour, and there’s room for up to three friends to join you.

The balloon narrator did warn me that hippos were notorious for killing humans in Africa, due to their stealth and speed. Well, I couldn’t just take their word for it, and had to ask if it were true. The representative of the hippopotamuses declined to comment.

Exploring the scorching grasslands turned out to be exhausting work, so I took a moment to relax with one of the locals. Virtual Africa is one of 4 sims operated by Uthango Social Investments, a South African not-for-profit company. Aside from the wildlife, which includes crocodile, giraffe, zebra, leopard, and my friends close personal friends the meerkat and warthog, Virtual Africa has a theater for shows and events, and many cuddle spots.

It’s easy to find Virtual Africa, it’s an Editor’s Pick in the Showcase section of Search Second Life. There’s just so much to see and do, you really shouldn’t miss it. Reporting for Naughty News, I'm Zimmi Warwick


  1. I'm going to have to go check out the wildlife there now. It looks like they'd give the wold reporters of Naughty News a run for their money.

  2. Clever as always, and your writing is an entertaining chuckle, this time sprinkled with an educational twist as well. Always nice seeing [so much of] you in the great outdoors!