There’s nothing quite like the sounds of nature to calm the nerves. As South Africans we know that African nature has its own unique soundscape, and it is one that can instantly soothe a restless soul. The sounds of the wind blowing through the trees, birds chirping as they fly by, and the majestic elephant trumpeting in the distance, Africa’s soundscape is indeed something quite special. If you’ve been feeling a little disconnected from nature lately, WWF South Africa has just the thing!

To put us all back in touch with nature, WWF South Africa has launched a restful playlist of the unique sounds and features of Africa’s natural heritage for enjoyment safely at home, while observing the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown. Titled ‘Bring Nature Inside’, the WWF playlist captures the soundscapes of our beautiful natural world and features the sounds of projects and areas where WWF is actively working. Covering the sounds of everything from the bustling bush to the serene seaside, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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“We wanted to allow people to experience the richness of nature. With many of us feeling overwhelmed by the current state of the world and the unique disruptions we are facing, it is imperative for us to take care of our mental and emotional well-being. Nature provides the perfect ‘escape’ that we need during this time,” says Justin Smith, head of business development at WWF South Africa.

From the enchanting sounds of rhino translocations, to the soothing backdrop of a free-flowing river and the rhythmic sound of the Atlantic Ocean, each authentic track features immersive sounds with a description that brings together the beauty and significance of our natural resources, and showcases the work WWF is doing to help protect South Africa’s natural heritage.

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“Fostering a connection with nature during these unsettling times is essential for our well-being and a reminder of the ways in which we can look after our environment, especially as the world searches for a new normal in how we live,” says Justin.

With its 10-hour long mix of different calming and inspirational tracks, the WWF SA soundscapes can be enjoyed in any setting; whether you are working, exercising, cooking, gardening or simply taking a break from your home desk. For access to the WWF SA Soundscape Playlist visit wwf.org.za or click here to receive the soundscapes in your inbox.

The soundscapes will also be available on various streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Deezer, Google Play and Amazon. A percentage of the streaming royalties will go to support WWF SA’s ongoing conservation work, at no cost to the platform user.

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