Meerkat safari in South Africa
- Learn interesting facts and the behavior of the meerkats
- Watch these charming creatures emerging from their burrows at dawn
Get ready to explore a new habitat. Start at dawn and watch these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows when they want to soak up the sun before heading out and about.
Meerkats are also referred to as Suricate or in German as Erdmännchen and are known to be part of the Mongoose family. They are small species of foraging mammals and they usually inhabit semi-arid and semi-desert environments in Southern Africa. They have a very social behavior and are well known for their unique upright stance position. Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo and offers the ideal environment and vegetation for meerkats to thrive.
Get close to these charming creatures: after a trained ranger meets you in the Lookout Lounge, where you can enjoy a warm cup of coffee and rusks, you will then head to the safari vehicle that will take you to the meerkat burrows. On the way to the burrows, guests are usually lucky and manage to spot some of the 22 species of animals on the reserve. Of course, it is highly recommended to guests to remain on the vehicle as there dangerous animals around. While waiting for the meerkats to emerge in the breaking dawn, the ranger will explain interesting facts and behaviors of the suricate family.
- Guided tour
- Transport to and from starting point
- Additional services
- Children 8-11
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, Cango Caves Road, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa
- The meerkats are wild habituated, therefore will not be touched nor handled by humans, including the ranger
- The distance from the meerkats and the guests will at all times be determined by the ranger and respected by the guests
- On sunny mornings our meerkats wake up on time, but conditions such as rain and cold can delay the meerkats to emerge from their burrows. Thus, in the event of above-mentioned weather conditions, there is a possibility that they will not be seen or that the safari might be canceled
- Children below 8 years old are not allowed on this safari
- Operates daily
- Closing dates: December 25, January 01
- Tour duration: approximately 1 hour and a half
- Tour start time: 5.30am during summer // 7.30am during winter
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