South Africa

South Africa is one of the best places in the world to see mammals, and this trip is designed to optimize our chances. Upon arrival in Johannesburg we will be met and assisted onto our flight to Kimberly. Once in Kimberly we will transfer by road to Marrick Safari Lodge.

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Bat-eared Fox, Marrick


We have two full days to explore this lovely area. High on the target list will be some of Southern Africa’s most wanted mammals, including Aardwolf, Aardvark, and the very rare and little known Black-footed Cat. Our time in Marrick could also net a Black Wildebeest, Roan and Sable Antelope, Cape Buffalo, Greater Kudu, the huge Eland (Africa’s largest antelope), regal Gemsbok, Blesbok, Springbok and the diminutive Steenbok, amongst other possibilities. Verreaux’s and Spotted-Eagle Owls, Marsh Owl, Rufous-cheeked Nightjar and Spotted Dikkop may be seen on nocturnal forays.

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Two rhinos under attack by lions, seen on my last tour

From Marrick we transfer to Augrabies Falls, where dramatic landscapes provide backdrop for a good variety of game, and a night drive may provide a Honey Badger, Leopard or even Caracal. Stopping at Twee Rivieren we will spy numerous raptors, and  predators such as the rare Brown Hyena, perhaps a Cheetah, and many more.

Our next stop is in the heart of the Kalahari at the amazing !Xaus lodge. Here at least 18 carnivorous mammals have been recorded, including Striped Polecat, Meerkat, several mongoose species as well as Lion, Cheetah and Leopard. If very lucky we may even encounter a Pangolin here.

Our last stop is Motswiri, a private safari lodge inside the Madikwe Game Reserve. Here the Big Five are well represented (both Black and White Rhino may be seen) and we have a chance to see Wild Dog.  Night drives in this reserve are famous for sightings of less frequently seen mammals including  Small Spotted Genet, Lesser Galago, African Wild Cat,  Honey Badger, Spotted and Brown Hyena and more. By day we will enjoy excellent birding and some unusual mammals such as Klipspringer.

Please join me and the incredibly talented John Davies, our local guide, on this great South African adventure!

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John gets some advice from a Meerkat



Dates: November 16 to 30, 2016 from Johannesburg
Group Size:  6-8 passengers
Cost: $5,850.00 double occupancy


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