South Africa Garden Route wildlife holiday

Description of South Africa Garden Route wildlife holiday

From Table Mountain and baboons and fynbos to the coastline and Great White Sharks and Southern Right Whales through to Elephants, Buffalo, Lions and Rhinos in Addo Elephant National Park. All of this and more along South Africa's Garden Route.

Introduction:

We are specialists in tailoring wildlife watching all over the world and we have a great range of wildlife tours in Southern Africa which combine various different wildlife events. In order to develop our unrivalled range of combined wildlife watching holidays, our guides and colleagues around the world have spent years searching out the world’s best wildlife watching locations as well as visiting some seldom visited areas. This dedication has led us to create this wonderful tour that starts in the Western Cape of South Africa and heads eastwards, taking in some of the best wildlife spectacles along this wonderful coastline. Anyone interested in the natural world will no doubt know that there are very few better destinations that South Africa. From some of the best big game safaris where the Big Five and many more mammals can be seen in huge numbers to one of the most productive coastlines that is literally full of life. Many species of marine mammal live along the coast and we will spend time with Cape fur seals as well as various whales and dolphins but the marine life is not confined to mammals as you will be taken on a great pelagic birding trip off the Cape of Good Hope. All of our tours are guided by our own professional zoologist so you are sure to be in the best hands possible for the best sightings. Our escort for this tour has experience working in South Africa as well as around the world. We also have a great network of local guides in South Africa who have developed a great range of wildlife watching locations where the rarest species are commonly seen. Also to try and make sure that we will see as many of the rarer and elusive animals when in Addo National Park we will spend many hours during the early morning and late afternoon on jeep safaris and also after dark each night we will head out with high powered spotlights and start the search for nocturnal species. One of the reasons why our wildlife watching holidays are unique is that our background (as a company) is from a scientific and zoological standpoint and so have a great network of colleagues and contacts all over the world who are the people on the front line in search of the best new locations for wildlife watching. All of these reasons and many more make us experts in arranging safaris and are able to tailor a safari to any location to try to find your targeted species. All you have to do is to get in touch with your budget and your group size and where you would like to go to try and find rare and elusive species.

Price Includes:

Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned 4x4 vehicles with an excellent driver for all transfers. Where possible we use two brilliant guides; first a professional zoologist will escort you on all your excursions and also very knowledgeable English speaking local guides who have decades of experience working and guiding through Southern Africa. Your zoologist escort is an expert in mammal biology and behaviour and will be able to help you identify the different species as well as interpret you what behaviours you are seeing. The local guides have spent years searching out the best wildlife watching locations and have an unrivalled knowledge of where some of the most elusive African animals are. As well as having years of experience in bringing people out to see dolphins, whales, lions, elephants and other wildlife safely. We also include all vehicle safaris, guided walks, spotlighting drives, pelagic trips, whale watching excursions, park entrance fees and sightseeing entrance fees. We include more time spent in the field searching for wildlife per day than any other tour operator around; only if you request to have a rest day will we not arrange a safari into the African bush or trip out to sea for whales or dolphins. A comprehensive species list (which states the relative chances of seeing animals based on past tours) is included in the pre-departure pack. There is also a reference book library available for your use throughout the trip as well as some documentaries on the wildlife that you are likely to see which are available to watch throughout the tour.

Seasons:

The southern Hemisphere winter is best, July - September. This tour tries to incorporate various different seasonal phenomenon and as a result there is a narrow window where everything can be seen. We recommend late September and early August as you will be able to southern right whales as well as the arriving at a good time of year for the terrestrial wildlife as well.

Why Choose this Tour:

• All of our wildlife watching holidays are guided by a zoologist as well as local naturalist guides, drivers and also scientists or researchers where possible, this not only gives you numerous sets of trained eyes to find the animals but also gives you the chance to understand the behaviours and habits of the wildlife your watching.
• Our zoologist that escorts all our safaris has great experience working with and studying wild animals all over the world and has experience in working on shark and marine mammal conservation and research projects on 3 continents.
• We can offer you spotlighting trips of the Addo National Park so that you can search for the rarer species and other nocturnal wildlife when they are more active.
• We can also bring thermal imaging and night vision equipment as well as hydrophones (on request) to also aid in finding the nocturnal mammals after dark and listen in on the underwater conversations of whales and dolphins.
• We use camera traps (where available) which will increase the chances of getting close up pictures and movies of rare animals and other rare nocturnal wildlife.
• Climb the stunning and iconic Table Mountain for exceptional views of Cape Town.
• All the above reasons give this, our Garden Route tour of Southern Africa a great success rate of seeing the best wildlife around here. We have an unrivalled network of experts and guides throughout Southern Africa so that we can try and find and observe animals such as the Big Five, whales, dolphins and hundreds of other species throughout Southern Africa. Whether it is the South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique or Zambia or any of the other many wildlife watching locations you want to visit we can arrange it. Please inform us if you wish to receive more information about any of these locations and booking a safari.
• Unlike many tour operators we are willing to run this tour for a single person (on request).

Locations:

This tour travels from Cape Town and the Western Cape Region, visiting False Bay, Table Mountain National Park and Robben Island before moving east to De Hoop Nature Reserve, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Addo National Park before finishing in Port Elizabeth.

Fitness Level:

The vast majority of wildlife watching is all done from the 4x4 safari vehicle or from whale watching boats so any fitness level can participate.

Equipment:

When you book onto the tour we will send you a comprehensive pre-departure pack which will include a full packing list of recommended equipment; the equipment list will vary from tour to tour and from location to location so it is best to contact us or wait until you receive the pre-departure pack after booking.

Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South Africa Garden Route wildlife holiday

Environment

In South Africa we (as with everywhere we go) carefully choose accommodation, supplies and transportation that either minimises its effect on the environment or helps to contribute to its sustainable development. By choosing small, privately owned accommodation where possible we also look to only stay in truly eco-lodges that abide by basic and also pioneering methods of ecological sustainability. Where possible, we make sure that the lodges, camps and ranches that we use support local projects for the protection of the wildlife and local communities which rely on tourism as the principal source of income. This is why we stay inside Addo National Park, as the SAN Parks organisation dedicate much of their revenue to conservation all over South Africa. We try and make sure that all the accommodation that we use is are ecologically responsible and use solar power electricity and water recycling pumps etc as well as making sure that all the food consumed is produced locally. We also contribute and participate in as many studies that the local researchers are conducting as possible. Such as Chris Fallows in False Bay, South Africa. At the end of each holiday we offset our carbon footprint (based on the number of tours we have completed and the number of passengers we have taken with us), with the Carbon Trust.

Wildlife Promise:

By bringing people here with a professional zoologist as well as professional local guides we aim to showcase the environment in full but also to allow you to learn about the problems facing the ecosystems here and highlight the ways that continued development and human exploitation are affect the species and how cutting edge research is countering the problems as well as showing you examples of success stories. We also keep a record of all the great sightings we see on each tour and record the environmental factors, this data is used by ourselves but also given to the researchers who are working on many of these species. By visiting the elephant sanctuary in Knysna we are helping contribute to their continued well being as well as raising awareness of the mistreated and abused elephants in South Africa and internationally as well. Chris Fallows (who we use for our pelagic birding trips) regularly tags and monitors sharks caught by local fishermen as well as helping to establish sustainable and shark friendly fishing techniques for the local communities. He is also a valued member of many research institutes and has numerous publications to his name. So by continuing to use his services we help to fund his own observational research as well as providing data for many of the leading shark biologists around the world. He also helps to release captured seals, turtles and sea birds that are also caught in fishing nets. All the information collected in invaluable as the knowledge of some of the animals that live here are little understood. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.

Community

As with any of our tours of Africa or elsewhere in the world we always employ local guides and drivers. They have a much better local knowledge and also helps to bring in revenue sources to the local community. All of the accommodations that we stay in make sure that all our resources such as food, drink and equipment is locally sourced and we are always looking for ways to introduce local people into a guiding career. Southern Africa has been doing this very well for the last decade or so and it is quite common to have local guides taking you into the reserves. We think that by employing local guides we have encouraging a future generation to follow this career. Many of the accommodations that we use are involved in community based projects and schools in particular. Many of the projects that are funded by people staying here are geared towards helping children in townships get better education and enhance their career opportunities in the future. By participating in the pelagic birding trip with Chris and Monique Fallows you will be helping contribute to their continued commitment to help local communities live in harmony with the marine life of the bay. He spends many hours of his own time to teach sustainable fishing practises and also has arrangements with the fishermen to release any sharks, seals, turtles and dolphins that are occasionally caught in their nets. This interaction between local people and sharks is helping to establish a new found respect for the creatures that share their waters. We also encourage the purchasing of local handicrafts which are all created in a sustainable way and provide great unique souvenirs.

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