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South Africa for Mammals



Mammal and birds tour with the emphasis heavily on the more difficult to see mammals.


South Africa - Kimberley, Johannesburg area and Madikwe.


Target mammals include Aardvark, Aardwolf, Black-footed Cat, Cape Clawless and Spotted-necked Otter and African Wild Dogs.


From cool at night to hot during the day.


Hotels with private facilities, travel in minibuses and 4x4 vehicles.

This exciting tour will focuses on three main areas with an exceptional selection of mammals and we hope to see in excess of 50 species! The vast amount of time will be spent looking for mammals, if you are looking for a bird tour to South Africa, this isn’t it. 

We will start the tour with three nights in the Kimberley area where the night spotlighting can be truly exceptional. During the day we will visit sites for otters and a variety of ungulates including Black Wildebeest.  At night we will make several attempts to see as many of the area’s enigmatic nocturnal mammals as we can and we hope that these will include Black-footed Cat, the recently split African Wildcat, Bat-eared Fox, Aardvark, Aardwolf, Cape Porcupine, Springhare and possibly South African Hedgehog, with an outside chance of Caracal.

We will then visit two or three localities not far from Johannesburg where we will focus on looking for otters, Black Wildebeest, Blesbok and Mountain Reedbuck along with many other species.

The final leg of the trip in Madikwe Game Reserve in northern South Africa on the border with Botswana will focus on looking for African Wild Dog, Brown Hyaena and other carnivores including Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. We also expect to see a good variety of ungulates including the remaining members of the African Big 5, Cape Buffalo, White (and hopefully) Black Rhinos plus African Savanna Elephant, together with a good selection of birds hopefully including African Finfoot.

Day 1: Depart London Heathrow mid-evening on our non-stop flight.

Day 2: Arrival Johannesburg early morning, and then we take a domestic flight to Kimberley. Drive to Marrick Game Lodge, afternoon game drive. Evening spotlighting session. 

Day 3: All day Marrick Game Lodge including one or two game drives and one night drive.

Days 4: Visit to Warrenton to look for otters and other nearby sites for mammals and birds. Night drive back at Marrick.

Day 5: Transfer to airport for flight to Johannesburg. Transfer to our comfortable guesthouse in Heidelberg and if time permits (depending on domestic flight schedules) have an afternoon visit to a nearby site for Marsh Owl.. 

Day 6: All day visit to Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve.

Day 7: All day visit to to Marievale Bird Sactuary to look for otters, other mammals and birds.

Day 8: Transfer to Madikwe River Lodge arriving in time for late afternoon game drive.

Day 9: All day Madiwke Game Reserve with two game drives.

Day 10: All day Madiwke Game Reserve with two games drives.

Day 11: All day Madikwe Game Reserve with two game  drives.

Day 12: All day Madikwe Game Reserve with two game  drives.

Day 13: If time permits a final game drive followed by our transfer back to Johannesburg to connect with our overnight flight home.

Day 14: Arrive back London Heathrow early morning.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.

Dates: 6th – 19th September 2020

Leaders: Richard Webb plus local guides.

Cost: £4,095 per person sharing a twin room.

Single supplement: £395

Deposit: £1000

Group size: 7 plus leader

The 2017 & 2018 Tour Reports are available on the tour reports tab above.

Price includes: International and domestic economy class flights including pre-paid taxes, all ground transportation in 4x4s, accommodation with private facilities and meals, park entry fees, services of WildWings leader and local guides throughout, day by day mammal and bird checklist for your use on tour. 

Price excludes: travel insurance, laundry bills, drinks, other items of a personal nature, gratuities to local guides and drivers.

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    “Excellent numbers of mammals. A lot of nightwork which was good. Lots of behaviour to watch.”

    South African Mammals 2016 - S.H. Dec 2016


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