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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 Spotted-necked Otter, Black Wildebeest and Blesbok 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 Wild Dog, Brown Hyaena and other carnivores including Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and with luckLeopard. We can expect to see many of the more familiar southern African species including the remaining members of the Big 5, along with a lot of spectacular birds.

 (the exact itinerary may change according to what we still need to see at any stage of the trip).

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 Kimberley.

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 wetland. 

Day 6: All day visit to Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve.

Day 7: All day visit to to Marievale Bird Sactuary to look for Spotted-necked 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: If time permits a final game drive followed by our transfer back to Johannesburg to connect with our overnight flight home.

Day 13: Arrive back London Heathrow early morning.

Potential Mammal List includes

South African Hedgehog

Chacma Baboon

Vervet Monkey 

Cape, Scrub and African Savanna Hares

Smith’s Red Rock Rabbit

Southern African Ground Squirrel


Cape Porcupine

Bushveld Gerbil

Cape and Bat-eared Foxes

Black-backed Jackal

Wild Dog

African Clawless and Spotted-necked Otters


Banded, Dwarf, Slender and Yellow Mongooses

Suricate (Meerkat)

Small-spotted Genet

Brown Hyaena


Black-footed Cat

‘African’ Wildcat






African Savanna Elephant

Rock Hyrax

Plains (Burchell’s) Zebra

White and Black Rhino



African Buffalo

Zambezi Greater Kudu

Common Reedbuck

Black and Blue Wildebeest


Red Hartebeest

Common Impala

Kalahari and South African Springboks

Transvaal Klipspringer


Mountain Reedbuck

Common Duiker

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

Dates:  1st – 14th September 2019

Leaders: Richard Webb plus local guides.

Cost: £3449 per person sharing a twin room.

Single supplement: £269

Deposit: £1000

Group size: 7 plus leader

The 2017 Tour Report is now 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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