South Africa for Mammals
AT A GLANCE
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, African 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 African Clawless Otter 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, Aardvark, Aardwolf, Cape Porcupine, Springhare and Bat-eared Fox with outside chances of African Wildcat, Caracal and South African Hedgehog.
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 luck Caracal. 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
Cape, Scrub and African Savanna Hares
Smith’s Red Rock Rabbit
Southern African Ground Squirrel
Cape and Bat-eared Foxes
African Clawless and Spotted-necked Otters
Banded, Dwarf, Slender and Yellow Mongooses
African Savanna Elephant
Plains (Burchell’s) Zebra
White and Black Rhino
Zambezi Greater Kudu
Black and Blue Wildebeest
Kalahari and Cape Springboks
Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.
Dates: 2nd – 14th September 2018
Leaders: Richard Webb plus local guides.
Cost: c£3285 per person sharing a twin room.
Single supplement: Our first single room has no supplement. Further single rooms will be on request and may carry a supplement.
Group size: 7 plus leader
For 2019 we plan a departure 5th – 17th November, led again by Richard Webb & local guides. You may advance register for £50pp (refundable)
The 2017 Tour Report and confirmed pricing for 2018 will be available soon.
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.
2nd – 14th September 2018