Wildlife of the Cape and Kruger
A wildlife experience in two of South Africa's iconic regions
26 August - 5 September 2014
The Cape and the Kruger are two regions that are on almost every traveller’s South African itinerary, and for good reason. Radically different, and located at opposite corners of the country, a visit to these two regions will brilliantly showcase the diversity that the country is known for. The Cape is a truly remarkable piece of land. Hemmed in by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west and an intricate system of fold mountains on the inland side, it is possibly as un-African it gets without leaving the continent. The winter rainfall regime, strong summer winds and unique topography have contributed to a high degree of endemism and a singularly unique floral kingdom, described originally by the Dutch settlers as Fynbos, or ‘Fine Bush’. While big terrestrial mammals were never common here, there are some endemics to be seen, such as the Cape Mountain Zebra and Bontebok, while marine animals such as Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark can also be seen. Moving up-country from the Cape, the next port-of-call is the Greater Kruger National Park, a protected area of over 5 million acres which is home to all of Africa’s iconic big game species, as well as myriad birds and other smaller creatures. Combining these two areas will create a rewarding and memorable South African wildlife experience, one which will probably make you want to come back to see the rest of the country.
Group size: maximum of 12 participants, 1 guide per 6 participants.
Expected weather conditions: the Cape’s weather is notoriously variable and August is within the winter rainfall period. Some rain can be expected, while fine and warm conditions are also expected. In the Kruger it should be dry and warm, but early morning drives in open vehicles can be cold, so adequate clothing such as a thick fleece and windbreaker are recommended.
Tour tempo: medium, optional mid-day breaks on non-travelling days (compulsory breaks at the private lodge due to the fixed routine)
Accommodation standards: medium plus: lodges and guest houses.
Mammal viewing: Southern Right Whales in season (late-August to December); antelope species such as the endemic Bontebok, Rock Hyrax and Chacma Baboon and other smaller species in the Cape. Superb mammal viewing in the Kruger region, including the Big Five.
Birding: great birding opportunities, highlights include African Penguin, Cape Sugarbird and Blue Crane.
Other wildlife and attractions: Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula, the scenic drive between Gordon's Bay and Pringle Bay.
Add-ons: this tour can be combined with extensions to Victoria Falls or Namibia. Contact us for more information.
Price: ZAR 29 995 per person sharing, minimum group size of 4 participants. ZAR 4 975 single supplement. Small group surcharge will be levied for groups smaller than 4 participants. Please contact us for more detail.