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Wild Meerkat Adventure Tour

Oudtshoorn

Activity Description

These tours only commence at sunrise (Contact US on 084 772 9678 one day in advance to confirm final start time for your activity) are dependent on fair weather, since these little creatures will not venture outside their burrows on rainy days

The most popular of our activities we offer are without a doubt the daily wild habituated meerkat tours. (No tours on rainy days & Christmas day).

Meerkats are part of the so-called Shy 5 which also includes the bat-eared fox, the aardvark, porcupine and aardwolf. The meerkat tours last between 2-3 hours and booking is essential. Upon arrival at the meerkat burrows, guests are treated to a hot cup of coffee, after which they are issued with a lightweight aluminum chair to sit in while observing the meerkats as they come out of the burrow into the sunshine and then go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking. These habituated wild animals are never fed or handled by humans.

Tours are presented by experienced tour guides. It is a fantastic experience & unique privilege to get this close to these little creatures in the wild.

The day before the booked tour, the guides have to go out and search for the meerkats. Upon his return from the field he will then inform us of the meeting point and time…

No children under the age of 10 years allowed as you have to sit very quietly in order not to scare the little creatures. Pictures may be taken So please bring your Camera.

Arrangements

ProviderFive Shy Meerkats
DurationOpen Ended
WhenClosed on Christmas Day, Boxingday, New years Day.
WhereOudtshoorn R62 9km outside of Oudtshoorn towards Calitzdorp. Sunrise tours only. All tour are sunrise and weather dependable thus start time can only be confirmed one day in advance. It is preferred that you contact us via mobile as we are often in the field and not able to check on our emails as regularly as we would like. Our contact number is 084 772 9678.
WeatherThis service is weather dependent. The tour will continue as long as it does not rain.
What to WearComfortable, warm clothes, comfortable walking shoes.
Things to BringCamera, spyglass / binoculars, warm clothes,
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guest are allowed on this tour

Requirements

Minimum Age10 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Coffee & Tea
Home Made African Rusks
Beautiful Sunrise
2-3 hour tour
Meerkats
Chair

ExclusionsMeals and other refreshments

Notes

Sunrise tours only. All tour are sunrise and weather dependable thus start time can only be confirmed one day in advance. It is preferred that you contact us via mobile as we are often in the field and not able to check on our emails as regularly as we would like.
Our contact number is 084 772 9678.

All participants must be capable to walk at least 1km.

Customer Reviews

We have spent a lovely morning with the meerkats, appreciated the warm drinks and blankets waiting for us at the departure point. The wait on spot did not seem long at all with all the expert explanation about the meerkats, their habits and habitat and many jokes to forget the chill of the sunrise :) Highly recommended, the entire family will enjoy this unique experience, these meerkats will just melt every heart! Big thanks to the entire team for doing the great work - you guys matter! Thanks! - Mariana Stefankova


We arrived in Oudtshoorn in the afternoon of 8th January. The sun was shining and it was very hot as we were sitting out on the front deck of our accommodation. However, by the time we made it about a minute's walk away, to a restaurant for our evening meal, the rain had started. There was a great downpour. Coming from Northern Ireland, where rain is frequent and water plentiful, as a result of which our country is described in song as having "40 shades of green," we were somewhat taken aback at the joyful attitude of the locals to the rain! More rain was forecast for the morning so we went to bed, setting our alarm clock for 4.15 a.m., unsure if our Meerkat adventure was going to be rained off. However, we got a text message at 4.17 a.m. to let us know that the tour was still on. Good communication! So, we set off at about 4.45 and found the meeting place with no difficulty. The instructions given by email were excellent and the sign by the road would've been hard to miss. We were given a hot drink and offered the use of the "open air" toilet cubicle before picking up our chair and setting off over the scrubland in search of the meerkats. I'm sure the organisers, in such circumstances, must wonder if any meerkats are going to appear at all and if they're going to be left with a very disappointed group of travellers. The sky was grey and as we sat there for maybe half an hour, we began to feel cold. They handed out blankets, which we were glad of and we waited some more. Eventually, after about three quarters of an hour, one lone "sentry" meerkat poked his/her head out. Then he disappeared. And came back again. A couple of young ones appeared. The most we saw at any one time was 2. I think on a normal, sunny morning they come out in greater numbers but we were happy with what we saw. We appreciate that the organisers (and those of us they take on a tour) are simply observers of creatures behaving naturally. They don't feed them or entice them out in any way. Given that we really thought there was a strong chance of our tour not happening at all we were very happy with the outcome. Of course, we would have loved if it had been better weather and the whole family of meerkats had turned out for us - but we accept that it is not possible to order up the weather we want or make wild creatures behave as we want when we want! The people running the guest house we were staying in asked us if we thought the Meerkat tour was a good thing/worth it/worth getting up early for and we said absolutely, yes. We really enjoyed it. - Hazel Fillis


Amazing experience with a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Could not recommend it more - Nicola Patterson


This is an excellent wildlife tour which, as a travel agent, I can't recommend highly enough and will encourage all my clients visiting Oudtshoorn to participate. We really couldn't believe how close we got and thought that Dolph was an excellent guide whose knowledge & passion really shone through. Keep up the goid work chaps! Matt & Debbie:) - MATTHEW THORINGTON-JONES


We had read about how hard this adventure was to find in the early morning lack of light, and how the rendezvous point was difficult to find with no one greeting them. Funnily enough we found it without any trouble at all and were greeted with several people, a hot cup of coffee and biscuits. Perhaps these other people that had written thse reviews had taken their adventures with another company? Absolutely fantastic morning and we were totally mesmerised. The information that the guides gave us all was very informative and it was clear to see that they love their jobs. An early morning in South Africa that will be a lasting memory. Marg and Colin St Marys SA Australia - Margaret Phelps




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