Coming to South Africa in 2019? You’ll Want to Book These Tours

Coming to South Africa in 2019? You’ll Want to Book These Tours

There’s nothing better, when visiting a foreign land, than having the expertise of a knowledgeable guide close at hand. A tour guide understands what you’re looking for, and knows his country, so a guided tour really is the BEST way to experience everything a nation...

Bird Life

A variety of habitats provide homes for more than 900 species of birds, or 10% of the world’s total. They range from the ostrich – farmed in the Oudtshoorn district of the Western Cape, but seen in the wild mostly in the north of the country –...

The Crocodile and other Reptiles

Less generously endowed with freshwater fish (112 named species, 1.3% of the world total), South Africa nevertheless has one river-dweller that is, like the Big Five, a symbol of Africa – a reptile, not a fish. The crocodile still rules some stretches of river...

Marine Mammals and Fish

And they take to the sea. The largest mammal of all, in South Africa and the entire world, is the blue whale which can grow to 33m in length. But of the eight whale species found in South African waters (including the dramatic black-and-white killer whale), the most...

Lesser Known Wildlife

With the cheetah we move away from the Big Five. Other quintessentially African large animals of the wild are hippo, giraffe, kudu, wildebeest (the famous gnu) and zebra, all frequently seen in conservation areas. Heightened awareness, however, has created an...

The Big Cats

It hardly needs to be said that aside from being on the top rung of the predation ladder, the lion also tops the glamour stakes. Sadly, it does have one formidable enemy in humankind, who has expelled it from most parts of the country so that it now remains almost...

The Big 5

Originally used only by hunters, the term ‘Big Five’ refers to five of Africa’s greatest wild animals – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. As during the bygone hunting era the term “Big Five” still conjure up the romance...

Wildlife (Game) Introduction

The term wildlife, sometimes also called ‘game’, refers to mammals, birds, fish and reptiles that can be found in the wild. Africa has its “‘lion’s” share of wildlife and here we take a quick look at some of the most important and /...