Mammel Excursions
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As a sub-region, Southern Africa has arguably the greatest diversity of mammalian fauna on the planet. Close on 300 land-mammal species exist here including 75 bat species, 80 rodents, 37 carnivores and 45 ungulates. A further 55 marine mammals have been recorded along the coast and in the open oceans of Southern Africa.

 

The conservation of this region’s wildlife is highly regarded and a great variety of wilderness areas, national parks, nature reserves and private wildlife sanctuaries exist within the sub-region. Among these are the world famous Kruger National Park which boasts one of the highest mammal diversities of all the African parks, the Kgalagadi trans-frontier park, Botswana’s Chobe floodplain and Okavango Delta, the vast expanses of ‘wild’ Namibia and Northern Kwazulu-Natal region that hosts tropical coastlines and forests.

 

 

Here is a selection of specialized mammal excursions offered by Eden Routes:

 

(Tour Code - ERMS1) - Mammal Quest (50 African mammal species in 12 days)


During this extensive search for mammals we cover a variety of habitats and regions such as the Drakensberg highlands, the arid bushveld, the highveld grasslands and the tropical coastal plains of South Africa.


(ERMS3) - Predator/Prey relationships (7 days)



An in-depth look into the lives of the African carnivores and the animals on which they prey. We spend 7-days in the Kruger National Park and adjacent reserves where all the large carnivores of Southern Africa’s go about their business as they have been doing for millennia.

  


(ERMS4) - The Botswana wildlife experience (10 days)



Botswana possesses some of the greatest wildlife areas on the continent including the Central Kalahari, the Okavango Delta and the Chobe National Park. During this tour you will be treated to quality (an interesting diversity of big game) and quantity (vast concentrations of particularly Cape Buffalo and Elephant). 

 


(ERMS5) – Southern Africa Wildlife Bonanza (14 days)



Two weeks, four African countries and countless unbelievable wildlife encounters. We do game viewing in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia (Caprivi) and Zambia.

 


(ERMS6) - Wildlife management experiences (5 - 10 days between May and Sep)



Spend a week behind the scenes with conservation professionals and get a ‘hands-on’ experience of what’s involved in modern wildlife management tasks such as game capture and translocation, mammal research and monitoring and wildlife veterinary programs.

 


A typical mammal tour itinerary.

(ERMS2) - North-eastern South African Wildlife Experience (7 days)

 

Day 1

You will be met and collected at the OR Tambo international airport (Johannesburg) by Joe Grosel who will be your guide for the next 7 days. We immediately head north to the bushveld of the Limpopo Province. A mere 2-hour drive will take us to the Mabula Game Reserve in the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains. Here we will be accommodated at a private bush lodge. Mabula is one of the largest private conservation areas in South Africa and boasts healthy populations of White Rhino, Red Hartebeest and Eland. Other interesting mammals to be seen include Klipspringer, Rock Hyrax and African Porcupine.


Day 2

The day starts off with a game viewing drive in an open safari vehicle. Mabula’s mixed landscapes which include open plains, rocky outcrops and mountains make the perfect photographic backdrop.  After brunch we pack up and depart for Polokwane where a country guest house will host us for the night. The day will be rounded off with an evening safari and dinner in the bush within the Polokwane Game Reserve. This park consists primarily of open Acacia savannah and is home to a variety of game including species normally associated with the arid regions of the Kalahari such as Springbok, Gemsbok (Oryx), Eland and Brown Hyaena.


Day 3

After an early morning excursion into the dry thornveld country of the Polokwane Game Reserve in search of Nyala, Sable and Tsessebe antelope, we head off for the Kruger National Park. The drive to Kruger takes one through the mountain and lake district of the Limpopo Province. A short stop will be made in one of the many afro-montane forests to look out for Samango Monkey. We enter Kruger via the Phalaborwa Gate and spend the next two nights at the Letaba Camp. The Letaba region of Kruger is known for its large Elephant and Cape Buffalo herds and resident and very approachable Bushbuck. Accommodation here is provided in the traditional en-suite, air conditioned, thatched cottages. After settling in, sundowners can be enjoyed on the terrace, followed by a traditional meal under the stars.


Day 4

After breakfast we leave Letaba camp and head south, stopping off at Olifants Camp with its stunning views of the Olifants River gorge where many hippo and crocodile are common. We continue southwards through the basalt plains of central Kruger. This is prime game viewing country with herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe and Impala abounding. The profusion of ungulates in this area attracts a variety of large carnivores including Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Spotted Hyena. Our base for the next two nights will be the Satara rest camp where the accommodation will be similar to the Letaba cottages. The day is rounded off with a post dinner night drive to search for the nocturnal beasts such as Genets, African Civet, Springhare, African Wild Cat and Lesser Bushbaby.


Day 5

An early excursion in search of more plains game is planned for today. Antelope species such as Greater Kudu, Southern Reedbuck, Grey Duiker, Waterbuck and Steenbok can be seen in their preferred habitat. Other interesting mammals that should feature prominently are Chacma Baboon, Vervet Monkey and Warthog. Back at camp, the rest of the day can be spent at leisure.


Day 6

Today we leave the Kruger and make our way up the Northern Drakensberg and travel along the impressive Panorama Route stopping off at several view points, waterfalls and roadside craft shops. Along this escarpment route we’ll keep an eye out for three very localized antelope species - Mountain Reedbuck, Grey Rhebuck and Oribi which frequent the rocky hillsides and montane grasslands. The night will be spent at a beautiful country guesthouse in the highlands of Mpumalanga.


Day 7

An early morning walk to a mountain stream and trout dam followed by a laid-back breakfast will ease us into the final leg of this weeklong circular route. The 2-hour drive to Johannesburg will take us across typical Highveld Grasslands where the endemic Blesbok is sure to be the last tick on an impressive mammal list.

     
 
     
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